Interlaken is a tourist town found in the center of Switzerland between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. We stayed at a Lake View Chalet (Airbnb) in Bönigen just walking distance from Lake Brienz & it was beyond breathtaking.
Our Airbnb was a 10-minute bus ride from downtown Interlaken & more affordable than any hotel in the city center. MY TIP: Stay in Bönigen, save money & enjoy the gorgeous views! Public transportation was our best friend during our Switzerland trip. Download the bus schedule and use it!
We ate at a café for dinner in downtown Interlaken (not worth mentioning). We paid almost $25/plate and $10 for a small bowl of soup (still bitter about it). Do some research and find yourself an affordable restaurant with a lot of reviews! Interlaken is a TOURIST hotspot! Be prepared for expensive restaurants, drinks & activities.
ICE MAGIC was by far my greatest memory in Interlaken. During the winter months downtown Interlaken is transformed into a winter wonderland with a variety of skating rinks, skating runways, Ice go-kart tracks, food stands & DJ’s (my fave part). Rent some skates, do a few laps, pick yourself up some Gluwein and enjoy Ice Magic!
After our ice skating adventures in Interlaken, we took a 20 minute train from city center Interlaken to Grindelwald, Switzerland.
Grindelwald is a picture perfect town filled with ski slopes for all ages, sledding, local bars and incredible mountainous views. If you are an adrenaline junkie or thrill seeker, I HIGHLY recommend the Cliff Walk at the top of the mountain. The Cliff Walk was built on a cliff (obvi) allowing tourists to walk alongside a narrow walkway with hundreds of feet between you and the ground below. After walking on the edge of the cliff you will walk across a suspension bridge that will lead you to an observation point giving you the ultimate view and experience. If you aren’t scared of heights, you might be after this…
After the exhilarating Cliff Walk, there is a restaurant selling both food and alcoholic drinks! Perfect for skiers/snowboarders who are looking for a midday snack or a cold brew.
In the city center of Grindelwald we purchased a Gondola pass for $30/per person for unlimited rides up the mountain. After a 20 minute cable car ride you will arrive at Grindelwald-First where you will find the thrilling cliff walk & an adventurous sled ride down the mountain.
We rented each sled for $15 and headed down the mountain from the platform above! Put your childhood sledding memories aside because adult sledding in the Swiss Alps is on another level ladies and gentleman. WHAT A RIDE ! Plan to be on the mountain sledding for 2-3 hours and enjoy the views. Unfortunately I didn’t realize the seriousness of sledding so I wore yoga pants and cotton gloves. Here’s what you’ll need: Snow pants, waterproof gloves/waterproof shoes and a damn good attitude!
Finish up your day at Avocado, a local pub located in the city center of Grindelwald. Free Wi-Fi, card games, Jenga & Spice Girls playing in the background. What more do you need after a long day on the slopes? Avocado is a dive bar with great views of the Swiss Alps & affordable drinks (YAS).
Going back to Interlaken & Grindelwald during the summer months is on the top of my to do list! Mountain biking, hiking & sunny days are enough to convince me to go back to the Jungfrau Region!
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