Interlaken is a municipality and town in the administrative district of Interlaken-Oberhasli, in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. It is a famous and internationally known tourist destination in the Swiss Alps, in the Bernese Oberland region. It is the primary transport gateway to the lakes and mountains of that region. If you are thinking of taking a trip to Switzerland to see the Swiss Alps, then start at Interlaken.
The town of Interlake is situated on the Bodeli, in between Lake Briez and Lake Thun, and runs along the Aare Rivers that flows in between the two lakes. The transport routes to the west and east along the lakes are not all. There is a route south that goes into the mountains, and it follows the Lutschine River.
Interlaken has a reputation as an international resort area, and that began as far back as 1800 because of the landscapes of notable Swiss landscape artists. They helped popularize the region and draw a lot of people there over the last few centuries. There was a Swiss festival of culture called the Unspunnenfest, and it brought a lot of tourists to the area in 1805 and 1808. Beginning in 1820, tourists and health-conscious travelers came to the region for the mountain air and healthful spa treatment. In 1850, the big Kursaal opened up in 1859 as a health spa. The several hotels combined with excellent transportation links made it simple for these first tourists to come there. In 1835, there was a steam ship route that opened up along Lake Thun, and there was another one opened on Lake Brienz from Brienz.
When transport links were opened up, hotels were built on the route to the Jungfrau. There were a number of luxury hotels built from 1860-75 and 1890-1914. There were great views of the Jungfrau and the mountains that surrounded it.
The amazing growth of the tourism industry came to an end in 1914 when the start of World War I started, but it resumed again after the war was over. There was another big downturn in tourism after World War II. Interlaken began to recover from the war in 1955, and Interlaken reinvented itself as a conference and convention center.
The town is mostly a base from which to explore the areas around it. Some of the main attractions include the Jungfrau region. The mountains of the Jungfrau region, include the Jungfrau, the Eiger, and the Monch.
Jungfrau Park, which is an amusement park, is located to the south of Interlaken.
Interlaken Photo Gallery
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