Picture Postcard Swiss Scenery
If you’re looking for Swiss chocolate box scenery with lush meadows, cow bells ringing and sunshine glinting from mountain peaks topped with snow, a trip to Lauternbrunnen is a real must.
Perfect to Visit Anytime of Year
Anytime of year is good to visit, but a sunny Spring day is possibly the perfect opportunity.
As well as green pastures, there’s an abundance of Spring flowers and blossoms to enjoy, and the snow covered mountains contrast with the bright green pastures and the magnificent waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen is located at the bottom of a valley which extends from the village towards the Lauterbrunnen Wall (which is very popular for ice climbing) and is in the Canton of Bern in Switzerland.
Key Things to Visit In The Area
To be honest the views are stunning all year round and no matter where you go, you are bound to find something to interest you. However, here are some ideas on things to do close by:
Wengen as seen from the train
Wengen is probably the best known Alpine village in the area and again is a place to get your camera out and start posting your Instagram pictures. Other villages worth visiting in the area such as Mürren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, and Isenfluh.
If you’re interested in having a good overview of the region and you have enough time, why not try the Murren Loop either on foot or by cable car to see some of the most beautiful sights in the region. It is quite a challenging trail so only undertake it if you ‘re physically fit and have good hiking boots and gear. You can always hike up and take the cable car down (or vice versa). Best times to do the trail are between June and October – and do make sure to allow sufficient time as parts of the trail are very tricky and check the cable car timetable. For more information on the trail see here.
The Trümmelbach Falls
A series of ten waterfalls which are the world’s only glacier waterfalls located inside a mountain! You can see the Trümmelbach Falls are by accessing an underground lift. The water that thunders down is the the melted water from the glaciers of the Jungfrau gushing down to the valley below.
Nosiy, thunderous and powerful, they carry up to 20,000 litres of water per second along with plenty of stones and boulders.
Known as the ‘The Top of Europe’ because it actually is the highest point in Europe, it is a fabulous trip with extremely scenic views from the top. Do make sure you allow enough time to take this in and for more information read all about it here.
The Aletsch Glacier Seen from the Jungfruajoch
Schilthorn Piz Gloria
Known for its famous role in the James Bond Film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” the Schilthorn is a great place to visit and to enjoy a lunch or dinner with a view. In the film, this mountain-top building houses an allergy clinic and is nasty Blofeld’s private hideout! Piz Gloria claimed to be the world’s first revolving restaurant although apparently there were already some revolving restaurants in the US at the time it was built. You reach the summit via four cable cars and when you’re at the top it feels as if you can see forever. Visit the Schilthorn Piz Gloria website here.
How To Get There
Travelling from Zurich, whichever way you go the journey is extremely scenic. By train the journey takes between 2 hours 20 minutes and 2 hours 40 minutes (check SBB timetable here for details) and by car it takes just under 2 hours.
Featuring photos by Carmen Sirboiu
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