The best events in Interlaken this summer

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This is a guide to what we think are the most interesting festivals and events in Interlaken this summer. We’ve included a variety of different types due to the diverse nature of Interlaken.

We’re sure you’ll find something to get excited about on this list. If you don’t, let us know in the comments of an event you think should be included.

They’re organised by date to help you plan your travels accordingly.

Let yourself go.

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WEDNESDAY – SATURDAY

8 – 11

June

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GREENFIELD FESTIVAL

June 8th to 11th, 2016    Interlaken Airfield (Flugplatz)

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2016-06-08 09:00:00
2016-06-11 22:00:00
Europe/Zurich
Greenfields Festival, Interlaken
#getbusyliving
Interlaken Airfield

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Greenfield festival is absolutely huge!! Check over that line up again… It’s held every year at the Interlaken airfield and draws around 30,000 people.

It’s all about Rock, Punk, Indie and Alternative genres with more music each day than your ears will know what to do with.

Four days on three stages. Over 40 national and international bands playing in one of the most picturesque places on earth. There’s also a festival playground with different sporting activities, a partyzone, a flea market and various market stalls with international food and drinks.

This year the festival is offering different types of tickets giving you the chance to choose which day you go or get stuck into all four days!!

There is also free camping so no excuses… make it happen!

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THURSDAY – FRIDAY

9 – 10

June

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SWISS ECONOMIC FORUM

June 9th & 10th, 2016    Congress Centre Kursaal, Interlaken AG

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2016-06-09 13:30:00
2016-06-10 17:30:00
Europe/Zurich
Swiss Economic Forum
#getbusyliving
Kursaal, Interlaken

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The Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) is a meeting for representatives from various businesses. The forum is held annually and since 2010 Interlaken has held the meeting in the Congress Centre Kursaal.

There are lectures, workshops and discussions presented along with an award ceremony for young entrepreneurs.

The SEF truly is a platform for promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Switzerland, bringing together over 1,300 decision-makers from the worlds of business, science, politics and the media.

AGILITY “A success factor in times of change

If you believe in growth and the ability to respond and adapt to changes in the market 2016’s forum should not be missed! The 18th meeting will be looking into this ability to stay agile in business from a number of different perspectives to gain insight into some best practices and what’s needed for the future.

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SATURDAY

18

June

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NIGHT AT THE ADVENTURE PARK

June 18, 2016    Seilpark Interlaken

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2016-06-18 18:00:00
2016-06-18 23:59:59
Europe/Zurich
Night at the Adventure Park
#getbusyliving
Seilpark, Interlaken

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Have you ever been to a ropes park? Have you ever been at night!?

The Association of Swiss Adventure Parks is celebrating their birthday soon. The Interlaken Adventure Park (seilpark in German) will be celebrating along with them by keeping the park open until midnight for you.

This is a once in a lifetime experience that you don’t want to miss! There will be a full moon that night and it’s 3 days before the summer solstice. Entry is also only 20chf per person for the night, including a grilled sausage.

Bring your friends, it’s going to a fun night!

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FRIDAY – SUNDAY

24 – 26

June

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TRUCKER & COUNTRY FESTIVAL

June 24 – 26, 2016    Flugplatz, Interlaken

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2016-06-24 9:00:00
2016-06-26 22:00:00
Europe/Zurich
Trucker & Country Festival
#getbusyliving
Interlaken Airfield

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Do you know what 1,400 trucks looks like? The Trucker and Country festival attracts over 50,000 people who live and breathe the lifestyle.

It’s like the wild west out there with an incredible line up for truckers, bikers, line dancers, tons of food stalls and (of course) country and western fans.

Come and celebrate with international stars like Carlene Carter, Terri Clark, The Baseballs, Truck Stop and 25 other bands.

Friday kicks off with an amazing Honky Tonk and Latin party featuring Raul Malo and his Mavericks from Nashville. The Texan Derailers will also be there bringing the Austin and Bakersfield sound to Interlaken.

Saturday brings in some of the most experienced US country artists such as the Bellamy Brothers and John Michael Montgomery who was one of the biggest country stars in the 90’s.

This is the biggest festival of its kind in Europe and the atmosphere is incredible!

The Cowboy Life is a darn good one y’all! Line ’em up!!

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MONDAY

1

AUGUST

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SWISS NATIONAL HOLIDAY

August 1, 2016    Switzerland

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2016-08-1 00:00:01
2016-08-01 23:59:59
Europe/Zurich
Swiss National Day
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Interlaken, Switzerland

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The Swiss National Day (German: Schweizer Bundesfeier) is the national holiday of Switzerland, set on August 1st. The date refers to a historic alliance concluded in 1291 by the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. This alliance was the focal point around which the Switzerland of today was built over the next 500 years.

Have you ever wondered why Switzerland is ‘CH’? Confœderatio Helvetica is actually it’s official name. This refers back to the way in which the country was constituted, a “confederation”. Helvetica refers to the Helvetii who were the Celtic inhabitants of the country in the old times.

On the day, there is a radio or television broadcast by the President of the Swiss Confederation. Locally there are a huge number of different celebrations. There may be bonfires, fireworks and traditionally decorated streets and buildings. The local bakers produce special bread rolls with small swiss flags on top and it’s not uncommon to see children carrying paper lanterns at night.

Do you yodel? If you’re lucky the local yodelling club will put on a performance with the music of the old times. No matter what, you should always celebrate Swiss National Day with a hearty brunch consisting of pies, smoked sausages, cider and Röschti with bacon!

You could also try and find a Swiss wrestling “Schwingen” tournament where two men basically grab each other’s baggy pants and belts and battle it out on a ring of sawdust.

One of the highlights of celebrating Swiss National Day in Interlaken is the epic fireworks display followed by the lighting of bonfires on the surrounding mountains.

Schedule of events in Interlaken: (As seen on helloswitzerland.ch)
11:00 – Aperitif, diverse folklore performances and welcome speech by Interlaken Tourism Director Stefan Otz in the Kursaalgarten (in bad weather in the Kursaal). Fly-in by 28 paragliders and presentation of cantonal flags.

15:00 – Folklore parade (crossroads at the Lindner Grand Hotel Beau-Rivage Höheweg Bahnhofstrasse roundabout at Interlaken West railway station Stadthausplatz Unterseen via Bahnhofstrasse)

15:00 – Swiss National Day celebration on the Stadthausplatz

21:00 – Children’s lantern parade
Interlaken: from Catholic Church – Hotel Metropole
Matten: from Dorfplatz (opposite the Coop store) – Schulhotel Regina
Unterseen: from Stadthausplatz – Hotel Metropole.

21:00 – Lighting of Wanni-Feuer (beacon fire) on the Harder mountain at Unterseen

21:15 – Open-air concert by the Musikverein Interlaken Unterseen in front of the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

22:00 – Grand Fireworks Display on the Höhematte meadow followed by the lighting of bonfires, as well as musical entertainment in various hotels and restaurants.

22:30 – Folklore and musical entertainment by various clubs and bands, as well as refreshment stands at Unterseen

You’ll truly get a sense of Swiss traditions and the Interlaken community by taking part in Switzerland’s National Day. We can’t think of a better place to get involved!

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JUNGFRAU MARATHON

September 10, 2016    Jungfrau, Switzerland

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2016-09-10 7:00:00
2016-09-10 22:00:00
Europe/Zurich
Jungfrau Marathon
#getbusyliving
Interlaken, Switzerland

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The Jungfrau marathon is said to be one of the toughest in the world.

42kms with an elevation of 1823m

The setting is spectacular, being in close proximity to Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Conditions ranging from the peaceful Lake Brienz to the foot of the Eiger north face. It has been acclaimed as the most beautiful marathon in the world.

There are 3,500 runners from over 50 countries who travel to Switzerland to master the course. It is a gruelling test of stamina for even elite runners.

Runner’s have a clear view of Jungfrau from Interlaken where the race begins. You can see the full panoramic course map here.

Who’s up for a little run up a mountain?

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The summer in Interlaken is shaping up nicely, with some world class events coming to town. We can’t wait to share the experience with you!

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