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Surrounded by the snow-covered Alps and nestling between two beautiful lakes, Interlaken is a township more picturesque than imaginable. It’s wonderful location in the heart of the Bernese Oberland makes it the perfect base location for exploring the surrounding areas including the Jungfrau region.

But once we reached Interlaken and were confronted by its scenic magnificence, we just didn’t feel like leaving. And that’s how charming this quaint little town is! I could spend hours and hours in the town center, just walking by the unique little shops and restaurants. To me, Interlaken is truly the manifestation of Heaven on Earth.

Zurich to Interlaken by car

Switzerland on a beautiful summer day

zurich to interlaken by car

Just get lost driving around the alps and the drive would be worth it



You can travel to Interlaken via train or by car from another Swiss town. We didn’t want to miss out on any experience at all and thus decided to drive down. We planned a romantic day trip from Zurich to Interlaken by car and spent two wonderful hours driving through the gorgeous countryside of Switzerland.

Of course, we could have taken the train but it does not allow the same freedom, flexibility, and excitement as driving across unfamiliar territory does. In the end it also turned out to be less expensive and time consuming than travelling by train. Plus, who doesn’t love a good road trip? We definitely do!

If you’re wondering about which kind of car and where we rented it for this journey, some more details for you: we got a BMW hatchback since we wanted to ride comfortably, without much fatigue. But you can choose from a wide range of vehicles ranging from sedans like Mini Coopers to roomy SUVs as well.

Sixt is a popular and trusted car rental company in Zurich and that’s where we booked our ride. All in all, the experience was great and added to the wealth of memories we’ll take back from our day trip from Zurich to Interlaken. If you’re planning a visit to Switzerland, my suggestion is that you make sure to stop by Interlaken and if possible, drive down to this dreamy township.


road trip to Interlaken

Renting a car to explore Interlaken turned out to be a nice idea

zurich to interken by car

Drive past Lake Brienz enroute Interlaken

zurich to interlaken by car

Find a moment of solitude right about anywhere

things to do in Interlaken

Interlaken will WOW you just like it wowed us


Welcome to Interlaken


Interlaken spells romanticism. And it is small enough that you can explore it all on foot. We spent a considerable amount of time exploring the gorgeous town centre of Interlaken. Long, balmy evening with cutesy souvenir shops around! Yes, some days we like to keep our itinerary light and simply absorb the beauty around.

The town forms as the perfect base for taking day trips to nearby mountain ranges – Jungfrau and Eiger. When in Interlaken, simply walk past the traditional chalet-style houses or alternatively you could rent a cycle and explore. Let’s show you the town in our pictures:

Things to do in Interlaken

A glimpse of paradise in Switzerland

what to do in Interlaken

Interlaken is really small and walkable

Interlaken Switzerland tourism

The famous Yash Chopra statue in interlaken

zurich to interlaken by car

Amble around the gorgeous streets to fall in love with Interlaken

Interlaken Switzerland

Warm up with mulled wine at one of the beautiful eateries

Interlaken city centre

Spend some time discovering the character filled Interlaken town

Zurich to Interlaken by car

By the end of the day, you’d love to return to Interlaken for sure!

Meandering Interlaken streets

Bye Interlaken, until next time we meet!

Hope you enjoyed looking at our pictures of Interlaken. Meanwhile, we are planning a return trip to Switzerland this year! Drop in suggestions of some offbeat, romantic places to explore in Switzerland.



  1. Denise Reeser says:

    That looks like a beautiful and amazing trip. I would absolutely love to visit Switzerland. Great pictures!

  2. J Armstrong says:

    Wow! That is a beautiful town, so lucky.

  3. Terri Beavers says:

    Wow all these pics are amazing, looks like yall had a great time.

  4. Nabanita says:

    Interlaken is beautiful. Infact, the whole of Switzerland is magical. Loved your pictures.

  5. Tara says:

    I have to agree that “Interlaken is truly the manifestation of Heaven on Earth.” That is so beautiful. I am definitely with you on road trips, its my favorite way to travel, so much more freedom to stop and go as you please. Your photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing.

  6. LiveLoveAndAdventure says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip to Switzerland! What a gorgeous place. I’d love to visit here some day!

  7. The photos are amazing. What a beautiful place. I love that nature is so close to the town.

  8. Kiwi says:

    You guys are a super cute couple. Looks like you had a romantic trip together in Interlaken!

  9. April Perez says:

    UHG! This makes me want to go even more to Interlaken! Such a wonderful country. Thanks for sharing these amazing photos!

  10. Olga Zak says:

    Wow… nice pictures. What a beautiful place. I love that nature is so close to the town. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Anosa says:

    Looks like such a romantic trip! Such gorgeous photos. I’d love to visit one day

  12. What an amazing post! This place looks wonderful. I love the pictures, they are truly captivating. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. Gen says:

    What a beautiful view! Also i love all your photos. You look amazing on your dress!

  14. Lydia Samson says:

    These are so beautiful! I want to go myself now, it is amazing!

  15. Joanna says:

    I do love exploring new places by car, it gives you so much freedom and you don’t have to hassle with the public transport, especially when you want to go to more rural areas. Interlaken looks very pretty.

  16. OMG that building is just stunning what a beauty to have seen. Something to remember! Your dress though is stunning n these photos 🙂

  17. Kathy Wunische says:

    Thank you for this post! We are considering doing this road trip next year. Question: did you return to Zurich in the same day? Sorry if I missed this if it was in the post!

  18. Vish says:


    It looks awesome and Beautiful..We are Travelling to Swiss in the end of April and we are having base in Interlaken for 5 nights to explore all nearby Mountains and Cities…Now My main question is like I have never driven in any foreign Countries and would like to start now in Swiss..I wanted to know how difficult it is or easy? Like driving left hand drive following Road signs,signals ,Parking etc etc…Kindly do let me know…

    • Prerna says:

      Hey Vish,

      Glad you enjoyed our blog and Switzerland indeed is one beautiful country. Honestly, it could be a little intimidating driving in Interlaken if you wish to explore all the nearby mountains and cities as the roads are narrow in a lot of parts. Parking is expensive. I would not like to discourage you anyhow but having traveled this country on car and rail both, I’d always recommend everyone to invest in a Swiss Pass with eyes closed. Not only Swiss is well-connected by rail, this mode is comfortable and offers great discounts on many mountain peaks including Titlis and Mt. Rigi. You won’t be worried all the time about the signals, parking, driving rules, etc. In fact you can sit, relax, and enjoy the striking scenery even better. But then again, it’s your personal choice and I’d say, go for it if you want to. Have fun! 🙂

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