Lauterbrunnen is hands down my favourite destination in Switzerland! Lauterbrunnen is the gateway to the Jungfrau Region and it is more commonly known as The Valley Of 72 Waterfalls.
I have visited Lauterbrunnen Valley on two separate occasions, once in winter and the other in summer!
In this travel guide, I have included the 3 Best Things To Do In Lauterbrunnen to help you craft together your own Lauterbrunnen itinerary!
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WHERE IS LAUTERBRUNNEN
Lauterbrunnen is located in the centre of the country 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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TRAIN FROM ZURICH TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
From Zurich, the distance to Lauterbrunnen is 170km. You can take a train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen and the journey is approximately three and a half hours.
Once you have purchased the Swiss Travel Pass, I recommend downloading the ‘SBB Mobile’ app from the App Store. You can use SBB Mobile to check all trains, buses and boat timetables in Switzerland when you’re on the move.
HOW TO GET FROM INTERLAKEN TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
If you are visiting Lauterbrunnen from the nearby city of Interlaken, there are hourly trains that depart from Interlaken East Train Station and using the Swiss Travel Pass, taking a train to Lauterbrunnen Railway Station couldn’t be easier.
The train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen takes only twenty minutes and you’ll disembark right in the centre of upper Lauterbrunnen Valley.
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3 THINGS TO DO IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
#1 VISIT STAUBBACH FALLS
Take a morning train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and from the station, it’s an easy walk through the village to a number of different scenic viewpoints of Staubbach Falls and upper Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Staubbach Falls is one of the impressive waterfalls I have ever seen! These glacial falls gush down from the 300m high peaks and emerges into the river that cuts through the village of Lauterbrunnen.
Visiting Staubbach Falls is one of the best things to do in Lauterbrunnen in summer and in winter.
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After taking some photos of the falls from the village, follow the road down till you reach the base of Staubbach Falls. You can walk up the stairs and into a man-made grotto that leads behind Staubbach Falls.
From inside the grotto, peering out looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park, without the dinosaurs, unfortunately! The view of the distant glacier-filled valley is mesmerising and almost looks too good to be true.
On a clear day, you can spot paragliders and base jumpers soaring around in the skies above and countless waterfalls flowing heavily over the edge of the towering cliffs into Lauterbrunnen Valley.
There is also an easy walking trail to the next village that will take you past several more Lauterbrunnen waterfalls and vast meadows.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is so insanely beautiful that you’ll feel like you are standing in a real-life postcard!
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#2 MOUNT SCHILTHORN
Once you have visited Staubbach Falls, you can jump on the public bus No. 141 that runs from Lauterbrunnen to Schilthorn every thirty minutes. The bus departs from outside Lauterbrunnen railway station.
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The bus journey is around twenty minutes to Stechelberg Gondola Station which is located at the base of Mount Schilthorn and using the Swiss Travel Pass, you can ride the gondola all the way up to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.
Note: Without the Swiss Travel Pass, a return trip on the gondola from Stechelberg to Mount Schilthorn will set you back 105 CHF ($105 USD)
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Mount Schilthorn is a popular ski field in Lauterbrunnen Valley if you wish to spend a day on the slopes, though if skiing is not your jam you can still head up to the famous Piz Gloria viewpoint regardless.
If you are a fan of James Bond 007, Piz Gloria located on the top of Mount Schilthorn is where one of the original 007 movies was filmed back in 1969. Expect to see James Bond memorabilia galore at Piz Gloria.
Aside from this, there is a 360-degree viewpoint at the summit of Mt Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant features floor to ceiling glass windows offering extensive views of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region. Not a bad spot for lunch if you ask me!
Also, if you are not afraid of heights, I dare you to take the knee-jittering thrill walk around the front face of Mount Schilthorn!
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#3 WENGEN VILLAGE
Before the day is out, ride the gondola back down to the Stechelberg Gondola Station and jump on the public bus 141 bound for Lauterbrunnen Station.
Disembark from the bus and walk down into Lauterbrunnen railway station. Ask one of the staff members at the station which platform you need to wait on to take the train to Wengen Village and they will point you in the right direction.
The iconic yellow train will take you up and over the mountainside to Wengen Village which is located in the opposite valley and it’s one of the best places to see in Lauterbrunnen!
There is another ski field at Wengen Village if you visit in winter and from the town, you can enjoy another perspective of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region.
There is an old church in Wengen Village which is a great vantage point to get some photos of the village and surrounding mountains.
Spend an hour or so wandering around Wengen Village seeing how the locals live their lives up here on the mountainside.
Getting back to Interlaken is very easy, just take the yellow train from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, change trains again and then it’s a further twenty-minute journey back to Interlaken East Station.
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The iconic Lauterbrunnen to Wengen train
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MORE ACTIVITIES IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
If you have more than one day to explore, there are a number of other activities in Lauterbrunnen that might also tickle your fancy which I haven’t mentioned in this Lauterbrunnen travel guide.
Other Lauterbrunnen attractions include skydiving and scenic helicopter tours to name a few. Sounds terrible right?!
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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 twenty minutes drive or twenty minutes on the train from The Valley Of 72 Waterfalls.
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 and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below 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 travellers and friends. Featuring large rooms, mountain views and a delicious buffet breakfast.
Budget: 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!
Another option for accommodation in Lauterbrunnen is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Lauterbrunnen Valley.
HOW TO GET TO SWITZERLAND
Arriving in Switzerland by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in this wonderful country.
If you plan on following this exact itinerary, then your best option is to fly into Zurich International Airport and start your trip around Switzerland from here.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SWITZERLAND
The best time to visit Switzerland depends on what you plan to do. I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Switzerland (April – September) when temperatures are warm and the landscapes are vividly green.
However, visiting Switzerland in winter (December – March) is absolutely magical because the landscapes are completely covered in glistening white snow. Visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter means you can go skiing in the Swiss Alps.
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