Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is an incredible Alpine town in southern Switzerland- a picturesque spot nestled in between sapphire-colred mountain lakes; an adrenaline-pumping resort tucked amidst towering snow-covered peaks. Hiking, skiing, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding, canyoning- it really is and outdoor lover's playground. Add amazing restaurants, top-tier shopping, and a thriving nightlife to the mix, and you've got a MUST-SEE destination for every Backpacker's tour through Europe. Interlaken- the adrenaline capital of Europe...

    Beautiful Interlaken

  • Rafting- Interlaken is one of Europe's premier destinations for whitewater rafting and kayaking. There are several rivers that run down the mountains into the local lakes, with sections for everyone from beginners to the most seasoned of river runners
  • Canyoning- Canyoning is another popular adventure sport in Interlaken. If you like jumping off cliffs into deep pools, zip lining through narrow rock canyons, and rappelling down cascading waterfalls, canyoning is the sport for you.
  • Ropes Course- Trying to conquer your vertigo? Interlaken's High Ropes course is just the cure… Various obstacles and challenges loom along this elevated ropes course- perfect for adrenaline junkies and LandLover's alike...
  • Hiking- Interlaken is a hiker's DREAM- countless trails wind up into the Alps, each providing unbelievable views of the mountains above and the valley below. Grab a map, pack a lunch, and get out into some of the most beautiful countryside in all of Europe.
  • Skiing- In winter, this place turns into an alpine sports lover's PARADISE. After all, it IS Switzerland, and these ARE the Alps… 'Nuff said.
  • Mountain Biking- While the trails are packed with skiers in winter, they're perfect for bikers in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Hire a bike in town, get a map of the local trails, and head out into some of the best mountain biking terrain BPU has ever seen.
  • Paragliding/Hang-gliding- Another way to get an adrenaline fix in Interlaken, paragliding and hang-gliding offer unique ways to view the countryside and soak up the incredible scenery that surrounds Interlaken.
  • Swimming- After all that activity, you'll be looking for a way to relax and let your body unwind. Head down to one of the local lakes, hang out in the sun, and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. Yes, it will be cold, even in the middle of summer, but it's a great way to unwind after a day full of activity.
  • Taking a dip...

  • Shopping- Being a tourist town, Interlaken is FULL of designer shops, outdoor outfitters, and kitschy boutiques. While it's definitely not the cheapest place to shop, perusing is free.
  • Cafes/Restaurants- There's no excuse for going hungry in Interlaken. From local Swiss delicacies to cuisine from the far reaches of the globe, Interlaken has something to cater to every appetite. Find the Thai place- it's AMAZING!
  • Party- Obviously, Interlaken attracts a high-energy crowd that likes to have a good time. Despite draining themselves through countless activities during the day, more often than not, these thrill-seekers tap into energy reserves and carry on well into the night. Bars, pubs, dicos, and clubs- again, there's something to suit every after-dark appetite. A word of advice- go out with moderation, as that rafting trip starts EARLY the next morning...

Sunset over Interlaken