Lauterbrunnen is the central town in the Jungfrau region

Lauterbrunnen

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Just being in this area was fantastic, and I would strongly recommend Lauterbrunnen as a great base location.

Must knows about Lauterbrunnen

  • Lauterbrunnen is a central base to explore the Jungfrau region;
  • The village is located in a narrow valley with high rock walls on both sides;
  • There can be quite some traffic in high season as it is a transit town to Mürren and Wengen.

This view is what makes the train ride from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg so spectacular.

About Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is surrounded by mountains, cliffs and waterfalls. It's a small centrally located village, convenient for excursions in the Jungfrau region. Interlaken, Mürren and Wengen are within easy reach.

WHAT TO DO

Various day trips from Lauterbrunnen.

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HOTELS

The recommended hotels.

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RENTALS

Apartments and holiday homes in Lauterbrunnen.

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HOW TO TRAVEL

How to reach Lauterbrunnen, and how to get around.

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PICTURES

A few images of Lauterbrunnen.

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FORUM

Any questions left about Lauterbrunnen? Feel free to post to the forum!

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Facts about Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is located strategically

Lauterbrunnen is a small village in the Lauterbrunnen valley. It's ideally situated for excursions throughout the Jungfrau region. The village is sitting in between the mountain villages Mürren and Wengen, which are the obvious areas for day trips, although the valley itself is very attractive as well. Lots of opportunities to hike here!

Location and scenery

The Lauterbrunnen valley is famous for its 72 waterfalls. There are smaller and larger waterfalls. You'll have to look hard to find all of them, but some are impossible to miss, like the famous Staubbach Fall just outside the village.

Huge rock walls rise up hundreds of meters from the valley floor, particularly on the west side of the village. On the east side you'll find forestry slopes going up to Wengen, and again rock walls. You can see quite some peaks, but not as many as from Mürren, Wengen or Grindelwald because these towns are located at higher altitudes and offer wider views.

Pros and cons of Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is small but offers everything you need to enjoy your holidays: several hotels and restaurants, a camping and a supermarket. Perhaps the biggest advantage is its central location on the valley floor. If you want to explore the Jungfrau region, traveling from Lauterbrunnen is convenient as you can quickly reach Interlaken, Mürren and Wengen.

Unlike Mürren and Wengen, Lauterbrunnen isn't car-free. It is the transit town for people on their way to Mürren and Wengen. There can be quite some traffic on the main road in high season.

Even though winter in Lauterbrunnen can be wonderful, it is not the best base for winter sports. The village is sitting on the valley floor, too low to guarantee lots of snow. Mürren and Wengen can be reached quickly though. That's where the slopes are.

Some people feel somewhat "locked-in" in Lauterbrunnen because of the narrow valley and the rock walls on both sides of the village. Unlike the villages in the mountains, Lauterbrunnen can be shady for quite some time each day, because the sun is hidden behind the mountains. This applies all year round, but particularly in winter.

Do you want to read about other towns in the Jungfrau region? You'll find them here.

What not to miss during your stay

A visit to either Jungfraujoch or the Schilthorn should be on your list. Or both of course! Also, the pleasant walk from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg is a must if staying in Lauterbrunnen.

More attractions and hiking routes

Bad weather activities

Staying in Lauterbrunnen means you are dependent on the weather as nearly all activities are in the outdoors. Some ideas for rainy days:

  • Visit Interlaken for some shopping;
  • The national capital Bern;
  • The town of Thun;
  • The nearby Trümmelbach Falls are in caves so certainly an option when it rains.
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