Interlaken and Jungfrau Region Travel Guide

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Situated between the beautiful Lakes Thun and Brienz, and at the foot of the Bernese Alps, Interlaken is one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist towns. The town is the gateway for excursions to Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn as well as numerous other mountains and villages in the area.

Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Murren and Wengen are all located in the Jungfrau Region and are within 30 minutes of Interlaken.


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Popular towns and villages in the Jungfrau Region

Interlaken – The main holiday resort of the region, Interlaken has a permanent population of around 5,500 residents.  It makes a great base for exploring the region thanks to its excellent services including numerous large supermarkets, shops and restaurants.

There are a large selection of accommodation options in Interlaken – hotels, apartments, hostels and camping included.

Grindelwald – Just 25 minutes from Interlaken, the mountain village of Grindelwald is a popular ski resort in winter but offers a host of activities and attractions for visitors year round including Mount First and the Grindelwald Glacier.

There is an excellent selection of hotels in Grindelwald, as well as other styles of accommodation, and the village can be reached by frequent train and bus services from Grindelwald or by car.

Lauterbrunnen – The postcard-worthy village of Lauterbrunnen sits in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, surrounded by 72 waterfalls. Just 20 minutes from Interlaken by either car or train, Lauterbrunnen is the gateway for visits to the Schilthorn and the villages of Murren and Wengen.

Although small in size, there are numerous Lauterbrunnen hotels, apartments and hostels to choose from, a small but well-stocked supermarket, a bakery and other shops and restaurants.

Wengen – The car-free village of Wengen sits on a sunny terrace above Lauterbrunnen and is a popular winter ski resort.  Accessed by train from Lauterbrunnen, Wengen boasts an excellent supermarket as well as a good range of shops, restaurants and hotels.

Accommodation options include hotels, apartments and guesthouses.

Murren – Another car-free village on a plateau above Lauterbrunnen (on the opposite side of the valley to Wengen), Murren is a charming village with plenty to offer the visitor.  As well as the stunning views of the surrounding mountains, Murren is a major stop on the Schilthorn cableway.

The village has a small supermarket and a number of shops, as well as a good selection of hotels and apartments.  

Murren can be reached either by the Schilthorn cableway from Stechelberg or by cableway and train from Lauterbrunnen (via Grutschalp).


What to See in Interlaken and the Jungfrau Region

The stunning alpine scenery will have you eager to get outdoors and breathe in the fresh mountain air.  Popular mountain excursions to enjoy include Harder Kulm, Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn and Schynige Platte. 

Lake cruises on Lakes Thun and Brienz are an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours, there are plenty of adventure sports on offer, endless hiking trails to explore and skiing and snowboarding are popular pastimes in winter.

If you’re visiting the area for a few days or more, consider purchasing the Jungfrau Travel Pass which offers free and discounted travel on trains, funiculars, cableways and boats in the region.


Where is Interlaken?

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Interlaken is perfectly located in central Switzerland, just one hour by train from Bern and Lucerne, two hours from Zurich and Basel, and three hours from Geneva.

Interlaken is well connected to other Swiss cities by regular train services and is just over an hour by car from both Bern and Lucerne and under two hours from Zurich.


Interlaken Info

Population: 5,600 (Interlaken)

Canton: Bern

Average high temperatures: January – 3C / 37F; April – 14C / 57F; July – 24C / 75F; October – 14C / 57F

Christmas market dates: mid-December, 2020 (Learn more here).


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