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General Info about Interlaken :
Welcome to Interlaken!
Come to Interlaken - captivating "capital" of Switzerland's beautiful Bernese Oberland. Interlaken is a delightful destination for memorable holidays and conventions. The town is located between the lakes of Thun and Brienz, at the foot of the towering trio of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau.

Season :
High Season
Summer months June - September as well as Christmas/New Year's.

Mid Season
Springtime and fall, April, May and October.

Low Season
From November until March.

VAT There is a Value Added Tax of 3.6% on accommodation and breakfast, 7.6% on meals and beverages.

Tipping Service charge is included in prices of hotels, restaurants, hairdressers and taxis. For extraordinary quality of service small tips are certainly well appreciated.

Time Zone :
GMT + 1 hr, EST + 6 hrs.

Daylight savings time (+ 1 hr) end of March until end of Oktober.

Tourist Taxes :
Visitors' Card
As a visitor in Interlaken, Matten or Unterseen you are obliged to pay tourist taxes. In return you will receive from your host or the tourist office our attractive visitor's card, which entitles you to numerous reductions in the Jungfrau Region. Consult the listings in the Jungfrau Magazine upon your arrival.

Tourist Taxes Interlaken / Matten / Unterseen
(Tourist taxes incl. state tax of CHF -.60)

For stays at hotels and apartments
Adults CHF 2.95 per person / per night (summer months)
Adults CHF 2.65 per person / pro night (winter months)
Children 0 - 16 years free!
For stays at camping sites and group accommodations:
Adults CHF 2.20 per person / per night (year round)

Electric Current :
220 Volt , 50 Hertz.

Language :
Interlaken is situated in the german speaking part of Switzerland. In addition to the German language many locals speak English and French, as well.

Population :
The population of Interlaken (including the three political communities of Interlaken, Matten and Unterseen) is approx. 15'000

Opening Hours :
Tourist Information
Month Day Time
July / August - mid September Mon - Fri 08.00 - 19.00
Sat 08.00 - 17.00
Sun 10.00 - 12.00, 17.00 - 19.00
from mid September Mon - Fri 08.00 - 18.00
Sat 09.00 - 13.00
Sun closed
May / June Mon - Fri 08.00 - 18.00
Sat 08.00 - 16.00
Sun closed
October - April Mon - Fri 08.00 - 12.00 , 13.30 - 18.00
Sat 09.00 - 12.00
Sun closed
Shops & Stores (Standard hours) Mon - Fri 08.00 - 12.00 , 13.30 - 18.30
Sat 08.00 - 16.00
Bank Mon - Fri 08.00 - 12.00, 13.30 - 17.00
Money Exchange Desks (Railway Stations) Station Interlaken West Mon - Sun 07.00 - 20.00
Station Interlaken Ost Mon - Sun 06.00 - 20.00
Post Office Mon - Fri 07.45 - 12.00, 13.30 - 18.15
Sat 08.30 - 12.00

Tourist Information :
54km (34 miles) SE of Bern, 130km (81 miles) SW of Zurich

Interlaken is the tourist capital of the Bernese Oberland. Cableways and cog railways designed for steeply inclined mountains connect it with most of the region's villages and dazzling sights, including the snowy heights of the Jungfrau, which rises a short distance to the south. Excursion possibilities from Interlaken are both numerous and dazzling.

This "town between the lakes" (Thun and Brienz) has been a vacation resort for over 300 years. Although it began as a summer resort, it developed into a year-round playground, altering its allure as the seasons change. During the winter, skiers take advantage of the town's low prices. Interlaken charges low-season prices in January and February, when smaller resorts at higher altitudes are charging their highest rates of the year. The most expensive time to visit Interlaken is during midsummer, when high-altitude and snow less ski resorts often charge their lowest rates.

An Augustinian monastery was founded in Interlaken in 1130 but was later closed during the Reformation; the ruins can still be seen in a park in the center of town. Tourism to the area is said to have begun in 1690, when Margrave Frederic Albert of Brandenburg journeyed into the snow-covered rocks of the Jungfrau massif. However, tourism as we know it today dawned at the beginning of the 19th century, when artists and writers -- many of them British -- were drawn to the town by its scenery. As the country's railroad and steamer services improved, a steady stream of visitors followed, including such notables as Mark Twain, Goethe (who seems to have lived everywhere), Wagner, Mendelssohn, and representatives of European royal families.

Hotel List :
Hotel Interlaken, Hotel Lötschberg, Hotel Metropole, Hotel Weisses Kreuz, Lindner Grand Hotel Beau-Rivage, Park-Hotel Mattenhof, Royal St. Georges, The Swiss Inn, Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa.

Attractions :
Garden Clock - Interlaken The best way to see everything in Interlaken is to walk. You can either randomly stroll around, enjoying the panoramic views in all directions, or follow a more structured walking tour.

The Höheweg covers 14 hectares (35 acres) in the middle of town between the two train stations. Once the property of Augustinian monks, it was acquired in the mid-19th century by the hotel keepers of Interlaken, who turned it into a park. As you stroll along Höhenpromenade, admire the famous view of the Jungfrau mountain. Another beautiful sight is the flower clock at the Kursaal (casino). You're also sure to see some fiacres, or horse-drawn cabs. The promenade is lined with hotels, cafes, and gardens.

Cross over the Aare River to Unterseen, built in 1280 by Berthold von Eschenbach. Here you can visit the parish church, with its late Gothic tower dating from 1471. This is one of the most photographed sights in the Bernese Oberland. The Mönch appears to the left of the tower, the Jungfrau on the right.

Back in Interlaken, visit the Touristik-Museum der Jungfrau-Region, am Stadthausplatz, Obere Gasse 26 (tel. 033/822-98-39), the first regional tourism museum in the country. Exhibitions show the growth of tourism in the region throughout the past 2 centuries. The museum is open from May to mid-October Tuesday to Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Admission is 5F ($3.25), or 3F ($1.95) with a Visitor's Card. Children are charged 2F ($1.30).

To see the sights of Interlaken, Matten, and Unterseen by fiacre, line up at the Interlaken West train station. The half-hour round-trip tour costs 39F ($25) for one or two, plus 11F ($7.15) for each additional person; children 7 to 16 are charged half fare, and those 6 and under ride free.

Other attractions in the area include animal parks, afternoon concerts, and steamers across Lakes Brienz and Thun. During the summer, visitors can sit in covered grandstands and watch Schiller's version of the William Tell story and the formation of the Swiss Confederation. We also recommend the delectable pastries sold in the local cafes.

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