LIFESTYLE: Travel: A FEW DAYS IN INTERLAKEN

Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage - Interlaken/Schweiz

Once upon a time Interlaken mesmerised the Victorians with mountain scenes from the chandelier-lit precincts of all the grand hotels; it’s still doing that today, but for adventurers and daredevils, this is also a playground for any adventure that’s loaded with adrenaline

The town takes its name from its location between two lakes. It overlaps the glittering Lakes Thun and Brienz and is dazzled by the pearly whites of the mighty Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

The scenery here is mind-blowing; it’s straight out of a story book. Blue lakes with white-capped snowy mountains surrounded by green rolling hills and rocky mountains.

Even if you’re not an adventurer seeking the next thrill – Interlaken is perfect for any visitor to experience Switzerland. And the best place to stay …one of those chandelier-lit grand hotels that’s in the middle of all the action.

Boasting a spectacular view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau Rivage certainly lives up to its name. As you step through the grand foyer into the hotel, you will be transported back in time to enjoy the renowned grandeur and hospitality of a Swiss Grand Hotel without missing any modern comforts.

And after a day of sightseeing and adventure filled adrenaline pumping through your veins, you can go back and relax at the Beauty Center & Panorama Spa. Unwind in the indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam bath, or power up in the gym offering classic massages and cosmetics from Clarins.

The hotel boasts 101 rooms and the suites offer ease and comfort and that special feeling of being far removed from everyday life. The magnificent view of the impressive mountain tops or of the turquoise-green water of the river Aare elicits many Oohhhhs and Aaahhhs.

Be it the luxury suite or a tastefully furnished double room – you can enjoy the comfort of a five-star hotel with a dash of Zeitgeist all around you. Many of the rooms also spoil you with a balcony or loggia. The suites are a feel-good world of their own and bring you ‘suite dreams’ in a marvelous alpine world!

If you’re in town for business or need to arrange a conference, the hotel is perfect for that as well. There are 12 daylight event rooms with modern conference technology for up to 350 people and a magnificent banquet hall.

Top 5 things to do in Interlaken

The best way to experience this beautiful city is just to ask one of the concierges at the hotel to put an amazing itinerary together for you – they will even give you discount vouchers for most of the main attractions.

Ride to the top of Europe

Just a stone’s throw away from the hotel, you can catch the Jungfraujoch train to the highest railway station in Europe. This epic mountain railway journey takes 2½ hours and snakes through the Lauterbrunnen valley before climbing up into the Alps past the North Face of the Eiger to the Jungfrau glaciers themselves. There is a glacier palace here as well as some amazing views.

Explore St Beatus Caves

St Beauts Caves are a natural system of caves next to Lake Thun. The best way to reach them is by boat or bus from Interlaken or Thun. Then it is just a few hundred metres to the entrance of the caves. Fourteen kilometres of the cave system are explored and a segment of one kilometre is open to visitors.

You can find out more about the cave’s history and geology in its museum and there’s also a restaurant with a splendid view of Lake Thun.

Explore the old town

This beautiful town has many historical buildings. Take a stroll along the Aare River which leads to the centre of the Old Town at Unterseen. The sights include the Jungfrau Regional Museum, the 13th-century church, and the town hall. Marktgasse leads into Höheweg and the centre of Interlaken. From here you can enjoy the Japanese Garden before exploring Interlaken Castle.

Go for a hike

There are hundreds of hiking routes around Interlaken  – everything from small circular routes to high-altitude treks. In spring the alpine meadows are glorious with their flowers. There are also routes above Interlaken and around Lake Thun. Hiking is a major attraction here and with so many wonderful views and picnic spots a day out exploring is a real must for anyone coming to this area.

Learn about chocolate-making

Switzerland is renowned for its chocolate and one only has to wander down the main streets to see exquisite displays of sugary treats. In the Grand Café Restaurant Schuh there are opportunities to learn about the art of chocolate-making and taste a few of the products. There’s also nothing quite like walking down Interlaken’s shopping area and deciding which chocolate to buy from the vast displays.

For more info visit https://www.lindner.de/

 

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