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Located at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau mountains, Interlaken is an ideal base from which to visit multiple ski areas...
Interlaken is within 40 minutes of three of the top Swiss ski resorts: Wengen, Grindelwald and Murren.
Beginners should head to Wengen for the best selection of nursery slopes (although there is also a smaller beginners' area at Beatenberg closer to the resort), while experts may well want to head to Murren for more challenging runs and off-piste opportunities.
Intermediates, meanwhile, will find excellent skiing throughout the area - especially in Grindelwald.
And snowboarders will love the aptly named Snowboard Valley, which boasts lots of natural pipes and features, as well as the region's well-equipped terrain parks, which include half-pipes, jumps and a boarder cross course.
Resort height: 795m The mountains
Closer to home, you will also find three small ski areas at Wilderswil (the first stop on the Jungfrau rail line out of the town), Beatenberg, and Habkern.
Winderswil is a good place to take little ones for their first day, but the bad news is that neither Beatenberg nor Habkern are included on the Jungfrau Top Ski pass.
If you can fly into Bern, your transfer to Interlaken should take no more than one hour...
Alternatively, you can fly to Basel or Zurich, both of which are within around two hours of the town.
Intermediate level skiers and snowboarders will get the most out of the several ski areas around Interlaken...
But slopes for both beginners and experts are also accessible from the town.
The nightlife in Interlaken is eclectic, even if the après-ski is a bit lacking. Non-skiers will also enjoy this beautiful town...
The main street in Interlaken is packed with cafes, restaurants and bars. However, the après-ski scene is fairly subdued, mainly because skiers and snowboarders only make up a percentage of the town's clientele, even in winter. That said, the Schuh café is a good spot to grab a Swiss pastry if you're feeling hungry after a day on the slopes. Things also liven up later on, when many Brits head to the English pub at the Hotel Splendid. And for dinner, you can try the traditional Spycher restaurant, which puts on a Swiss folklore show.
Visitors to Interlaken should find plenty to do, even if they do not want to take advantage of the region's various ski areas. Activities on offer include tobogganing, snow-shoeing and paragliding, while the train service up the mountain means they can easily meet skiing friends for lunch. Daytrips to bigger resorts such as Gstaad and Zermatt are also possible.
Cost of living 6/10
Switzerland is not known as a cheap place to spend your holidays. But summer is the busiest time here, and winter visitors to Interlaken profit from low season hotel rates.
Attractiveness of the resort 5/10
Interlaken boasts some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in Europe. And the town itself is also very easy on the eye.