Interlake - Switzerland

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Interlaken in the beautiful Jungfrau region of Switzerland enjoys a privileged position between 2 lakes, Thun and Brienz, with the iconic Eiger, Jungrau and Mönchen mountains standing tall and proud behind.  A fleet of boats, including a paddle-steamer, cruise slowly up and down the lakes, offering opportunities to either “hop-on-hop-off” in the quaint towns and castles dotting the shoreline, or to just enjoy the luscious views.  Dress warmly for a trip up Jungfraujoch as it’s always cold up there. From Kleine Scheidegg, the train heaves its way through the Eiger and Mönch, stopping at Eismeer and Eigerwand for a close-up of the Alps.  At the top, venture outside where, in clear weather, the views are a spectacle.  Inside, be dazzled by the Ice Palace and its ice sculptures, then shoot up 117 meters in the lift to the Sphinx Observatory where a husky-driven sled ride, sledging, skiing or snowboarding in the Snow Fun Park are all options to enjoy. In good weather, hikers can hike across the glacier to the Mönchsjoch hut (about 1 hour), but only in proper hiking gear, and you must stay on the marked trail.  Enjoy a warm drink and some souvenir shoping before the downward journey. Travelling via Grindelwald, get off at Lauterbrunnen, home to Trummelbach Falls and Schilthorn. Trummelbach, a series of waterfalls caused by the melting waters of the Eiger, Mönchen and Jungfrau, thunder down inside the mountain at a mind-boggling 20,000 liters per second - the noise is deafening, believe me. The only accessible waterfalls inside the mountain, they are reached by underground lift with a series of tunnels, paths and platforms for viewing … but wear good walking shoes as the walkways are very slippery. A truly phenomenal and never to be forgotten experience.  A cable car ascends dizzyingly to the top of Schilthorn and Piz Glora revolving restaurant, where scenes from 007’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service were shot. Drink in the sweeping views and recall scenes from the movie before descending and ambling back to Interlaken. Legend says St Beatus caves, with their gorges, massive halls and waterfalls, were a refuge for St Beatus who drove the resident dragon away; Harde Kulm, with its Alpine wild animal park nearby and spectacular views, is accessed by cableway; A 1906 funicular transports you to Heimwehfluh to the railway museum, and where kids can enjoy fun and games, like all-weather tobogganing, in the adventure playground; Jungfrau Park guarantees fun for the whole family; Skydiving, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding and skiing are all on offer for adventure seekers - many companies and hotels provide guided services for these activities.  Mid-December to end-February sees Interlaken centre transformed into a winter-wonderland with its magical ice-skating experience.  Summer or winter, adventurous or more sedentary, your heart, soul and spirit will be uplifted and rejuvenated by this truly beautiful region, and the experience will live in your memory long after you have left, leaving you longing to return