Our first glimpse of the Lauterbrunnen Valley was actually from the summit of Mannlichen, which we accessed via cable-car from the nearby village of Grindelwald.
Nestled in the heart of the Swiss Alps is the Jungfrau region, made up by the villages of Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald, and Murren.
With air so clean, water so refreshing, and mountain peaks more extraordinary than pretty much anywhere else in the world, this section of the Bernese Oberland region in Switzerland is a destination you should strive to visit at some point in your lifetime!
Our brief 3-day visit to the Jungfrau region included a visit to the small town of Lauterbrunnen. The name Lauterbrunnen means ‘many fountains’, as there are 72 waterfalls in the surrounding valley.
The most famous is Staubbach Falls (pictured above), falling close 1,000 feet (300 meters), making it one of the highest waterfalls in all of Europe.
Many of the chalet-styled buildings in Lauterbrunnen still showcase the original woodwork.
Visitors can easily walk this charming Alpine village from one end to the other in about 15 minutes, but why would you without stopping to admire the architecture, surrounding beauty, and many shops and eateries?
There are several cafes where you can grab a coffee or hot chocolate on a chilly day…
…along with a snack, as you access the WiFi to check-in with family and friends back home.
We stayed at Hotel Schützen for one night during our brief visit to Lauterbrunnen.
The building that ultimately became the hotel was constructed in 1671, and much of its history and charm can still be seen after renovations and updates. Wonderful Swiss hospitality is provided to all guests staying at Hotel Schützen.
Staubbach Falls can be seen from many balcony rooms at the hotel.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the phenomenal Swiss cuisine served at the hotel’s restaurant. It was so good we did a completely separate write-up on our meal!
The evening before our outstanding meal at Hotel Schützen Restaurant, we visited the restaurant at Hotel Silberhorn.
There is certainly no shortage of places to enjoy fine Swiss cuisine in the village.
So, whether you just have one day, or you’re fortunate enough to spend a few, be sure to put Lauterbrunnen on your list of places to visit when in Switzerland.
Check out the brief video below to see how we spent our time in the beautiful Jungfrau region of Switzerland: