Lauterbrunnen is a municipality in the Swiss Alps, enclosed by the village of Lauterbrunnen. It is set in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, featuring rocky cliffs and the roaring, 300m-high Staubbach Falls. Nearby, the glacial waters of Trümmelbach Falls is one of the wildest glacier ravines in Europe with ten waterfalls gushing through mountain crevices past viewing platforms. A cable car runs from Stechelberg village to Schilthorn mountain, for views over the Bernese Alps. Some of the places to visit in the Lauterbrunnen valley are:
The 300 m high Staubbach Falls found on the edge of the village of Lauterbrunnen.
Isenfluh, a Swiss mountain village.
Wengen, a small Swiss village that can be reached from Lauterbrunnen with the rack railway.
Schilthorn that has a view of the 40 mountain peaks and 20 glaciers from the revolving restaurant called Piz Gloria located there.
Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass at an elevation of 2,061 m, situated below and between the Eiger and Lauberhorn peaks. Also the starting point of the rack railway to the Jungfraujoch.
Jungfraujoch at an elevation of 3454 m, a saddle in the Bernese that can be reached by the Jungfrau railway through a 7-km-long tunnel and is the ‘Top of Europe’.
Due to time constraints, I only visited the villages of Lauterbrunnen and Wengen (with the rack railway) in the Lauterbrunnen valley. I drove here with a couple of other people from Lucerne where I was staying at the Radisson hotel. Even though it was a short trip, it was well worth the visit and a beautiful drive.