Now this tucked away town is deep in the heart of Switzerland. It is probably one of the greatest places to go if you need to quench your adventurous thirst. Interlaken has every possible extreme sport one can dream up. If you want to go ice climbing, you can do it. If you want to go sky diving, you can do it (and what better place to do it than right over the Swiss Alps). If you want to go canyoning, you can do it (google it). This gorgeous town nestled right in between 2 lakes (hence the name Inter- between and Laken- lakes), is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world to explore.
Interlaken has a very fun loving atmosphere that is shared by all of its residents. This is probably one of the most pristine places I have ever been and would probably give up something super awesome to go back there again. This travel destination does push some of the other extreme destinations to the curb in my opinion. I have never been to a place where I could drink tap water that came from the mountain that also calls this place home. The ability to really become a part of nature through the endless amount of outdoor sports that are offered cannot be compared to any other places I have visited.
In addition, if you would like a taste of tradition Swiss culture there are various shops and parts of the city that can give you that. As long as you stay away from the Hooters and Casino in town, you will get an untainted view of Swiss mountain/countryside culture. It truly pained me to leave and I know that many others that have been to this place have felt the same.
One of the great places to stay for the adventurer if called Balmers. This is a hostel and might not be fit for those older individuals or couples. It is a definite for younger people who are interested in meeting people from around the world. The people that visit this extreme slice of Switzerland all come for the adventure. You cannot stay at the hostel if you are not into partying hard at night and really immersing yourself with what Interlaken has to offer by day. It is definitely meant for those with a rebellious edge that enjoy the calculated, and miscalculated risks that Interlaken has to offer.
In my next post I’ll go over some of the exciting things you can do in Interlaken that will most definitely give you a much needed jolt of adrenaline.