Is Interlaken worth visiting? I know this is a personal preference type of question, but any comments/information on what Interlaken is like will help me decide. Thanks!
It is easy to visit hard to avoid since it is a transportation hub to all points in Switzerland including to cruise beautiful Lake Brienz and to take the train to the Berner Oberland attractions. Walk around before you get on the boat or before you get on the train to Lauterbrunnen the heart of the Berner Oberland.
If you mean as somewhere to go for a day trip, I would say that there are better options. What are you hoping to see/do there? Where else are you going and at what time of year?
I would not stay there. There are other towns nearby like along the south side of Lake Thun where you can rent an apartment etc. for a few nights. The boat trips are expensive.
We will be headed to Munich after spending time in the Berner Oberland area. The plan was to drive to Innsbruck Austria before heading to Munich. My son mentioned that he heard Interlaken is nice so he wants to go there. Timewise, we could, but from what I read Interlaken might not be as nice as some other areas. This will be a summer trip.
The Interlaken area is nice since that's basically the Berner Oberland, and there is nothing wrong with Interlaken in itself, but the appeal is the surrounding landscape... Which you will have enjoyed previously since you will have been staying in the Berner Oberland.
For a stopover between the Berner Oberland and Innsbruck...it depends how much mountain driving you are willing to enjoy/suffer through, because there are many possible routes.
I am crazy when it comes to that, so I would happily enjoy driving over Sustenpass & Oberalppass towards Chur, then Flüelapass to the Engadin, then on towards Landeck for Innsbruck.
But the smoother motorway routes take you through Luzern, which would be a good stop. Or you could stop just before in Alpnachstad and take the cog railway up Mt. Pilatus. Or... Look at a map. There are dozens of options, all better than Interlaken.
schillpaw, Interlaken is a famous name, because it is a winter sports hub, and logistics base for where you really want to go - up the valley into the mountains. Its Ok, but its at the foot of the mountains, not in them. Lots of shops, restaurants and tourist infrastructure.
This is all very helpful -thank you!
Interlaken is also a popular destination for (mostly younger) people wanting to stay in hostels, like Balmers, and do things like paragliding, jet boating, skydiving, river rafting, canyoning, etc. When we lived in Canada most people that we met who had traveled to Switzerland in their 20's and 30's had either heard of, or stayed at Balmers. :-)