3 MUST-DO THINGS IN LAUTERBRUNNEN – SWITZERLAND

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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.

On that note, if you are planning a trip around Switzerland, I highly recommend purchasing the all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass which includes trains, buses and boats throughout the whole of Switzerland.

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.

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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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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 favourite places to stay in Lauterbrunnen to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

  • 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.

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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.

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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!

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Another option for accommodation in Lauterbrunnen is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Lauterbrunnen Valley.

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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.

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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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If you are planning a holiday in Switzerland, be sure to check out my other travel guides below that you might find useful while putting together your Switzerland Itinerary:

I hope you found this article useful and if you have any questions about things to do in Lauterbrunnen, please drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!

Happy Adventuring 🙂

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8 Comments

  1. Ovais Khan
    July 11, 2019 / 9:06 am

    Hello. There is one more thing I would like to know. If I buy the Train ticket from Zurich Aiport to Lauterbrunnen ONLINE, will I have to VALIDATE those tickets when I reach Zurich before hopping onto the train or they don’t require any validation?

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 11, 2019 / 11:10 pm

      Hi buddy, there is no validation needed whether you buy online or buy at the station. A ticket inspector will do the rounds on the train and this is where you will have to present your swiss pass. Have a great trip!

  2. marina griffin
    July 14, 2019 / 11:41 pm

    Hi, this article is fantastic. I’ll be staying in Zurich. how can I get to Laterbrunnen, schilthorn, interlaken and weggen from there and is it possible to see those 4 villages in two days. I just want to bask in the views of the alps, gondola ride, and the thrill walk you did.

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 16, 2019 / 1:09 am

      Hi, thanks for reading!

      Yes, you can take a train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen as explained in the top of this article. Yes, it’s possible to see all those villages in 2 full days 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Julie
    July 15, 2019 / 8:52 pm

    Hi there, I am planning a trip to Switzerland this August as a surprise trip for my husband. Your webpage has been extremely helpful and I wanted to thank you for the time you spent writing it. I am now so excited to start our trip… thanks so very much.

    Best always

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 16, 2019 / 1:11 am

      Hi Julie,

      Glad you found this article useful and thanks for the feedback! Have a great trip to Switzerland! 🙂

  4. July 17, 2019 / 12:35 pm

    Hi Jonny,

    Thanks for all the great tips on the Lauterbrunnen area! I will actually be taking the TGV train from Paris to Wengen in September. Are you able to get on and off that train if I buy a ticket from Paris to Wengen? Do you have to be on the train at the assigned train time or can we take a later train? For example, I wanted to stop at Interlaken & Lauterbrunnen before I arrive at my hotel. I planned on locking up my suitcase at the train station.

    Thanks, Andra

    • Jonny Melon
      Author
      July 20, 2019 / 11:35 pm

      Hey, glad you loved the blog. I am not familiar with the TGV train so I am not quite sure if you can veer off your scheduled ticket. Best to contact TGV and ask them. I am pretty sure there are lockers at the station to put your baggage if you need. Hope this helps and Enjoy!

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