Holidays To Lauterbrunnen - Bernese Oberland

Idyllic village in the heart of the waterfalls region

Nestled in a beautiful alpine valley and surrounded by waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen is one of the most picturesque villages in the Jungfrau region. It is ideally placed at 795m - a short railway ride up from Interlaken, with a mountain railway and a cable car available to take you up higher for walking, exploring and splendid views. Lauterbrunnen itself is simply delightful - a narrow high street lined with traditional chalet-style buildings housing hotels, charming cafés, and boutiques with everything you need for your days out in the mountains. Be sure to look up - you'll see the stunning Jungfrau mountains high above.

The Lauterbrunnen Valley has been welcoming tourists since the 19th century, keen to see this region of 72 waterfalls. Goethe wrote his poem 'The song of the spirits over the waters' after a visit. Tolkien came in 1911 and some say that this beautiful lush valley with its mighty falls and rushing stream was the inspiration for Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. Some of the most famous falls here are Staubbachfall in the village itself (one of Europe's highest free-falling waterfalls), the Mürrenbachfall dropping over the 417m cliff, and the Trümmelbach Falls – 10 glacier waterfalls inside the mountain where up to 20,000 litres of water per second thunder through the narrow gorge.

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What to see and do from Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is perfectly placed for many of the Jungfrau region's top attractions. One of the highlights of your holiday will be to visit the Trümmelbach Falls. A short bus ride from the village brings you to the visitor centre with its viewing platforms over the thundering waters. Take the mountain railway up to Wengen and then onwards to Kleine Scheidegg for fabulous walks and connections to the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe. From Kleine Scheidegg you can also travel down to Grindelwald which lies at the foot of the Eiger. Männlichen is another good walking area.

On the other side of the valley is Mürren - take the cable car via Grütschalp. From Mürren we can recommend travelling on to the impressive Schilthorn-Piz Gloria mountain with its revolving restaurant made famous by the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. It is also very simple to travel from Lauterbrunnen down to Interlaken to enjoy a lake cruise or perhaps take a scenic walk at Harder Kulm. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Lauterbrunnen

Take a day to visit the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch Glacier with a stunning mountain rail journey to the Jungfraujoch and awesome views across the glacier from the summit. You can also easily reach the beautifully historic Old Town of Bern from Lauterbrunnen. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.

Explore the Bernese Oberland region with our great value travel passes

Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.

If you are planning daily outings, we highly recommend pre-booking the Jungfrau Travel Pass as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office!  

If you are planning trips further afield, other passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass and the Bernese Oberland Regional Pass are also available. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.

Scenic rail holidays from Lauterbrunnen

Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.

From Lauterbrunnen you can easily travel to Interlaken to connect with the GoldenPass Express (for Montreux) or Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Lucerne). From Lucerne you can also pick up the scenic boat and rail journey of the Gotthard Panorama Express to the Ticino region.  

If you prefer to be based solely in Lauterbrunnen, the charming Jungfrau Railways offer fabulous views of this picturesque region. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.

How to get to Lauterbrunnen

Your ticket wallet will contain comprehensive travel instructions to help you reach your destination with ease, including recommended rail connection times and platform numbers. These are the most common routes for your Lauterbrunnen holiday. 

Fly to Zurich

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow.

Swiss Railways: Zurich Airport > Interlaken > Lauterbrunnen with a transfer time of around 2 hours 40 minutes.

Fly to Geneva

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle.  

Swiss Railways: Geneva Airport > Bern > Interlaken > Lauterbrunnen with a transfer time of around 3 hours 45 minutes.

Travel by international rail

Rail from London St. Pancras via Paris to Basel.

Swiss Railways: Basel > Interlaken > Lauterbrunnen with a transfer time of around 2 hours 30 minutes.


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