Interlaken has been a prominent resort destination since the 18th century, and it boasts plenty of well-developed infrastructure. It was originally planned as a summer resort, where European tourists could escape life in the city and enjoy some spectacular alpine scenery. Hotels in the city center of Interlaken are popular in the summer and winter high seasons.
During the summer, tourists can enjoy the sight of Moench, Eiger and Jungrau peaks in the distance while enjoying fondue at a local café, or they can book high-altitude adventures in the countryside. Hiking, mountain climbing and sailing on Lake Thun are all popular pursuits. Golfing at Interlaken-Unterseen is also possible between April and October.
In the winter, most visitors are skiing or snowboarding on the neighboring peaks. One of the great things about accommodation in the city center is that local hoteliers consider the winter to be the low season (while it is high season for neighboring ski resorts). Accommodation in Interlaken offers serious discounts compared to that of neighboring winter resorts.
Tourists have plenty to do in Interlaken even when they’re not enjoying active outdoor activities. Follow Hoeheweg Street through the city center for great souvenir and handicraft shopping. Families can visit Mystery Park or, even better, ride the funicular railroad up to the top of Harder Mountain.