How to Get to Lauterbrunnen [+Things to Do]

If natural beauty is what you treasure, Lauterbrunnen is the place you must visit.

When you set your foot on its lovely ground, it will be like you have just entered another world glowing with joy.

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Summer in Lauterbrunnen – Isn’t it beautiful? | Source: Wiki

In this article, we will give all the info you need for a perfect trip to this dreamlike Switzerland village.

1.  Lauterbrunnen’s history and geography

Lauterbrunnen is nestled in one of the most spectacular valleys in the Alps, somewhere between mountain summits and massive rocks.

It represents one of the biggest natural sanctuaries in Switzerland that boasts 72 booming waterfalls, vivid alpine meadows, isolated valleys, and cozy mountain taverns.

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Lauterbrunnen valley in Switzerland | Source: Wiki

Even its name, ‘Lauter Brunnen’ – ‘Many fountains’, suggests the enormous beauty of the place.

The most famous of 72 waterfalls are the Staubbach Falls. They are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe that plunge almost 300 m from an uppermost rock face.

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Staubbach Falls – Words can’t describe

Did you know that the famous poem Spirit Song over the Waters written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was inspired by these thundering waters?

He visited Lauterbrunnen in 1779 and its charms have instantly sparked the poet’s imagination.

Another example of natural wonder that embellishes Lauterbrunnen is the Trümmelbach Falls in the ‘Black Monk’ mountain, secluded behind majestic rock faces.

Up to 20,000 liters of water per second plunge over the ten glacier falls from a total height of about 200 m. This natural phenomenon can only be reached by tunnel lift and on a warm and pleasant day.

Besides waterfalls, another fascinating thing about Lauterbrunnen is that it presents a succession of the valley-forming glaciers of the last Ice Age!

The glacier flows from the Jungfrau and it falls on its center under high pressure. The brute force of falling grinds a large nut into the landscape.

About 100 m high rocking walls are surrounded by flat valleys on both sides. They form a ‘V’ shape that turns into a ‘U’ shape from the ‘Kerbtal’ and “Trogtal’.

At the edges, the strength of the ice flow is notably lower. The peak of the glacier is marked with softly inclined plateaus called ‘Trogschultern’ or ‘Hohlkehlen’. From that point, the mountains spring up high again.

2. How to get to Lauterbrunnen?

There are many options for reaching Lauterbrunnen, it all depends on where your starting point is – from which part of Switzerland.

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Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland – Heavenly place | Source: Wiki

Here we made a guide of the most efficient ways to get to Lauterbrunnen from major cities and villages in Switzerland. Let’s check it:

Zurich to Lauterbrunnen

When considering Lauterbrunnen Switzerland flights, it is most likely that you will first land at the Zurich Airport in the capital city area.

Then you should make a plan of how to get from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen.

You have 3 main options:

  • take a train
  • take a bus
  • hire private transfer/rent a car

Trains and buses run very frequently, and you should book your ticket online in advance to ensure your further plans once you arrive in Zurich.

If you decide to take a bus, you should know that you will have to get train transfers at the end of the journey.

First, you will have to catch the bus from Kloten and reach Interlaken through the mountains. The drive takes less than 2 and a half hours.

In Interlaken, you will take a short train ride to Lauterbrunnen, where trains run all the time. From this point, you will reach your destination in 20 minutes.

If you are hiring a car, the best route goes through the mountains and Lucerne. You may come across some narrow roads, but you will be blown away by the stunning scenery of Lauterbrunnen Valley and also the mountains on the route.

While in the car, you can make stops wherever you want, and take impressive photos of the surrounding area.

The car drive from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes (it’s 99 km away).

Bern to Lauterbrunnen

Bern is 72 km away from Lauterbrunnen and there are several transport options including bus/nigh bus, the train, private transfer, or taxi.

Expect a beautiful journey through fascinating landscapes whatever option you choose.

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View over Lauterbrunenn | Source: Wiki

Buses offer day and night rides and take the same route as cars, but with a change in Interlaken. The total time of travel will be a bit more than 2 hours.

If you take the car, you will reach the destination within 50 minutes.

Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen

Interlaken is quite close to Lauterbrunnen (only 14 km away) so you can count on a lot of transport options, including cycling or hiking through the distance.

Buses are the cheapest option and the ride takes about 20 minutes. They run frequently so you won’t have to wait long.

The quickest option is to rent a car and travel not more than 15 minutes. You can also get a taxi but expect a higher price.

Wengen to Lauterbrunnen

Just east of Lauterbrunnen lies a beautiful car-free village Wengen.

To get rid of the car in advance, you can hit hiking trails and reach your destination within 45 minutes.

Or, if you take cycle routes, you will arrive within 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you will enjoy stunning landscapes under the light breeze and fresh air.

Train to Lautterbrunnen

While in Switzerland, it would be such a tourist crime not to take the most efficient railway network in the entire world. Plus, wherever you go, you will be mesmerized by the scenery.

We will mention how to operate the train stations from places mentioned before and we will add one more: Zermatt.

From Zurich by train

When traveling from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen by train, you can choose between two routes:

  • across Lucerne
  • across Bern

Both of them require a change at Interlaken, and both of them promise magnificent scenery along the way.

The journey across Lucerne is shorter – it takes about 2 hours in total, while the journey across Bern takes about 3 hours.

It depends on the time of the year you travel, but the route across Bern is a little cheaper. If you are paying attention to your budget, this information might be useful for you.

From Bern by train

Trains from Bern to Lauterbrunnen run frequently, still, a change is required in Interlaken, for the last 20 min. of your ride.

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If you are willing to visit another great place like Bern, Lauterbrunnen is ideal solution

From Interlaken, trains run hourly, so try to match it with your schedule.

The train ride from Bern will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach your target.

From Interlaken by train

If you are traveling from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen by train, you can count on hourly timetables from Interlaken East Train Station.

If you are using the Swiss Travel Pass, the ride from the railway station just cannot be easier.

The train ride from Interlaken takes about 20 minutes with a stop right in the center of upper Lauterbrunnen Valley.

From Wengen by train

From Wengen, trains run through the entire day, and the ride takes just 15 minutes.

It is the quickest and simplest way to reach Lauterbrunnen from this point.

From Zermatt by train

The train ride from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen takes about 3 hours and 15 minutes and covers a distance of about 118 km.

In the best conditions, the fastest arrival is within 2 hours and 42 minutes.

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Beautiful panorama – Zermatt | Source: Wikipedia

Services are run by Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn, Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS), Trenitalia Eurocity, and others.

On average, 166 trains run throughout the week, but there can be some changes during weekends and holidays. To skip unpleasant surprises, check timetables in advance.

Travel to Lauterbrunnen in style and hire a limo

If you want to travel to Lauterbrunnen elegantly and hassle-free, there is no better option than to hire a limousine service.

The advantages are limitless, and there are no disadvantages!

Let’s mention just some of them:

  • you will save time
  • everything will go strictly according to the plan
  • you won’t stress and worry about jammed traffic or parking
  • the chauffeur knows the best routes and shortcuts
  • you will get the respect you deserve and bathe in luxury

Isn’t this more than satisfying?

Don’t hesitate – hire our EdelSwiss limousine service, and we will do everything in our power to make your ride to Lauterbrunnen the best travel experience ever!

3. Why is it so special?

Once you visit Lauterbrunnen, you will be under the strong influence of its uniqueness. It may be due to giant waterfalls nearby, or the fearless mountains that divide the town from the rest of the world.

Here are some out of many reasons that make this place absolutely stunning, and worth visiting.

Scroll down and find out why Lauterbrunnen in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland is a place straight from dreams!

  • It is a land of 72 Waterfalls
  • It is the home of the highest-altitude man-made spot in Europe (Sphinx Observatory)
  • It is a hiking paradise on the North Face Trail
  • It is close to other spectacular parts of Switzerland

Legend has it that the famous writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, was inspired by Lauterbrunnen’s alluring looks to write the best-selling book The Lord of the Rings.

Once you visit this vast green valley, you will fully grasp his fascination.

4. Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Now we will mention some of the most interesting things to do while in Lauterbrunnen, both summer and winter.

Whatever time of the year you choose for your visit, don’t forget to check the weather and pack warm clothes.

Here are the most popular activities that this fantastic place offers to everyone.

Keep reading to find out more!

  • Visit waterfalls
  • Paragliding & skydiving over the village
  • Go hiking
  • Hit the slopes

Visit waterfalls

We mentioned before the most famous among them: Staubbach Falls. ‘Staub’ means ‘dust’, and it describes the nature of this breathtaking waterfall.

The spray of Staubbach Falls is scattered in all directions, while the warm summer breeze forces the water to drop further. This results in a mist that dusts the surrounding area.

At an elevation of 300 m, it is the third highest waterfall in Switzerland and among the highest free-falling waterfalls in entire Europe.

The background is equally majestic as the waterfalls. Giant glaciated valley walls stand proudly and fearlessly.

The viewing platform is built in the rock face, and after 15 minutes of a steep walk, you will get the opportunity to go behind the falls and feel the splashing water.

From June to October, you can visit the viewing gallery.

During the high season, the waterfalls are illuminated which makes a fantastic display.

Another example of impressiveness among the waterfalls – Trümmelbach Falls, present the largest subterranean waterfall in Europe.

You can see the illuminated glacier waterfalls from a close distance. It is reachable through underground tunnels, aisles, lifts, and platforms.

Paragliding & skydiving over the village

Paragliding is perfect for extreme adventurers, plus, the adrenaline rush will be followed by the mesmerizing views from above, capturing the prettiest alpine landscapes.

You don’t have to be experienced for this adventure, but you’ll have to wear a helmet hand in hand with a skilled pilot.

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Who can resist paragliding in Lauterbrunnen? | Source: Wiki

To keep the merriment going, you can go skydiving in a perfect setting above the Bernese Oberland.

Be ready to jump from an elevation of 4,000 m and float back to the ground. Of course, you will be under the surveillance of a professional instructor during the entire endeavor.

Go hiking

Lauterbrunnen offers the magnificent 500 km of hiking trails and routes, ideal for both beginners and seasoned hikers.

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Hiking here is great idea! | Source: Wiki

Here are some easy trails for exploring Lauterbunnen and surrounding area:

  • Mürren to Allmendhubel Flower Trail
  • Murren to Grütschalp
  • Panoramaweg
  • Alpweg
  • Panoramaweg

For more experienced hikers there is the famous Eiger Trail which links Grindelwald and the Eiger Glacier Railway station.

Hit the slopes

In winter, Lauterbrunnen gets a new note of beautiful with pistes, ski tours, and winter hikes for true athletes.

The options for skiing in this area are limitless as the valley belongs to the Jungfrau Region ski area.

The area gives access to 591 km of runs – with more than 130 marked pistes and over 60 ski lifts.

You can purchase a ski pass with access to the neighboring ski resorts too, including Grindelwald, Wengen, and Murren.

5. Where to stay (hotel list)

In this guide, we will mention the best accommodation in Lauterbrunnen according to the budget.

  • Luxury
  • Mid-range
  • Budget

For an ultimately luxurious stay, we recommend Chalet Elza.  It is located 800 m from the train station and 1.7 km from Staubach Falls. It provides beautiful views, a sauna, internet, and many other amenities to make your stay unforgettable.

As one of the best mid-range hotels, we recommend Ferienwohnung Bahnhofli, located right in the center of the village. It has a restaurant and rooms with a kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, seating area, and bathroom.

Among the best budget accommodations, we recommend Hotel Steinbock, located opposite the train station. You can expect clean accommodation, close to all local areas.

They serve local dishes, a wide range of pizzas, which you can enjoy while facing the impressive views of Jungfrau, Breithorn, and Ebnefluh Mountains.

Now let’s expand the list, check out all the following hotels and find the best for you. We will divide them into three categories as we did before:

Luxury:

  • Family Frame Apartment
  • Apartment Arven

Mid-range:

  • Apartment Stocki
  • Hafod

Budget:

  • Hotel Schützen
  • Schützenbach Hostel

If you want to sleepover in the local area, Wengen and Murren have also offer a lot of options for cozy and comfortable accommodation.

6. Are there any famous restaurants here?

There are numerous restaurants and cafés that offer traditional and local food, we will mention the most popular ones:

  • Hotel Oberland Restaurant
  • Restaurant Sulwald-Stübli
  • Restaurant Schützen
  • Bäckerei Von Allmen
  • Restaurant Caprice
  • Swiss Restaurant Weidstübli
  • Silberhorn Restaurant
  • Airtime café
  • Mary’s café
  • Hotel Horherpub

As you can see, the list is quite extensive.

Lauterbrunnen is filled with beauty on each corner. It is up to you to investigate, find the coziest place, and enjoy to the fullest.

Conclusion:

Now you are ready to meet Lauterbrunnen and feast your eyes on its vast and unique beauty.

To keep everything perfect, hire our EdelSwiss limo service, and allow us to take the best care of you, your luggage, and your journey memories.

Keep in mind that the real deal is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.

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