Lauterbrunnen, the valley of the 72 waterfalls, is an idyllic Swiss village located in an impossibly beautiful valley nestled at the foot of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains. Towering snow-capped peaks, high-altitude waterfalls and rough valley sides create a dramatic backdrop. Lauterbrunnen is surely something to see.
Located 13 km’s from Interlaken in the Jungfrau region, the beauty of the Lauterbrunnen valley is indescribable. It’s surprisingly accessible by train, and there’s a wide range of things to do in Lauterbrunnen.
This unspoilt village is popular throughout the year. But if you head there in the spring or summer, you’ll get the best of both worlds – snowcapped peaks and an endless array of scenic hikes and walks.
Top Things to do in Lauterbrunnen
1. Take a train to the Top of Europe: Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen is famous for its convenient access to one of the summits of the Bernese Alps – the Jungfrau. And for rail travel fans, the good news is that you can get tantalizingly close to the summit by train. The Jungfraujoch station, at 3,454 meters above sea level, is the highest railway station in Europe. The ride is almost as thrilling as the sights that await you at the top.
Insider tip: Show your Eurail Pass pass when booking – Eurail Pass Holders receive a 25 percent discount on the fare to the Jungfraujoch. Also highly recommended to dress warm clothes even in summer. Click here to find more details about Jungrau in our separate post.
Base jumpers from around the world make pilgrimage to Lauterbrunnen to leap off her. If this is too extreme for your liking, then you can opt for a trained professional who will control a more serene paraglider on your behalf. The flights are among the most scenic and dramatic in the world. You’ll leave with a whole new perspective of the region.
Insider tip: There are several paragliding companies in the region, with even more further down the valley at Interlaken. If you’re set on floating over Lauterbrunnen, take a look at offerings from www.paragliding-jungfrau.ch.
3. Trummelbach Falls
Trummelbach Falls are unique with ten glacial waterfalls hammering down inside the mountain, unloading 20 000 litres of water per second. It is accessible to the public by an internal lift, viewing platforms and walkways.
Depending on the season and the weather, opening times vary. It is best to check opening times before visiting.
4. Staubbach Falls
With a height of nearly 300 meters, Staubbach Falls is the third highest waterfall in Switzerland. In the summer warm winds swirl the waters in all directions. This waterfall is located just outside the village and across the road from Camping Jungfrau. Walking behind the waterfall is just a short walk up the valley, and there’s a marked pathway that takes you behind the water.
Insider tip: The walk up to Staubbachfall can be a bit slippery, so borrow a pair of hiking poles at the start of the pathway to help keep your balance.
We spent a day in Grindelwald and took the cable car up to Männlichen. The Männlichen is a 2,343 metre mountain in the Swiss Alps located within the Canton of Berne. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. And we could enjoy the views just for 15 mins until we were surrounded by dense clouds and some rain. But they have a good indoor restaurant which serves some delicious food and snacks!
Grindelwald is a spectacular place, and I would highly recommend a visit, or even stay a few nights if your itinerary allows.
Schilthorn is famous for the popular 1969 James Bond Film – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – the journey to this dramatic observatory is a truly remarkable experience. You can sail to the summit by the pristine gondolas and a visit to the Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant located at 2970 m will afford you stunning views of mountain peaks and glaciers.
Insider tip: Show your Eurail Pass when purchasing a ticket, so you can get a significant discount on Schilthorn gondola tickets.
Visit the quaint traditional village of Murren only accessible by cable car from Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg is a stop on the way to Schilthorn.
Insider tip: Mürren is a car-free village and is the highest village in the Bernese Oberland.
8. Take a ride
Lauterbrunnen is also famous for its mountain biking, and it’s a great way to cover additional distance on the ground. Bear in mind that the valley sides are incredibly steep and probably not suitable for unfit or amateur cyclists. But even a gentle ride up to the end of the valley in Stechelberg will be rewarding. If you’re up for more of a challenge, you can take your bike in the gondola up to the nearby village of Mürren.
Insider tip: There are one or two locations to rent bicycles in Lauterbrunnen. But for better value you can rent one in nearby Interlaken and cycle all the way up the valley – it will add a scenic 13 kilometers to your trip.
9. Savor a traditional cheese fondue
There are few things better than a traditional Swiss cheese fondue eaten in the country of its origin. There are several places to indulge in this iconic dish in and around Lauterbrunnen. Most restaurants and hotels have fondue on the menu. You can’t really go wrong with it in this part of the world.
10. Take a boat ride in Lake Brienz
One of the best and most relaxing ways to experience the lakes is by taking one of the many boat services which cross the waters. Taking the boat as a means of transport to visit the lovely towns of Brienz, Thun or several other small villages can be like a pleasure cruise to take in the scenic surroundings. Check out our post about Lake and town Brienz for more details.
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How to reach:
By car, Lauterbrunnen is easily accessible in summer. Check the Passes for winter accessibility. Car rentals are most reasonable at Skyscanner, we do not hesitate even once to book our car instantly with Skyscanner. Click here to book your car rentals for anywhere in the world!
Trains run from Basel to Interlaken Ost and from there to Lauterbrunnen. From Zurich and Geneva, you will have to change trains in Bern. Trains run every 30 minutes.
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