Flanked by the lakes Thun and Brienz, lies a town that is considered as the gateway to the Swiss Alps. Interlaken is an international center for tourism, during the summer and the winter. Its beautiful alpine surroundings are a haven to those who seek the thrill of outdoors and is also a stage for romantic and peaceful getaways. One of the most accessible mountain towns in Europe, Interlaken and the surrounding region hosts a wide spectrum of activities for all travelers. Those who seek an adrenaline rush, can go for canyoning and rafting on the mountain streams of the town. The mountain vistas beckon those willing to take part in paragliding and helicopter skydiving. For those who love to explore, there are spectacular hiking trails and bike tours in the lap of the Alps. For the more conventional tourists, scenic sightseeing tours by train are very popular as this region is home to Europe's highest railroads. One can indulge in a uniquely Swiss culinary experience, with cheese and chocolate sampling tours that begin at Interlaken town. Marvel at the old Interlaken Abbey, a 900-year-old Swiss heritage gem, or soak in the splendor of the surrounding peaks and tranquil lake waters.