Heading to Interlaken is like stepping back in time – in a good way. Set between two picturesque lakes surrounded by rolling fields of green, sprouting buttercups and snow-covered mountains as far as the eye can see, it’s a breath of fresh air for both Inghams travelers and us!
We’ve discovered everything the name ‘Switzerland’ evokes, from silky smooth chocolate, cows frolicking with cow bells round their necks and quaint wooden chalets can be found in this part of the country.
Switzerland’s railways are run with clockwork efficiency and you soon realise that they are the only way to travel in the region. Trains connect many of the resorts surrounding Interlaken including the Schynige Platte historical railway. Built in 1894, it takes you from Wilderswill to the top of the Schynige Platte. A wonderful area high above Interlaken.
Getting to know the area better, we spent a great amount of time travelling around the region during our first few days in resort. We soon discovered that travelling is almost as much fun as arriving!
Lake Brienz and Lake Thun surround Interlaken. An extensive network of boats, including two antique paddle steamers, covers both lakes. These novel modes of transport are a great way to relax. Here you can sit on top deck and dine in first class.
Travelling from Interlaken to Thun takes a leisurely three hours. Stay in the restaurant, with its linen napkins, fresh caught fish and champagne, and the time flies. You also get a wonderful view of the many majestic castles surrounding Thun and the waterfalls cascading down from the St Beatus Caves.
Famous for its impressive snow covered ski area in the winter, Switzerland’s cable cars are also a wonderful way to enjoy the white dappled peaks and stunning summertime.
The Schilthorn, is an easy train and cable car ride from Interlaken. Made famous in the 1969 Bond film, ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’, it only takes 12 minutes in a series of cable cars to reach the top and see the impressive views.
As the clouds rolled away, we were stunned by view of some of Switzerland’s most famous mountains. The Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau all dominate the area and are the heart of the Swiss skyline.
We can’t wait to discover more and see you soon!