Escape to quaint Lauterbrunnen! Enjoy its hiking, waterfalls and skiing.

Lauterbrunnen is a place of awesome natural scenery. The picturesque valley is bordered by the towering peaks of Drattehorn, Butlasse, Jungfrau and the Eiger. Explore flowering meadows and alpine villages, ski through the snow-capped Bernese Alps and witness the powerful cascades of spectacular waterfalls.

Lauterbrunnen’s name translates as “many fountains” in German, alluding to the 72 waterfalls scattered throughout the alpine area. Hike to the Staubbach Falls, which sends water cascading down a drop of almost 1,000 feet (305 meters). Walk through tunnels and walkways to get to the Trummelbach Falls. These are subterranean waterfalls tucked inside a mountain.

You don’t have to be a rock climber or experienced hiker to reach some of the area’s mountainous heights. Go on a train ride up to the Jungfraujoch. Your journey will take you through miles of tunnels that have been cut into mountains. The end of the line is the highest railway station in Europe, situated at 11,332 feet (3,454 meters) above sea level. While you are here, admire the mountain views from the observation deck of the Sphinx Observatory and visit the ice palace.

Another mountaintop must-see is the Schilthorn. Take a series of cable cars to the summit and dine in the revolving restaurant. The Schilthorn was a location in the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

No matter when you visit Lauterbrunnen, there are always lots of outdoor pursuits to enjoy. During the winter, ski on its miles of slopes and along cross-country trails, go on toboggan runs and travel along winter hiking routes. In the summer, hike or bike numerous trails that wind through the valley.

Sail across Lake Thun and try water skiing on Lake Brienz. Then explore their attractive lakeside villages. At Lake Thun, tour the medieval Oberhofen Castle and its park which sit by the water's edge.

Reach Lauterbrunnen by flying into the international airport at Bern, approximately 41 miles (66 kilometers away). Make the rest of the journey by car. Stay in traditional alpine villas with gorgeous lake and mountain views.

Known for

Hiking, Waterfalls and Tours

Top hotels in Lauterbrunnen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Hotel Alpenruh
3 out of 5
Schilthornbahn AG, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen, BE
£128
per night
26 Sep-27 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (274 reviews)

Located in the mountains, this ski-in/ski-out hotel in Lauterbrunnen is within a 5-minute walk of Schilthornbahn Cable Car and Allmendhubelbahn, and is convenient ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (274 reviews)

"Great location in the village. Ferdinand, the manager, was exceptionally helpful and welcoming"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2019

Hotel Alpenruh
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Hotel Edelweiss
3.5 out of 5
Rauft 1068, Murren, Lauterbrunnen, BE
£133
per night
16 Oct-17 Oct
4.6/5Exceptional! (227 reviews)

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Allmendhubelbahn and Schilthornbahn Cable Car. Schilthorn is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away. Mürren ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (227 reviews)

"View awesome get room facing valley Wish we had chance to use spa"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2019

Hotel Edelweiss
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Hotel Silberhorn
3 out of 5
Bir Zuben 465, Lauterbrunnen, BE
£164
per night
9 Oct-10 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (280 reviews)

Conveniently near to skiing facilities, this Lauterbrunnen hotel is located in the mountains, within 3 miles (5 km) of Valley Museum Lauterbrunnen and Trummelbach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (280 reviews)

"Beautiful place perfectly situated in town with great views and walking to the train station and amenities. Bonus, nice restaurant for a relaxing dinner after a day out exploring!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2019

Hotel Silberhorn

Popular things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Trummelbach Falls
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Trummelbach Falls

Venture inside a mountain to be captivated by the fascinating sights and sounds of 10 glacial waterfalls. See how the water has created unusual rock formations.

Schilthorn
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Schilthorn

Travel to the top of this spectacular mountain to dine in its revolving restaurant, which once featured in a James Bond movie.

Lauberhorn
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Lauberhorn

Enjoy the mountain views and explore Lauberhorn, a lovely green space in Lauterbrunnen. Amble around the area's lakeside or seek out the ski slopes.

Moench
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Moench

Explore the lovely green spaces of Moench and also enjoy the ski slopes in Lauterbrunnen. Discover the area's mountain views or seek out its local tours.

Eiger
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Eiger

Whether you hike along it, take the railway to its villages or just enjoy the view from Grindelwald below, this famous peak in the Bernese Alps is not to be missed.

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch

Go to the highest railway station in Europe, visit an ice palace and view a colossal glacier when you take a picturesque train ride to this mountain pass.

Top activities in Lauterbrunnen

Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour from Lucerne
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Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour from Lucerne

£102

The beautiful scenery of the Bernese Highlands makes the perfect setting for a day of sightseeing among the mountains. Check out some of Europe's most magnificent peaks and visit charming Swiss villages as you explore the icy wonderland of the Alps.

Schilthorn 007-James Bond world - daily small group tour
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Schilthorn 007-James Bond world - daily small group tour

£202

Begin your tour by meeting your guide at the trainstation Interlaken Ost. The tour starts with the travel by train to Lauterbrunnen, where you arrive after 20 Minutes. While you change on the local bus, have a look on the famous “Staubbach” waterfall.

Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour
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Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour

£110

The enchanting world of the Bernese Highlands is waiting for you to explore on this scenic ride across the Alps. Your journey takes you to charming mountain villages, forested slopes, and snowy peaks, surrounding you with some of the most spectacular vistas in Europe.

Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Basel
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Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Basel

£367

You will meet your tourguide in the lobby of your hotel and together, you will make your way to the train station in Basel. An intercity train will take you within two hours to Interlaken East.

Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Bern
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Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world - from Bern

£364

You will meet your tourguide in the lobby of your hotel and together, you will make your way to the train station in Bern. An intercity train will take you within 55 minutes to Interlaken East.

Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world starts in Zürich
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Schilthorn - 007-James Bond world starts in Zürich

£367

You will meet your tourguide in the lobby of your hotel and together, you will make your way to the train station in Zürich. An intercity train will take you within two hours to Interlaken East.