How to Spend a Day in Interlaken

When life gets you down… go to the mountains. That is my new mantra. There is nothing more relaxing than an escape to nature to take your mind off of all the craziness that comes with the end of a semester. Plus, how can you visit Switzerland without taking a trip to the Alps?

Luckily I had time to squeeze in one more trip before I leave: the beautiful town of Interlaken. The train ride from Geneva to Interlaken, with a change in Bern, has some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen. There’s a reason Switzerland is famous for its trains!

Interlaken is known for its abundance of outdoors adventures, but if you only have one day there like I did, here are some things you should definitely check out:

  • The mountains!!! Take the funicular up Harder Kulm, where you will get an amazing view of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains and Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Unfortunately the funicular is closed in December, so my friend and I wandered around the town instead. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  • For lunch/dinner, try Des Alpes. It was recommended to us by an Interlaken local and they have a wide selection of traditional Swiss dishes.
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Tomato soup with vin chaud (hot wine)
  • Go to Schuh for hot chocolate! It is amazing. They literally give you a glass of warm milk with a chocolate cube in it, and you have to mix it until the chocolate is all melted. Soooo delicious.
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Hot chocolate

I can’t believe my semester in Switzerland has come to an end. It seems like just yesterday that I arrived in Geneva! My study abroad experience has been quite a roller coaster, but traveling made it all worth it. If you’re ever in Switzerland, train is the way to go. Train rides are breathtaking, therapeutic, and almost magical, and they allow you to take in views that you could never see by driving or flying. Even just hopping on a train to an unknown destination, you will discover all the beauty the country has to offer. Be adventurous! 😉

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