Interlaken FAQs

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Area geography

Interlaken, at an elevation of 1,864 feet, falls under the Swiss canton of Bern. Located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, it’s the main transport gateway to the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps.

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Swiss Franc (CHF) is the major currency here. ATMs are sprinkled around the town. Almost all restaurants and shops accept credit cards.

Cellular service for tourists

Even the remote corners of Interlaken have excellent cellular coverage. Do purchase a Swiss SIM card before entering Switzerland as without a Swiss residence proof you cannot purchase a SIM within Switzerland.

Wifi internet

There are several spots in the city where Wi-Fi is available.

Drinking laws

Although the official drinking age is 16 years (for beer, cider and wine) you are required to be above 18 years for spirits.

Tipping

Service charge is already included in the food bills, you can however leave additional tip if you’re happy with the service.

Custom visa

Since 2008, Switzerland has been part of the Schengen area. You can visit any part of Switzerland with a valid Schengen visa. There is no restriction on the quantity of exported items when leaving for a non-E.U. country. That said, there are certain regulations on alcohol and tobacco products one can import from outside E.U.

Alcohol:

  • 1 litre of alcohol
  • 4 litres of still wine
  • 16 litres of beer

Tobacco:

When travelling by air or sea, following quantities of tobacco products are allowed:

  • 200 cigarettes or
  • 100 cigarillos or
  • 50 cigars or
  • 250 g of smoking tobacco

When travelling by land, following quantities of tobacco products are allowed:

  • 40 cigarettes or
  • 20 cigarillos or
  • 10 cigars or
  • 50 grams of smoking tobacco

Safety

Interlaken has a low crime rate and is considered a safe destination. However, tourists should observe basic precautions and keep their passport, tickets and valuables in the safe post check-in. Always be cautious of the surroundings and avoid dark, deserted areas.

General information

Languages spoken

German, French and Italian. Although Swiss German is the most commonly spoken language, most citizens are well versed with English as well.

Time zones

IST - 3.5 hours

Major religions

Christianity is the prevalent religion here, 46% of the population is part of the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants, Muslim and Jews make up rest of the population statistics.

Domestic international calling codes

41

Electricity standards

220 Volts. Type J electrical plug also known as the Swiss 3-Pin is available here. Do carry a universal convertor.

Common greetings

The cultural variety in Switzerland is reflected in the different official languages spoken in the country. The common greetings below are given in German (DE), French (FR) and Italian (IT):

Hello: Grüetzi (DE), Salut (FR), Ciao (IT)

Good Morning: Guten Morgen (DE), Bonjour (FR), Buon giorno (IT)

Good Evening: Guten Abend (DE), Bonsoir (FR), Buona sera (IT)

Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen / Tschüss (DE), Au revoir (FR), Arrivederci (IT)

Thank you: Danke (DE), Merci (FR), Grazie (IT)

Sorry: Es tut uns leid! (DE), Désolé (FR), scusate(IT)

No: Keine (DE), Non (FR), No (IT)

Yes: Ja (DE), Oui (FR), Sì (IT)

What is your name? Wie ist Ihr Name? / Wie heissen Sie? (DE), Quel est votre nom? / Comment vous appelez-vous? (FR), Come si chiama? (IT)

My name is___: Meine Name ist __ / Ich heisse __ (DE), Mon nom est __/ Je m'appelle __ (FR), Mi chiamo __(IT)

Where is this? Wo ist das? (DE), Où est-ce?(FR), Dove è questo? (IT)

How much does this cost? Wieviel kostet es ? (DE), Combien ça coûte ? (FR), Quanto costa ? (IT)

Help!: Hilfe! (DE), Au secours! (FR), Aiuto! (IT)

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Emergency numbers

Emergency Number: (315) 255-2766

International Emergency Number: 112

Ambulance: 144

Medical Assistance by Air: 1414

Police: 117

Fire: 118

Road Service: 140

Tourist Office: +41 33 826 53 00

Official Website: http://www.interlaken.ch