Located in the Canton of Bern, in the North Western Jungfrau region, Lauterbrunnen is one of the deepest valleys in the Swiss Alps. With some stretches as narrow as a kilometer across the valley floor between near sheer mountainsides, the Lauterbrunnen valley is among the most picturesque in the world. The area is spacious and sparsely populated, and the main languages spoken are German, Portuguese and Croatian.
The Lauterbrunnen area encompasses the villages of Wengen, Mürren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, Isenfluh and Lauterbrunnen. Enter the valley by train or bike; once you’ve arrived, exploring the villages is easily done on foot.
The Sights in the Lauterbrunnen Valley
The name “Lauterbrunnen” means “many springs.” Consistent with its name, a remarkable 72 waterfalls surround the Lauterbrunnen Valley, some being the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. Staubbach Falls and Trümmelbach Falls are the most notable, and definitely worth a visit while in the region.
In the warmer months, the valley is lush and green, while the limestone cliffs and peaks are formidable, and the drop-offs steep and extreme. With such a variety of landscape and topography, the area offers myriad opportunities for hiking on the Alpine Pass Route, and the enjoyment of nature.
Weiss Lütschne River
The river Weiss Lütschne flows through the Lauterbrunnen Valley, fed by the snow melting from the surrounding Alps. The natural richness of the area has led it to be classified as one of Switzerland’s primary areas of conservation and preservation.
Adventuring in Lauterbrunnen
Winter is a wonderland in Lauterbrunnen, where the downhill and cross-country skiing, tobogganing and winter hiking can easily fill several days. Skiers won’t want to miss a powder-filled trip to ski areas Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg and Mürren-Schilthorn.
Those who crave an adrenaline rush will not be disappointed in Lauterbrunnen. From mountain biking to paragliding, and even skydiving and B.A.S.E. jumping – adventure seekers will find more than enough activities to satisfy their need for excitement.
For a more relaxing experience, wander around the small town of Lauterbrunnen where you’ll find shops, small cafes and the Talmuseum, which offers the history of early life and industry in Lauterbrunnen.
Dining in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Switzerland is renown for it’s cuisine – particularly its various cheeses and decadent chocolate. A walk through one of the villages will provide ample opportunities to sample the coffee, chocolate and pastry the country is known for.
Apart from its splendid cafés and confectioners, Lauterbrunnen offers many fine restaurants. From cozy and traditional to upscale gourmet, the Swiss know how to bring the deliciousness.
For upscale class, there is no finer dinning than Chez Meyer’s in the Hotel Regina. Chef Mikaël Cochet, a young protégé of some of the finest chefs in the world, has been wowing diners with a mix of local ingredients and adventurous fusion techniques. One of three restaurants at Hotel Regina, Chez Meyer’s offers diners gourmet cuisine with style. They even offer the opportunity to eat in La Bulle – which is a special table for two in the center of the kitchen where you can observe the chef and his staff at work while enjoying unparalleled service and freshness.
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For a more laid-back dining experience, try Restaurant Weidstübli. Serving everything from traditional Swiss cuisines to comfort foods to more formal entreés, Restaurant Weidstübli has all things delicious. Try one of several variations on Swiss Rösti or one of the fondues. If you’re really hungry, go for the schnitzel platter. The food is delectable and the atmosphere is cozy.
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