Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Where should I fit in seeing Lauterbrunnen in my itinerary?

Where should I fit in seeing Lauterbrunnen in my itinerary?

Mar 16th, 2019, 07:20 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 29
Where should I fit in seeing Lauterbrunnen in my itinerary?

Lauterbrunnen sounds lovely but unfortunately, none of my hikes goes through there. Where in my itinerary do you suggest I fit it in? I'm staying in Murren.

Should I fit it in on Day 2 on my way from Murren to Männlichen? How long do you suggest I spend there?

-Day 0: Arrive
-Day 1: Lookout + Hike (1hr): Schilthorn observation deck + Murren to Gimmelwald
-Day 2: Hike (2hr): Männlichen – Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail
-Day 3: Hike (2.5hr): North Face Trail
-Day 4: Hike (6hr): First to Schynige Platte trail
-Day 5: Depart
CledTravel is offline  
Mar 16th, 2019, 08:21 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 20,480
IMO, Lauterbruunen isn’t a place to visit – its one of the options for lodging in the Bernese Oberland.

But you will be there – to get to Mürren, you get off a train in Lauterbrunnen and switch to a cable car there.
kja is offline  
Mar 16th, 2019, 10:51 PM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 29
Oh that's quite interesting. It looks so beautiful and you often see photos of it online, so I figured it was a popular place to visit.

Is it just not a place to visit because it's in a valley rather than in the mountains?
CledTravel is offline  
Mar 17th, 2019, 12:02 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,578
You will pass through Lauterbrunnen on your arrival and departure day, also on days 2 and 4 - more than enough! Once you are there you will know what we mean - the views from the gondola up to Grütschalp and from the cog-railway up to Wengen are superior to the views from the valley floor in Lauterbrunnen. One thing to visit are the Trummelbach waterfalls, keep this in the back of your mind for a possible rainy day.
Ingo is offline  
Mar 17th, 2019, 03:19 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 856
As noted, you will come in and go out of the Lauterbrunnen rail station, which is also where you pick up the cog railway to Wengen. There are two ways to get to and from Murren (you should plan on doing both). There is the cableway in the village of Lauterbrunnen itself. And there is a cableway from Stechelberg, further into the valley. There is no village per se in Stechelberg, but there is another cableway there. You can walk the very flat valley path between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg, if you have the time; it will take between 90 minutes and 2 hours. The only thing really worth seeing there are the Trummelbach Falls, maybe 30-40 minutes from Lauterbrunnen. To preserve time for mountain hiking, I would take the bus between the two cableways; it also stops at the Falls.
whitehall is online now  
Mar 17th, 2019, 06:43 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 14,913
Well I guess I'm the odd man out because I like Lauterbrunnen. It's a beautiful area with sheer cliffs and waterfalls and an abundance of walking paths. It gives one an entirely different perspective of the BO than from above in Wengen and Murren. It's all good.

Although you'll see the very edge of Lauterbrunnen when you change from train to cable car, and you'll see it from above as you work your way to Murren via Grütschalp here's an option to see even more of the area on Day 1 (you don't mention time of year, which could factor into this suggestion).

Once in Gimmelwald, continue walking to Stechelberg (or take the cable car - it's a steep descent on foot) - once at the bottom, make the detour to Trummelbach - visit the falls, then continue walking the flat path back to Lauterbrunnen (or take the bus). Then spend an hour or so walking through the village of Lauterbrunnen. This route will give you the whole picture and you'll see pretty much everything there is to see - waterfalls, countryside, steep cliffs, the village.

Schilthorn Taverne in Murren and Hotel Oberland in Lauterbrunnen make good stops for lunch, drinks or ice cream.

One year we walked from Grutschalp-Murren-Gimmelwald-Stechelberg-Lauterbrunnen, making a big loop - it was over ten miles and took 5.5 hours, but we enjoyed it.
Melnq8 is offline  
Mar 17th, 2019, 08:46 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 76,541
On the edge of Lauterbrunnen is Trummelbach Falls - famous water cascade inside a mountain - makes worth going to Lauterbrunnen.
PalenQ is offline  
Mar 17th, 2019, 09:08 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 20,480
Melnq8 has given you a great option.
And actually, I agree that Lauterbrunnen is very pretty.
kja is offline  
Mar 17th, 2019, 10:29 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 13,282
We didn’t care for Lauterbrunnen either, down in a valley floor, preferred to have expansive mountain views elsewhere.
HappyTrvlr is online now  
Mar 17th, 2019, 11:08 AM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 1,307
LOL - let me know if you find a way to get to Murren without going through Lauterbrunnen! I usually stay in Gimmelwald, but the AirTime cafe in Lauterbrunnen is a regular stop for me each morning - excellent breakfast and coffee.
Edward2005 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:20 AM.