Interlaken Local Customs

  • Train to Spiez actually 1 minute late !!
    Train to Spiez actually 1 minute late !!
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  • Some of the luggage belonging to the Indian family
    Some of the luggage belonging to the...
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  • I Wonder Who Is Winning?
    I Wonder Who Is Winning?
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Most Recent Local Customs in Interlaken

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    The local beer

    by Manara Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    Beer lovers who like to try the local brews on their travels will not be disappointed in Interlaken. Rugenbräu is advertised as the beer of the Berner Oberalp, and it is in fact produced in Interlaken, where the company had its origin in the early 1800s.
    The Alpenperle Premium is a lager beer by Rugenbräu that you will find in most, if not all, bars and restaurants of Interlaken. They produce also a dark beer (Dunkel), a dortmunder-type beer called Helles Export and the unfiltered Zwickel.
    Rugenbräu is one of the sponsors of the celebrations held in Interlaken for the National Day, on August 1st, and on this occasion you can also get a free beer. If you happen to be visiting Interlaken on that day, you just need to drop in at the public party held in the garden of the Casino-Kursaal at about 11 am (inside the Kursaal in case of rain) and get a beer with the compliments of the local Tourist Board and of Rugenbräu.

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    Cows here, there and everywhere

    by Manara Updated Aug 17, 2010

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    This is actually more a curiosity than a tradition or cultural thing.
    Cows are certainly important in the economic life of Switzerland and they are very much present in the local landscape. By the way, here cows are not only seen but also heard, because of the cow-bells which, I assure you, are noisy enough. Anyway the noise has its advantages, because face-to-face meetings with cows are never unexpected, as you can hear them approaching.
    Cows are one of the symbols of Switzerland so it is rather common to find them represented in embroidered towels, carved in wood, on mugs, on table-mats and on t-shirts. However I was taken by surprise when I saw the house decoration I am showing you in my picture.

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    Games Children Play

    by riorich55 Written May 21, 2009

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    After our high flying tandem paragliding adventure, Sue and I walked over to an area we had seen from our aerial vantage point. As we sat down and grabbed a pretzel and something refreshing to drink we enjoyed watching these children play some type of board game we were unfamiliar with.

    If anybody who read this tip knows what they were playing please let me know so I can post it here and give you the credit for letting me know what it was they were playing.

    At one point the boy got mad (probably being beaten by his sister) and roundly kicked one of the pieces a good distance.

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    Bollywood in Interlaken

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jul 20, 2008

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    Some of the luggage belonging to the Indian family

    On Donna in India's VT page, she mentioned the high numbers of Indian visitors to Interlaken because it's used a lot as a setting in Bollywood movies. Before I ever reached Interlaken I had clear evidence of this as a huge commotion marked the train's stop at Bern. An Indian family of several generations, boarded the train for Interlaken and I have never in my life seen so much luggage. This was reminiscent of the Grand Tour of Europe that people used to indulge in before securty and baggage restrictions got in the way. You probably think I'm exaggerating but have a look at the photo. In addition to what they brought to their seats, ALL this luggage stacked at the end of the carriage, belonged to this family. Fancy bringing that on a Ryan Air Flight ?

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    Swiss Efficiency

    by Ekaterinburg Written Jul 20, 2008

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    Train to Spiez actually 1 minute late !!

    Forget about stereotypes and cliches, Swiss systems and people actually are as efficient as you have heard. Over and over again I was blown away by the wonders of the transport system. Trains and buses which arrive ON TIME. Connecting buses always waiting when you get off the train. Especially helpful to the English speaking traveller are the announcements before trains arrive, telling you which part of the platform to stand on, depending on which type of ticket you hold. My favourite example of this streamlining of schedules is the return trip from Gimmelwald to Interlaken.

    7.00: Cable car to Stechelberg

    7.10: Bus from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen

    7.30: Train from Lauterbrunnen to Interlaken

    7.55: Arrive at Interlaken Ost

    To somebody fresh from the vagaries of the Irish transport system, this efficency was all the more amazing and it makes travelling a pleasure. Well done Switzerland !

    The photo below shows a tiny exception but as we all know exceptions prove the rule

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    Noch einen Schluck!

    by Tripack Updated Nov 26, 2007

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    Jungfrau Wasser... as usual ;-)
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    Taste the local with(out) moderation ;-)

    As I know some VTer's get their BeerMaster since ages, I am happy to announce that the Jungfrau water is also used to produce a great local beverage under the label RugenBräu since 1866.

    The tasting list is not so long, so try it and enjoy it:
    - Export Bier (Lager) - 4.8%
    Noch einen Schluck! (=One more please!)
    - Spezial Bier - 5.2% my special favorite ;-)
    Noch einen Schluck!
    - Spezial Bier Dunkel - 5.2%
    Noch einen Schluck!
    - Alpenperle - 4.8%
    Noch einen Schluck!
    - Zwickel Bier - 4.8%
    Noch einen Schluck!
    - Mountain Twister - 1.5% mix between beer and apple/pear juice
    Noch einen Schluck!
    - Jungfrau Wasser - 0%
    Go Sleep!!!

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    Local traditions

    by Steve-H Written Sep 10, 2006
    off to milking?

    The Swiss are very proud of thier heritage and as a neutral country they can indulge in it as much as they like without fear of upsetting some minority or other, however they are also a very unoffensive lot, who could be upset by the walking of the cows through the town.

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    Swiss architecture

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    The Swiss architecture is so unique and stands on its own. The wood is warm and welcoming, and the buildings very doll-housey in style. Very nice I think, very holiday-ish :) Our hotel wasnt like this at all unfortunately...next time we come to Interlaken we will opt to stay in a Swiss chalet B&B rather, to experience something different.

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    For all fans of Sherlok Holmes

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    For all fans of Sherlok Holmes

    25 km east of Interlaken - in Meiringen - there are lots of special activities for Sherlock-Holmes-Fans :
    Every year there are several "pilgrimages" of Sherlock-Holmes-societies from places all over the world and they come to Meiringen in their costumes, visiting all the important places in that area.
    See the pics, that I saw in a window at the station of Reichbachfall-funicular.
    In Hotel du Sauvage you may attend a 4-course-menu and have to solve a murder-mystery togeather with other guests and some actors.
    Learn more about Sherlock Holmes at :
    The Sherlock-Holmes-Society in London
    and you may click here in order to see another Sherlock Holmes museum in Switzerland, close to Geneve
    The Sherlock-Holmes-Museum in Lucens

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    A great smoking-saloon in Oberhofen

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    When visiting the interior of Schloss Oberhofen This is certainly the highlight : The Turkish smoking-saloon / Tuerkischer Rauchsalon was built in 1855 at the highest floor of the big tower in the centre of the castle. This saloon looks quite impressive with precious ornate woodcarvings at the walls and the ceiling, lovely furniture, sofas etc. Saloons like that were found in many palaces of kings and rich merchants of that time. I remember a similar room in Schloss Linderhof in Bavaria (a palace of mad King Ludwig II)
    My main picture looks a lot lighter, when you enlarge it !

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    Haslital-museum in Meiringen

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Haslital-museum in Meiringen

    Haslital is the local name of the valley around Meiringen and inside a beautiful old wooden building next to the church you may see the Hasli- & Naturmuseum Meiringen with plenty of exhibits about the life in the valley and in the alps high above it. There are also 150 different birds shown in the museum - a good chance to see rare birds from a short distance !
    The museum is open daily 03.00-06.00p.m.
    July&August also Monday-Friday 07.00-09.00p.m.
    FREE entrance, But donations are welcome & expected !!
    Museum der Landschaft Hasli is just a few meters off the campanile and the church of Meiringen.

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    A special place for James Bond-fans

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    This is the perfect place for all fans of James Bond : Don't miss the James-Bond decorations at the souvenir-shop on top of Schilthorn. These graffities are a bit hidden behind the small self-service-bar in the back of the souvenir-shop. Great memories of the movie "In her majesty's service" are coming back, when seeing these graffities. In that movie Piz Gloria is something like a beauty-farm, where the most beautiful girls were educated and got a fragrence as a souvenir at the end of their stay. That fragrance included a poison that would bring danger to the world... but of course James solves all of these problems.
    This souvenir-shop is at the same level as the helicopter-platform, you cannot miss it !

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    fresh drinking-water galore

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    a nice well next to Ostbahnhof
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    All over Switzerland and especially in the mountains you will pass by plenty of such water-wells ! Just fill up your water-bottles, the water comes freshly out of the mountains and tastes really great. Of course you may buy bottled water also in the supermarkets and in machines at all of the stations, but the price is at least 2 sfr / 1,50 euros for half a liter and the taste is not really special compared to the fresh mountain-water you may get for free.
    Don't worry all of these wells are ment for public use, and the water that is not taken by the hikers will flow back to the mountains !!

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    Huskies at the top of Jungfraujoch

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Visiting Jungfraujoch is a must, especiually, when the weather is fine ! One of the various attractions there are the special breed of Greenland-dogs , living on Jungfraujoch in the so-called "Polarhundekolonie" since more than 100 years already. At first they were needed in order to supply the workers and engeneers building the train-track, later-on they became a tourist-attraction and during summer you may go around the glacier in sleds torn by these Greenland-dogs.
    The living-quaters of the dogs is close to Eigergletscher and it may be visited by tourists upon appointment - see the telephone-number below !
    The dogs live there in small groups and may run around freely in a fenced area at the Eiger-glacier or return to their stables. They will also participate at various dog-sledge-racinges and TV-productions.
    It is a pity that the season of the dog-sledges on Jungfraujoch was over already, when I had been there in end of October - maybe next year !!

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    Almabtrieb - a great local event

    by globetrott Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Almabtrieb is a special event at the end of the summer-season in the alps :check the local newspapers at the end of september or october - some of these events will be posted there and will be big festivities with hundreds of cows, traditional folk-music etc., when the local farmers take down their cows from the alpine meadows, where they stayed during all of the summertime. The exacte time will depend on the hight of the meadows - the higher they are located, the sooner the cows will be taken down again ! I was lucky to see such a small Almabtrieb, when I had been in Meiringen at the end of October 2005. See my photographs : the first in the procession was a police-car, that directed all cars to stop as far as possible at the side of the street, leaving the main-space for the cows and the farmers family, who directed the cows towards their home-stables. All of the cows were decorated with giant bells and other decorations.

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