The Heimwehfluh is a hill which overlooks Interlaken and Lake
Thun and whilst it is possible to hike to the summit, the most fun
way of ascending the hill is via the Heimwehfluh's vintage
funicular railway which began operation in 1906. The base station
is five minutes' walk from the Interlaken West railway station,
whilst atop the hill there is an observation point, children's
adventure playground and toboggan run.
Close to Interlaken's monastery, Switzerland's first authentic
Japanese garden, a gift from the town of Otsu with which Interlaken
was twinned in 1978, is a place of beauty and calm at the heart of
the town. Designed in accordance with the principles of Japanese
horticulture the garden has a spiritual quality and is a delightful
spot in which to rest whilst exploring Interlaken.
Aare Sluice Gate
The beauty and power of the River Aare which flows through
Interlaken can be viewed in all of its magnificence at the town's
historic sluice gate. This timber gate, installed in 1854, sits at
the ancient boundary between Interlaken and its suburb village
Unterseen. Accessible at all time of the year, the sluice gate is
located near the Goldey Bridge.