Interlaken is a unique, yet traditional, resort town in the Bernese Highlands of the Swiss Alps. As the name suggests, the town sits on a narrow stretch of valley between two lakes: Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
Expect to feel like you have stepped through the wardrobe and into Narnia, where old timber houses are surrounded by glistening waters and a backdrop of towering mountains and dense forests. Let’s just say you are now in hiking and skiing heaven!
However, no matter how magical this town is, similar to most of Switzerland, hotels can be pretty pricey which is why we’ve put together this list of our recommended hostels and hotels so you can make the most out of your trip to Interlaken.
- 1 Best Budget Places to Stay in Interlaken
- 2 Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Interlaken
- 3 Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Interlaken
- 4 Tours in Interlaken
Best Budget Places to Stay in Interlaken
Budget Hotels and Hostels Comparison
|Happy Inn Lodge||Interlaken East Port||$23+ for a dorm
$90+ for private rooms
|Interlaken Youth Hostel||Harder Kulm||$40-60 for a dorm|
|Balmers Hostel (Balmers Herberge)||Jungfrau Park||$35+ for a dorm
$100+ for a private room
Happy Inn Lodge
Near: Interlaken East Port
Price Range: $23-150 a night
If you want a budget/affordable stay in Interlaken (which is rare!), Happy Inn Lodge is a great choice. This pub/hostel has a very social atmosphere, where guests can chill in the rustic bar and restaurant, or outside terrace. Located in the center, you are perfectly located to take the shuttle service to the surrounding ski areas and you’ll get a free bus pass on arrival.
During the summer, you can easily get around via a hired car or bike. Although the lodge itself is basic with functionally furnished rooms, you will have everything you need! Hot food and showers, comfortable beds, sizeable rooms, live music in the bar, and did I mention that the staff can help organize skydiving, paragliding or canyoning for you? Oh yeah! (Prices start at $23 a night for a bed in a dorm)
Near: Harder Kulm
Price Range: $40 a night
Points to Interlaken Youth Hostel for location! Perfect for a lone backpacker or families getting off the Interlaken Ost Train Station, this hostel is just a minute walk away. The first thing you will notice is how basic the building is, it almost blends into the nature that surrounds it and the same goes for the inside.
The rooms here are very minimalist with wooden furnishings, and the shared areas exude a warm and comfortable feel (much needed when the weather is cold!).
The highlights of this hostel are the incredible variety of food at the restaurant as well as its facilities such as table tennis, billiards, and bike rentals. The Aare Cycle Route starts nearby so it’s really ideal for a bike adventure! (Prices start at $40 a night for a single room with a shared bathroom
Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Hostel World
Balmers Hostel (Balmers Herberge)
Near: Jungfrau Park
Price Range: $30-175 a night
A hub for young backpackers looking to socialize and party, Balmers Hostel offers fun right in the heart of the Swiss Alps! In this typical Swiss chalet, you’ll find an outdoor beer garden (complete with hammocks!), barbecue facilities, a games room, cozy common areas and an on-site club with live music and theme parties!
They even offer free bikes in the summer. Does this sound like a jam-packed hostel or what? The rooms here at Balmers are simply furnished with shared bathrooms, but who cares when you have a hot tub and a fireplace, am I right? (Prices start at $30 a night for a bed in a dorm) If you want to read more, check out: Our Stay at Balmer’s Herberge in Interlaken Switzerland
Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Interlaken
Mid-Range Hotel Comparison
|Hotel Tell||3 km away from Lake Brienz||$60-190 a night|
|Hotel Beausite||Harder Kulm||$95-250 a night|
|Carlton Europe Hotel||Ost Train Station||$100-280 a night|
Near: 3 km away from Lake Brienz
Price Range: $60-190 a night
Located just 15 minutes away from the train station with a bus stop that takes you directly to Jungfrau, this little Swiss Chalet is a perfect option for travelers looking for a comfortable stay while in Interlaken. Apart from the cozy and clean rooms, there is a pub connected directly to the hotel which is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.
Apart from the convenient bus stop locations, the best part about this hotel is the stunning views of the mountains right from your bedroom window! (Prices start at $60 for a single room)
Near: Harder Kulm
Price Range: $95-250 a night
For a more modern country feel, and if you prefer a country estate to a country cottage, Hotel Beausite is the ideal choice. Located in the historical part of Interlaken, you get the best of both worlds from being in the stunning mountains to being just a 5-minute walk to the town center and West Train Station. Perfect right! You can walk literally everywhere and when you return, you get to enjoy free coffee and cake. Even more perfect after a long country walk!
If you’re not a walker or want to explore further, don’t fret. All guests are given the Interlaken Card for free use of public transport in the town and surrounding areas! Even after all this, the highlight of your stay will be the incredibly friendly and helpful staff, and of course your comfortable rooms. (Prices start at $95 a night for a single room)
Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | AgodaCarlton Europe Hotel
Near: Ost Train Station
Price Range: $100-280 a night
Located a mere 100m away from the train station, the Carlton Europe is an ideal place to explore the stunning Jungfrau region. The staff are incredibly friendly, helping you plan your stay in Interlaken. The hotel comes with a free breakfast which is a great addition to travelers.
Apart from the beautiful views, the hotel itself is beautifully furnished with modern yet classic interiors. During the summer you can relax in the outdoor garden and pool area. (Prices start at $100 for a single room)
Luxury Hotel Comparison
|Hotel Interlaken||Harderbahn Funicular - Lower Station||$110-600 a night|
|Beatus Wellness & SPA Hotel||Beatus Cave||$400-780 a night|
|Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa||20 mins. from Ost Railway Station||$390-1500 a night|
Near: Harderbahn Funicular – Lower Station
Price Range: $110-600 a night
Located right in the heart of Interlaken is a piece of luxury in the country, also known as Hotel Interlaken. You are in proximity to everything, particularly restaurants and shops, the Japenese Gardens and the Eastern Train Station. Although central, as soon as you walk into this 4-star hotel, you will feel like you’re in the center of the mountains.
The rooms are absolutely stunning, with big plush beds, natural alpine furnishings and, of course, breathtaking mountain views! This modern feel also extends to the dining areas, with the lounge and bar area feeling particularly warm and cozy. Take advantage of this newly renovated hotel, its prime location, and excellent food! (Prices start at $110 a night for an economy single room)
Near: Beatus Cave
Price Range: $400-780 a night
What says luxury more than a spa and wellness center? At the Beatus Wellness & Spa Hotel, they offer you this area free of charge. Yes, I said free! Obviously, you can then request to use the sauna and sun beds or book a massage. With this luxury hotel, you can expect top of the art spa facilities, fine dining, rich food and immaculate maintenance.
Located right on the shore of Lake Thun, most areas have floor to ceiling windows to take full advantage of the views. Imagine sitting in your bathtub with private views of the lake and mountains, or swimming in the indoor pool or salt-water pool outdoors. Wherever you are, you’ll always be surrounded by this incredible scenery. (Prices start at $400 a night for a double room with a mountain view)
Near: 20 mins. from Ost Railway Station
Price Range: $390-1500 a night
The Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa is grand indeed! Seriously, bare with me when you read this as it is not a dream. You will find this hotel at the foot of the snow-capped Jungfrau between two idyllic lakes, and with a picturesque location comes perfection inside. The whole hotel boasts elegant and stylish interiors, extending to the classic and contemporary rooms.
With on-point design also comes top notch facilities! Here you will find an award-winning restaurant offering a variety of cuisines, and a top of the range spa, pool, and fitness center. With these facilities also comes high-class treatments, as well as sport and health coaching. As the icing on the cake, you also have the option of heading to the private spa. Just imagine a luxury private session followed by relaxing in the cozy spa bar serving healthy spa cuisine. WOW! (Prices start at $390 a night for a superior double room)
So there we go, the top accommodation options for Interlaken! With the area being a mecca for skiing, hiking and biking enthusiasts, travelers flock here and you could be next! Although pricey, if you take the free transport and unique landscapes into account, surely a trip here is worth it?
Tours in Interlaken
Once you’ve found your hotel in Interlaken, it’s now time for some fun and adventure. Interlaken is arguably the adventure capital of Switzerland so naturally, there are a TON of things to do! Here are a few of our recommended activities and tours that are worth checking out.
Day trip to Jungfraujoch Mountain One of the best things to do in Interlaken is to go to Jung Frau which is known as the top of Europe. During the tour, you can ride a cogwheel train from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch while visiting Europe’s highest railway station.
James Bond Small Group Tour Go on a small group tour taking you to the famous locations where they filmed the 1969 James Bond movies.
Tandem ParaglidingExperience the thrill of paragliding will seeing some of the most beautiful mountainous views in the world. This is the ultimate adventure experience!
Whitewater Rafting This super fun tour takes you through a 4-hour whitewater rafting excursion in the Lütschine River. The guides are extremely professional and safe, making it both a thrilling yet fun activity.
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