With 72 waterfalls cascading into its valley, the magical Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen is a picture-perfect dream. If you plan to go hiking around Lauterbrunnen’s waterfalls, here’s everything you need to know.
Lauterbrunnen is undoubtedly, unmistakably, unarguably one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I will never forget the moment I first laid eyes on the little village. We had been driving through the winding roads of the Swiss Alps for hours. I was already finding it difficult to comprehend the beauty I was witnessing through the confines of the bus window. It began with a vast, blue shimmering lake, reflecting the vivid greenery and striking mountain ranges lining the expanse of water. Then, the first glimpse of a snow-capped mountain. Delicate, white powder, sprinkled like fairy dust over a jagged cliff face. Growing up in Australia, I had never seen anything quite like it, and it quite literally took my breath away.
My scramble to get a photo through the reflective glass window turned out to be a pointless exercise. Lo and behold, we were staying underneath the very mountain range that had halted my breathing. Our final destination turned out to be even more breathtaking. Gushing waterfalls cascaded from mountain tops. Sunlight reflected off these glistening streams, creating the illusion of air that sparkled. Clouds appeared like delicately hung decorations, surfacing the tops of the rugged cliffs. The sleepy streets were lined with quintessentially Swiss wooden chalets, each fronted by windowsills spilling with fresh flowers. The smell of cheese and rich chocolate wafted through the streets, and you could practically poke out your tongue and taste the fresh air.
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One of the biggest highlights of my time in Lauterbrunnen was hiking around some of the epic waterfalls in the valley. If you are visiting Lauterbrunnen, I’d highly recommend taking the time to explore the following :
Lauterbrunnen’s Best Waterfalls for Hiking
Lauterbrunnen to Trummelbach Falls
If there is one set of waterfalls you should hike during your time in Lauterbrunnen, it should be this one. Trummelbach Falls is certainly not your average waterfall. For starters, it is Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls have been uniquely formed by meltwater from the Jungfrau glacier flowing down a slot canyon. This has sculpted the canyon walls over time. There are a total of 10 glacier waterfalls that you can explore through walkways and tunnels. You can also take an elevator up to a point between the 6th and 7th waterfall. This is an experience in itself!
Getting to Trummelbach Falls: You have two options for getting here from Lauterbrunnen. You can either take the bus from Lauterbrunnen Train Station to Trummelbach Falls. Alternatively, you can take a very scenic 3.5km (2.2 miles) hike through the valley to reach the waterfalls. You can find comprehensive directions of how to get to Trummelbach Falls from Lauterbrunnen village here.
Lauterbrunnen to Staubbach Falls
The other must-visit spot in Lauterbrunnen is Staubbach Falls, which is Switzerland’s third-highest waterfall. With a height of nearly 300 meters, they truly are a sight to behold. Not only is this epic waterfall highly visible from Lauterbrunnen village, you can also hike right up to the falls to behold their magnitude from up close.
Getting to Staubbach Falls: From Lauterbrunnen village, it only takes about 10 minutes to hike to the foot of Staubbach Falls. If you visit in Summer, you can follow a steep path that leads to the Staubbach Gallery and literally walk behind the waterfalls! See a detailed guide on how to get to Stabbauch Falls here.
Lauterbrunnen truly is one of the most magical places I’ve ever visited- I hope you love it as much as did!
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