Flanked by the lakes Thun and Brienz, lies a town that is considered as the gateway to the Swiss Alps. Interlaken is an international center for tourism, during the summer and the winter. Its beautiful alpine surroundings are a haven to those who seek the thrill of outdoors and is also a stage for romantic and peaceful getaways. One of the most accessible mountain towns in Europe, Interlaken and the surrounding region hosts a wide spectrum of activities for all travelers. Those who seek an adrenaline rush, can go for canyoning and rafting on the mountain streams of the town.
The mountain vistas beckon those willing to take part in paragliding and helicopter skydiving. For those who love to explore, there are spectacular hiking trails and bike tours in the lap of the Alps. For the more conventional tourists, scenic sightseeing tours by train are very popular as this region is home to Europe's highest railroads. One can indulge in a uniquely Swiss culinary experience, with cheese and chocolate sampling tours that begin at Interlaken town. Marvel at the old Interlaken Abbey, a 900-year-old Swiss heritage gem, or soak in the splendor of the surrounding peaks and tranquil lake waters.
Lucerne is a small, but popular town located in central Switzerland. The city lies at the north end of Lake Lucerne, the fourth largest lake in the country. This sapphire lake is strangely shaped, with bends and arms and is surrounded by mountains that tell tales. Lucerne was even popular in the 19th century, and it still has a well-preserved medieval town. The views of Europe’s oldest enclosed bridges, rainbow-coloured houses, sunlit plazas and waterfront paths will make you wish you lived there. Though the city has a historical feel to it, its concert halls (especially the Kultur und Kongresszentrum), museums and carnivals give Lucerne a fresh vibe. Some of the major sightseeing spots are Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), Old Town, Spreuerbrücke, Museum Sammlung Rosengart, Hofkirche, Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, Jesuit Church, Löwendenkmal and the Gletschergarten (Glacier Garden).
The city is known for its love for music and literature. Thus, there are numerous festivals and events to entertain the locals and tourists. Lucerne is the perfect starting point to explore the best of Central Switzerland and sites like the Rütli Meadow, Mt. Pilatus and Mount Rigi.
Arrival in Interlaken by train 2nd class from the Swiss border or any Swiss airport. Overnight in Interlaken
Excursion from Interlaken up to the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe. From Interlaken Ost the train takes you via Grindelwald or Wengen to the Kleine Scheidegg, at the foot of the famous Eiger North Wall. The Jungfrau Railway takes you up to the Jungfraujoch – at 3454 m/11’333 ft the highest railway station in Europe.Breath-taking views of the Aletsch Glacier,the longest glacier in the Alps. Overnight inInterlaken.
Rail journey over the Brünig Pass to Lucerne. Overnight in Lucerne
Lake Lucerne cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then up to the Pilatus Kulm 2132 m/7000 ft by the steepest cogwheel railway in the world (from app. mid April/May to November, during winter you take the bus from Lucerne to Kriens and further with a panoramic gondola from Kriens to Pilatus. Time at leisure. Overnight in Lucerne.
Return to Swiss border or airport or continue your stay in Switzerland at your own request.