Lauterbrunnen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lauterbrunnen

Wengen is a postcard-perfect Swiss village perched on the side of the Jungfrau Massif, overlooked by the Eiger mountain. It is an upscale ski resort in winter that transforms itself into a center for hiking and climbing in the summer.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Lauterbrunnen

1. Strap On Your Hiking Boots

In summer, after the snow melts, the trails around the village offer some fantastic walking country.

2. Swimming

The outdoor swimming pool offers one of the most amazing swimming experiences anywhere, with fabulous views of the glacier and Jungfrau.

3. Hit the Slopes

Wengen has some great pistes and a wonderful après-ski scene.

4. Ice Skating and Curling

Visit the local rink to try out some of these great winter sports.

5. The Miniature Railway

For a quirky local attraction, go and see the impressive miniature railway outside the Bellevue Hotel.

Where to Eat in Lauterbrunnen

Chez Meyers within the Hotel Regina is a gourmet restaurant offering classic French cooking from an à la carte menu. It also has a fine wine list. Mary's Cafe is a little less formal and offers traditional Swiss cuisine such as fondue. You will pay upwards of CHF50 for a main at one of the more upscale restaurants and CHF25 in a more modest establishment.

When to visit Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen in October
Estimated hotel price
£78
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lauterbrunnen in October
Estimated hotel price
£78
1 night at 3-star hotel

Wengen is most noted for its winter sports, and is primarily a winter destination. It is quieter in the summer months but still an excellent place to relax and enjoy the mountains.

How to Get to Lauterbrunnen

Plane

The nearest airports are in Bern and Zurich, which have many international connections. It then takes around 90 minutes (from Bern) and 110 minutes (from Zurich) to transfer by road and rail to Wengen.

Train

Wengen is a car-free zone and is only accessible by rail. The train from Lauterbrunnen station takes around 15 minutes and costs CHF17.

Car

As mentioned above, Wengen does not permit cars. You must park your car at Lauterbrunnen train station and complete your journey by rail.

Airports near Lauterbrunnen

Airlines serving Lauterbrunnen

Lufthansa
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United Airlines
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American Airlines
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KLM
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Air France
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Turkish Airlines
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British Airways
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SWISS
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Iberia
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Air Canada
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Emirates
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Austrian Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Ryanair
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Etihad Airways
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Finnair
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Where to stay in Lauterbrunnen

The Hotel Belvedere on Galliweidli is something of a local institution and is just 500 yards from the train station. Hotel Regina offers spectacular views and luxury rooms.

Popular neighbourhoods in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen - this nearby village is nestled in a steep valley with views of the Staubbach Falls. It is famous for mountain biking.

Grindelwald - this is another pretty Alpine village popular with skiers and hikers. It is also known as a base for climbers tackling the Eiger.

Interlaken - this is a traditional lakeside resort town just to the north. It lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is known for its old timber houses.

Where to stay in popular areas of Lauterbrunnen

Most booked hotels in Lauterbrunnen

Valley Hostel
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
£26+
Stella Swiss Quality Hotel
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£119+
Hotel Berghof Amaranth
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£56+
Hotel Hornerpub
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
£37+
Alpine-Inn by Jungfrau Hotel
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
£291+
Baeren
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£93+
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How to Get Around Lauterbrunnen

Public Transportation

Wengen is small enough to get around on foot but some of the hotels offer complimentary electric vehicle transfers from the station.

Car

Driving in Wengen is not permitted.

The Cost of Living in Lauterbrunnen

Shopping Streets

Main Street is the best street for shopping, although most of the hotels also have gift shops. The village tends to specialize in sports gear and souvenirs.

Groceries and Other

There is one small Coop supermarket in the village where you can buy groceries. A quart of milk costs CHF1.61 and a loaf of fresh bread costs CHF2.94.

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