Interlaken, Or Interlaehen, a village of Switzerland, in the canton and 26 m. S. E. of the city of Bern; pop. about 1,400. It is celebrated for its'charming situation near the left bank of the Aar, in the valley of Bodeli, between the lakes of Brienz and Thun, with a view of the Jungfrau, and in the vicinity of some of the most picturesque scenery in Switzerland. It is the starting point from which the Giessbach fall, the valley of Lauterbrun-nen with the Staubbach, and that of Grindel-wald with its glaciers, are usually explored by visitors, and is a favorite resort of a great number of foreigners in summer, especially English. The village consists mainly of a line of grand hotels and numerous lodging houses, in front of which runs a magnificent avenue of huge walnut trees. Within a short distance of Interlaken are the old castle of Unspunnen and the ancient village of Unterseen. In 1859 the innkeepers established a Kursaal, like those at the German baths, with ball, concert, and reading rooms; but the Bernese government interdicted gaming.

In the season, from June to October, as many as 25,000 persons have visited Interlaken.

Interlaken   the Jungfrau in the distance.

Interlaken - the Jungfrau in the distance.