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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.

Best Airbnbs to Stay in Interlaken

While there are some great hotel options in Interlaken, you may also want to check out Airbnb in Interlaken for some awesome stays. We especially love going the Airbnb route when we’re traveling in a group, or when we prefer a more independent stay with a local feel. 

Here are three amazing Airbnbs in Interlaken that you should consider. 

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Airbnb in Interlaken Comparison

NameLocationPrice
Mountain View Apartment Interlaken | Entire Home (1BR, 1B)Interlaken West; 10-minute walk from the train station$111 per night
Modern Loft in Interlaken Centre | Entire Home (1BR, 1B)Interlaken West; at the edge of Höhematte Park$185 per night
Maison Bergdorf | Entire Home (8BR, 8.5B)Interlaken West; 5-minute walk from Höhematte Park$1,777 per night

Mountain View Apartment Interlaken

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Interlaken West; 10-minute walk from the train station

Superhost: No

Price Range: From $111 per night

This apartment in the heart of Interlaken offers excellent value. Located just a 10-minute walk from the Interlaken West train station, this one-bedroom home has all the amenities you need for a great stay. 

The main space consists of a living area, dining table, and kitchen. Large and airy, this is a lovely place to just hang out after a long day of sightseeing. The safe transforms into a bed, so this apartment can sleep up to four people. 

Down the hall, there’s a spacious bedroom as well as a bathroom. The apartment may be simply furnished but it has a homely, cozy feel, and the hosts have been meticulous about including all the things you’d need. 

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Modern Loft in Interlaken Centre

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (1BR, 1B)

Location: Interlaken West; at the edge of Höhematte Park

Superhost: Yes

Price Range: From $185 per night

For a modern stay in the heart of Interlake, check out this loft-style apartment. Located about a 10-minute walk from the Interlaken West train station, it’s right along Höhematte Park where you can spot paragliders landing in the field at certain times of the day. 

The apartment is well-furnished and cozy. There’s a bedroom on the upper floor and tucked away in a corner are two bunk-beds, making it a great place for families or friends traveling together. 

The main area of the apartment holds the comfortable living room that faces the field as well as the kitchen and dining area. 

Having stayed in this Airbnb for a few days during our stay in Interlaken, we can personally vouch that this is a great Airbnb choice in Interlaken!

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Maison Bergdorf – Entire Villa

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Quick Info

Type: Entire Home (8BR, 8.5B)

Location: Interlaken West; 5-minute walk from Höhematte Park

Superhost: Yes

Price Range: From $1,777 per night

Traveling to Interlaken, Switzerland in a large group? There’s no better place to stay in Interlaken than this Airbnb that is a unique, historic chalet-villa that’s set not too far from the center of town. 

With eight bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, this home can sleep up to 10 guests. A charming mix of mid-century and modern design, this villa has tons of space for you and your group. The ground floor itself has three large parlours (one with an open fireplace!) where you can relax and enjoy. 

Other lovely spots are the sheltered terrace, two open verandas (on the upper floor), as well as the garden. 

This home exudes so much warmth and character and it’s the ideal spot for a group traveling to Interlaken. 

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Best Budget Places to Stay in Interlaken

Budget Hotels in Interlaken Comparison

Hotel NameLocationPrice
Happy Inn LodgeInterlaken East Port$23+ for a dorm
$90+ for private rooms
Interlaken Youth HostelHarder Kulm$40-60 for a dorm
Balmers Hostel (Balmers Herberge)Jungfrau Park$35+ for a dorm
$100+ for a private room

Happy Inn Lodge

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Bunk Beds|Twin Triple|Quadruple Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

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)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Hostel World


Interlaken Youth Hostel

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Single|Double|Quadruple|Sextuple Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

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)

Quick Info
Room Type: Dorms|Twin|Double|Triple|Quadruple Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

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

Compare prices and read reviews, check: Booking.com | Hostel World

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Best Mid-Range Places to Stay in Interlaken

Mid-Range Hotels in Interlaken Comparison

Hotel NameLocationPrice
Hotel Tell3 km away from Lake Brienz$60-190 a night
Hotel BeausiteHarder Kulm$95-250 a night
Carlton Europe HotelOst Train Station$100-280 a night

Hotel Tell

Quick Info
Room Type: Single|Twin Rooms| Double| Family

WI-FI: Yes

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)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Agoda

Hotel Beausite

Quick Info
Room Type: Single|Double|Triple|Quadruple|Family Rooms

WI-FI: Yes

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.

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 | Agoda

Carlton Europe Hotel

Quick Info
Room Type: Single|Double|Triple|Quadruple

WI-FI: Yes

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)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Agoda

Best Luxurious Places to Stay in Interlaken

Luxury Hotels in Interlaken Comparison

Hotel NameLocationPrice
Hotel InterlakenHarderbahn Funicular - Lower Station$110-600 a night
Beatus Wellness & SPA HotelBeatus Cave$400-780 a night
Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa20 mins. from Ost Railway Station$390-1500 a night

Hotel Interlaken

Quick Info
Room Type: Economy|Business Single|Double|Twin|Triple|Quadruple Rooms|Junior Suites|Deluxe Junior Suites

WI-FI: Yes

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)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Agoda

Beatus Wellness & SPA Hotel

Quick Info
Room Type: Superior|Double|Twin Rooms|Junior Suites|Tower Suites

WI-FI: Yes

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 sunbeds 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)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Agoda

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Quick Info
Room Type: Superior|Deluxe|Double Rooms|Junior Suites|Premium Suites

WI-FI: Yes

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.  (Prices start at $390 a night for a superior double room)

Compare prices and read reviews, check:  Booking.com | Agoda

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! Read our full paragliding review here!

Skydiving in Interlaken (click the link to read about our 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.

Travel Must: At the risk of sounding like your parents, make sure you get travel insurance before hitting the road. Trust us, it’s one of those things you don’t want to leave home without. We recommend either World Nomads or Safety Wing, depending on the type of traveler you are.


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