Interlaken Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Interlaken

Interlaken, situated between two alpine lakes, is a true paradise for tourists, especially those who are sports enthusiasts. It houses a Roman Catholic Church, the Garden of Friendship, Casino Kursaal, a tourist museum, and many other interesting attractions. Follow this self-guided tour to discover this beautiful city!
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Interlaken Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Interlaken Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Interlaken (See other walking tours in Interlaken)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Höheweg Boulevard
  • Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden)
  • Schlosskirche (Castle Church)
  • Swiss Chocolate Chalet
  • Hohematte Park
  • Casino Kursaal Interlaken
  • Covered Bridge
  • Jungfrau Region Tourism Museum
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Höheweg Boulevard

1) Höheweg Boulevard (must see)

Höheweg is the main street in Interlaken, which stretches from the city’s central square to the east. This boulevard is home to a huge number of fashionable hotels, restaurants, cafes, local shops, night venues, and is a touristic, shopping, and entertainment center.
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Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden)

2) Japanischer Garten (Japanese Garden)

Located on Höheweg Street next to the Hotel Interlaken, the Garden of Friendship is the first Japanese garden in Switzerland. It symbolizes friendly relationships between the cities of Interlaken and Otsu in Japan. The garden was created in 1995 by a landscape gardener from Otsu and represents traditional Japanese gardens, with plenty of water, flora, and harmony.
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Schlosskirche (Castle Church)

3) Schlosskirche (Castle Church) (must see)

Near the prominent and historic Interlaken Castle you will find a Catholic church. Situated on Schlossstrasse, this Swiss religious building houses a Roman Catholic parish church, which offers worship masses, religious education, and other services.

***The castle church as part of the castle complex in the spacious park in Interlaken has an eventful history. For a long time it was misused and served as a warehouse. It was not until the rise of tourism in the 19th century that it came back into public awareness. In 1909/11 a new neo-Gothic nave was built according to the plans of the local architect Adolf Mühlemann and the old high-Gothic choir with a side tower from the 14th century was renovated. Slender pointed arched windows and a steep hipped roof characterize the exterior of the church. The furnishings of the five-bay hall include the excellent stained glass by Paul Zehnder from 1950-63 and the wall painting by Rudolf Münger.
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Swiss Chocolate Chalet

4) Swiss Chocolate Chalet

Everybody knows that Switzerland is famous for its superior-quality chocolate. So, if you want to buy authentic Swiss chocolate, Swiss Chocolate Chalet is the right place. It offers chocolate bars, pralines and truffles, exclusively made by reputable chocolatiers in Switzerland.
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Hohematte Park

5) Hohematte Park (must see)

Hohematte Park is a scenic open space spread over 35 acres of land, nestled in the heart of the town of Interlaken. If you are in the area and looking to spend time in the midst of breathtaking natural beauty without having to leave your comfort zone, then this park is the place for you.

You can set yourself a fun picnic on a clear day and watch the paragliders as they land in the park. This is one of the most convenient tourist places in Interlaken from where you can sip on your coffee in a tiny coffee shop, wait to catch your train or take pictures of the surrounding flowers.

Don't miss the beautiful view of the famous snow-covered Jungfrau mountain from Höhematte.

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Casino Kursaal Interlaken

6) Casino Kursaal Interlaken

Created in 1859 and renovated in 1968, the Kursaal was a beautiful concert hall. Today, a part of the complex is reserved for the congress centre and another is the casino with American roulette, black jack, poker and slot machines. Bring a passport to get in (or a US drivers license), and a tourist card your hotel gives you to avoid the 5CHF entry fee. If gambling isn't for you, take time to visit the grounds and walk around inside. This magnificent venue also houses a restaurant.

The casino building has a certain resemblance to a typical Japanese building. There is a nice lush green ground around the casino which is worth taking a stroll. On one corner of the park is a statue of Yash Chopra, the legendary Indian film director who was fond of Switzerland as his shooting location.

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Covered Bridge

7) Covered Bridge

If you want to cross the River Aare, you'll need to take this bridge. It is a nice covered wooden bridge, which stands on a concrete foundation and provides wonderful views over the river and the surrounding landscape. Admire Swiss beauty and harmony!
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Jungfrau Region Tourism Museum

8) Jungfrau Region Tourism Museum (must see)

Jungfrau Region Tourism Museum (Touristik Museum der Jungfrau Region) was the first regional museum in Switzerland dedicated to tourism. It is situated on Obere Gasse Street, near the Stadthausplatz, and occupies three floors. Here you will learn more about the history of tourism in the Jungfrau Region in all its forms, from its beginning to the present.

Walking Tours in Interlaken, Switzerland

Create Your Own Walk in Interlaken

Create Your Own Walk in Interlaken

Creating your own self-guided walk in Interlaken is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Interlaken Shopping Walking Tour

Interlaken Shopping Walking Tour

Interlaken is a great Swiss shopping destination, famous for its wide collections of souvenirs, watches, chocolate, and sports equipment. Its main street -Höheweg- has plenty of local shops, fashionable boutiques, and other stores. This walking tour will lead you through the most popular shopping venues in Interlaken.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles