By Jessica Beck
Interlaken
Switzerland
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Do you love the outdoors?  Do you crave the excitement of climbing mountains and backpacking through beautiful peaks and valleys? Escape to the beautiful Interlaken, Switzerland.  Located between two lakes, Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, and surrounded by mountains, this destination is full of breathtaking scenery sure to move anyone who appreciates the beauty of Mother Nature.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to embark on your journey to this beautiful retreat.  Interlaken does not have an airport; however, the closest major international airports serving the greatest amount of international flights are Zurich International Airport (ZRH) and Geneva-Cointrin Airport (GVA).  Both airports are located a couple hours outside of the center of Interlaken, so each airport has direct trains into the city. Click on the following link to use EscapeWizard.com’s convenient flight search service (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) which offers a quick and easy way to search for your budget-friendly flight.  Allow EscapeWizard.com to also help you find your perfect room accommodations for your stay in Interlaken by simply clicking on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

To start off your adventure in Interlaken, explore one of the famous Swiss peaks, the Jungfrau summit, sure to excite any backpacker or climber.  It serves as a wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland—the highlands of Interlaken and its surrounding area, the canton of Bern.  There is also the Jungfraujoch, the lowest area on the mountain ridge extending between M?nch and Jungfrau. EscapeWizard.com suggests taking various guided sightseeing tours covering the beaches of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and then hiking to viewpoints overlooking the lakes as well as panoramic views of Interlaken and Jungfrau; you will also encounter major waterfalls along your tour.  Interlaken also provides guided services for activities such as skydiving, hang gliding, skiing, and paragliding.  You can also take bike tours through Interlaken’s various bike trails.  Another activity offered is canyoning.  Canyoning is an EscapeWizard.com fan favorite. It is a fun and exciting combination of rafting, rock climbing or rappelling, and cliff jumping.  For a more relaxing outdoor experience, Interlaken has a variety of parks and pathways surrounding its two lakes and along the Aare River which runs through the city and connects the two lakes.

For those less inclined to tackle rigorous outdoor activities but still want to experience the views, EscapeWizard.com suggests using the Jungfraubahn cog railway. It runs 3,454 meters above sea-level to the Jungfraujoch railway station.  Due to the height this station reaches, it has been deemed the highest station in Europe.  Here, you can experience breathtaking views of the vast peaks of this mountain ridge.  EscapeWizard.com also encourages you to check out the Sphinx.  This peak is accessible from Jungfraujoch, which has an elevator that will take you to the top where a viewing platform as well as a scientific observatory, the Sphinx Observatory, awaits you.  These provide a less rigorous way to capture the beauty of the mountainous arena.  EscapeWizard.com suggests a ten minute ride to Harder Kulm as another easy way to experience the great views of Interlaken and the Jungfrau.  There is a viewing platform and restaurant.  You can experience a beautiful, one-of-a-kind scenic view while eating lunch or dinner with your fellow travel companions. 

EscapeWizard.com promises the outdoor lover in you a memorable trip in one of the most awe-inspiring areas in Europe.