The best things to do in Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen is a small village located in the central part of Switzerland in the Berne Canton. It is one of the most beautiful but also one of the most touristic villages in Switzerland. It is located in the picturesque village of 72 waterfalls offering breathtaking views. In clear weather, the peak of the famous Jungfrau mountain is visible from the Lauterbrunnen. There is only one street with dozens of buildings, a souvenir shop and a grocery store. Despite its small size, there are many interesting things to do in Lauterbrunnen.
Mürren is a traditional mountain village in the canton of Bern, situated in the Jungfrau ski region at an altitude of 1650 m. Modern Mürren is known for hosting the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 1931 and 1935. Also, every winter since 1928, Mürren hosts the world's longest downhill for professional skiers. In fact, it is a traditional peaceful and very calm Swiss village. There is even prohibited the movement of automobile transport.
Why to visit Mürren?
In winter, it is a popular ski resort, and in summer, hikers start their routes from here. The resort has also a ski school and a snowboarding school, a children's snow park, and a kindergarten. Outdoor activities lovers could enjoy in Mürren ice climbing, curling, tandem flights, skiing and hiking, torch descents, squash, ice skating, darts, billiards, pool, fitness center, and other activities. Also, this is a very picturedque village. It is located high enough above sea level. Indeed, Mürren offers stunning views of the alpine valley and mountains.
Take a cable car to the Schilthorn
From the mountain village of Mürren, you can go to one of the peaks of Europe - Schilthorn. The top of the mountain located at an altitude of 2970 meters can be reached by cable car. The ride takes 32 minutes, during which you can see the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. On the Schilthorn is also situated a unique restaurant which is a rotating platform with a 360-degree view of the Swiss Alps. Indeed, the Piz Gloria restaurant offers its visitors breathtaking views of the Bernese Alps. In fine weather, 800 alpine peaks can be seen from here. It is named after the 1963 James Bond novel and the subsequent film, Her Majesty's Secret Service. The restaurant is famous for the shooting of this film there in 1969.
The famous waterfall situated in Lauterbrunnen reaches a height of almost 150 meters. It is called Trummelbach Fall and it is the end of the rivers Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau (each of them has a length of about 4 kilometers). This waterfall has a water consumption of is 20 thousand liters in one second! Every year, more than 20 tons of stone is washed out by water. Today this waterfall is open for visitors. At the beginning of the 20th century, in 1913, artificial tunnels were built here, specially equipped with lamps for travelers. The name of the Trummelbach Fall fully describes it and is translated as "rattling drums."
Wengen village by train
Wengen is a village in the Bernese Alps in the Jungfrau region, located at an altitude of 1274 m. Tourism in Wengen began in 1859, when the first hotel was built in the village. In 1890, a railway was built to Wengernalp, which still works. There are no roads and cars in the village. Today Wengen is a traditional alpine village and a popular tourist destination. It offers stunning views of the mountains and the valley of 72 waterfalls. You can reach Wengen by train from Interlaken or directly from Lauterbrunnen.
Visit the swimming pool
Few people know, but in the village of Lauterbrunnen there is a municipal pool. It's a great idea to spend a relaxed day at Lauterbrunnen. If you are traveling in Switzerland by train or hiking in the mountains, here you can stop for one day and relax. The water in the pool is cool enough, but cosy enough to swim. Also, there are small pools and equipment for children. You can enter it directly from the village, just follow the signs "Swimming Pool" or ask locals. The price of a similar ticket is 6 CHF and the time spent in the pool is unlimited. It offers stunning views of the valley and waterfalls.
Grindelwald is one of the most beautiful alpine villages located in the center of Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland region. This fabulously picturesque mountain resort is the largest in the region. It is interesting, that the first cable car in the Alps, leading to the Wetterhorn, was built in Grindelwald in 1908. And in 1912, the railway from Grindelwald through Kleine-Scheidegg reached Jungfraujoch. Today the Top of Europe" is the highest mountain railway station in Europe. Also, Grindelwald is one of the most popular villages among tourists in Switzerland. It has a developed infrastructure, many cafes, restaurants, and hotels. You can easily get here from Lauterbrunnen by train. The trip will take about 40 minutes.
Paragliding is an extreme sport that is free-flying with a parachute which is controlled by a wing. The beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley is a great place to see it from a bird's eye view. There are few paragliding schools in the village that offer their services as professionally trained pilots. By the way, for the first flight experience is not required at all. Indeed, paragliding is an unforgettable experience for those who want to experience the pure weightlessness of flying and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the 72-waterfalls valley.
Walk to the Staubbachfall
Another famous waterfall in the Lauterbrunnen Valley is the Staubbach waterfall. The height of it is about three hundred meters. This is the second-highest falling waterfall in Switzerland. This is a very beautiful waterfall and the Swiss are so proud of this attraction. Staubbachfall was even printed on stamps in Switzerland. To get to the waterfall, you need to take a train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen. After arriving in the village, it will take you about 15 minutes to walk to the waterfall.
Try Swiss cheese fondue
Swiss fondue is one of the main dishes in the country and a symbol of Switzerland. According to history, it was invented by shepherds. They always took cheese, wine, and bread with them to the mountains. Once the shepherds decided to melt the cheese in a pan, add the wine and try it with bread. In such a way the Swiss cheese fondue was born.
Hiking from Lauterbrunnen
Hiking in the Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the most picturesque and simple in Switzerland. One of the main routes is a walk to the waterfalls. Its length is 6 kilometers and such a hiking will last around 1 hour. In addition, there are other directions for hiking from the village. here are the most popular ones:
- Hiking to the Murren village
- Descent to Gimmelwald
- A walk to the Trummelbach Falls
- Hiking to Kleine Scheidegg
Where to stay in Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen is a popular tourist destination. It has a developed infrastructure, many hotels, cafes and restaurants.
Camping Jungfrau holiday park
Camping Jungfrau is a familiy friendly 5 Star Campsite and Holiday Park, located in the heart of "The Valley of 72 Waterfalls". It has all the necessary facilities for comfortable accommodation. A large children's playground, a campervan station, free Wifi, shop, swiss restaurant and lounge zone are available for guests.
Address: Weid 406, 3822 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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- Hotel Hornerpub
- Hotel Staubbach
- Hotel Schützen Lauterbrunnen
- Valley Hostel
Where to eat in Lauterbrunnen
- Swiss Restaurant Weidstuebli
- Restaurant Baren
- Hotel Oberland Restaurant