Home to chocolate, cheese, cows, and the most beautiful mountains in the world. It is no surprise to my family and friends when I say that Switzerland is my favorite country I have ever visited.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is a real-life fairy-tale. It is a timeless storybook village ripped straight from the pages.
I was able to visit this magical village in the Fall of 2018, and very few times in my life have I left somewhere with the same feeling that Lauterbrunnen gives me. So, here is why you need to visit Lauterbrunnen.
Things to Do in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Waterfalls, Waterfalls, Waterfalls
The picture-perfect valley waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen are real and they are incredible. The most recognizable waterfall is Staubbach Falls. Located in the heart of the valley, this 300 meters (984-foot) waterfall dominates the landscape and is very easy to access.
Take a short walk through the town to reach the base of the waterfall. If you are up for it, climb to see the backside of the waterfall. This is about a 0.4 moderately trafficked out and back trail and offers beautiful and unique views of the valley. There are also free hiking poles provided at the base to use at your disposal. Just another reason to love Switzerland!
Lauterbrunnen is home to 72 waterfalls total, and lucky for us most are easily accessible along the road. Roam down the town’s main road to continue to see impressive waterfall and valley views. You may even get stopped by some cows along the way like I did!
Trummelbach Falls is another popular waterfall in Lauterbrunnen. Continue walking down the main road for 40 minutes or consider taking the bus to this impressive waterfall. This waterfall is located inside of the mountain, and you can pay a small fee to experience it.
Trummelbach Falls costs CHF 12/adult and CHF 5/child age 6-15
Trummelbach falls consists of 10 glacier waterfalls and is accessible by walkways and tunnels carved out of the mountain. This is an absolute must-do while in Lauterbrunnen.
Beautiful day trips
Lauterbrunnen is one of many beautiful fairy-tale villages in this region of Switzerland. One of my favorite parts is its easy access to other beautiful villages nearby.
Murren is a 30 minutes train ride away from Lauterbrunnen and is home to AMAZING views. This mountain town is only accessible by trains and cable cars.
Let me tell you, Murren is incredible. Take the day in Murren to walk around, enjoy beautiful views, and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
If you are feeling adventurous, Murren is also home to the Via Ferrata Hike – the most intense hike in the region off the side of the cliff. Rather than explaining it, look up “Murren Via Ferrata Hike” on Youtube to see how truly adrenaline-pumping this thrill is!
Grindlewald is situated an hour train ride from Lauterbrunnen and is home to many gorgeous hikes and extreme adventures.
Catch the gondola up to the top of First, or choose to hike it for a full day of intense adventure. The top of First is home to many gorgeous overlooks, lakes, ziplines, and scooters down the mountain
When I visited we opted for the Gondola, but if I could go back I would take the scooter down the mountain for an ultimate unique thrill!
Grindlewald is also a gorgeous town with many shops, cafes, and hotels. It also is a starting point for so many amazing hikes.
In the winter, Grindlewald is home to one of Switzerland’s most popular ski resorts. So no matter what time of year you visit you are sure to have an adventure in Grindlewald.
The Swiss train system is extensive, connecting so many beautiful village towns by high-speed trains. And the views from these trains are worth the price tag alone.
Interlaken is the town that is the gateway to Lauterbrunnen. Almost anywhere you are in Switzerland can be connected to Lauterbrunnen.
Lauterbrunnen’s train station is conveniently located at the edge of the town and is easily accessible. You can walk from the train station to your accommodation.
Switzerland is known for its awe-inspiring alps, and Lauterbrunnen is no exception. With all the gorgeous views and waterfalls comes a hiker’s paradise.
Enjoy a hike to the famous Staubbach Falls or down the main street for enchanting views of the valley.
For more of a challenge, hike to Murren! This is a 3.9 point-to-point trail that takes you from the valley of Lauterbrunnen to Murren and is not for the faint of heart though. With its 2,368 feet of elevation in just under 4 miles, be sure to pack plenty of food and water.
Travel Tip: Download the App AllTrails for complete hiking guides and reviews in the region!
Adventure Junkie Paradise
Lauterbrunnen is a popular spot for adrenaline seekers with its abundance of extreme sports from helicopter flights, skydiving, canyoning, rock climbing, and more!
Take your visit to Lauterbrunnen to the extreme with Paragliding!
In fact, on my trip, I went hang gliding in Interlaken and I would highly recommend making the trip to experience this.
One of the most iconic attractions in all of Switzerland is Jungfraujoch, also known as The Top of Europe. Jungfraujoch is easily accessible from many parts of Switzerland, and Lauterbrunnen is no exception.
With its expensive price tag, this excursion may be easy to overlook. I opted to hang-glide in Switzerland over visiting Jungfraujoch. My budget was tight and I had to choose only one due to their price tags.
However, if I could do it over again, I would find a way to visit Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch lies at 11,362 feet above sea level but can be seen from many locations in the Swiss valley. Even from the valley, it looks impressive. Waking up every morning and catching a glimpse of the snowy paradise atop the mountain just fueled my interest in visiting.
Located a short 45-minute train ride away from nearby Grindlewald, Jungfraujoch offers an impressive observatory, breathtaking mountain views, and cold crisp winter snow year-round. Be sure to dress warmly for this adventure.
Many people scour the internet for inspiration for their next vacation. Lauterbrunnen is one of those places where everyone has seen the iconic photo of the valley, but very few have been to see it with their own eyes!
And guess what! It is MORE impressive in person.
If you are not into hiking, no worries, Lauterbrunnen offers many beautiful photo spots in the adorable valley. Bring a nice camera and relax and enjoy your day photographing all it has to offer.
Schulthorn is a popular overlook located a cable car ride away from Murren. This spot was made popular by the 1969 James Bond film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.
If you are looking for a view over the alps, this is the spot for you. Popular during sunrise and sunset, Schilthorn is a beautiful mountain top overlooks worth visiting on your trip to Lauterbrunnen.
Where to Stay In Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen hosts some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, meaning that anywhere you stay is sure to have a superb view.
Valley Hostel – located near the train station, this cottage hostel is the perfect location to jumpstart your adventures.
Cost: Dorms CHF 38 (39 USD)/ Private CHF 89 (98 USD)
Schutzenbach Backpackers & Camping Hostel – a bit farther from the train station, this cozy cabin hosts the most affordable accommodation in town.
Cost: Dorms CHR 31 (34 USD)/ Private CHF 61 (67 USD)
Lauterbrunnen hosts a wide range of boutique hotels that can suit almost any price point. Here are some that I would recommend.
Hotel Oberland – a 3-star hotel located near the train station and restaurants. This hotel offers a great location at an affordable price.
Hotel Silberhorn – Located directly across the street from the train station and at the base of the cable car lift, this luxury hotel will offer beautiful views and a perfect location for your trip.
Hotel Jungfrau – This 3-star hotel is situated next to the famous Staubbach Waterfall.
Is It Worth It?
If you made it this far, you can truly tell how much I love Switzerland. I could gush over this region for hours, I am obsessed. I love Switzerland and whether you are an avid hiker, nature lover, foodie, photographer, or looking for a relaxing vacation, Lauterbrunnen has it all.
Check out my Switzerland Vlog from my visit in 2018! (Be nice to me, this was before I was blogging 🙂
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