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IN A NUTSHELL
WHAT: Interlaken.
WHERE: Central Switzerland, in the Bernese Oberland southeast of the Swiss capital of Bern.
WHY: Alpine lakes, snow capped mountains, hiking trails and famous Appenzell cheese; hut-to-hut hiking; skiing in the winter.
WHEN: June to September for the real hiking trails.  Spring and fall for outdoor walks and sightseeing.  Snowsports in the winter.
HOW: Weekend trip for those in Southern Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.  Take a look at our map page for more details.

Take a look at our Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen galleries to get a feel for this extreme sports mecca.  Interlaken isn't just for hikers in the summer.  Numerous adventure sport outfitters offer a bevy of activities, including paragliding, whitewater rafting, canyoning, and mountain climbing.  This area of Central Switzerland features fast and furious rivers, narrow slot canyons, ice blue lakes, and white capped mountains. 

The nearby valley of Lauterbrunnen is a fantastic hiking and scenic destination, with numerous waterfalls in this short steep walled valley.
 
Central Interlaken   Green plaza in Central Interlaken serves as a paragliding landing strip
Entering the water to start canyoning   Getting wet: starting off on a canyoning trip
Sliding down rapids in Central Switzerland   Scrambling over rocks in the Bernese Oberland
Two guides lead a group canyoning   Narrow slot canyon in Central Switzerland
Sliding down a rope into a cold pool of water   Ice blue waters of Lake Brienz
Blue waters around Interlaken   Small Casino in Interlaken
High mountains of Grindelwald, a mountain village outside of Interlaken   View of the Grindelwald valley
Green slopes with Lake Brienz in the distance   Looking out over Interlaken towards Lake Thun
The bottom of the Stechelberg Falls in the Lauterbrunnen valley   Snowcapped alpine ridges above Grindelwald
Lauterbrunnen waterfalls right in the center of the small Swiss village   Towering Lauterbrunnen falls
Ice blue lake north of Interlaken on the way to Lucerne   Stechelberg Falls as seen from the trail
River running down the valley   Signs warning visitors away from the bottom of Lauterbrunnen falls


Here is an overview map of the region.  For a larger, more detailed map, see our Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen map page.


 

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