Looking for some Awesome Hikes In Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
I have put together this complete guide on the 4 Must-Do Hikes In Lauterbrunnen which includes some of the best Lauterbrunnen hiking trails and jaw-dropping scenery that will have you in complete awe!
Also, at the bottom of this Lauterbrunnen Hikes post, I have included some useful information on how to get to Lauterbrunnen, recommendations on where to stay, fun things to do in Lauterbrunnen, the best time to visit and what to pack.
Hikes In Lauterbrunnen Overview
See below for a quick overview of the 4 Must-Do Hikes In Lauterbrunnen that you will find in this post:
- Wengen to Männlichen
- Mürren to Grutschalp
- Schynige Platte to First
- Gimmelwald to Mürren
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4 Must-Do Hikes In Lauterbrunnen
Wengen to Männlichen
Männlichen has always been one of the better hikes in Lauterbrunnen, where an upward trail leaves from Wengen via the Eiger Ultra Trail, where the full hike (4.9 km) takes roughly 2-hours past some of the best scenery we’ve come across in the Lauterbrunnen region.
The route, however, is steep, and narrow, and may not be the best Lauterbrunnen hikes for beginners (the downhill option better here).
Männlichen is one of the newer cable car routes to be included on the Jungfrau Travel Pass as a stop between Grindelwald, Wengen and Grund, and it is possible to just start at Männlichen Cable Car Stop for the final stretch known as The Männlichen Royal Walk.
There’s a nice crown at the top, and this Lauterbrunnen hike (or upward stroll really) is only around 20-minutes at the most walking there and then less back. But many people will do similar where they take the cable cars to Männlichen before walking a more leisurely downhill route back to Wengen.
There is also an alternative option from Männlichen with a hike to the pass at Kleine Scheidegg (1-hour 30 minutes) before following the downhill trek from Kleine Scheidegg (2-hours 30-minutes) back to Wengen. Again, this is a ridiculously scenic route and one of the best hikes in Lauterbrunnen.
Contributed By: Allan Wilson – It’s Sometimes Sunny in Bangor.
Wengen to Männlichen – Lauterbrunnen Hiking
Incredible views on these Lauterbrunnen hikes
Mürren to Grutschalp
An easy but one of the most scenic hikes in the Lauterbrunnen Valley is the one from Mürren to Grutschalp.
This Lauterbrunnen hiking trail starts beside the Mürren train station and gradually meanders down to Grutschalp via the hamlet of Winteregg.
The well-made path offers an interesting and panoramic route – alongside the railway line, through alpine meadows and over rushing streams. There are some wonderful viewing opportunities of the Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch as you make your descent (or ascent) on this incredible Lauterbrunnen hike.
The path is mostly flat and suitable for all ages and it’s recommended you allow around 1-hour and 10-minutes to complete this hike in Lauterbrunnen. You’ll probably take longer though, as you’ll want to stop and admire the views!
If you are hiking in Lauterbrunnen during the summer months, a visit to the Alpkaserie Staubbach at Winteregg is a must.
This alpine cheese dairy sells the most delicious homemade yogurt and cheese straight from the farm gate. You’ll pass the farmer’s cows as you stroll along the path so do yourself a favor and sample their products. You’ll find Alpkaserie Staubbach near the Winteregg station.
You can start this Lauterbrunnen hike in either Mürren or Grutschalp and it’s a great way to do something active either before or after a visit to the Schilthorn.
Contributed By: Carolyn – Holidays to Switzerland.
Schynige Platte to First
Schnige Platte to First is one of the top-favorite hikes in Lauterbrunnen for travelers and is sometimes called the Faulhornweg, after the Faulhorn peak that you will climb as part of this Lauterbrunnen hike.
It’s a fairly strenuous walk but definitely worth it, and is one of the best day hikes in Lauterbrunnen and arguably the whole Jungfrau region.
It takes about six hours to cover the 16 kilometers of the trail. The tourism office promotes this hike by saying that you will see six pearls in six hours:
- alpine flowers on the Matten
- the Loucherhorn
- the karst landscape in Güw
- the Sägistalsee
- the view from the Faulhorn
- the Bachalpsee
All of this mountain scenery is spectacular, but most people will agree that the best of the six is the view from the Faulhorn, with the Jungfrau massif on one side and Lake Brienz on the other. And the endpoint at First is also breathtaking, with great views of the 3701-meter Wetterhorn peak.
Add another hour or two onto the total time of this hike in Lauterbrunnen if you choose to walk down from First to Grindelwald. The alternative is to catch the gondola, which costs 30 CHF.
There are also various activities available at First, like go-karts, a flying fox and even hang-gliding, that you might want to take advantage of if you still have energy left.
I recommend bringing a packed lunch with you on this Lauterbrunnen hike, but if you want to eat afterward then Eiger in Grindelwald serves fresh, healthy food, including options for vegetarians and vegans in Switzerland.
Contributed By: Wendy Werneth – The Nomadic Vegan.
Schnige Platte to First – Lauterbrunnen Hiking
Awe-inspiring views when hiking in Lauterbrunnen
Amazing scenery on these hikes in Lauterbrunnen
Gimmelwald to Mürren via The North Face
Last but not least on this list of must-do hikes in Switzerland is the Gimmelwald to Mürren hike via The North Face.
I had visited Lauterbrunnen to go paragliding, but the region’s phenomenal hiking completely took me by surprise. I was staying in the small town of Gimmelwald and paragliding took off in the nearby town of Mürren.
This being Switzerland, both towns were perched on the sides of mountains. Thus the most adventurous way to go between the two villages was to hike, and we opted for The North Face.
The North Face hike in Lauterbrunnen is a 7 km loop starting and ending in Murren (though you can also access it from Gimmelwald). This Lauterbrunnen hike takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete. Although ‘The North Face’ sounds intimidating, the trail is fairly flat and considered easy.
However, if you aren’t accustomed to hiking at high altitudes (like me), you will find yourself getting tired sooner than you would on hikes at home. Luckily, there isn’t a lot of elevation gain.
The hike is moderately trafficked, and we saw a few other hikers on this Lauterbrunnen hiking trail. Far more often than hikers, we saw mountain vistas and yellow wildflowers on green pastures covered the foreground with old, wooden mountain lodges tucked away.
In the background were jagged, snow-capped mountains and a bright blue sky. This Lauterbrunnen hike is easier enough for beginner hikers to enjoy but offers views spectacular enough to make experienced hikers enjoy the route.
Contributed By: Mikaela Ferguson – Voyageur Tripper.
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WHERE IS LAUTERBRUNNEN
Lauterbrunnen is located in the center of Switzerland in the Jungfrau Region among the Swiss Alps.
Lauterbrunnen village is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by monolithic cliffs and features countless glacial waterfalls.
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HOW TO GET TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
There are many transportation options available when searching for how to get to Lauterbrunnen and it all depends on where you are traveling from within Switzerland.
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When planning a trip to Switzerland, one of the best and most popular ways to get around the country is by using the all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass which includes the majority of trains, buses and boats throughout the whole of Switzerland.
Once you have purchased the Swiss Travel Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your tickets that you will have to print and keep with you at all times.
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
The majority of people visiting Lauterbrunnen choose to stay in Interlaken, a small city located just 20-minutes drive or 20-minutes on the train from Lauterbrunnen.
Lauterbrunnen has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Lauterbrunnen to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken that I personally recommend:
This 5-star hotel is centrally located in between two beautiful lakes in the picturesque town of Interlaken. Victoria Jungfrau Hotel features a spa, swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The spacious rooms have elegant interiors and marble bathrooms, boasting views of the snowcapped mountains in the Jungfrau region. Wifi is free and breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Hotel Interlaken
Hotel Interlaken is where I based myself for one-night because it is conveniently located just five minutes’ walk from Interlaken East Train Station and a twenty-minute train ride to Lauterbrunnen Valley. Hotel Interlaken is the perfect accommodation for couples, families, solo travelers and friends. Featuring large rooms, mountain views and a delicious buffet breakfast.
Budget: Lauterbrunnen Valley Hostel
If you are travelling solo the Valley Hostel is your best option for cheap accommodation. Located in the heart of Lauterbrunnen Valley. This hostel is walking distance to nearby waterfalls, retail shops, restaurants and the main train station. Valley Hostel offers dorms and private rooms for every sort of traveller!
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THINGS TO DO IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
I have visited Lauterbrunnen on two separate occasions, once in winter and the other in summer. I recommend spending around 2-3 days in Lauterbrunnen to make the most out of your visit.
Lauterbrunnen Switzerland is so insanely beautiful that you’ll feel like you are standing in a real-life postcard!
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAUTERBRUNNEN
The best time to visit Lauterbrunnen depends on what you plan to do. If you are planning on cycling or hiking in Lauterbrunnen, then you’ll want to time your visit during summer.
I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Switzerland which is April through to September when temperatures are warm and the landscapes are vividly green.
If you don’t mind the cold, visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter between December and March is absolutely magical because the mountains are completely covered in glistening white snow. Visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter also means you can go skiing in the Swiss Alps.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR LAUTERBRUNNEN HIKES
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS – HIKES IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
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