Lauterbrunnen is my definition of heaven-on-earth. For me, it’s the ultimate destination in Switzerland. No words can justify the beauty that it possesses.
Switzerland has a plethora of places manifesting such heavenly spectacles, but nothing is more unique than Lauterbrunnen. Nothing compares to the wonder of Lauterbrunnen’s trough-shaped valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains and waterfalls plummeting on both sides.
Lauterbrunnen is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, especially for travelers from the other side of the world like me. If you think Lauterbrunnen is also your ultimate destination and don’t want to miss its most spectacular views, you no longer need to worry. Because in this blog post, I’ll tell you where they are exactly (through a Lauterbrunnen Map), so you can make your Lauterbrunnen trip really worth it.
The first time I heard about Lauterbrunnen, I was confused. Because I thought it was only a beautiful valley where J.R.R. Tolkien got his inspiration for Rivendell (the home of the elves) in his book series, Lord of The Rings (one of my favorite movies).
But it didn’t last for long.
Deeply fascinated by Lauterbrunnen (I am a big fan of mountains and awe-inspiring landscapes), I started unfolding its “secrets.” In the process, I learned that it is more than just a valley. I discovered that Lauterbrunnen is also a rustic village and a wonderful commune composed of a few more villages/hamlets.
The villages in Lauterbrunnen are:
- Lauterbrunnen — the central village, located on the valley floor.
- Stechelberg — a hamlet also on the valley floor, a 15-minute bus ride from Lauterbrunnen village.
- Mürren — the most elevated village, located on a sunny terrace and directly opposite Mönch, Eiger, and Jungfrau across the valley.
- Wengen — the village northeast of Lauterbrunnen. It’s busier than Lauterbrunnen and has closer access to the region’s best attractions.
- Gimmelwald — the smallest village above Lauterbrunnen valley, near the southern end of the valley.
- Isenfluh — another hamlet overlooking the mouth of the Lauterbrunnen valley
Learn more about other villages and beautiful destinations in the Jungfrau Region like
- Mürren (10 Reasons Why Mürren Is Worth It)
- Gimmelwald (5 Things To Do In Gimmelwald)
- Wengen (Should You Visit Wengen? 10 Things To Do)
In my list of Lauterbrunnen viewpoints, you’ll see in this post; you’ll only see the ones that are within Lauterbrunnen village. There are also vantage points along the trails/roads between Lauterbrunnen and other villages.
If you are traveling to the Jungfrau Region, you definitely need this: Jungfrau Region Itinerary: 4 Days in Interlaken on a Budget
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Let’s check the map where exactly Lauterbrunnen is and the places you must go to see its most spectacular appearance.
Map of Lauterbrunnen Viewpoints
Lauterbrunnen and all its villages or hamlets are within the Jungfrau Region, Interlaken-Oberhasli District, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern in central Switzerland. Below is the map indicating the location of the six villages/hamlets in Lauterbrunnen.
The portions of the map encircled by a yellow line indicate the villages and hamlets in Lauterbrunnen. Then, the part of the map with a yellow highlight is the Lauterbrunnen area, where some breathing vantage points of the village and valley are located.
If you’ve been to Lauterbrunnen before, you can argue:
“There’s no need in knowing these viewpoints. You can see beauty in Lauterbrunnen regardless where your head turns!”
I agree; Lauterbrunnen is packed with breathtaking-idyllic-rustic scenery! But, in some spots, the view is iconic and beyond gorgeous—that’s what you can find from the viewpoints that I’m going to show you.
There are seven viewpoints in Lauterbrunnen you can try visiting for ultimately stunning sceneries.
- In Front of Chalet Pironnet
- Kirche Lauterbrunnen
- Along Stocki Road
- Staubbach waterfall
- Hiking trail between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen
- Hiking trail between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg
You can click the names of the viewpoints to learn more about them or see the Lauterbrunnen maps below showing their exact location.
Here’s a quick look at the scenery that you can see from the places in Lauterbrunnen I mentioned.
Are you excited to see any of these? I hear it’s a big yes!
When To Visit Lauterbrunnen?
But before we get deeper into the discussion about these viewpoints in Lauterbrunnen, we must always remember that Lauterbrunnen is a natural attraction. Needless to say, the weather and the time of the year you’ll be visiting Lauterbrunnen matters.
If you want a high chance of seeing Lauterbrunnen with blue skies, mid-summer is the best time to go. Typically dry, it’s also the time when it’s nice to hike to see more breathtaking views.
However, late spring and early summer is the time of the year when Lauterbrunnen gets really picturesque. It is when the waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen look thicker because of the enormous volume of water coming from the melting snow from the mountains.
For a really stunning view, come to the Lauterbrunnen in the morning (if possible, catch the sunrise).
Staubbach Waterfall lies on the west side of the valley’s wall. The rising sun illuminates the waterfall, making it appear like a giant glowing angelic white silk plummeting down the valley.
How to Get to Lauterbrunnen?
To get to Lauterbrunnen, you must first go to Interlaken (Interlaken OST). Interlaken is the central transport hub of the Interlaken-Oberhasli Region, and it has direct train connections from Switzerland’s main cities like, Zurich and Bern.
Once you arrive at Interlaken OST train station, you must ride another train to reach Lauterbrunnen, which is approximately a 30-minute train ride.
The fastest train can send you to Interlaken from Zurich in about 2 hours. On the other hand, if you are from Bern, you can expect a shorter travel time, at most 1 hour.
If you are driving to Lauterbrunnen, you can park in the parking garage behind the train station or Kirche Lauterbrunnen. You shall see street signs to the parking lot immediately before you enter the village if you are from Interlaken. Lauterbrunnen is a 20-minute drive from Interlaken.
Note that the villages above Lauterbrunnen Valley are car-free. It’s in Lauterbrunnen that you can leave your car to see more villages and hamlets in Lauterbrunnen valley.
By the way, before you get to Lauterbrunnen, you should see the epic views of the Jungfrau Region from Harder Kulm. It is a view point above Interlaken, and you can learn more about it here: Visiting Harder Kulm – Here’s What You Can Expect To See.
Viewpoints In Lauterbrunnen (More Information)
Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries to travel to. I really understand why most people squeeze as many destinations into their 3-day Switzerland trip.
Often, these travelers include Lauterbrunnen in their itinerary. However, they only drop by the village to stroll in the main street, take a photo of Staubbach waterfalls with the quaint chalets along the road, and immediately leave for their next destination.
I even have asked several people on Instagram, “what can you suggest I should see in Lauterbrunnen?” They told me the same story as most people do, similar to what I have mentioned previously.
I felt sad because they must have visited more places in Lauterbrunnen where unforgettable views await! Additionally, those places aren’t tough to reach, and they are totally free to visit; no expensive train rides or sky-high admission fees.
This is why I wrote this post about the 7 best viewpoints in Lauterbrunnen, to help you make your Lauterbrunnen trip even more worth it.
Let’s tackle them one by one.
Viewpoint 1. In Front Of Chalet Pironnet
Even before you arrive in Lauterbrunnen, rewarding views will already fill your sight. We can have Lake Thun as an example if you are from Bern.
However, at first glance at Lauterbrunnen, you can instantly tell that Lauterbrunnen is a place like no other. The dizzying, almost perpendicular limestone precipices surrounding the village are uniquely spectacular.
Where can you stay for a moment in Lauterbrunnen to admire the valley’s distinct beauty?
The spot is the wooden chair in front of Chalet Pironnet (building #438D).
Sitting on this wooden chair, you can see the iconic view of Lauterbrunnen. The scene includes the village’s church, Staubbach waterfall, and snow-capped mountains. The path with a wooden handrail where couples take pictures of their ever-awaited romantic moment in Lauterbrunnen is also included in the scene.
The viewpoint beside Chalet Pironnet is the most accessible vantage point in Lauterbrunnen. It’s only a few steps from Auf def Fuhren, the village’s main street.
Let’s say you are currently in Lauterbrunnen Tourism Office. Start walking in the direction of Staubbach waterfall. Turn left to the first street that you will see to your left. After a few steps, you should arrive in front of Chalet Pironnet.
Note that the spot has become popular since it went viral on Instagram. Sometimes, you may have to wait a few minutes to see/photograph the view without photobombers.
Don’t worry if you can’t find an opportunity for a “photobombers-less” picture. I’m sharing a secret spot in Lauterbrunnen where you can find similar views—you’ll find it out later on.
I previously mentioned Lake Thun (the fairytale lake of Switzerland) and Bern (the heart of Swiss Democracy). If you are interested in visiting them, too, here’s how I suggest you can visit them:
- Lake Thun Itinerary: How To Spend One Day (Detailed Guide)
- One Day In Bern Itinerary: Landmarks & Scenic Spots Tour
Viewpoint 2. Kirche Lauterbrunnen
Kirche Lauterbrunnen, the village’s primary landmark, is another beautiful vantage point you should also visit.
The view from the church isn’t as gorgeous as the scenery from the Chalet Pironnet’s wooden chair. However, the small churchyard is undoubtedly a fantastic spot to take dramatic pictures of the Staubbach waterfall.
What you might also like about spending a moment in Kirche Lauterbrunnen are the ambient sounds you can hear while in the churchyard.
As you sit and relax on the red benches in the churchyard, the sound of the flow of the Weisse Lütschine River soothes you. The calming and thundering cascade of Staubbach Falls can also be heard very well from the churchyard. The church should give you good-feeling goosebumps when its bells ring!
You can go around the churchyard to discover a few little gems, like (1) the smaller church behind the main church, (2) the unique sundial (not sure what it is called), and (3) the quaint fountain in between the two churches.
The churchyard is “almost” the perfect place to hang out for a wholesome chillin’ in Lauterbrunnen. It will be “perfect” if it’s located farther away from the road to the parking lot. The sound of the car’s engine is a tranquility-bummer.
Finding and going to Kirche Lauterbrunnen is simple. From Chalet Pironnet, you can already spot Kirche Lauterbrunnen. Continue walking on the paved path through the meadows, and you shall reach the church after a couple of minutes of walking.
Viewpoint 3. Along Stocki Road
Before I visit a destination, I usually check Google Earth to learn more about the place I’m planning to visit. Often, I find something new and exciting that only a few people know (for example, a better viewing angle of a landmark, more scenic hiking trails, and so on).
By doing so, I also learn about my new destination’s geography. I discover which part of the town/city has the higher elevation—places I specifically look for. Why? Because they are probably an excellent viewpoint of the surrounding area.
That’s how I created my other post, the 7 best views in Bern.
It’s also through that way I discovered the third Lauterbrunnen viewpoint: the Stocki Road.
The view from Stocki Road is similar to the scenery from Chalet Pironnet but has a slight twist. Not only you can see Staubbach waterfall, Kirche Lauterbrunnen, and the snow-capped mountains from a higher viewing perspective. But, also, from Stocki Road, you can see the Weisse Lütschine River as if it’s flowing down from Kirche Lauterbrunnen.
The view I’m exactly pertaining to is seen from the waiting area in front of Chalet 165. It’s the chalet along Stocki that has a yard with growing flowers and vegetables.
Different from the viewpoint near Chalet Pironnet, you can behold the scenery of Lauterbrunnen from Chalet 165 without tourists almost all the time. The only downside is that there’s no shade or benches there. It’s a good spot for taking photos, but if you want to hang out and relax, not much.
Stocki Road is the way to the local school of Lauterbrunnen. Although Stocki Road looks like an off-the-beaten-path spot, getting to that spot isn’t very complicated. In fact, it’s effortless!
To get to Stocki Road, we can also start from Chalet Pironnet. From the chalet, begin walking towards the direction of Kirche Lauterbrunnen through the pathway in front of the chalet.
Once you reach the road (Im Rohr), start crossing the Weisse Lütschine River to your left. Then, after a few steps, you will see a road junction near “Talmuseum.” Turn left again, and you should arrive in front of Chalet 165 in one to two minutes.
Viewpoint 4. Staubbach Falls
If you are looking for a vantage point in Lauterbrunnen that entails a little adventure, Staubbach falls is the place to be. Did you know that you can climb the cliff wall behind Staubbach waterfall and see a unique overlooking view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley?
Yes, you can! There is a hiking trail from the village to the grottos behind the waterfall. Those grottos have openings that serve as the viewpoints.
The scenery from Staubbach waterfall is mainly the formidable granite rock face of the Jungfrau massif, acting like the valley wall. The chalets dotting the green meadows and a portion of Lauterbrunnen village are also included in the view up behind Staubbach waterfall.
Have a look:
Of the viewpoints of Lauterbrunnen valley in this list, this is the last I would recommend if you are looking for epic scenery like what you can see from Wengwald (you’ll see it next).
But definitely, climbing Staubbach waterfall is something you can try, especially since entry to the waterfall’s grottos is free. Also, it is a rare experience to hike behind one of Europe’s tallest waterfalls, don’t you agree?
Staubbach waterfall, according to Wikipedia, has a height of nearly a thousand feet. Can you imagine how tall it is?
Going to the trailhead of Staubbach waterfall is no brainer since it is visible in all of Lauterbrunnen village. Just walk in the direction of the waterfall, and you should arrive at its base even without using a map.
If you are from the train station, you can expect a 10-minute walk before you reach the Staubbach waterfall’s trailhead, which is beside Lauterbrunnen Cemetery. The trailhead’s landmark is a large wooden bench with “Lauterbrunnen Tourismus” written on it.
The hiking trail to the viewpoint behind Staubbach Falls involves hiking on an inclined winding path, passing through a tunnel, and climbing slippery steel stairs.
Don’t forget to wear slip-resistant shoes before coming! You can also expect to get wet during the hike. It’s more likely the case when it’s windy, and the strong breeze blows the water into a wet powder in the air.
Viewpoint 5. Wengwald
Awe is one of the reasons I like traveling to beautiful natural destinations like Lauterbrunnen. It is beneficial to our well-being, makes us humble, and lets us have self-transcendence.
Aside from the places mentioned earlier, another area in Lauterbrunnen that you must visit to see awe-inspiring views is Wengwald. It is a locality between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen where, for me, the perfect bird’s eye view of Lauterbrunnen is found.
Wengwald has a viewing angle of Lauterbrunnen that lets you see the valley’s entire length. It is also at the perfect elevation where you can clearly observe the unique trough shape of Lauterbrunnen valley.
As a map enthusiast interested in geography, the dizzying precipices on both sides of Lauterbrunnen that are seen from Wengwald have caused me to drop my jaw. Its form is ultimately awe-inspiring. Those and the flat meadows on the valley’s floor also made me realize how creative nature really is.
Another reason you’d like to go to Wengwald is that it’s also a viewpoint for the Jungfrau massif. You can spot snowy Jungfrau, overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley, from Wengwald.
If you want to see the Lauterbrunnen in its most spectacular view, I suggest going to Wengwald during sunrise but only when the sky is clear.
If you are lucky, you can witness the sun painting the right side (west precipice) of the Lauterbrunnen valley with vivid bright colors, slowly from top to bottom.
Visitors who can’t catch the sunrise at Wengwald to see the morning spectacle of Lauterbrunnen valley can come anytime they want. The view is a feast for the eye all year. However, I don’t recommend it when fog hovers over the valley, covering the picture.
There are two ways you can get to Wengwald from Lauterbrunnen:
- Hiking = 1.5 hours, 3 kilometers, 410-meter elevation gain
- Train + Hiking = 8-minute train ride to Wengwald train station, then a 10-minute hike (0.6 kilometers) downhill to Wengwald viewpoint.
You can check the map below as a guide.
The yellow line indicates the hiking trail from Lauterbrunnen to the viewpoint in Wengwald. On the other hand, the blue line shows the path from Wengwald train station to the vantage point in Wengwald.
You can see Lauterbrunnen in most parts of Wengwald. You can find wide open meadows and benches where you can rest and relax while your eyes take in the valley’s beauty.
If you want to be in a more secluded space, you can try hiking until the far corner of Wengwald past Ferienwohnung Chalet Mönchsblick.
Viewpoint 6. Hiking Trail Between Lauterbrunnen & Wengen
As mentioned previously, Wengen is another village in Lauterbrunnen. Perched on a sun terrace overlooking the valley, you can find more beautiful scenery, almost similar to what you can have from Wengwald.
However, did you know that you do not have to do a 1.5-hour hike to Wengwald or hop on a train to get to Wengen to see such stunning views of Lauterbrunnen?
Another awe-inspiring view of the valley awaits you east of Lauterbrunnen, and it’s only a 30-minute hike from the village center. There’s no specific name for this vantage point, but it’s very simple to reach while hiking the trail linking Lauterbrunnen and Wengen.
When you reach this point, you can literally spot the farthest end of the Lauterbrunnen valley to the south, bordered by the 3000-meter-high Breithorn and Grosshorn. On a sunny day, you will see precipice layers of the Jungfrau massif.
This spot is also a beautiful vantage point of Staubbach waterfall and the mountain range where Schilthorn is.
Let’s say you are already in Stocki Road; this viewing spot along the Lauterbrunnen-Wengen hiking trail would only be a 25-minute hike away. Overall, it’s an easy hike with only a 140-meter elevation gain throughout the course.
Here’s a map to help you visualize the path:
This viewpoint along the Lauterbrunnen-Wengen trail has a waiting shed (it’s landmark) where you can rest while admiring the scenery of the surroundings.
Viewpoint 7. Hiking Trail Between Lauterbrunnen & Stechelberg
The beauty of Lauterbrunnen isn’t contained in the village and isn’t only observed from the elevated vantage points overlooking the valley. If viewing Lauterbrunnen from its vantage points is a glimpse of heaven-on-earth, the hiking trail between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg is the taste of it.
The middle part of Lauterbrunnen valley is one of the most idyllic and rustic parts of the Jungfrau Region. Hiking on it is a wholesome experience—your senses are filled with overwhelming peace and tranquility.
Hiking, all you can expect to hear are the travelers’ footsteps on the gravel, birds chirping, and cowbells ringing. You can also hear the thundering waterfalls far away on both sides of the valley.
The small chalets and barns dotting the lush meadows where cattle graze is an otherworldly scene, especially if you’re like me, who grew up in the city since birth.
Not to mention the breathtaking and towering cliffs surrounding the trail—they’re much better to see compared to the steel and glass scrapers in the city.
Overall, your journey to this part of Lauterbrunnen is more than just sightseeing. It’s about cleansing your lungs, clearing your mind, and filling yourself with awe, becoming a better individual.
Hiking to Stechelberg from Lauterbrunnen (Kirche Lauterbrunnen) takes about an hour to finish—that’s a 5-kilometer hike. You can expect it to last longer as you may stop to rest or admire the heavenly views you may find along the way.
One of the wonders you’ll find along the hiking trail is Murrenbach Falls—the tallest waterfall in Switzerland. It’s 417 meters tall. And above it is Murren, which is the most elevated village in Lauterbrunnen.
Another tourist attraction along Lauterbrunnen Valley is Trummelbach Falls. It is Europe’s largest subterranean waterfall, with several levels and viewing points. You can learn more about it from its official website, linked at the end of this post.
If you want, you can try hiking the other way around, from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen. To do that, hop the bus #141 from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg. You shall arrive in Stechelberg 10 minutes after leaving the village.
The last time I checked, there were eight bus stops between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. With those, you can start and end your hike in different parts of the valley wherever you like.
Resources: Viewpoints Google Maps Exact Location
So, that’s all my viewpoints on Lauterbrunnen. I hope you will enjoy your trip to Lauterbrunnen, and may it become memorable and fruitful!
If you are also using Google Maps to wander around beautiful places, below are the links to quickly show you the location of the viewpoints and places of interest mentioned in the post.
- Chalet Pironnet
- Kirche Lauterbrunnen
- Chalet 165 (along Stocki Road)
- Staubbach Falls
- Wengwald viewpoint
- Viewpoint in Lauterbrunnen-Wengen hiking trail
- Hiking information Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg
A while ago, I mentioned that you can find Trummelbach Falls along the road/hiking trail between Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. Here is the link to its official website to learn more about its visiting information: Trummelbach Falls (Official website).
If you have plans to travel to Lauterbrunnen and the rest of the Bernese Oberland region but don’t have a place/hotel to stay yet, here’s the list of the best hotel deals in Bernese Oberland where you can get accommodation.
Tip: I don’t suggest staying in Lauterbrunnen unless you plan to travel with Lauterbrunnen Valley as the focus of your trip. It’s better to stay in Interlaken if you also want to see different places in the Bernese Oberland aside from Lauterbrunnen.
Lastly, if you are looking for more activities in this beautiful part of the world, here’s where you can start searching for the best things to do in Bernese Oberland.
Do you want to visit more beautiful places in Switzerland? Here’s what I can recommend:
- Mount Pilatus (for more breathtaking views) — 5 Reasons To Visit Mount Pilatus For Lucerne Day Trip
- Lake Thun (for the fairytale experience of Bernese Oberland)— Is Lake Thun Worth Visiting: 10 Beautiful Places To Visit
- Bern (for architecture enthusiasts like me) — One Day In Bern Itinerary: Landmarks & Scenic Spots Tour
Before you go, you might like to discover Mannlichen, Grindelwald, and Iseltwald. They are also the Jungfrau Region’s beautiful destinations like Lauterbrunnen.
- Mannlichen is the Jungfrau Region’s best view point. Check it out here: How to Reach Männlichen and Make the Most of Your Trip
- Grindelwald is the Jungfrau Region’s adventure hub. Discover Grindelwald here: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary
- Iseltwald is the village beside the Jungfrau Region’s most turquoise lake, Lake Brienz. Read about Iseltwald and Lake Brienz below.
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