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Destinations in Interlaken
Top things to See and Do in Interlaken
Gorgeously blue waters can be found both east and west of Interlaken, though Lake Brienz is most popular when it comes to lake bathing. The natural lidos around the perimeter invite you to immerse yourself in the invigorating waters and cool off from the summer sun. And unless there are signs telling you not to, you can swim anywhere you want in both Brienz and Thun.
Lidos of Lake Brienz
There are quite a few man-made and natural lidos on Lake Brienz, including Bönigen Lido, which is kitted out with inflatable water trampolines and even a heated outdoor swimming pool - ideal if you're not too keen on the freshwater. Burgseeli Natural Lido is known for its sunbathing meadow, barbeque facilities and unusually warm waters, which can reach up to 26ºC
Lake Thun Beaches
Similar to Lake Brienz, Lake Thun has numerous bathing areas around its edges that are very popular in summer. However, it's a pretty big lake, so unless you're prepared to walk or get public transport, you're better off sticking to the beaches in Brienz.
Shopping in Interlaken is diverse, but for high-street buys, the Oberland Shopping Centre will be your best bet. The Höheweg is also home to a range of middle-of-the-road shops, selling a variety of typically Swiss goods, including wood-carved children's toys, Swiss army knives and the most important product of all - chocolate.
It wouldn't be Switzerland without watches. The Höheweg, the main shopping street in town, is the location for all the prestigious jewellers and watch merchants, from Rolex and Tissot to Omega and Swarovski.
Catch a movie at the cinema or hone your skills with a game of billiards - the possibilities are endless. If you prefer an even quieter night, opt for a stroll around the town before having a drink at your hotel bar.
Partygoers will find a selection of lively bars and clubs either down south on the Hauptstrasse, or to the west of Interlaken on the Rosenstrasse. The locals, though, usually head over to Matten. For a more cultural atmosphere, make sure you're around for one of the various music, art and theatre festivals that take place throughout the summer, or tag along to a gig at one of the local venues.
Interlaken is said to have the widest selection of traditional and regional cuisines in the whole of Switzerland, lots of them on the Marktgasse and the streets that surround the central roundabout. The promenade at Lake Brienz has a small choice of restaurants if you want some stunning lake views, though you may prefer to get a bus up there as it's quite a walk from the centre of town.
French favourites at Café de Paris
In a beautiful building on the Marktgasse is the Café de Paris, offering traditional French cuisine with a few local twists. You can enjoy dinner outside under the canopy, or inside for a more intimate experience. Tartare de boeuf is a speciality dish here, among other brasserie-style options.
Swiss cheese at Brasserie St George
Part of the Hotel Royal St Georges, Brasserie St Georges is an elegant and spacious restaurant serving up modern Swiss dishes. The cheese fondue is a popular appetiser choice.
Pad Thai at Little Thai
Just outside of town is Little Thai, a small and simple Thai restaurant with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The food is truly authentic and their portions are generous.