By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman and historic photos by Interlaken Tourism)
There is a small village in Switzerland called Interlaken that seems as though it was frozen in the past.
With a population of only 6,000 people and 15,000 counting the adjacent villages,
many of the buildings date back to 1133.
In the beginning, an Augustinian Closter Monastery cared for monks and nuns, then the nearby Hotel Interlaken began its reign to become the oldest elegant hotel in the village.
The best way to see Interlaken’s Old Town is to ride in a traditional horse and carriage, sit back and be amazed by the mix of architecture from different centuries. There are modern, traditional Swiss and ancient buildings with modern touches.
The romantic ride takes visitors back as they listen to the clopping sound of the horse’s hooves moving across the streets.
The train is a convenient way to travel as the station is right downtown surrounded by hotels and shops.
Today Interlaken brags of more than 60 hotels in all categories and international restaurants from around the world.
With two lakes, visitors can choose from day and evening old paddle-wheel steamer cruises, swimming and water sports.
Another surprise, this beautiful quaint village is the Adventure Capital of Europe.
No other place in Europe offers such a density of Adventure sports including
river rafting, cannoning, ice climbing, paragliding, base jumping, mountain biking, skiing and a huge variety of sports for every age and generation.
Adventurers have a choice surrounding mountains and lakes to rappel, jump and slide down waterfalls and canyons. There is soft adventure for families or more dangerous adventure for the others.
BASE jumping (B.A.S.E. jumping), is different from sky diving. Participants jump from mountains and use a parachute to break their fall. One young lady explained, “We study how long it takes an object to fall from a mountain and determine when to activate the parachute.”
Just two hours from Zurich, Interlaken offers direct trains to Germany, French high speed train connections to Paris and other international connections.
Interlaken is a great stopping point to take day tours to several popular destinations like the Schilthorn Mountain’s Piz Gloria. You can see scenes from the James Bond 007 shoot of “His Majesty Service“, thrill to their 360 degree panorama view and dine at the revolving restaurant. Cable cars whisk you up to the top.
Stefan Otz, Director/.CEO Interlaken Tourism, welcomes visitors, “Come to Interlaken and you will see everything here, the lakes, mountains and nature is what Switzerland is all about. Spend 4-5-or-6 days without doing the same thing twice.”
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