Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in my life – it’s like being in a postcard! Dotted with chalet-style houses and surrounded by lush green fields and towering, snow-capped mountains. Each morning you wake to the soothing sound of water rushing over the cliff edges with the 72 waterfalls around the valley.
One of many things to do in Lauterbrunnen is to simply walk around the town and admire the unique buildings. The village’s main street is lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops selling outdoor gear, souvenir shops and a supermarket and it’s easy enough to spend an hour or two browsing.
Lauterbrunnen is also well known among adrenaline junkies, as the valley and surrounding area are perfect for paraglading and skydiving! I’m not a huge adrenaline junky so instead I chose to hop on the train and head to the “Top of Europe”. At 3454 metres, the Jungfraujoch Mountain is Europe’s highest railway station and post office. There’s plenty to see and do. The Ice Palace featuring ice sculptures, an iMax-style cinema and Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven are just a few of the indoor activities to keep you entertained. Outdoors is the real attraction though. At the Snow Fun Park you can try snow tubing, sledding, skiing and snowboarding, and even fly through the air on the zip line. There’s also a sun terrace with an outdoor bar where you can soak up the sun’s rays and breathe in the crisp mountain air.
Whilst pottering around the town I managed to find a great cafe called “Flavours” – with amazing coffee, cakes, ice cream and more. It’s the perfect spot to sit down and have a bite to eat whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery.
Lauterbrunnen is such a stunning place to visit and is a must do on your Europe bucket list for all seasons! – You won’t regret it!
Fun fact:The name Lauterbrunnen means ‘many fountains’, as there are 72 stunning waterfalls in the surrounding valley.
Top Tip: There is a strict noise ban between 10pm-6am every day which includes flushing your toilet.. You won’t be thrown in jail if you do so but you will get a stern telling off.
How to get there: The only way to get to Lauterbrunnen is by train or car. There is a regular train from Interlaken which takes approximately 20 minutes.
The closest airport to Lauterbrunnen is Bern which is approximately a 1 hour drive.