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Lauterbrunnen in Winter: 19 Things to Do in The Swiss Valley

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The image shows Lauterbrunnen in winter.
photo by: Melinda

Visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter is one of the most magical experiences in Switzerland.

The infamous Lauterbrunnen Valley transforms into a winter wonderland when the first blanket of snow covers the village.

Having visited Switzerland a number of times over the years – and spending almost a whole month here last time – I’ve gotten to know this area very well.

This part of the world is without a doubt one of my favourite places to explore, and I’m sure you’re going to love it just as much.

The image shows Lauterbrunnen covered in snow during the winter.
The image shows Lauterbrunnen covered in snow during the winter.

In this guide, we’ll cover some need-to-know information like where it is and the best time to visit at this time of the year.

We’ll then jump into all the best things to do in winter, some epic day trips, and then look at some places to stay.

At the end of the guide, you’ll find some important information about how to get there and travel around, how to save a tonne of money on transport, as well as an FAQ.

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Where is Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is situated in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland.

It is situated in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is known for its stunning natural beauty, including waterfalls, lush green meadows, and towering cliffs.

The closest major town is Interlaken, and the closest city is Bern.

We’ll cover some more details about how to travel to and from these areas later on in the guide.

The best time to visit Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland in the winter

The image shows Lauterbrunnen in winter at night.
photo by Melinda

The best time to visit Lauterbrunnen during the winter time is considered to be mid to late February.

Typically, you’ll have a solid base of snow by this time, but the weather won’t be as cold as the months prior.

You’ll also find that despite the weather conditions being better, the crowds are a little lower since those who head for Christmas and New Year have gone back to their homes by this point.

However, these conditions aren’t what everyone is looking for.

I’ll break it down by month to give you a more rounded view that should allow you to make your own decision based on your preferences.

Lauterbrunnen in December

  • December marks the start of the winter season in Lauterbrunnen. The village and surrounding areas are typically adorned with festive Christmas decorations.
  • Ski resorts in the Jungfrau region, such as Wengen and Mürren, start to open for the winter season in early December.
  • You can enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.
  • Christmas markets and holiday events in the region add to the festive atmosphere.
  • Be prepared for colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, with the sun setting early in the evening.

Lauterbrunnen in January

  • January is right in the heart of winter in Lauterbrunnen.
  • Skiing and snowboarding conditions are usually excellent, with plenty of snowfall.
  • It’s an ideal time for winter sports enthusiasts, but it can also still be quite cold.
  • The village and surrounding areas are quieter compared to the holiday season, making it a good choice for those who prefer fewer crowds.

Lauterbrunnen in February

  • February is often considered one of the best times to visit Lauterbrunnen in the winter.
  • Snow conditions remain excellent, and there’s a good chance of fresh powder snow.
  • The weather may be slightly milder compared to January, although it can still be cold.
  • Crowds are relatively low, providing a more peaceful experience for outdoor activities.
  • It’s an excellent time for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and winter hiking.
  • The landscape, including waterfalls and alpine scenery, is particularly picturesque.

Lauterbrunnen in March

  • March signals the transition from winter to early spring in Lauterbrunnen.
  • While snow conditions can still be good in the higher-altitude areas, lower-altitude slopes may start to show signs of melting.
  • This is a good time for those who want to enjoy winter sports without the extreme cold of midwinter.
  • As the month progresses, you’ll begin to notice longer daylight hours and slightly milder temperatures.
  • It’s a great time for winter activities and enjoying the scenery as spring approaches.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen in winter

Enjoy a Lauterbrunnen winter hike

The image shows ones of the trails along the most popular Lauterbrunnen hike.
photo by Melinda

You’ll find that most trails in the area close during winter in Lauterbrunnen, but luckily there are a few in Lauterbrunnen which remain open.

One of the most popular hikes here – no matter the time of year – is the Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfall Hike.

This is a super easy walk that will take you to one of the most iconic waterfalls in the country – Staubbach Falls, as well as Trümmelbach Falls.

Staubbach Falls is often used as a poster to represent Switzerland as it is truly stunning.

You can find the full details in my dedicated post that I just linked to, but here is a quick overview:

  • Distance: 8.2 kilometres
  • Duration: approx 1.5 hours
  • Elevation: 359 meters
  • Route: map
The image shows the town of Murren in Switzerland.

A few others to consider include the trail from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and Mürren to Grütschalp (maps linked below).

The first is short but steep – at just 2.7 kilometres yet covering 480 meters of elevation.

It’s not easy, but the views along the way are lovely so it makes it worth it.

Plus, there are plenty of benches to stop and take a break if you need it.

If you’ve got some poles, be sure to take them with you for this one.

The second trail from Mürren to Grütschalp is slightly longer at 4.5 kilometres and almost completely flat.

It runs parallel to the train and is a great alternative for those wishing to take a slower journey between the two areas.

Although the trail is fairly well maintained, it can get a little bit slippery in places.

  • Lauterbrunnen to Wengen: map
  • Mürren to Grütschalp: map

Check out the iconic Lauterbrunnen waterfall

The image shows Staubach Falls which is one of the most well-known waterfalls in Latuerbrunnen.

I just mentioned the most popular hike which leads to this waterfall, but I know hiking isn’t for everyone.

Luckily, Staubbach Falls is super close to the start of the walk which begins from the village high street.

That means, if you want to visit, but not do an entire hike, you can.

Just a 7-minute stroll from the centre and you’ll arrive at the base of the falls.

Of course, you can stand here and admire the falls coming down, but if you really want to, you can follow the trail which leads up and behind the falls slightly.

  • Tip: although seeing the falls up close is incredible, but best viewpoint to replicate the iconic Lauterbrunnen picture is from a pathway in front of Lauterbrunnen Chalet Pironnet.

Embark on a snow shoeing adventure

The image shows a boy show shoeing in winter.
The image shows a boy show shoeing in winter.

Besides skiing, one of the best Lauterbrunnen winter activities is snow-shoeing.

There are so many trails across the Jungrfraugh region, however, there are some popular ones very close to Lauterbrunnen.

These are:

  • Sulwald Trail
  • Leiterhorn Trail
  • Chänelegg Trail
  • Gimmelen Trail
  • Lobhorn Trail

Most of these are quite easy, so if you’re looking for something challenging then you’re better off venturing out to Grindelwald.

You can find the full list of snowshoeing trails at the bottom of this Jungfrau Region page.

If you’re confident to head out independently, then renting snow shoes from any of the ski rental shops is usually fine.

Intersport is usually my go-to, but I am sure they all offer a similar service.

Obviously, you do need to be quite careful if you head off on a snowshoeing hike independently, as getting stuck in these conditions is far from ideal.

If you’d rather leave it to experts in the area then you could also join a guided tour in one of the nearby towns.

Here are some that are highly reviewed:

Get your adrenaline pumping with winter paragliding

The image shows someone paragliding over Lauterbrunnen in winter.

For those adventure-seeking travellers out there, Paragliding over Switzerland is one of the most magical things to do in Lauterbrunnen in winter.

I may not be quite as willing to soar through the air in these temperatures, but having done it a few years ago during the summer, I can say that it’s a fantastic experience.

It really is one of the most beautiful locations in the world and well worth budgeting for.

Plus, there aren’t many places around the world that offer the opportunity to see fairy-tale towns and villages covered in snow from this angle.

Although you may get some extra training on tandem paragliding specific to winter, here’s a rough example of what to expect based on my experience during the summer:

Ahead of your flight, you’ll be given some vital safety equipment and thorough instructions on how to behave throughout the flight.

You’ll then be driven to a launchpad on one of the nearby mountains, before running and jumping off of the edge.

The image shows someone taking off from a paraglide.

It sounds daunting – and to be honest, it is – but you’ll be strapped onto an experienced paraglider who has probably done it hundreds of times – if not more.

The flight typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes, but it depends on the weather conditions and how much wind there is to keep you gliding through the air.

When I went paragliding in Interlaken, we found ourselves considerably off course, courtesy of unexpected gusts of wind.

As fate would have it, we touched down in a camping field, startling a family in the midst of their dinner!

Nevertheless, soaring through the winter wonderland from a bird’s-eye view offers a one-of-a-kind perspective and no doubt will be a big tick against your Switzerland bucket list.

Indulge in some typical Swiss food with a Cheese Fondue

The image shows a girl eating fondue in Switzerland.
The image shows a girl eating fondue in Switzerland.

Regardless of where you’re staying in Switzerland, you absolutely must try the fondue at some point.

You may have noticed from their countless cheese vending machines dotted around the streets, that they’re a country that loves their cheese.

In fact, if you’re going to do the walk to the two most popular waterfalls, then you’ll spot one along the way.

You’ll find that almost every restaurant in Lauterbrunnen will have cheese fondue on the menu, but one that stands out above the rest is Restaurant Weidstübli.

The restaurant is a cute little log cabin that has a log burner sizzling away on a cold winter day in Lauterbrunnen.

They also have outdoor seating equipped with heaters and blankets, the waterfall behind and views of the valley in front.

If you’re lucky, they’ll also have some musicians playing, too.

Take a break and relax at a spa

The image shows a girl in a hot tub during the winter.

After exploring Lauterbrunnen in winter, a trip to the spa to warm up is in order.

Since Lauterbrunnen is merely more than a fairy-tale valley with hotels and restaurants, you’ll need to travel to Wengen to find the closest spa.

But, at just over a 10-minute train ride, it’s hardly far to travel and so we’re going to go with it as being one of the best things to do during the winter in Lauterbrunnen.

Hotel Silberhorn is a good one to go for.

It has floor-to-ceiling windows which look out onto the snowy mountains in quite literally every direction.

Whether you want to relax on a lounger with a book or sink into a steaming hot tub, the views are some of the most impressive in the spa views in the area.

The downside is that they don’t have an outdoor pool.

So, if that’s what you’re after then you’re best off heading down the road to Interlaken and taking a day spa experience at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa.

Witness the incredible landscape from above in a helicopter

The image shows a person near a helicopter in the snow in Switzerland.

Taking a helicopter ride over the Lauterbrunnen Valley in winter is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

With views of the three major peaks – Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau – and some of the best views over Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, this experience is well worth budgeting for.

Despite the hefty price tag, it’s extremely popular.

Although flights are usually purchased with a set route (since the pilots know all the best things to see) it’s also possible to request specific locations if you have a burning desire to see somewhere.

You can check out any of the below companies to arrange your booking:

  • BERGFALKE Alpine School
  • Swiss Alpine Guides
  • Swiss Helicopter

Alternatively, you could really push the boat out take a flight to Jungfraujoch and land on the Great Aletsch Glacier – the largest glacier in the Alps.

That really would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

And the price actually isn’t THAT bad for Switzerland.

Check prices: Jungfraujoch Helicopter Tour

Get the slopes to yourself with heliskiing

The image shows people at the landing point ready for heli-skiing.

If you can ski or snowboard and you’re looking to take it one step further, then this one’s for you.

And, it’s basically a two-in-one experience.

You’ll get the epic helicopter ride, plus the opportunity to ski or board across untouched snow in a serene and peaceful location.

However, you’ll want to bear in mind that you’ll be taken to heights that are at a much higher elevation than what you’re used to.

Sometimes this can cause a little altitude sickness, so if you want to combat this then you’ll need to pick up some tablets from the pharmacy ahead of time.

Best day trips and winter activities from Lauterbrunnen

The image shows a cable car in winter in Switzerland.
The image shows a train line in the snow in Switzerland.

You’ll notice that the list of day trips and winter activities from Lauterbrunnen is much more extensive than the list of best things to do in Lauterbrunnen during the winter.

This is purely because it’s a small valley that really is just an idyllic base thats used to explore the region.

With the train station being in the centre of the village and the cable car nearby, it’s so well connected for such a small place that you get the best of both worlds.

You’ll experience an authentic Swiss village and have heaps of things to do at your fingertips.

Plus, to reach many of the most popular attractions in the area, you have to go through Lauterbrunnen anyway.

Take a trip up to Schilthorn and Piz Gloria

The image shows Piz Gloria in winter.

Schilthorn is a peak in the Swiss Alps with a number of different things to do at the top.

It’s where the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service‘ was filmed, and so you’ll find a number of attractions relating to that once you arrive.

Besides the incredible views from the Schilthorn, you’ll find the Piz Gloria 360-degree revolving restaurant and Bond world.

You’ll want to spend a good half an hour or so absorbing the incredible views from the summit, which during the winter can be extremely cold so you’ll want all the layers for this trip.

Once you’re done, you’ll almost certainly want to warm up with a drink or something to eat, so I’d recommend heading down to the Piz Gloria 360-degree revolving restaurant next.

As you’ve probably guessed, the restaurant rotates as you dine, albeit pretty slowly and so you’ll need to be there a while to get the full spin.

Lastly, Bond World includes a cinema, museum and the infamous 007 walk.

I’m not a huge movie watcher, so this sort of stuff is wasted on me, but there is no denying it’s cool to see.

The image shows a cable car in the mountains.

To reach this area from Lauterbrunnen, you’ll need to take the cable car to Grütschalp, then hop on the train to Mürren, jump in the cable car to Birg, and then take another cable car from Birg to Schilthorn.

It sounds quite complicated, but it’s really not.

It takes around 40 minutes.

However, as you’ll notice, you’ll also end up going through Mürren.

Since transport in Switzerland is quite expensive, it makes sense to combine your trip to Mürren with your trip to Schilthorn and Piz Gloria.

Spend the day on the slopes

The three closest ski resorts are Wengen, Mürren and Grindelwald.

Grindelwald

The image shows someone snowboarding.
The image shows someone sat on a sledge.

Grindelwald is the largest and most popular of the three, but at around a 30-minute drive or just under 1 hour by train, it’s also the furthest away.

However, if you’re only planning to do a day or two skiing, then it’s worth making the journey here.

There are plenty of ski runs, although these are mostly suitable for those who are intermediates.

One of the major draws to Grindelwald is the incredible north-facing views of the infamous Eiger – one of the main peaks in the area.

You’ll also find there are plenty of other activities in the town since it’s quite big.

Mürren

The image shows a train in the snow, surrounded by mountains.

Mürren is a smaller car-free ski resort thats easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen.

First, you’ll need to take the cable car up to Grütschalp and then hop on the train to Mürren.

Both of these are quick and the total journey time is usually around 20 minutes.

There are a variety of slopes for all abilities here, but there are some particularly good ones for those who are pretty good.

Plus, there’s a snow park for those looking to advance their skills even more.

Wengen

The image shows a cable car in the snow.

And last but not least, you have Wengen.

Wengen is quite similar to Mürren in the sense that it’s almost a car-free village and it’s a similar sort of size.

The difference between the two is that Wengen has more slopes for beginners and intermediates.

It also takes half the time, with around a 10-minute train journey from Lauterbrunnen.

The downside here is that because the majority of people sit within the beginner and intermediate category and the train journey is so short, there can often be queues to take the train.

Wander the car-free streets of Mürren

The image shows the village of Murren near Lauterbrunnen in winter.

Besides skiing, Mürren is actually quite a sweet place to explore for a few hours.

I just mentioned how to get there in the skiing section of this guide, but if you skipped over it then here’s a reminder.

It’s one of Switzerland’s car-free zones and to get there it’s a two-part trip that takes around 20 minutes.

You’ll need to jump on the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp, and then take the train from there to Mürren.

Alternatively – and actually something I’d recommend doing instead – is taking the cable car up to Grütschalp and then walking to Mürren.

I also mentioned this in the hiking section of the guide (but the reverse), and the also linked to the map there.

The walk is less than 5 kilometres and is almost completely flat, but since it’s so high up, you’ll really be able to enjoy the views over the valley.

Plus, you’ll save a bit of money by doing this.

Once you’re in Mürren there is little more to see and do besides wander the quaint streets, enjoy the views and grab a bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a recommendation on where to eat, then you can’t go wrong with La Grotte.

Take a trip down a toboggan run

The image shows someone pulling a sledge.

When I think of tobogganing, I think ‘eh, not that fun unless you’re a kid’.

But thats because I’m from the UK where tobogganing means finding a measly hill and attempting to slide down some slushy snow that is sure to dissipate in the next hour.

When it comes to tobogganing in Switzerland, it’s a whole new experience.

And, it’s not just for kids.

In fact, there are dedicated toboggan runs in Switzerland that take anywhere between ten minutes and three and a half hours to complete.

They mean business when it comes to this activity.

One of the best routes is the Jungfrau Eiger Run which begins in Eigergletscher and finishes in Grindelwald.

It operates during the day and night, providing a fun and unique experience for those who take part.

Get into the festive spirit at Interlaken Christmas Market

The image shows a Christmas market.
The image shows someone ordering some food at a christmas market.

If you’re in the area from late November until Christmas, then visiting the Interlaken Christmas market is a fun and festive thing to do – since there isn’t one in Lauterbrunnen in winter sadly.

The main street that runs through Interlaken is called the Höheweg Promenade, and this is where you’ll find what must be hundreds of stalls showcasing handmade souvenirs and tasty things to eat and drink.

Obviously, exploring outside at this time of year is quite chilly, but you’ll quickly find a stall serving hot chocolate or Glühwein – a spiced wine sold here in Switzerland at Christmas.

I also highly recommend trying some of the other specialities on offer here, such as raclette or roasted chestnuts.

I thought these sounded weird, but they’re actually pretty good.

If you’re on the hunt for more Christmas markets in Europe, Prague during Christmas is also epic!

Visit the charming village of Iseltwald

The image shows the view from a hotel room in Iseltwald.
The image shows the castle on the lake in Iseltwald.

Iseltwald is one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Switzerland because it’s just so damn cute.

It’s situated right on the edge of Lake Brienz – one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – with a backdrop of snow-ridden mountains in every direction.

Besides wandering around this toy-like village, if you’re feeling adventurous then you’ll be able to take a winter kayaking tour – a highlight of the area that doesn’t cost the earth!

Although the itinerary will vary depending on which tour company you use, you can expect to be provided with a full dry suit and wet boots to keep you warm during the experience.

The image shows a girl kayaking on a lake in winter.
The image shows a man kayaking on a frozen lake during the winter.

You’ll almost certainly be given some training on what the best kayaking techniques are, and some guidance on how to ensure the group sticks together throughout the trip.

You’ll typically be on the water for a few hours and be invited to plunge into the icy waters at the halfway point, before taking a break to enjoy some tea and biscuits.

If you’re an adventurer seeking a unique experience amidst the snowy wonderland of Switzerland, then this will not disappoint.

Check prices: Kayaking Tour

Head to the top of Europe with a trip to Jungfraugh

The image shows Jungfrau.

No trip to Switzerland is complete without visiting Jungraugh – often nicknamed the top of Europe – given it’s where the highest train station is located.

This high-altitude mountain pass offers visitors an unparalleled experience at one of the most iconic places in the country that will be sure to leave you breathless.

To get there, you’ll need to take the train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg and then get to Eigergletscher.

From here, you’ll take another train to Jungfraujoch.

The image shows a train in the snow in Switzerland.

This takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes, but it’s one of the most scenic journeys which traverses through tunnels and over viaducts, offering stunning views of the alpine landscape.

Once you arrive at ‘the top of Europe’, there’s actually quite a bit to do, so you’ll want to allow around 4-6 hours to spend at the top.

The Sphynx Observatory – which is the viewpoint is the primary attraction, but you also have the Ice Palace as well as a Lindt Swiss Chocolate shop.

Hop in a HotTug on Lake Brienz

The image shows people in a hot tub boat on the lake.

Spending a few hours in a HotTug on the glacial Lake Brienz is one of the most unique things to do near Lauterbrunnen during the winter and certainly not an experience I’ve seen anywhere else.

It’s a cross between an electric motored boat and a hot tub thats kept warm by a wood-burner.

You’ll chug around the lake for a good 90 minutes, where you’ll be able to soak up the mountain views.

If you’re feeling brave, you can also take a cold plunge into the glacial lake.

Sink into a HotPot

The image shows hot tubs in the mountains.

HotPot Brienz is essentially a bunch of hot tubs that are perched in the perfect position for enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery on offer here in Switzerland.

Not only that, but you’ll also be able to make the experience even more special by sipping on a drink and trying out the cheese fondue.

It’s one of the dreamiest things to do in the area at this gorgeous time of year.

Whether you’re seeking a romantic evening for two or planning a gathering with friends and family, the HotPot Brienz experience is a magical winter activity.

Witness the incredible Lake Oeschinensee

The image shows a boy looking at lake Oeschinensee.
The image shows a boat on Lake Oeschinensee.

Visiting Lake Oeschinen is an absolute must if you’re in the Jungfrau Region.

It’s one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever laid eyes on, with the most spectacular rugged snowy mountains surrounding it.

Although there is a hiking trail from Kandersteg to Lake Oeschinen, I’m almost certain it is not open during the winter.

I say almost, as I have done this hike during summer, but I can’t find anything online which suggests it’s open during the winter.

I’d recommend asking a local in Lauterbrunnen instead, as they’ll know for sure.

Regardless of that, the gondola is definitely open.

Once you take the short ride to the top, you’ll be able to walk around some of the lake and admire the beauty.

You’ll also find a signpost to a viewpoint for the classic ‘Lake Oschinen’ picture, as well as a restaurant.

There are usually some rather intimidating-looking cows hanging around, too, but don’t worry, they won’t be interested in what you’re doing.

Take an exhilarating boat ride

The image shows a boat on the lake.

And last but not least on our list is a thrilling jet boat ride across Lake Brienz.

Although it’s obviously incredibly scenic, it will also get your heart racing as it’s not too dissimilar to a rollercoaster ride – just on the water.

But, don’t worry, as you’ll be suited and booted accordingly, with a high-quality life jacket to keep you safe.

Once the driver has rounded up you and your teammates for the experience, you’ll experience high speeds, a few spins and certainly plenty of laughs.

Along the way, your guide will take a few breaks to show the highlights around the lake, including Giessbach Falls.

Once the experience is over, you’ll be sent some free photos to download – something which most companies add-on for an extra cost.

Where to stay

Budget: Valley Hostel

The image shows Valley Hostel in Lauterbrunnen.

Valley Hostel is a typical Swiss Chalet that’s been converted into a hostel for budget travellers looking to enjoy the valley.

You’ll find dorm-style rooms, as well as private rooms for a relatively decent price.

I say relatively because it is Switzerland and we all know that it’s an expensive place to travel (we’ll cover how you can save a decent amount of money later on).

But, at just a 5-minute walk from the station, it’s conveniently located and provides picturesque views from the windows to wake up to each morning.

Check prices: Valley Hostel

Mid-range: Hotel Staubbach

The image shows Hotel Staubach.

Hotel Staubbach is an excellent choice for those looking for a comfortable place to rest their head for a reasonable price.

Although some of the rooms are on the smaller side, the views from the balcony look out over the valley and onto Staubbach Waterfall, which more than makes up for it.

You’ll also benefit from an excellent breakfast and super helpful staff who will be able to give you extra tips about the area.

Check prices: Hotel Staubbach

Luxury: Private Apartment

The image shows a private apartment in Lauterbrunnen.

I’m going to start off by saying there aren’t really any super luxurious places to stay in Lauterbrunnen.

It’s more of a cute and rustic vibe.

If you’re looking for something incredible, you’re better off heading to Interlaken and staying in the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa which certainly won’t disappoint.

However, if you’re adamant that you want to be in Lauterbrunnen, then one of the best places you’ll find is the private apartment linked below.

It’s situated on the top floor of a beautiful classic Swiss chalet and is in prime position to enjoy all thats on offer in the valley, with surrounding waterfalls and stunning views.

Check prices: Lauterbrunnen Chalet

How to get to Lauterbrunnen in winter and travel around

By plane

The image shows a plane in Switzerland.

If you’re planning on flying into Switzerland then the nearest airport is Bern.

Alternatively, you could fly to Zurich or Geneva.

These are slightly further away, however if you’re on a budget then I’d recommend checking these options out.

In my experience, Geneva seems to be the cheapest airport to fly into.

By train

The image shows a train in Switzerland.

Whether you’re looking to travel from the airport or from another destination in Europe by train, you’ll have some good options.

The rail network in this part of the world is excellent, albeit quite expensive.

You can check the train timetable on trainline.com, however, if you’re planning to come from Bern airport, then you can expect the journey to take around 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Since the Lauterbrunnen Valley is quite small, it’s unlikely you’ll need to walk far to your accommodation from the train station.

By car

The image shows someone driving a car in Switzerland.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to drive (either from the airport or another country), then this is also a great option.

From Bern Airport to Lauterbrunnen it takes less than 1 hour.

My go-to platform whenever I need to rent a car is Rentalcars.com since they combine all of the best deals on the market to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

Tip: In my experience, the cheapest way to reach Switzerland by plane and car is to fly into Geneva and then rent a car from the French side of the airport (since it spans over France and Switzerland) and then drive into Switzerland.

If you’re worried about driving in Switzerland during the winter months then it’s good to know that all of the major roads are maintained and cleared of snow and ice.

On the smaller roads, the story is slightly different.

I would encourage you to really plan out your trip and consider what you’re going to be doing and where you’re going to be travelling to from Lauterbrunnen.

If most of the activities you’re interested in are in the mountains, then it’s pointless to rent a car if you’re going to find the roads too difficult to navigate.

I appreciate the transport in Switzerland is expensive, but there are some great savings to be had which we’ll jump into next!

Save money with Swiss travel cards

The image shows the view from the window of a train travelling in Switzerland.

Swiss travel cards are super useful when it comes to saving money in Switzerland and they’re well worth sitting down and looking into.

There are a few different options, so let’s look at an overview of each.

Option 1: Swiss Half Fare Pass

The Swiss Half Fare Pass is valid for 1 month and will give you a 50% discount on all public transport in Switzerland.

Check what’s included: map of inclusions
Check prices: Swiss Half Fare Pass

Option 2: Jungfrau Travel Pass: Unlimited Transportation Ticket

If you’re exploring the Jungfrau region for anywhere between 3 and 8 days and you’re planning to tick off all of the major things to do in Lauterbrunnen and the surrounding area, then this ticket will save you heaps of money in the long run.

You’ll be able to use this ticket to travel on all of the popular train routes and gain access to the most well-known attractions.

Check prices: Jungfrau Travel Pass: Unlimited Transportation Ticket

Option 3: Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

If you’re travelling around Switzerland between 3 and 15 days and you’re expecting to get around by public transport and tick off as many attractions as possible, then this ticket will save you some serious money.

Not only will you get access to public transport, but you’ll also benefit from multiple scenic trains such as Glacier Express.

A ticket for this alone is almost half the cost of the Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass.

In addition, you’ll be able to access over 500 museums and enjoy many other mountain excursions as part of this ticket, or at 50% off.

Check prices: Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

FAQ

The image shows Lauterbrunnen church during the winter.
The image shows the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Is Lauterbrunnen worth visiting in winter?

Yes, visiting Lauterbrunnen Valley in winter is definitely worth doing.

It really is one of the most picturesque and tranquil locations in Switzerland that looks utterly beautiful when it’s covered in snow.

Whether you choose to stay in the valley or not, you’ll definitely want to pay Lauterbrunnen a visit if you’re in the region.

How many days in Lauterbrunnen is enough?

If you’re looking to use Lauterbrunnen as a base for not only the things to do in the valley but also the region, then you could easily spend 1 to 2 weeks here.

However, if you’re only interested in doing the things in Lauterbrunnen itself, then a day or two is enough.

Which is better, Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen?

Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen are completely different.

Grindelwald is much larger and has a ski resort, making it a much more lively location.

On the other hand, Lauterbrunnen is a small village – albeit quite lively during the day due to the influx of visitors wanting to witness its beauty.

Explore beyond Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland

The image shows Interlaken in winter in Switzerland.

If you loved the look of Lauterbrunnen in winter but you’re considering other locations, then there are plenty of choices.

Interlaken in winter is also beautiful and has more things going on since it’s larger.

zI will however say, that a lot of things to do in the area are also covered in this guide, since they’re so close together.

On the other hand, Iseltwald is another charming place to stay that may be in a more suitable location for you.

Alternatively, heading to Switzerland during the summer months is equally incredible, with plenty of hikes such as Augusmatthorn Ridge and access to popular attractions such as Harder Kulm and Schynige Platte.

I’ve written heaps of Switzerland guides, so if you’re looking for anything else then I’d recommend navigating to the menu or search bar to see if there is anything useful for you!

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