Interlaken, a popular tourist destination, is a tiny city located in the Bernese Highlands in central Switzerland on an alluvial plain between Lake Thun on the west and Lake Brienzsee on the east. The township has a density population of about 6000 inhabitants as revealed by the 2009 census results. Interlaken is perfectly located as the gateway to Bernese Oberland and at the foot of three mountains, which are the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau. The town is a popular place for outdoor activities due to the surrounding Oberland Alps.
Interlaken was formerly referred to as Aarmuhle until the end of 19th century and the name originated from a Latin phrase ?interlacus? meaning ?between the lakes?. Interlaken is among the oldest resorts visited by tourists in Switzerland and Augustinian canon?s convent built in 1130 is one of Interlaken early buildings that played a key role in the development of the town. One can get into the township using a train that travels regularly from Geneva, Zurich, Berne and other stations, by car and also by bus that are privately owned. The finest means for getting around the town is by walking since it is a tiny town, but one can also use a bike or taxis that are available at the train station or outside hotels. For those preferring car hire in Interlaken, there are a number of websites one can use to get more information on the same. One of them is tripindicator.com.
When visiting the town in the summer there are a variety of things one can do such as walking beside the shores of Lake Brienz or Thun that also takes you along the River Aare. One can also go hiking as there are plenty of hikes in the area. There are also adventure sports, swimming, sailing etc. during winter there is skiing, sledging, and night sledding and ice-skating. One should visit the Hoheweg Park that covers over 14 hectares and is located right in the middle of the town. It consists of great hotels, gardens and cafes. There is also the Touristik-Museum that exhibits the record and development of the town through the last few centuries.