Interlaken is a central town in the Bernese Highlands region of the Swiss Alps, an important and well-known tourist destination with a population of 23,300. The town is located on the flat alluvial land called Bödeli between the two Lakes of Brienz to the east and Thun to the west and alongside the river Aare, which flows from one to the other overlooking the famous high Alpine peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, following upwards the Lütschine.
The official language of Interlaken is German, and the main spoken language is the native variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect. The landscape of Interlaken and other Swiss landscape painters such as Franz Niklaus König gave Interlaken the international resort's reputation around 1800. The Bödelibahn railway opened from Därligen, on Lake Thun, to Interlaken in 1872. In 1955 Interlaken re-branded itself as a convention and conference centre. July is the hottest month in Interlaken with an average temperature of 19°C and the coldest is January at-1°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in July. The wettest month is July with an average of 140 mm of rain. The coldest months are from November to March with heavy to moderate snowfall.