Lauterbrunnen waterfalls – the most magical place in Switzerland

By |2018-08-25T22:38:31+00:00June 19th, 2016|Countryside, Destination, Europe, Fairytales, Hiking, Summer, Switzerland, UNESCO sites|62 Comments

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in my life. I mean those Lauterbrunnen waterfalls are out of this world. What makes it out-of-this-world is the perfect combination of majestic water wonders, the towering steep rock walls and the Alps’ magical charm. And I’m not the only one who’s been smitten by this Swiss piece of heaven.

Lauterbrunnen’s thunderous waterfalls and dramatic cliffs have inspired many great writers and poets, such as J.R.R. Tolkien who got the inspiration for Rivendell during a hike from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen. Those of you who are Sherlock Holmes fans know that it’s also the waterfalls where Holmes has his presumed mortal combat with his archenemy Professor Moriarty (at Reichenbach Falls). And, let’s not forget the 1969 James Bond movie which was filmed in Lauterbrunnen.


If you’ve been following me for a while, you have probably heard me rant about my endless love for waterfalls. So imagine my excitement when I first heard about Lauterbrunnen!

The valley of Lauterbrunnen is one kilometer in width and it’s tucked between dramatic vertical rock walls and snow-capped mountains that rise high above the meadows. In German, Lauterbrunnen means: “Many Springs” or more accurately: “Loud Springs”, and the name is spot on. This little valley in the Swiss Alps has no less than 72 thundering waterfalls, some of which are several hundred meters high.

Anywhere you go in Lauterbrunnen you always hear the hypnotizing sound of water rushing down the rocks. The air is moist, but fresh and crisp like after a heavy rainfall. It smells like flowers sky diving through the summer air.

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Breithorn mountain in the background

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Town of Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

A typical Swiss Alps house

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen became a UNESCO site in 2001. And rightfully so.


I went to Lauterbrunnen in early May, when all the dandelions were blooming. Every field as far as the eye could see was filled with flowers and it looked like an endless sea of yellow.

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Flower fields forever

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

The cow bell makes this the cutest cow alive


Lauterbrunnen is pretty spectacular on its own, but the star of the show is the Staubbach waterfall. At 297 meter, plunging from a vertical cliff wall, it’s just about the first thing you notice when you arrive in Lauterbrunnen. Staubbach is also one of the highest waterfalls in Europe and possibly one of the most beautiful if you ask me.

The impressive thing about this waterfall is that the water is free-falling off the cliffs and sends clouds of mists into the air. On a windy day, the flowing mist is almost lost in the wind before it reaches the rocks below.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

A Swiss fairy tale

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Impressive, isn’t it?

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland


The hike distance is 6,7 km and it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes.

My favorite thing to do in Lauterbrunnen was hiking. I didn’t have time to explore the surrounding mountain villages, like Gimmelwald, Mürren or Wengen. But I did have time to hike from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, which is super easy because the road is wide and flat.

On my fairy tale trip around Europe, I did a lot of hiking in Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia, but the hike in Lauterbrunnen was my favorite. What did it for me was the landscape, the sound of the Swiss cow bells, the heart-meltingly gorgeous waterfalls and the enclosing cliff walls. Walking on the road to Stechelberg on a warm spring day reminded me that this little world we live in is mind-blowingly fantastic. Today, that realization smacked me square in the face and I couldn’t help myself. I spread my arms out wide, I cried with joy and woo-hoo’ed out loud.

Just call me over-enthusiastic or nuts, but I was happy.

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My favorite photo from Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

The road to Stechelberg

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Imagine living here!

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen cemetery

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Nope. I wouldn’t mind spending my afterlife here

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

I have been to many places in my life, but Lauterbrunnen valley is one of my favorites. It’s like a tiny piece of heaven, just a swooning train ride away from bigger cities like Bern and Lucerne. If you’re in Switzerland and only visit one place, choose Lauterbrunnen and go chase waterfalls.

You won’t regret it.


Here’s some of the top picks for places to stay in Lauterbrunnen.

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Many thanks to My Interlaken for hosting me in Switzerland. Whenever I travel, there will always be full disclosure about whether my stay was hosted by a tourism board. And even if I’m on a press trip, my view will never be swayed one way or the other.

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Lauterbrunnen is like a tiny piece of heaven, just a swooning train ride away from bigger cities like Bern and Lucerne. If you’re in Switzerland and only visit one place, choose Lauterbrunnen and go chase waterfalls. Here's are some travel tips for visiting.

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  1. Flora June 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Wow love your pictures! This place looks amazing, thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Miriam June 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Flora 🙂 Lauterbrunnen is an amazing place and I could easily have spent weeks here.

  2. Danielle June 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous. Your photography skills are incredible – you could convince me to go anywhere!

    • Miriam June 19, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

      You just made my day, Danielle xx

  3. Our Wanders June 20, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    We are obsessed with waterfalls, too, haha! Our favorite waterfall wonderland is Yosemite Valley in California so far. But we haven’t been to Laterbrunnen yet… inspiration for Rivendell? We should see it! 😀

    • Miriam June 20, 2016 at 10:50 am - Reply

      Oh, I’d LOVE to visit Yosemite! My parents have been there twice already and they loved it – I have to make it a priority soon 😀

  4. Kolina June 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    Wooow! Amazing photos! I will definitely plan to go there. Just a quick question… Is it possible to go there wiht my kid and a buggy?

    • Miriam June 20, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Kolina! Yes, it is totally possible to visit Lauterbrunnen (and the rest of Switzerland) with kids and a buggy. It’s very family-friendly and it’s easy to get around.

  5. Stephen Garone June 21, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos! Looks like hiking there is as close to perfection as one can get.

    • Miriam June 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      So true, Stephen! I’ve hiked in many beautiful places, but Lauterbrunnen takes first place!

  6. Markus June 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    nice one…i just miss the photos from abouve..from high up, you can get a great view if you would come and Tandemparagliding with us, we are the local Paragliding Company from Lauterbrunnen..;-)
    We would love to show the Valley from a different perspectiv…hopefully next time!
    Cheers Markus

    • Miriam June 21, 2016 at 10:38 pm - Reply

      I’ll take you up on that Markus, I would love to see Lauterbrunnen from above. Next time 🙂

    • MD.Mazed Abdullah February 9, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

      Markus….could you throw me your details via email( about the tandem paragliding?

      • Miriam February 9, 2017 at 12:56 pm - Reply

        I’m not sure if Markus sees your comment, but as far as I know there is one paragliding company in Lauterbrunnen and it’s called Airtime Paragliding. I assume he works for them, but please correct me if I’m wrong, Markus.

  7. Anonymous June 22, 2016 at 12:51 am - Reply

    i love Lauterbrunnen, had lunch and dinner at the Hotel Oberland every day. look forward to going back next year.

    • Miriam June 22, 2016 at 8:24 am - Reply

      Sounds lovely! I could definitely see myself going back every year – it’s just one of those places!

  8. Ashley @ Married Wanderlust Love June 23, 2016 at 3:18 am - Reply

    LOVE! I have loved photographs of Lauterbrunnen for many years. Waterfalls, no cars, mountains. I’m not sure it gets any better than this! One day I plan to get there…but then I may never want to leave.

    • Miriam June 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm - Reply

      YES, definitely go! Lauterbrunnen is magical – don’t you just love finding these places around the world 🙂

  9. Leigh | Campfires & Concierges July 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Such stunning scenery! There are some gorgeous areas of Colorado like this, but I still want to see the Alps someday, too!

    • Miriam July 10, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Wow, really? I’m putting Colorado on my wish list immediately! I can’t get enough of this beautiful mountain scenery, it’s so captivating.

  10. Jiaqi July 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam,

    Lovely photos. You mentioned that “Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in my life.”. ^:^ So where are the other most beautiful places?


    • Miriam July 22, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jiaqi!

      The other most beautiful places I’ve been to are Hallstatt in Austria, Uyuni in Bolivia, Lake Bled in Slovenia and Phi Phi island in Thailand (10 years ago before all the tourists). They are out of this world.

  11. Ava @ My Meena Life August 10, 2016 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    The waterfall coming off that vertical cliff wall is so impressive! Your photos are lovely – thanks for taking me there (virtually).

    • Miriam August 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      My pleasure, Ava! And thanks for reading.

  12. Rima October 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Done! Going there tomorrow! I have a free day tomorrow and Wednesday and I have one more day on my Swiss pass to use and was bouncing the idea of Grindelwald but this post convinced big time to go to Lauterbrunnen. Good thing I have my waterproof boots to wear. Thanks!!!

    • Miriam October 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm - Reply

      Ooh, I’m so jealous 😀 Lauterbrunnen is so magical, and who knows – you might be lucky with the weather 😉 Enjoy your trip!

  13. Suzanne November 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Signing on to receive your posts was a no-brainer, Miriam. I will look forward to them. Beautiful photos.

    • Miriam November 7, 2016 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Thank you Suzanne. You’re a sweetheart!

  14. Elisa January 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Mirlam. Thanks for the sharing and amazing post.
    Is it possible to make a day trip from Lucerne and stay overnight at Lucerne?

    • Miriam January 4, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Elisa,

      I haven’t done it myself, but I would think it is! Swiss trains are easy, although expensive, but it’s worth the trip if you make sure to leave early in the morning. There’s much to see and do in Lauterbrunnen area (the waterfalls, hiking, base jumping, paragliding, Murren, Wengen,etc.) so you could easily spend days here, but if you only have one day it’s still worth going!

  15. Brittany January 3, 2017 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Hi there! If you only had one day to spend in Switzerland, would you suggest a stay in Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen? Am looking more in terms of the beautiful swiss scenery.

    • Miriam January 4, 2017 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Lauterbrunnen for sure! I personally liked Lauterbrunnen better because of the many waterfalls, the mountain background, nature and atmosphere. Grindelwald is pretty too, but not anywhere near as magical. If you hike or take the cable car up to one of the higher villages you will get more of that beautiful Swiss scenery! They’re very easy to reach from Lauterbrunnen.

  16. Sadie Tavener January 19, 2017 at 2:00 am - Reply

    Hey girl! I am planning our second trip through Europe in May and I am having such a hard time figuring out how to get through Switzerland, in general just how to get to Interlaken and lauterbrunnen. Did you take a bus or a local train? Also, did you do a day trip or spend the night here? Thanks for all the inspiration and pics! xoxo

    • Miriam January 19, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

      Definitely take the train. It’s so easy and you’ll see when you get there. I used this site: to compare train and busses and downloaded the Rail Planner app, which is an offline timetable for trains in Europe. That way you can check prices and schedules anytime – super easy 🙂

      I spent the night in Interlaken and took the train to Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch. But if I could do it again, I would have stayed in Lauterbrunnen for a few days. It’s so peaceful there whereas Interlaken is more busy.

      Have a GREAT trip. I’m sure you’ll love it – I went in May, too.

  17. Daphne Lee February 17, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    What places are available to stay in Lauterbrunnen? I hope to go there for my “I just retired” trip. I retired 2 weeks ago. Would I fly into Zurich?

    • Miriam February 17, 2017 at 10:18 am - Reply

      Hi Daphne,
      I stayed in Interlaken so I don’t know any good hotels or hostels in Lauterbrunnen. You can get there by flying in to Zürich (1,30 minutes by public transportation) or Geneva (2,18 minutes by public transportation). Taking the train in Switzerland is super easy and signs are written in English.

      Congratulations on the retirement. Lauterbrunnen is a beautiful place to celebrate it!

  18. Alberto February 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Certainly, an incredible place to admire its beauty. Thank you for sharing the photos. We love to travel through all over Europe. Although, we have traveled (by automobile) extensively, including Confoederatio Helvetica, we missed Lauterbrunnen. We will include it in our next trip if possible. We live in Atlanta (USA) and have family in Madrid, Spain. We enjoy visiting them every year which gives us an opportunity to sneak out and go to all those wonderful countries in Europe. The Scandinavian area will be included once we retire. Cheers!!l

    • Miriam February 22, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

      Hi Alberto,
      Lauterbrunnen is certainly a reason to return to Europe, and you will also find lots of beautiful places in Scandinavia (my neck of the woods). Let me know if you need inspiration or tips once you retire.

  19. Mounika February 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam…I stumbled upon your page and i feel fortunate.Lovely photos.
    So i am travellign to Lauterbrunnen mid April from Milan for 2days.
    Do you think the Jungrafouch top trip is worth doing on one of the days ? I was hoping for some small hikes in the Lauterbrunnen valley if the weather is on my side.
    What would you suggest to do for 2 days there? 🙂

    • Miriam March 1, 2017 at 10:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Mounika,
      Jungfraujoch is definitely worth the trip, but only if the weather is good. You can check the weather forecast before going, but if it’s not clear I suggest you spend your day in Lauterbrunnen. There’s plenty to do in the area, for example visiting Grindelwald, Wengen or doing fun activities in Interlaken. It’s also easy to just spend 2 days in Lauterbrunnen, hiking and seeing all the waterfalls. I would probably just stay in Lauterbrunnen and not rush it.

  20. Krishani April 17, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Hi Miriam,
    I’m planning to visit Lauterbrennen for 3 days in mid June this year. Saw your photos when I was searching for things to in this area. Your photos are breathtaking!!! Please tell me whether the hike to Stechelberg was an easy one? What are your suggestions for 3 days in this area? I’m thinking of visiting the town Thun ,the castle in one day probably taking the boat. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. Cheers! 🙂

    • Miriam April 19, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

      Hi Krishani,

      The hike to Stechelberg is super easy and flat, and you can always take the bus back to Lauterbrunnen if you get tired of walking 🙂

      In the area I highly recommend visiting Grindelwald, Spiez and Oberhofen castles (in Lake Thun) and some of the small mountain villages like Wengen. It’s such a beautiful area with lots to see.

  21. Camille April 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam,

    We are traveling to Switzerland this coming June and stumbled upon your blog while researching for must-visit places in Berner Oberland and your blog just made Lauterbrunnen on my top list.

    Greatly captured photos!!! 🙂 I am wondering which camera do you use? Including what kind of lens if you’re using an dSLR.

    Thank you.

    Best, Camille

    • Miriam April 19, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

      So glad to hear that, Camille! I use a Canon 750D and a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for these photos. A few months later I bought a wide angle lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 USM and I wish I’d had it with me in Lauterbrunnen. If you have a wide angle, do bring it!

  22. Roel and Yvonne May 15, 2017 at 5:32 am - Reply

    The photos are amazing, thankyou for posting them. We are staying in Tasch but were considering Interlaken or Grindelward for a day trip but you’ve convinced me otherwise.

    Happy holidays

    • Miriam May 15, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

      That’s so good to hear! You will definitely not regret going to Lauterbrunnen – it’s one of the prettiest places in Europe.

      Have a great trip.

  23. Anonymous June 18, 2017 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Hi Miriam hte photos are amazing…
    I am going to swiss next week..where is exactly the place of “My favorite photo from Lauterbrunnen”..a small house with amazing view…I’d love to go there..please tell me the address or how to get there…thank you very much

    • Miriam June 18, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      It’s on the way to Stechelberg. There is no address.

  24. Karen Qualls July 20, 2017 at 7:29 am - Reply

    We stayed in Murren for 3 nights in June. The views of the mountains from there are breathtaking and the air is crisp and so much cooler! We hiked down to Gimmelwald and then took a cable car to the valley floor where we visited a waterfall inside a mountain before taking the bus on in to Lauterbrunnen. You have to visit Murren on your next trip! So lovely!

    • Miriam July 20, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Oh, that sounds absolutely amazing! I’m adding Murren to my next Switzerland trip, that’s for sure. Thanks so much for your advice, Karen, and I’m glad you had such a great trip.

  25. Carl Wright August 8, 2017 at 2:59 am - Reply

    This is absolutely stunning. So picturesque, pastoral and peaceful. Being there in this setting would seem to be cleansing for the soul. The hiking I am sure would be spectacular! Thank you for sharing!

    • Miriam August 9, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      It sure was, and it was the highlight of my trip to Switzerland. If you’re in the Alps at some point, you should pay a visit – it’s worth it!

  26. Tan January 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam, gorgeous photos! Would u mind sharing in what month were those photos in Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald (the other entry) taken? Many thanks in advance!

    • Miriam January 22, 2018 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Tan! I was there in May. It’s such a beautiful season with all the blooming flowers.

  27. Nasheed Ferdous Kamal April 27, 2018 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    your pictures are simply gorgeous! what camera did you use? and this place….just gorgeous…i plan to go this May too….cant wait 🙂

  28. Anonymous May 11, 2018 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hi Miriam,

    I was here on Apr 27 followed your guide and tips. I was amazing. Thank you for your great photos, they inspired me a lot.

    Best regards,

    Alita Tran

    • Miriam May 31, 2018 at 7:55 am - Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that, Alita! Thanks so much for taking the time to tell me, I really apprechiate it 🙂

  29. Tish June 26, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! you gave justice with your photos of this little beautiful town I loved so much! I was there June 7-8, and every angle of this place is magical! I was able to take a nap in one of the benches overlooking the waterfalls, and you were right – the sound of the Falls was hypnotizing! With the breeze and the view… it was a memorable 2-day-adventure! Am jealous with all the handy cams you have! Enjoy your travels and good luck!

    • Miriam August 8, 2018 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Tish! Lauterbrunnen is so magical, one of my favorite places in the world. I wouldn’t mind retiring here some day 🙂

  30. Rahul Mishra August 12, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Hi Miriam,

    First of all , great pics !! I mean totally amazing !!

    I am visiting Switzerland this month end and Lauterbrunnen is in my list for a weekend along with interlaken.
    I would like to visit all the places where you have clicked these beautiful pics.

    Will i be able to see all of this if i take a hike to STECHELBERG. Also how big is the town? I just have one day for Lauterbrunnen, can you suggest me how should i spend it , so i don’t miss any of these picturesque places.

    Thank you !!

    • Miriam September 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Yes, absolutely. Lauterbrunnen is very small so one day is enough to explore the town itself. If you simply follow the main road from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg you can’t miss anything. You’ll see what I mean once you get there 🙂 Have a great trip.

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