The green countryside of the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen Valley: hiking, waterfalls and mountainpeaks

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Stay: Hotel Silberhorn

Experience: Paragliding over Lauterbrunnen Valley

Day trip from Interlaken: e-bike ride with picnic

Lauterbrunnen is easily one of the most enchanting valleys of the Swiss Alps. With its sheer cliff faces, thundering waterfalls, and tranquil meadows, it’s a spot where you can escape from the busyness of everyday life and just relax in your surroundings.

Obviously, the valley’s natural beauty is the big drawcard for Lauterbrunnen, so spend your trip outdoors and experience it for yourself. Hike one (or more) of the hiking trails, explore the picturesque village and admire the views wherever you are.

Here's all you need to know to plan your trip to this beautiful place.

How many days should I spend in Lauterbrunnen?

A week in Lauterbrunnen is enough to give you a taste of what the region has to offer, but the question really depends on your budget.

Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful parts of the world, and there is so much to do from hiking to adventure activities. But excursions and travel costs can really add up when hitting the top activities, and the big mountain summits.

The snow-capped mountains of the Swiss Alps seen from Schilthorn

Things to do around Lauterbrunnen


If you enjoy hiking, Lauterbrunnen is the perfect place for you. Hiking here means paths for all levels of fitness and interest, from easy walks that offer a great way to stretch your legs and fill your lungs with fresh mountain air, to more demanding hikes that lead to breathtaking lookout points.

You can take a leisurely stroll to see the Trummelbach Falls or challenge yourself with the trek to the Schilthorn. Either way, you’ll be treated to fresh air, stunning views, and maybe even a bit of local cheese along the way.


Known as the “Top of Europe”, Jungfraujoch is the most elevated railway station in Europe and the highest point you can get to without hiking/climbing.

From the viewing area you can see Jungfrau Mountain at 13,642 feet, as well as mighty glaciers and year round snow, making it a top visitor attraction in the region. There is also an ice sculpture palace, a Lindt chocolate shop and a cafe/restaurant, and of course the scenic cog railway that leads you up the mountain - which is an attraction in itself.

Travel to Jungfraujoch from Lauterbrunnen by train - though tickets aren’t cheap, you can combine it with other hikes and top things to see and do in Bernese Oberland.


Lauterbrunnen is an adventure seekers paradise with climbing, helicopter rides, and even base-jumping drawing in risk-takers from around the world. One of the safer options for visitors is paragliding. There probably isn’t anywhere more stunning to take to the skies than the area surrounding the Jungfrau region, take a look at some of the available paragliding tours here.

A sky resort in the Swiss Alps on a sunny day


In winter, you can experience snowsports in the Swiss Alps. The Jungfrau Region, with Lauterbrunnen at its heart, is a premier destination for skiing and snowboarding.

The famous Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen and Schilthorn resorts provide a variety of slopes that cater to both beginners and seasoned experts. These areas are easily accessible and offer breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.

If you prefer a more serene experience, snowshoeing is a delightful way to explore the winter landscapes. Traverse through quiet trails and enjoy the stillness of the valley blanketed in snow, a contrast to the bustling ski slopes.

Schilthorn and Birg

On the opposite side of the valley to Junfrau, Schilthorn and Birg offer alternative attractions for visitors. Piz Gloria is the panoramic revolving restaurant at the summit of Schilthorn, famous as the secret hideaway of Bond’s arch-nemesis Blofeld in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. There’s also the Bond World exhibition and 007 Walk of Fame.

On the same train journey, Birg has a fantastic Skyline and Thrill Walk that allows people of all fitness levels to experience the thrill of mountaineering without any of the risks. Glass walkways, steel-cable tunnels, and cliff edge lookouts offer a family-friendly mountain adrenaline-rush. To get there, catch the cable car from Murren, accessible via cable car, train or a short hike from Lauterbrunnen.

First Mountain

Like tobogganing without the snow, the First Mountain Cart offers a thrilling ride down the side of the mountain, with beautiful scenery in abundance. The off road go-kart hurtles down a three kilometre long unpaved road from Schreckfeld to Bort, leaving you in total control of steering and brakes.

There’s also the First Flyer zip line, mountain scooter, and the First Cliff Walk by Tissot. Stop by at the beautiful mountain village of Grindelwald, one of Switzerland’s Bernese Alps top places to visit. Trains and cable cars connect Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and First.

The picturesque town of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland

Where to stay in Lauterbrunnen

For an affordable place to stay in Lauterbrunnen, Camping Junfrau offers tent pitches, cabins and hostel dorm rooms in one of the most scenic locations in town. Promising comfortable stays with climate-friendly furnishings, there’s no better spot to enjoy the outdoors from.

For something a bit more traditional, stay in the wood-clad Hotel Silberhorn located right next to the train station and cable car station. The stylish interiors and wonderful views make it an ideal base for exploring the surrounding mountains, while the onsite Alpine-style restaurant delights with Swiss specialities and a generous buffet breakfast.

Getting to Lauterbrunnen

You can access Lauterbrunnen from the nearby city of Interlaken, with hourly trains that depart from Interlaken East Train Station. There’s no need to hire a car as there are few roads in the mountainous areas and travel is usually via cable car or train.

Switzerland is a great country to travel sustainably as the rail network is first-class. You can get unlimited rides on trains, buses, and boats throughout Switzerland with a Swiss Travel Pass. It also offers discounts to many museums and up to 50% off mountain excursions - prices start at 232 CHF for three days.

Spring flowers in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

When to visit Lauterbrunnen

Visiting Lauterbrunnen is stunning at any time of year, but spring and summer are best for hiking, while obviously winter is best for snow-sports. Many of the walking trails around Lauterbrunnen are closed during the winter season due to heavy snowfall or poor weather conditions.

Summer can get busy with tourists and prices rise during July and August, but from April to June can be quieter with colourful fields of alpine flowers covering the mountainsides.

There are also beautiful Christmas Markets in Lauterbrunnen in December.

Where to next

From Lauterbrunnen, you may want to continue on to Zermatt, the village at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn. Zermatt is known for its skiing, snowboarding and hiking. Travel from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt typically takes about 3-4 hours by train, with transfers at Interlaken Ost and Visp. The journey passes through lovely Swiss scenery and is beautiful in itself.

For a different kind of beauty, head to Lucerne, a city known for its medieval charm and stunning natural scenery. The train journey from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne takes around 2-3 hours, with a transfer in Interlaken.

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Jo Williams

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Jo Williams is a freelance writer with 10 years' experience working in travel and tourism. A Brit who got fed up with the 9 to 5 corporate life, she sold everything to become a full-time wanderer.

Jo has travelled to over 70 countries and worked throughout Europe for a major tour operator. She hopes to inspire you to work less and travel more.

Last Updated 26 March 2024

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