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Lauterbrunnen is worth visiting!

The village of Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most picturesque valleys in the Alps. 

Looking at the village, you simply cannot miss the gigantic waterfall right there almost in the middle of the town, and that is exactly what Lauterbrunnen is famous for.

Is Lauterbrunnen worth visiting
Lauterbrunnen church

What does Lauterbrunnen mean?

Lauterbrunnen is a German word that translates to “loud fountain” in English.

The name is probably derived from the numerous waterfalls that cascade down the steep cliffs surrounding the valley, creating a picturesque and breathtaking landscape. The village is known for its natural beauty and serves as a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its stunning alpine scenery and outdoor recreational activities.

The Lauterbrunnen valley boasts with 72 waterfalls of which Staubbach Falls are the highest free-falling (almost 300 meters) waterfall in Europe.  Lauterbrunnen or “load fountains”, is exactly what you will experience when visiting the Trümmelbach Falls in the ‘Black Monk’ mountain.    When walking the “Wasserweg Trail” you will see some of the most beautiful waterfalls.  The waterfalls make for some of the best hiking trails in Switzerland with breathtakingly beautiful scenery.

Staubbach Falls, with a height of nearly 300 meters, drops into the Lütschine River and is located just above Lauterbrunnen village.

Which towns are in the Lauterbrunnen Valley?

The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland is home to several towns and villages. Some of the notable towns and villages in the Lauterbrunnen Valley include:

  • Lauterbrunnen: This is the main village and administrative center of the valley. It is located at the bottom of the valley and serves as a transportation hub for exploring the surrounding area.

  • Wengen: Situated on a sunny plateau above Lauterbrunnen, Wengen is a popular tourist destination known for its ski slopes and hiking trails. It offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the Jungfrau.

  • Mürren: Located on a cliff above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Mürren is a charming car-free village. It is accessible by cable car and offers beautiful panoramic views of the Swiss Alps.

  • Stechelberg: Situated at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Stechelberg is a small village known for its proximity to the Trümmelbach Falls. It serves as a starting point for various outdoor activities, such as hiking and paragliding.

  • Gimmelwald: This picturesque mountain village is located above Stechelberg. It is known for its traditional Swiss chalets and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

These are some of the towns and villages in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, each offering its own unique charm and opportunities to explore the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps.

Is it worth staying overnight in Lauterbrunnen?

By spending the night, you can fully enjoy the stunning views, wake up to the sounds of nature, and have more time to explore the area. It’s a great way to make the most of your visit to Lauterbrunnen and experience its natural beauty.

While staying in Lauterbrunnen you are also near to Interlaken, Grindelwald, Murren as well as Wengen.  All of which definitely counts amongst Switzerland’s most beautiful villages and they are all definitely worth a visit, (as well as a few night’s stay).

Surrounded in summer by green mountain slopes and colourful meadows with beautiful views, these towns are all fairy-tale pretty.

Don’t be surprised to see Heidi’s goats running in the street on their way to new meadows. Each time I see Lauterbrunnen I feel like Heidi, and I just want to through myself down in the grass and stare at the much loved  and spectacular mountains.

You'll have the option of some pretty awesome places to stay...

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Lauterbrunnen offers an enchanting escape into the Swiss Alps, providing an authentic experience surrounded by natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and warm hospitality. Whether you seek serenity, adventure, or a taste of Swiss culture, Lauterbrunnen promises an unforgettable stay.

Hotel Staubbach

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A fabulous grand old hotel in an excellent location. Rooms with balconies overlook the Staubbach Falls and valley.

Hotel Silberhorn

This could be your view from the tub.  The perfect honeymoon destination and hotel in Lauterbrunnen, offering stunning views of the Staubbach Falls.

Honeymoon destinations in Switzerland Lauterbrunnen is worth a visit and an overnight stay

Pack your bags, embrace the alpine wonderland, and create memories that will last a lifetime in this idyllic destination.

Best places to stay

Search more than 50 places to stay in all budget categories. The photo above is of Apartment Grosshorn - Excellent location. Bus stop on the main road in front. Walking distance to town, the train station, and the start of various hiking trails.

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Things to do
  • Watch water from the Trümmelbach Falls gush through crevices past viewing platforms. (These falls can only be reached in summer.)
  • Paragliding over the Lauterbrunnen valley is the best view you can possible get.
  • In summer mountain climbing and hiking are popular and in winter there are some awesome ski-trails.
  • Autumn is the magic time for photographers as the valley changes its spectacular green coat to the beautiful colors of autumn.
  • The Int. Lauberhorn Races takes place during January each year and the Weihnachtsmarkt in Lauterbrunnen is beautiful in December.
  • Take the cable car to the Schilthorn Mountain viewpoint, for beautiful views over the Bernese Alps.  This viewpoint at 2,960 meters in altitude is famous for its role in the 1969 James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.  (..and it is still themed as a 007 tourist attraction, until today.)
  • Even when walking through the town, the cemetery is a place where you would want to stop and take photos, as it is so beautifully adorned with flowers everywhere.  Yes, I know it might sound a bit strange, but in summer time this is really beautiful.

Book a Special Experience


The best experiences you can book for your trip to Lauterbrunnen (according to travelers):

  • Wedding Proposal or Honeymoon Helicopter flight
  • 30 Minutes scenic flight with glacier landing from Lauterbrunnen
  • Private Speedriding Tandem Experience in Switzerland  (Speedriding – also sometimes called speed flying – involves a mini paragliding canopy, a pair of skis and a fantastic adrenaline rush experience.)

All available to book through Viator.

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