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Interlaken in Winter: 24 Things to Do in Switzerland’s Magical Town

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The image shows Interlaken in winter.

With snow-ridden mountains towering above and mesmerising turquoise lakes that hug the town, Interlaken in winter is the perfect destination to create some unforgettable memories in Switzerland.

There are plenty of things to do and epic activities to be had during the winter, and this list will no doubt launch you into full planning mode to construct your Interlaken itinerary.

The image shows winter in Interlaken covered in snow.
The image shows winter in Interlaken with Lake Brienz in the background.

In this guide, we’ll start with some need-to-know basics such as where the town is and the best time to visit.

We’ll then cover all of the best things to do, some excellent day trips to be had and where to stay during your trip for the most magical Interlaken winter break.

At the end of the guide, you’ll also find information on how to get there and travel around, as well as an FAQ.

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Where is Interlaken

Interlaken is located in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland and approximately 45 minutes drive from the country’s capital – Bern.

Best time to visit Interlaken in Switzerland in the winter

The image shows sunset in Interlaken during winter.

The winter season in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland is from December to February.

The best month to visit is considered to be December, however, it really depends on your travel style.

Interlaken in December

The average temperature during December is 0 degrees and there are typically 3-4 days of snowfall.

  • Pros: The town is beautifully decorated for the holiday season, and you can experience the festive atmosphere with Christmas markets and holiday events.
  • Cons: It can be crowded due to holiday tourists.

Interlaken in January

The average temperature during January is 0 degrees and there are typically 3-4 days of snowfall.

  • Pros: Fewer crowds compared to December, providing a more peaceful and serene experience.
  • Cons: It can be quite cold, and some attractions have limited operating hours.

Interlaken in February

The average temperature during January is -1 degrees and there are typically 4-5 days of snowfall.

  • Pros: Ideal for winter sports enthusiasts as skiing, snowboarding, and other snow activities are at their peak.
  • Cons: The weather can still be quite cold, and popular ski areas are often busier than in January.

Best things to do in Interlaken in winter

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Kayak on the icy waters

The image shows a girl kayaking in winter.
The image shows a man kayaking in winter.

Winter kayaking in Interlaken is considered to be one of the BEST things to do in the area and claims the top spot for activity highlights for sure.

Whilst the itinerary varies slightly depending on the tour company, they all head on a magical journey that takes you through the tranquil waters of Lake Brienz, surrounded by the breathtaking Swiss Alps.

It seems to nearly ALWAYS sell out, so I’d highly recommend booking this winter kayaking tour ahead of time so that you can secure your spot.

Before heading out, you’ll meet your fellow like-minded adventure-seekers who have travelled from all corners of the world, before being given all of the necessary gear and training from your knowledgeable local guide.

Typically, this consists of full dry suits and wet boots to wear to keep you warm and some guidance on the best kayaking techniques to ensure you’re able to stick together throughout the tour.

Don’t worry, it’s not difficult to learn and you’ll no doubt be joined by some first-time kayakers!

Tours typically last around 3 hours and at the halfway point you’ll be invited to plunge into the icy waters before tucking into some tea and biscuits.

If you’re an adventurer seeking a unique experience amidst the snowy wonderland of Switzerland, then this will not disappoint.

Whiz down the mountain of a sledge

The image shows people sledging.

If you think sledging is just for children, then you couldn’t be more wrong – especially in Switzerland.

With dedicated sledging runs spanning over 70 kilometres in the Interlaken region, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Whether you’re travelling with you’re loved one and you’re looking for a romantic yet fun bonding activity or you’re a family looking to burn some energy, this exhilarating activity is sure to please everyone.

Some sites will require you to hike to the starting point of the trail – making it highly accessible for anyone on a budget who doesn’t mind burning a few extra calories on the way.

Others have a gondola which will whiz you up the mountain and drop you directly at the start line of the sledging trail.

Alternatively, you can book a night sledding experience which organises it all for you, which to be honest, in places that are this cold is well worth doing.

Some of the best sites are:

  1. Beatenberg-Niederhorn: Niederhorn, accessible by cable car from Beatenberg, offers a thrilling sledging experience for adventure enthusiasts. The 3.5-kilometer sledging run from Vorsass to Beatenberg promises an exhilarating ride with captivating views of Lake Thun. You can also experience sledging here at night.

  2. Saxateen: Located in the heart of Interlaken, Saxateen offers a delightful sledging experience for visitors of all ages. The gentle slopes and well-maintained tracks make it an ideal spot for families and beginners. As you slide down the snowy hills, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding landscapes, including the shimmering Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

  3. Axalp: Situated just a short distance from Interlaken, Axalp is a paradise for sledging enthusiasts seeking a bit more excitement. The Axalp sledging run provides a thrilling 4.5-kilometer descent through the snow-covered alpine meadows. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, this sledging spot offers an unforgettable adventure for all skill levels.

  4. Diemtigtal: For those looking to immerse themselves in a more remote and idyllic sledging experience, Diemtigtal is the perfect choice. Located in the Diemtigtal Nature Park, this tranquil valley offers a variety of sledging trails through picturesque forests and open fields. The peaceful ambiance and pristine natural beauty make it an excellent destination for a day of winter fun

Just be sure to wrap up warm – especially if you’re heading on this activity at night – with things like heated socks to keep you toasty!

Take a scenic Jetboat Ride on Lake Brienz

The image shows people on a boat on Lake Brienz.
Photo by Jetboat

Update: this one looks to be unavailable for 2023, but I’d recommend checking with your hotel to see if they can find a provider if you’re interested!

If you’re looking to get your heart rate up then taking a scenic jetboat ride across the dazzling water of Lake Brienz will be right up your street, as it’s basically a rollercoaster ride on water.

Upon arrival at the jetboat base, you’ll meet the team who will get you suited and booted in high-quality waterproof gear and life jackets.

Once everyone is ready to go, you’ll hop on board and be told what to expect throughout the journey – which is high speed, spins and plenty of laughs.

You’ll be treated to a fun and informative tour of the lake, with highlights including the magnificent Giessbach Falls, cascading 500 meters into Lake Brienz with 14 stunning cascades along the way.

Unlike most tours, you’ll also get some free photos to download shortly after the experience finishes.

The jet boat ride promises immense fun and is highly recommended for adventure seekers visiting Interlaken!

Shred some powder with skiing or snowboarding

The image shows a skiier.
The image shows two skiiers.

Whilst Interlaken is not a skiing destination itself, it serves as an excellent base for accessing various renowned ski resorts in the area.

Being such close proximity to these world-class ski resorts makes it a perfect hub for skiers and snow enthusiasts who want to have a thrilling day on the slopes, before returning to Interlaken to relax, enjoy the town’s charm, and take in the stunning scenery.

Below are some popular ski resorts near Interlaken:

  1. Jungfrau Region: The Jungfrau region, including ski areas like Grindelwald, Wengen, and Mürren, is easily accessible from Interlaken. These ski resorts offer a wide range of slopes suitable for skiers of all levels, from beginners to advanced.

  2. Adelboden-Lenk: Located about an hour’s drive from Interlaken, Adelboden-Lenk is a popular ski area known for its diverse ski terrain and extensive network of slopes. The resort provides excellent skiing opportunities for families and experienced skiers alike.

  3. Hasliberg: Hasliberg is a family-friendly ski resort, just a short drive from Interlaken. It offers a variety of slopes and is an ideal destination for beginners and intermediate skiers.

  4. Meiringen-Hasliberg: This ski area is renowned for its stunning views and well-groomed slopes. With a good mix of skiing options, it is an excellent choice for skiers of all abilities.

  5. Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen: Accessible by train from Interlaken, this ski area offers spectacular views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. The slopes are suitable for both skiing and snowboarding.

  6. Gstaad: A bit further from Interlaken, Gstaad is a luxurious ski resort known for its high-end amenities and extensive ski terrain.

Soar through the fresh air with winter paragliding

The image shows a paraglider in Interlaken in winter.

Paragliding during the winter over the stunning Swiss Alps with Interlaken and its stunning twin lakes sprinkled with snow beneath you is a truly magical experience.

The serenity of flying silently through the crisp air creates a sense of awe and wonder, making this the adventure of a lifetime.

You could do the typical paraglide over Interlaken, or check out Paragliding over the nearby Lauterbrunnen Valley, too.

Whether you’re a seasoned paraglider or a first-timer, the experienced pilots and safety measures are top-notch in Switzerland.

Ahead of the flight, you’ll be equipped with essential safety gear and given crystal clear instructions and training before launching yourself off a nearby mountain attached to an experienced paraglider.

The image shows paragliders in Interlaken.

The flights typically last between 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the weather) and you’ll land in one of the many designated fields that scatter the Jungfrau region below.

Or at least, thats what you’re aiming for.

When I booked this paragliding in Interlaken experience we missed our target by quite some margin (thanks to some unexpected gusts of wind) and ended up in a camping field on top of a poor family having their dinner!

Nonetheless, soaring through the winter wonderland offers a unique and magical perspective and is certainly one of the top things to do in Interlaken in winter that will leave you with cherished memories and a newfound appreciation for the breathtaking beauty of this alpine region.

Hop in a Hottug

The image shows people in a hottug.
Photo by Hottug

Experience the ultimate winter relaxation like never before with the Hot Tug, a one-of-a-kind floating hot tub on Lake Brienz near Interlaken.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a hot bath and I’m happiest among the mountains, so this activity really was my dream come true.

Just take a minute to imagine sitting comfortably in a warm 38-degree water-filled tub, gliding across the serene lake while snowflakes gently melt on your forehead.

It’s winter bathing taken to a whole new level of coolness and luxury.

The image shows people in a hottug.
Photo by Hottug

This incredible invention holds up to six people and has an electric motor that will chug you around the lake for a good 90 minutes whilst you soak up the views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains.

The boat contains a small wooden stove that keeps the water at the perfect temperature throughout your experience, ensuring that you stay toasty as the fresh mountain air hits your face.

Where to book: Captains Cove

Stroll through the snow with a winter walk

The image shows a girl walking in the snow.
The image shows people walking in the snow.

Winter walks in and around Interlaken offer a fantastic way to explore the charming beauty of the Swiss Alps and surrounding landscapes while enjoying the peaceful serenity of the winter season.

With numerous well-marked trails and scenic routes, there’s a winter walk suitable for every level of hiker, from leisurely strolls to more challenging hikes.

For a leisurely stroll, simply walking along the Höheweg Promenade – a path that stretches along the main street of Interlaken and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the iconic trio of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau – is a great option.

Although the main street runs through the town, there are also plenty of side alleys to duck down and narrow lanes discover that are full of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

If you’re looking for something more strenuous, then hiking up to Harder Kulm is also an option.

It’s not an easy task, but the views from the top are worth every breathless step.

If you do opt for this though, be sure to check the weather conditions.

Read the complete guide: Harder Kulm hike

Check out the stalls at the Christmas markets

The image shows a christmas market.
The image shows a Christmas market.

If you’re taking a trip to Interlaken in December then you’ll be in luck, as there are some amazing Christmas markets to explore.

One of the most popular Christmas markets in Interlaken is the ‘Interlaken Christmas Market’ – and whilst it’s not a super creative name, it’s pretty epic.

You’ll find it located on the picturesque Höheweg Promenade, where the market transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights and beautifully decorated stalls.

Local artisans and vendors showcase their crafts and products, offering a gorgeous selection of handcrafted gifts, ornaments, and souvenirs – perfect for finding that special something for loved ones back home.

If you’re on a bit of a European Christmas market hunt, then Prague also has some amazing ones!

The image shows a Christmas market.

As you wander through the market, the aroma of freshly baked goods and traditional Swiss treats fills the air.

You’ll see plenty of opportunities to warm yourself up with a cup of mulled wine, hot chocolate, or steaming Glühwein, a spiced wine that is a Christmas market favourite.

I highly recommend also trying some delectable Swiss specialities like raclette, fondue, and roasted chestnuts, which are absolutely delicious!

Become a chocolatier for the day

The image shows a girl making chocolate.

Swiss chocolate is known as being some of the best in the world and so taking a chocolate-making class here is hugely popular.

There are a number of places to take classes, but there is one clear winner that trumps them all when it comes to getting an excellent hands-on experience with some of the best chocolate makers in the town, and thats The Funky Chocolate Club.

The workshop will begin with an introduction to the history of Swiss chocolate, the sourcing of high-quality ingredients, and the traditional techniques used to create some of the world’s finest chocolates.

Your knowledgeable chocolatiers will then guide you through the chocolate-making process step-by-step, showing you various chocolate-making techniques – including tempering chocolate, moulding, and decorating – in order to help you create your very own Swiss chocolate masterpiece.

The interactive and fun-filled atmosphere at the Funky Chocolate Club makes it an ideal activity for families, couples, and chocolate lovers seeking a memorable experience in Interlaken!

Check prices: The Funky Chocolate Club

Glide on ice

The image shows some ice skates.

When the snow is all around you and the festive season hits, ice skating is always a popular activity.

But, ice skating in Interlaken just hits differently.

At the Ice Magic Centre, there is a perfectly situated ice rink that benefits from picture-perfect views of the surrounding mountains.

The ice rink itself is huge and provides plenty of space for the flock of tourists and locals who want to enjoy this festive sport.

The Ice Magic Centre is also open at night and has an indoor restaurant serving traditional Swiss food, as well as other Interlaken winter activities such as Bavarian Curling on offer.

Try out a new sport with Bavarian Curling

The image shows a Bavarian curler.

So, speaking of Bavarian Curling, let’s jump into that next.

But what exactly is Bavarian Curling?

Similar to curling, Bavarian Curling involves sliding heavy wooden discs, called ‘Eisstock’, across a prepared ice surface.

The objective is to get the Eisstock as close as possible to a target, known as the daube.

Players take turns to slide their Eisstocks, strategising to outmanoeuvre their opponents and gain the highest points.

Bavarian Curling is not just a game; it’s also a social event that brings people together and is super fun – and possibly quite competitive!

Whether you’re a seasoned curler or trying the sport for the first time, this excellent activity is a wonderful way to connect with others and have a laugh.

Plunge into Hotpot Brienz

The image shows hot tubs in Interlaken in winter.
Photo by HotPot Brienz

HotPot Brienz provides you with the opportunity to sink into one of their wood-fired hot tubs whilst immersing yourself in the surrounding nature.

They offer the perfect blend of luxury and nature.

From the moment you arrive, you’ll be impressed by the attention to detail and immaculate maintenance of the hot tubs and facilities which overlook the stunning Lake Brienz and picturesque Alps.

You’ll have the option to cater your bath with delectable fondue and drinks, adding a touch of Swiss culinary delight to your hot tub experience – it really is the perfect way to finish your day.

Whether you opt for a romantic evening for two or gather with friends and family, the hot pot experience is an absolute delight that will leave you wanting to return.

Relax with a spa day

The image shows a spa in Switzerland
The image shows a spa in Switzerland

After a full-on day of activities in the snow, an evening or day trip to the spa is in order – it is a holiday after all.

Luckily, Interlaken is not short of options when it comes to spas, so you’ll have plenty to choose from when constructing your Interlaken winter itinerary.

Below are some worth considering depending on how fancy you’re feeling.

  • Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa | This luxury hotel features an exceptional spa area, including a large indoor pool, whirlpool, saunas, steam rooms, and a relaxation lounge. The spa offers a wide range of treatments and massages using high-quality products.

  • Solbad Hotel Sigriswil | Located a short distance from Interlaken, this spa hotel offers thermal baths with breathtaking views of Lake Thun and the surrounding mountains. The mineral-rich thermal water is said to have healing properties.

  • Bödelibad Interlaken | This public swimming pool and wellness centre offer a range of facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, steam baths, and a spa area for relaxation.

Enjoy a scenic snowshoeing experience

The image shows a boy snowshoeing, which is one of the best things to do in Interaken in winter.
The image shows a boy snowshoeing, which is one of the best things to do in Interaken in winter.

If you’re looking to enjoy the gorgeous Swiss scenery but other activities like skiing are outside of your comfort zone, then snowshoeing is the perfect alternative.

But, don’t expect this to be a leisurely stroll.

Snowshoeing is surprisingly difficult, as you’ll often be heading up the side of a mountain, so always check the route in advance.

Luckily in Interlaken, there are trails for beginners that are relatively flat and easy, as well as more challenging routes for experienced snowshoers looking for a more adventurous experience.

Some popular snowshoeing trails in the area are:

  • Grindelwald-First Snowshoe Trail
  • Männlichen Snowshoe Trail
  • Sulwald Snowshoe Trail

If you’re new to snowshoeing or prefer to explore with a knowledgeable guide, there are several companies in Interlaken that offer guided snowshoe tours.

These tours usually include equipment rental, guiding, and transportation to and from the trailheads.

Get the slopes to yourself with heliskiing and heliboarding

The image shows people heliskiing, which is one of the best activities in Interaken in winter.

Heliskiing or heliboarding involves using a helicopter to access remote and untouched terrain in the mountains.

It’s a great way to explore some of the lesser-known – and lesser-seen – mountain ranges and most of the time, you’ll have it all to yourself without another soul in site.

Plus, the journey there is an experience in itself.

Three companies which offer heliskiing and heliboarding from Interlaken are:

  • BERGFALKE Alpine School
  • Swiss Alpine Guides
  • Swiss Helicopter

One thing to bear in mind is that you’ll often be taken to higher-than-usual altitudes and so you may want to consider taking some altitude medication ahead of time.

These can usually be picked up from the local pharmacy.

Take a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter trip

The image shows a helicopter.

Of course, you can also experience the journey rather than any other physical activity on top of that if you wish.

The same companies mentioned above also offer helicopter experiences and you’ll almost certainly enjoy incredible views of the three infamous peaks in the area:  Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

However, if you have specific requests for certain sights in the area or perhaps you want to add something extra special for a loved one, then these companies are usually flexible with what they can offer.

Launch out of a plane with a sky-diving experience

We’ve all seen awesome pictures and videos of people launching themselves off a plane into nothingness before, but I bet that you haven’t seen too many with stunning snowy mountains as the backdrop.

This epic experience is an opportunity that doesn’t come around too often and it’s the perfect way to make your trip memorable.

It goes without saying that you’ll be given in-depth instructions and training ahead of your dive and you’ll be jumping with a highly experienced guide who will ensure everything runs smoothly.

Since it will be winter in Interlaken, you’ll have a slightly different outfit than if you were to be jumping during the summer to ensure you don’t freeze on the way down.

Overall, skydiving in Interlaken during winter provides a thrilling opportunity to experience the Swiss Alps from a whole new perspective.

Some companies to check out are:

  • Skydive Interlaken: Helicopter Skydive
  • Skydive Switzerland GmbH
  • Helicopter Skydive

Take an idyllic journey across Lake Thun and Lake Brienz

The image shows a boat on Lake Thun near Interlaken.

Hopping on board a relaxing boat across Lake Brienz and Lake Thun is the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery whilst also visiting some cute places to visit in Interlaken in the winter

Simply choose your preferred date and depart from Thun, Interlaken West, Interlaken East (Ost), or Brienz, then set sail on a boat cruise to explore the lakes’ sights at your own pace.

For Switzerland, this super affordable way to enjoy a 2-in-1 experience and so it’s well worth doing if you’re looking for something to do thats slightly less full-on.

Best day trips from Interlaken in winter

Explore the toy-like town of Iseltwald

The image shows Iseltwald castle.
The image shows Iseltwald castle.

Iseltwald is one of the most beautiful villages in Switzerland and given its close proximity to Interlaken, it’s a must-see whilst you’re there.

This quaint Swiss village is reminiscent of a fairy-tale setting and provides an enchanting home to a fortunate few, with a population of less than 500 residents.

Besides the many Swiss-style houses that add to its picturesque allure, nestled along the lake’s edge, Iseltwald boasts a number of lakeside cafés and restaurants, offering some of the best views of the majestic snow-capped mountains that surround the village in every direction.

Read the complete guide: Iseltwald, Switzerland: Things To Do, Where To Stay & More

Wander through the fairy-tale roads of Lauterbrunnen

The image shows Lauterbrunnen near Interlaken in winter.
The image shows Lauterbrunnen near Interlaken in winter.

If you’re planning a trip to the Interlaken, then a day trip to the Lauterbrunnen Valley should undoubtedly find its way into your Switzerland itinerary.

In fact, if it’s not already included, it’s a must-add destination.

Just a 20-minute drive away, this enchanting village is hailed as one of Switzerland’s prettiest and many people flock to see it in all its glory no matter what time of year it is.

Whilst you can simply spend time wandering the streets of Lauterbrunnen in winter, there is an excellent dedicated easy trail that leads past the infamous Staubach and Trummelbach Falls that I’d highly recommend.

The sight of Staubach Falls might seem familiar, as it is one of Switzerland’s most iconic images, showcased in countless photographs.

Read the complete guide: Lauterbrunnen waterfall hike

Visit the exciting Piz Gloria & Bond World

The image shows Piz Gloria.

Piz Gloria and Bond World are two awesome attractions located in the Schilthorn region – approximately 40 minutes from Interlaken that you’ll absolutely need to book tickets ahead for.

You may have already guessed that they are inspired by the iconic James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, as it was partly filmed on this stunning mountain peak.

The first of the two sites – Piz Gloria – is a revolving restaurant situated at an elevation of 2,970 meters.

The restaurant revolves 360 degrees, providing diners with an ever-changing perspective of the surrounding Alpine beauty which is pretty incredible!

It offers visitors breathtaking panoramic views of over 200 mountain peaks, including the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.

The second site – Bond World – is an interactive and immersive James Bond-themed exhibition.

It showcases behind-the-scenes glimpses of the making of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ and pays tribute to the Bond film franchise as a whole.

Visitors can explore various interactive displays, original movie props, and fascinating memorabilia related to the 007 movies and is overall, a great day out.

Take the world-famous journey to Jungfraujoch – the top of Europe

The image shows a train near Interaken in winter in the snow in Switzerland.

Jungfraujoch, often referred to as the ‘Top of Europe’, is one of Switzerland’s most iconic and breathtaking destinations thats one of the number one places to visit near Interlaken.

Which means this is another attraction that you’ll for sure need to book tickets ahead of time for.

And, although it’s not cheap, it’s a non-negotiable activity here in Switzerland that’s worth every penny!

It is a high-altitude mountain pass that offers visitors an unparalleled experience surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers.

The journey to Jungfraujoch begins at Interlaken, where you’ll board a train that takes you through the heart of the Swiss Alps, passing through the charming villages of Grindelwald and Wengen.

The scenic train ride is an awe-inspiring experience in itself, as it traverses through tunnels and over viaducts, offering stunning views of the alpine landscape.

The image shows Jungfraujoch.

Once you arrive at ‘the top of Europe’ you’ll be greeted with a breathtaking panorama of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps.

You’ll find an observatory deck that offers 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks, including the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains – of course.

On a clear day, you can even see as far as the neighbouring countries of France, Germany, and Italy.

Apart from the stunning vistas, Jungfraujoch also offers a range of activities and attractions.

The Ice Palace is a fascinating highlight, as well as the Sphinx Observatory, which is the highest point accessible by an elevator.

Explore the ancient St Beatus Caves

The image shows St Beatus Caves.
The image shows the view from St Beatus Caves.

The St. Beatus Caves are a fascinating and ancient cave system within the Beatenberg cliffs.

These are very interesting to explore and it’s well worth spending a few hours doing so.

What’s more, is that there is a picturesque zig-zag trail which leads to the top of the cliffs, passing miniature waterfalls and crossing sweet wooden bridges, before eventually arriving at a gorgeous view over the bright turquoise twin lakes.

Tip: during the winter St Beatus Caves are only open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Witness one of Switzerland’s most stunning lakes: Oeschinensee

The image shows Lake Oeschinensee.
The image shows Lake Oeschinensee.

Oeschinensee is one of the best lakes in Switzerland.

The waters bright blue and the rugged mountains capped with snow are just the cherry on top.

There are two ways to reach the lake – with a hike or gondola.

The hike is relatively short – just a few kilometres – however, it’s fairly steep at times.

Still, it’s picturesque and the reward that’s waiting at the top is unmatched.

Plus, the gondola isn’t cheap and so it’s a great way to save some money.

Read the complete guide: Hiking Oeschinensee

Where to stay

Hotel recommendations

Budget: Alplodge

the Alplodge hotel
Photo by Alplodge

Alplodge presents an excellent choice for budget-conscious travellers, providing a variety of accommodation options, including mixed dormitories and private rooms.

It’s ideally located alongside the picturesque River Aare, which gracefully winds through the charming town of Interlaken, and is situated just a short walk to the town centre.

The allure of Alplodge lies not only in its affordable rates but also in the cleanliness and comfort it provides to its guests.

Check prices: Alplodge

Mid-range: Hotel Du Nord

Hotel Du Nord with a paraglider
photo by Hotel Du Nord

Hotel Du Nord stands proudly as a luxurious 4-star accommodation.

It’s situated at the end of the bustling main high street and boasts a prime location, with the main train station just a few minutes’ stroll away.

It’s also directly opposite the landing field of paragliders, granting guests a front-row view of these adventurous aerial gliders descending gracefully from the skies.

The rooms exude an air of simplicity and elegance, adorned with tasteful touches, and offer sweeping views of the majestic mountains that surround the region.

Check prices: Hotel Du Nord

Luxury: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

the spa inside Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa
Photo by The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa is undeniably a top-tier choice in Interlaken, garnering well-deserved acclaim as one of the finest hotels in the area.

As a distinguished 5-star hotel, it proudly stands as one of the grandest and most recognisable landmarks in the town.

From its imposing exterior that commands attention from afar, to the opulent interior that never ceases to impress, this hotel spares no effort in delivering an exceptional experience.

The ambience exudes elegance and sophistication, with every detail meticulously crafted to perfection.

Interlaken is one fo the best honeymoon destinations in Europe, so this hotel would be a great choice for something special like that!

Check prices: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

How to get to Interlaken

The image shows a Swiss airlines plane.

Getting to Interlaken, Switzerland, is relatively straightforward, and there are several transportation options available depending on your starting location.

By air

The closest major international airports to Interlaken are Zurich Airport (ZRH) and Geneva Airport (GVA).

From either airport, you can take a train to Interlaken.

Zurich Airport has more frequent train connections, while Geneva Airport provides a scenic train journey through the Swiss countryside.

Tip: If you’re heading to Interlaken from the UK, then flying into Geneva is usually cheaper.

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Of course, you could always rent a car and drive from the airport. is one of the biggest and most reputable platforms out there are will show you all the best deals to ensure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Tip: if you rent a car in Geneva, make sure you do it from the French side of the airport as it will be cheaper.

By train

Switzerland’s efficient and extensive train network connects Interlaken with major cities and regions across the country.

If you are already in Switzerland, you can take a train directly to Interlaken.

The Interlaken Ost and Interlaken West train stations serve the town and are well-connected to various destinations.

Check prices:

By car

If you prefer driving, you can rent a car and reach Interlaken via the well-maintained Swiss road network.

Keep in mind that Switzerland requires a vignette (toll sticker) to use highways, which can be purchased at the border or at various gas stations.

Check prices:

By bus

Long-distance buses also operate to Interlaken from neighbouring countries, offering a cost-effective way to travel.

Eurolines and FlixBus are some of the companies that provide bus services to Interlaken.

How to travel around Interlaken in the winter time

The image shows a train in the snow.

In Interlaken, there are several convenient and enjoyable ways to travel around and explore the town and its surrounding areas:

Walking | Interlaken is a relatively compact town, and many of its attractions, shops, and restaurants are within walking distance of each other.

Strolling through the charming streets allows you to soak in the picturesque beauty of the Swiss Alps and the scenic River Aare.

Public Transportation | Interlaken has an efficient public transportation system, including buses and trains, operated by the Regionalverkehr Bern-Solothurn (RBS) and the Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB).

Buses and trains connect various neighbourhoods, hotels, and popular tourist spots, making it easy to move around the town and nearby regions.

Bicycles | Cycling is a popular and eco-friendly way to explore Interlaken.

You can rent bicycles from various rental shops in town and pedal your way around, enjoying the fresh alpine air and breathtaking views – although, it may be a bit chilly.

Boat Cruises | Interlaken is located in between two stunning lakes, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.

You can take boat cruises on these lakes to enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounding mountains and charming lakeside villages.

Horse Carriages | For a touch of nostalgia and romance, you could always take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town.

This leisurely mode of transportation allows you to relax and take in stunning sights.


The image shows Grindelwald First Cliff walk.

Is Interlaken worth visiting in winter?

Yes, Interlaken is definitely worth visiting in winter!

The town and its surrounding areas transform into a winter wonderland, offering a magical and enchanting experience for visitors.

Is Interlaken too touristy?

There is no denying that the town is popular.

However, there are a lot fewer tourists visiting Interlaken in the winter than there are in the summer and so it should never feel overcrowded.

How many days in Interlaken is enough?

The ideal number of days to spend in Interlaken depends on what activities you plan to do.

Personally, I would recommend staying in Interlaken for at least 3 days, but ideally 5-7.

Is Interlaken a walkable city?


Which month is best for Switzerland in winter?

The best month for Switzerland in winter depends on what you want to experience and your preferences for weather and activities.

However, I would personally recommend visiting in December to enjoy the festive spirit.

Is it better to stay in Grindelwald or Interlaken?

Both Grindelwald and Interlaken have their unique advantages, and your choice will depend on what you prioritise in your trip.

Below are the highlights of each location to help you make a better decision if you’re considering both.

Staying in Grindelwald:

  • Mountain Scenery
  • Nature and Tranquility
  • Proximity to Jungfrau Region

Staying in Interlaken:

  • Central Location
  • Wider Range of Accommodations and Services
  • Accessibility

Before you reach the end of the guide, don’t forget to grab your SafetyWing travel insurance that I mentioned at the start of the guide.

I use them on every trip because they’re around 80% cheaper than what I was paying previously whilst still offering more than enough coverage!

Explore beyond Interlaken in Switzerland in winter

The image shows Interlaken.

If you enjoyed discovering all of the best things to do in Interlaken in winter and finding out about the best day trips and places to stay, you may also be wondering what it’s like to visit in the summer.

If you think you might enjoy one of the many hikes in Interlaken, then some great recommendations are:

Alternatively, in the Appenzell region, you’ll find Saxer Lücke, Seealpsee and the incredible Schäfler ridge hike.

Or, if you’re looking to go further afield, then why not check out Bozeman in winter, where you’ll be able to see grizzly bears!

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