I recently visited Interlaken, Switzerland, and I can’t recommend it enough! It was the perfect weekend girls trip to take at the beginning of December, to escape Paris before our first MBA exam week commenced. The first big snowfall of the season had just covered the city, so our timing was perfect. I’ve recapped our WWW’s below (where we ate, what we did, where we stayed).
Walking around the city on Saturday, we stumbled upon The Barrel. As small as Interlaken is, this shop wasn’t hard to find. It was so good, the four of us actually went twice. Our first visit, we thawed our hands and sipped hot chocolate (I definitely recommend). On Sunday, before our train, we went back and ordered drinks from their extensive craft beer list. I didn’t order food, but the reviews on Yelp speak for themselves.
Link to The Barrel
Link to Yelp Review
We stumbled upon another great restaurant, Stadthaus, while exploring the town. The restaurant was walking distance from our Airbnb, so we stopped in for dinner on Saturday. We shared the cheese plate, fried fish, and truffle fries. The food tasted great, and I loved the warm, cozy atmosphere. I would definitely eat here again.
Link to Stadthaus
Our first night in Interlaken, we went Extreme Night Sledding through the Swiss Alps. We met with a group at Outdoor Interlaken’s cabin, and we were bussed midway up the mountain. From there, we took a gondola ride to the summit peak. Next, the guides gave us a sled and a short safety course. Afterwards, we took off on our sleds down a long, windy trail, similar in slope to a beginner ski run.
The good part? Sledding. At some points, you could pick up a decent amount of speed, and we stopped at a really cool overpass that overlooked the entire town of Interlaken. The lights of the city looked amazing at night. The sledding was actually harder than I thought, but I eventually got the hang of the steering.
The bad? The cold. Frozen hands, frozen feet, frozen face type of cold. I dressed in head to toe in ski gear for sledding, and I still felt like the wind was whipping right through me.
The light at the end of this frozen tunnel? The second part of the activity, fondue and wine waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain. Après sledding!
Price: 94 CHF ($95 USD)
Link to Website
Paragliding was the highlight of the trip. We were taken up to a village set high on a mountain peak. You don’t paraglide alone, but instead, an instructor attaches himself to you via jumpsuit. I told my instructor multiple times that I was really nervous, and I think this was the reason he chose me to fly first in our group.
We stopped to take pre-glide pictures, and by the time we were done, my guide, Drew, had my chute ready. It went pretty fast. He clipped on my suit, pulled a few chords, and told me to start running. We jogged down a gently sloping hill, and after about 10 feet, we caught wind that started to fill the parachute. Within seconds, we were lifted off the ground, moving faster and faster away from the shrinking mountain range below.
We were airborne for about 20-25 minutes. The amazing thing about Interlaken is how the town is nestled between two huge lakes and the surrounding wonderment of the Swiss Alps. Because of this view, Interlaken has been named, time and time again, the best place to paraglide in Europe. The sight truly takes your breath away. We landed very easily, on a designated field in the center of the city.
Price: 150 CHF ($151 USD)
Link to Website
Although Interlaken is rich with cute, idyllic hotels, we decided to stay in an Airbnb. I usually prefer this, as I feel it gives you a better sense of the culture. Ours was centrally located, an easy walk from restaurants, shopping, and train station. Find our Airbnb here.
We took two trains – one from Paris Gare de Lyon to Basel, and another from Basel direct into Interlaken. It was really easy, but it took about 5 hours total travel time. We went a week before the Christmas Market began in Interlaken – so if you’re planning to travel there around the holidays, be sure to check the schedule, as this is something I wish we wouldn’t have missed.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve! I’m enjoying being home with family in Pawley’s Island. I’ve been posting updates of my coastal visit (plus Nelli girl) on my Insta stories, follow along here! Xx, Alley
Hi there! I’m Alley, the voice behind Styled in September. I’m an ex-buyer turned lifestyle blogger, currently getting my MBA in Paris, France. With SIS, I try to share my style, beauty, and travel stories, sprinkled with a few unfiltered musings in my digital diary. Currently on tap: some behind-the-scenes takes of an American expat in Paris. Thanks for stopping by my corner of the internet!