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Interlaken, Switzerland (between the lakes)
Member Name: lubyloo
Date: 01/09/12, updated on 04/09/12 (174 review reads)
Advantages: A magnificent place
Disadvantages: weather can be changable
Being as I'm here right now I felt it appropriate to write a review! Unfortunately today is raining hence the use of computer and time for a review!
However Interlaken is a beautiful place which I can recommend, in the heart of the Swiss Alps it has stunning views especially from the main street opposite the casino where there is a grass area, you must stop and take in the view, it's a view of the Jungfrau which peeps between two mountains very close to Interlaken.
The Jungfrau is the heighest mountain in that region and worth a visit although at the prices they charge we did not go this time, I have been as a child and it was great. It's approximately £132.00 per adult!. It is amazing though you travel up in a train and most of it is inside the actual mountain with a few stops on the way to get out and have a look at the view through windows. At the top of the mountain it takes your breath away and there's snow of course! Also at the top is a carved glacier which you can go in and look at the ice sculptures they're amazing.
Back to Interlaken, there is plenty of parking around, the easiest way for a quick visit is the parking meters at the sides of the roads. Interlaken translates to Inbetween lakes, which it is, it's between Brienzsee and Thunersee lakes, and through the middle of Interlaken are three conecting rivers the colour is amazing because the water comes from the icy mountain's it's a rich ice blue colour.
Interlaken is an international place, there are visitors from all over the world, therefore many people speak English to each other as the languages try to connect with one another. The information centre is placed on the high street and very helpful.
Things to do
Horse and Carriage ride through the town
If it's warm then the outdoor swimming pool is great fun
Watch chocolate being made and taste it! at 5pm every day
Take a ride up to the Harder Kulm mountain for stunning views
Shopping - lots of shops
Future park (a kind of adventure park)
A rope park with climing adventures
Lots of water sports and sky diving
Model railway (a walk up a mountain or fenicular ride to get there)
This is an addition to original review as we've just been today. I have to say that it was very dated and in need of a little attention. I guess they've tried as there's a new toboggan run from the top to bottom. Heimwehfluh is a little tiny hill (compared to the mounatians around!!!) right next to Interlaken and I guess in it's hey day it was a great little attraction, in a way it still is but it's a bit pricey for what it is. It has a little old fashioned short fenicular ride to the top about 7 minutes long it's 14francs return for adult and 7francs for children, you can choose to come down on the toboggan instead for the same price if you wish. Or you can walk up and do one or the other down. At the top is a little park for children and what looks like a disused smaller toboggan which on the advertising is showing as still working!! there is a cafe and a little model railway which has an hourly show, we paid for all this at the bottom, there is an offer of all of it for 23francs for adult and 14francs for children which is what my husband and younger daughter did. Myself and older daughter with autism walked up, the lady said it was about 20minutes it was actually 15 but with smaller child it would be a bit longer, it was steep but not difficult. At the top we had a picnic and then went to the railway show! it said it had lights and was amazing - it wasn't! it was a sweet little show but it wasn't spectacular, it lasted about 40minutes and the lights went dark and the little town lights came on while the trains went round, the audio talked you through the trains of Switzerland in German and English, the lights gradually came on to show the morning. It was 9francs for adults and 7 for children (or included in joint price as mentioned previously). My husband and daughter enjoyed the toboggan ride down whilst I walked down in 10! There is a car park next to the attraction but it's parking meter and only about 6 spaces however if you drive just a short distance up the hill there is plenty of free parking.
Everything in Switzerland costs a lot of money, that is the biggest draw back when coming from the UK in recession times. We found that the best places to buy food are Lidl and Aldi however you cannot use credit cards in those shops!
The toilets have to have a mention - they are so so clean! even the public toilets in the middle of a mountain village are well looked after!
The swimming pools have to be mentioned too, all around Switzerland are many outdoor pools often connected to the sides of the Lakes and you can swim in the Lake, it's very cold mind even in the summer!! it can get really hot in Switzerland, last week we reached 30degrees however in one day it shot down to 15degrees - what a difference! The swimming pools are so well looked after and thought about, they are as clean and well equipped as our hotel one's would be. There is heated floors in some of them so no soggy wet puddles of water! also hair dryers fixed to the walls and plenty of showers.
The weather is extremely changable in Switzerland, one minute it can be gorgeous sunshine and the next your covered in clouds! we have watched the clouds come off the water and rise up the mountains. However when the sun does shine it can get very hot, so come prepared for all weathers.
Transport is amazing, you can travel anywhere by train, boat or bus, all the stations connect and run to time so if you needed to connect and train and a boat they all work together and are positioned close together. The boats run across the lakes to all the main towns, the trains run up and down the valleys along the lakes and the buses also the same getting to places we wouldn't believe possible. Often the tourist attractions are connected by one form of transport.
Overall the experience of Interlaken is wonderful, the combination of the unusual settings of the town and the buzzing life in the streets makes it a great place to visit.
Summary: Great and worth a visit