Be enchanted by an historic and exciting Swiss resort surrounded by breathtaking scenery
As its name suggests, the popular resort of Interlaken is situated between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the Bern region of central Switzerland. The town's history can be traced back to a monastery which was established in this area of typically breath-taking tranquillity and beauty during the twelfth century.
An agricultural village, Aarmühle, grew around a nearby mill on the River Aare in the fourteenth century at which the now prosperous Interlaken Abbey held weekly and annual markets. By the eighteenth century, Aarmühle had expanded significantly and a century later began to gain a reputation as an international resort. The establishment of a Swiss cultural festival, a health spa and hotels followed. The arrival of the railway in 1872 cemented the town's popularity as a tourist destination and in 1891 the name Interlaken was officially adopted.
Since then Interlaken has built upon its success and is considered one of Switzerland's best destinations for winter sports and adventure sports enthusiasts. However, Interlaken is also an historic town at heart and its compact size means that highlights such as the town's medieval monastery and castle, the ancient and beautiful Stadthausplatz (town hall square) and a host of other attractions are delightful to discover and to explore on foot.