Must-knows about Lauterbrunnen

  • Lauterbrunnen is a small village in the Swiss Jungfrau Region, at a 20-minute train ride from Interlaken.
  • It’s located in the narrow Lauterbrunnen Valley, which has very high rock walls and dozens of waterfalls.
  • Lauterbrunnen is a transit town to Mürren, Wengen, Jungfraujoch, and the Schilthorn, so it can be busy at times.
Recommended season: early January to late February and early April to late October
Altitude: 793 m (2602 ft)
Town size: Small
Local language: German
There is a train station

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Spend a day in the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the center of the Bernese Alps. Take a spectacular roundtrip by train, cable car, and railway to the areas of Lauterbrunnen, Mürren, and Schilthorn, to the places where the 1969 James Bond movie was filmed.

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The 3 must-do's in Lauterbrunnen

If your time in Lauterbrunnen is limited, we suggest you do at least these 3 things:

  1. Visit the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn - or even both! They're the most famous mountaintops in the Bernese Oberland, and for good reason: the views and the journeys to the top are breathtaking.
  2. Make an easy walk with great views. Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg is a beautiful path in the valley. Grütschalp to Mürren or Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg are great trails higher up.
  3. Watch the Staubbach Fall in the village.

Winter activities in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is on the valley floor at about 800 m. This means that snow in town is not guaranteed.

But you can easily access these nearby ski areas for all sorts of snow fun:

  • Mürren (25 minutes by cable car and train)
  • Wengen (11 minutes by train)
  • Grindelwald (37 minutes by train via Zweilütschinen, or 1h40 by cogwheel trains via Kleine Scheidegg)

Bad-weather activities

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

  • Go shopping in Interlaken, or consider one of the other bad-weather options near Interlaken. Find tips here.
  • Visit the national capital Bern.
  • Visit the town of Thun.
  • Go to the nearby Trümmelbach Falls: they're in caves, so certainly an option in rainy weather.

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Traveling to and in Lauterbrunnen: quick overview

Lauterbrunnen can be reached by train and by car. The area can be explored by train, cableway, and on foot. Most of the region is car-free.

How to reach Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen can be reached by train and by car. It takes 20 minutes by train to get there from Interlaken.

Note that the same train also heads for Grindelwald. It's split into two separate sections at the rail station of Zweilütschinen. Information boards on the train and at the platforms indicate where you have to be seated to reach Lauterbrunnen (this is mostly sector A of the train and platform).

There is a paid parking garage next to the train station. Most hotels have parking lots for their guests too. The garage is mainly used by people going up to car-free Wengen or Mürren.

Come by train if you can. Even though there's a road to Lauterbrunnen, most of the area south of the village is car-free. You can plan your trip with the aid of the timetable.

How to get around in the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Public transport gets you to all spots in the Jungfrau Region:

  • You can reach Mürren and the Schilthorn via two routes: either via cableway to Grütschalp and train to Mürren, or by bus to Stechelberg and by cable car to Mürren. Learn more in our Lauterbrunnen-Mürren travel guide.
  • A cogwheel train takes you to Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and eventually Jungfraujoch. Check our Lauterbrunnen-Wengen guide for details.
  • There's also the train to Interlaken, and from there you can continue to other parts of the Bernese Oberland and Switzerland.
  • Grindelwald can be reached via the village of Zweilütschinen in the valley. Alternatively, you can take the scenic cogwheel trains to Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald.

You can reach Interlaken, Grindelwald and Stechelberg by car. The rest of the area is car-free.

Travel discounts with your Guest Card

The hotels in Lauterbrunnen provide a free Guest Card when you check in. The card provides various discounts on local attractions and cableways.

Rail passes for your stay in Lauterbrunnen

If you own a rail pass, you will usually get a better discount than those provided by the Guest Card. We advise you to check these passes:

  • The Berner Oberland Pass. We recommend this option if you want to explore the Jungfrau Region, but other areas of the Bernese Oberland too.
  • The Jungfrau Travel Pass. This one's suitable if you're sure you'll focus on the Jungfrau Region south of Lauterbrunnen only.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass or Swiss Half Fare Card. These are often best if your itinerary includes other parts of Switzerland too.

Use our free tools to determine which pass is best for your plans.

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Valley station of cable car to Grütschalp in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen to Mürren

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Lauterbrunnen to Wengen

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen is easy and very scenic. We explain all about the 12-minute trip by cogwheel train.

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The best months to go to Lauterbrunnen early January to late February and early April to late October. 

Lauterbrunnen in spring: April, May and June

  • April is a beautiful month nature-wise. The meadows of the Lauterbrunnen Valley will show fresh green grass and spring flowers, and you can still enjoy snow on the mountaintops. Not all mountains are accessible yet, and it's generally too early to hike in the mountains.
  • May is similar to April. A few more cable cars start to operate, for example the ones to Männlichen and Schilthorn.
  • By June, weather in the Lauterbrunnen Valley can already be summer-like. Pretty much all mountaintops can be visited now. The highest hiking trails may still be snow-covered.

Lauterbrunnen in summer: July, August and early September

  • July and August are high season for tourists. This means that popular activities, such as the Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn, can be crowded. You can leave early in the day or arrange for a guaranteed seat in advance though.
  • Things will get a bit quieter in September.
  • These are the best months for mountain biking and alpine hikes.

Lauterbrunnen in autumn: mid-September and October

We love to be in Lauterbrunnen during fall: this is when you can enjoy the spectacular scenery in peace and quiet. The trees in the valley start coloring. Most mountain transport in the Jungfrau Region operates until mid- or late-October.

Lauterbrunnen in winter: January and February

January and February are best for a winter stay in Lauterbrunnen. Don't expect snow in the village. Although this can happen, you'll often have to travel up to ski areas first.

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What's weather like in Lauterbrunnen?

Winter temperatures are pretty mild in Lauterbrunnen. During daytime, count on a temperature range of 5°C to 10°C. It can freeze during the night. Snow in the village may fall, but this is certainly no guarantee for Lauterbrunnen.

The warmest months are July and August, with average temperatures in the village ranging from 19°C to 23°C. Heatwaves with higher temperatures do occur.

The rainiest months in Lauterbrunnen are May, June, July and August. During warm summer days, showers typically occur in the (late) afternoon, while the mornings are sunny and clear.

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Lauterbrunnen offers several hotels, from budget to 3-star options. They're nearly all within walking distance of the rail station.

In addition, there are holiday homes and the well-rated "Jungfrau" campsite with views of the Staubbach Fall.

If you're debating between Lauterbrunnen and other towns, check our Jungfrau Region accommodation tips.

Lauterbrunnen hotel overview

Main street in Lauterbrunnen with chalets and Staubbach Fall

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Lauterbrunnen’s location and scenery

Strategic location between Interlaken and mountain villages

Lauterbrunnen is a small village in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It’s ideally situated for excursions throughout the Jungfrau Region. The Jungfrau Region is part of the larger holiday region of the Bernese Oberland.

The village is situated between the mountain villages Mürren and Wengen, which are the obvious areas for day trips. It’s only a 20-minute train ride to Interlaken.

The beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley

The Lauterbrunnen Valley is famous for its 72 waterfalls. There are smaller and larger ones. You’ll have to look hard to find all of them, but some are impossible to miss, such as the famous Staubbach Fall just outside the village. Some are within the mountains, for example the Trümmelbach Falls. The river “Weisse Lütschine” crosses the entire valley from south to north.

Huge rock walls rise up hundreds of meters from the valley floor, particularly on the west side of the village. This impresses us time and time again as soon as we arrive in 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: these towns are at higher elevation and offer wider views.

Pros and cons of Lauterbrunnen

A small village

Lauterbrunnen is small, but offers everything you need to enjoy your holidays: several hotels and restaurants, a campsite, and a supermarket.

Central location

Perhaps Lauterbrunnen’s 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.

Busy and touristy in high season

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.

In addition, Lauterbrunnen has become famous for its beautiful waterfall. Many tourists want to see it and take pictures. This results in high numbers of visitors in what’s only a small village, especially from June to September. Shops, parking places, the main street, and photo stops near the waterfall can get pretty crowded.

Between high rock walls

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 happens particularly in winter, when daylight is already short.

Lauterbrunnen FAQ

  1. Is Lauterbrunnen worth visiting?

    Yes, Lauterbrunnen is situated in the spectacular Lauterbrunnen Valley. If you value natural beauty and lots of waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen is the place to be. It’s also located strategically: between Interlaken and the mountain villages of the Jungfrau Region.

  2. How many days to spend in Lauterbrunnen?

    To get a good impression of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, plan at least a 2- or 3-day stay in the village. This allows you to make a few hikes and mountain excursions, and to enjoy the views from different angles.

  3. Is Lauterbrunnen car-free?

    No, cars are allowed in Lauterbrunnen and further south in the valley: up to Stechelberg. The rest of the Lauterbrunnen Valley is car-free. The other villages Mürren and Wengen can only be reached by public transport.

  4. Where to stay: Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Mürren, Grindelwald or Interlaken?

    Find the answer in our guide about the Jungfrau Region.

  5. What’s the closest airport to Lauterbrunnen?

    Zurich Airport is nearest to Lauterbrunnen. You’ll reach the village in a 2h40-train ride from the airport. A train journey from Basel EuroAirport takes 2h50, from Geneva Airport 3h50.

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