Interlaken is a well-loved destination in the heart of Switzerland. As the name suggests, this beautiful town is situated between two lakes: Brienzersee and Thunersee. Although it has long been a holiday hotspot – the great English poet Lord Byron frequently travelled there in the 19th century – it has also been a popular choice for important conferences, seminars and other business events for over 100 years. Easy to reach by road or rail, the nearest airport is at Bern, and the airports of Zurich and Basel are both less than two hours' drive away. Many Interlaken hotels can arrange an airport shuttle service if required.
What will I find in Interlaken?
Whether you arrive by car or public transport, you will quickly notice that Interlaken is surrounded by some incredible scenery. Snow-capped Alpine peaks, including the world famous trio of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, and stunning turquoise-blue lakes and rivers characterise this breathtaking part of Switzerland. In the town itself, you will find a wealth of restaurants and cafés serving international cuisine as well as Swiss favourites.
What can I expect in terms of business facilities?
Interlaken is exceptionally well-equipped to handle group, team and incentive trips. The town is brimming with options for group accommodation, venues for celebrating functions and other events, and professional organisers offering tour guides and tailor-made offers. A new Congress Centre was built in 2010. With state-of-the art facilities and a capacity for 2,000 people, this is an ideal setting for international congresses, conferences and events of all kinds. Numerous hotels in Interlaken provide their own conference and catering facilities, as well, and are experienced in working with large groups.
What else can I do during my stay at a hotel in Interlaken?
You certainly won't be bored during your stay at an Interlaken hotel. There is a vast range of activities to try throughout the year, many of which would make ideal team-building events. Summer trips might involve raft building, sailing or mountain biking, while winter offers include igloo building, skiing or ice sculpting. A must-see all year round is the famous Jungfraujoch. Situated at a vertigo-inducing 3,454m above sea level, Europe's highest railway station is an engineering marvel, set in a fascinating wonderland of snow, ice, rock and clouds.