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WHY WE HEART INTERLAKEN

Sitting high in the snow capped Swiss Alps and nestled between two emerald lakes, you can hardly imagine a more striking backdrop than what lies behind Interlaken. The postcard perfect views of majestic mountains, glistening water and the fairytale buildings make it hard to beat for a scenic setting. But Interlaken only has to be as tranquil as you make it…

The town is a haven of heart pumping adventure. The winter weather lends itself perfectly to those looking for some time on the slopes, plus skydiving, paragliding, ice climbing and rafting are just a handful of the day in, day out activities that Interlaken has to offer.

Looking for adventure? Interlaken is a thrill-seeker’s dream.

Our Interlaken Hostel

Balmer’s is our sister hostel in Interlaken, located at the base of the jaw-dropping Jungfrau mountains with amazing, scenic views. Stay in modern chalet-style rooms, party every night with your new friends and book a whole range of thrilling activities from reception (we organise your pick up from the hostel, too). Balmer’s is like a home away from home.

The Ultimate Interlaken Travel Hub

There’s so much to do in Interlaken, so you’ll want to have a rough idea before you get there of what you want to do. From the countless activities on offer, things to see and where to eat and drink, this is your guide to the Swiss town of Interlaken. We’ve put together travel guides, currency tips and an interactive map full of information so you can really make the most of your trip…

EVERYTHING Interlaken HAS TO OFFER

Spring/Summer

Skydiving, bungee jumping, hang gliding, paragliding, hike Harder Klum (or take the funicular), canyoning, high ropes, jet boat, vertical rush, ice climbing, kayaking, hire a bike or scooter, festivals, chocolate making workshop, summer BBQ’s at the hostel

Autumn

Skydiving, canyon swing, paragliding, rafting, chocolate workshop, scenic flight, Halloween party, cheese fondue nights

Winter

Cheese fondue nights, skiing, snowboarding, glacier landing, Christmas markets, New Years Eve parties, snowshoeing, night sledding, chocolate making workshop

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Interlaken's CLIMATE

Interlaken’s cold winters and mild summers make it the perfect place for extreme sports all year round. Its winters are ideal for ski and snowboard enthusiasts - December is the best month for snowfall with an average of 55cm, however February gets the most days of it. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -1 degree. Interlaken’s spring and summers benefit from awesome conditions for adventure lovers to get their adrenaline pumping. July might be the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 20 degrees, but it’s also the wettest with an average rainfall of 140mm - just remember to pack an umbrella for whatever the season!

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SURVIVAL TIPS

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    It’s not THAT expensive Buy food from the grocery store around the corner from Balmer’s, or enjoy a BBQ at our Tent Village
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    Don’t trust your weather app We’re in a mountainous area and weather changes quickly.The only reliable weather source is from Meteoswiss
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    Tipping Tipping isn’t expected in Switzerland
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    You can drink from the lakes Thirsty? Cycle over to one of the lakes where drinking the water is safe (and free!)
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    For the best ice cream We recommend Gelateria Azzura

Currency Tips

  • A coffee
    3.5-4 CHF
  • Beer
    £3.90
  • Full day bike rental
    30-40 CHF
  • Marlboro cigarettes
    8.30 CHF
  • Simple dinner
    14 CHF
  • A decent dinner
    25 CHF
  • Bottle of water
    2-4 CHF
  • 5 day ski/snowboard hire and pass
    436 CHF
  • 1 day ski/snowboard hire and pass
    126 CHF
  • Skydiving
    395 CHF
  • Paragliding
    170 CHF

HOSTELS VS BUDGET HOTELS: WHICH SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

When you finally decide that it's time you want to set off to travel Europe, there are a few important things you need to plan first. And one of those is where you’re going to rest your head after those busy days of making new discoveries. Choosing the right accommodation for a backpacking trip can be tricky. Should I stay in a hostel or a hotel is a common question travellers ask themselves.

Today, we’re weighing out the pros and cons of hostels versus budget hotels to see which comes out on top if you’re a budding young backpacker…

Interlaken sits in the German speaking part of Switzerland but a lot of the locals also speak English and French.

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    Hallo
    Hello
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    Ja / Nein
    Yes / No
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    Ein bier bitte
    I would like a beer
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    Bitte
    Please
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    Vielen Dank
    Thank you
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    Wie viel kostet das?
    How much is it?
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    Wie heißen Sie?
    What’s your name?