After lunch, I reached Interlaken, one of the oldest and probably the most popular resort town in Switzerland. Interlaken is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west, and that’s why the name meaning ‘between lakes.’ It is a destination for backpackers throughout the year, with numerous backpacker-friendly hostels and companies providing guided services in skydiving, canyoning, hang gliding, paragliding, and skiing.
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Although I was very amused by the name for some inexplicable reason, Harder Kulm is a paradise for hikers and those looking to have a grand view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau as well as the town of Interlaken flanked by the lakes Thun and Brienz. 1322 meters above sea level, a 10 minute long funicular on the Harder Railway from the Interlaken Ost station gets you to Harder Kulm. There is a playground in order to keep children and even adults occupied and a restaurant that serves delicious local fare. 30 CHF should be enough to get you to and back from Interlaken's home mountain.
Also full of touristy shopping, I bought a whole bunch of souvenirs here. There are other interesting attractions in Interlaken, like the Mystery Park, a paranormal-based theme park, and a daily chocolate show performed by the famous Schuh chocolatier, in which one can see first-hand how truffles, pralines and other delicious chocolates are created. A 'sweet' experience indeed, as one can ask for unlimited free tastings! Before leaving, I bought myself a pack of some famous Lindt chocolates.