Discover the most exciting hikes to do in the beautiful Lauterbrunnen area of Switzerland.
Hi there and welcome! I’m happy to have you here and tell you all about the best hikes in Lauterbrunnen which you definitely shouldn’t miss.
We’ve been traveling to Switzerland every summer for the past 2 years and this August we spent 2 whole weeks in this wonderful country.
It’s been such an amazing experience and I definitely feel I know the Swiss Alps and the best hiking trails very well. So you’re in good hands. 😉
Lauterbrunnen is one of the most picturesque places to travel (and hike) in Switzerland. So planning an active, hiking holiday here is a great choice.
To be super helpful to you, I am also including at the end of the post some useful travel tips for the Lauterbrunnen Region, such as how to get here, where to stay in Lauterbrunnen, and more.
Best & Easy Hikes in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
First, let’s have a look at the best hikes you can do in Lauterbrunnen.
These trails not only take you through breathtaking mountain scenery but are also pretty easy. So no special equipment is needed, besides some good hiking boots.
The Mountain View Trail (Murren, Lauterbrunnen)
DISTANCE: 5-7 km one way
DIRECTION: Grutschalp – Murren (recommended)
DURATION: 2h 30″ – 3h
DIFFICULTY: easy (ish)
This is one of the most impressive hikes you can do in the Lauterbrunnen, with stunning views of the 3 famous mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp. Get out here and follow the yellow signs for the Mountain View trail.
You can hike in either direction, yet my recommendation starts in Grutschalp. You will end up in Murren, from where you can take the train back.
The trail is beautiful, starting off with an ascend through the forest which then opens up to gorgeous views of the 3 peaks. You can even spot Jungfraujoch and Eigergletcher Cable car stop from here.
The path is mainly dirt, rocks, and tree roots during the forest section.
The hike is easy to moderate, depending on your fitness level.
I was stopping a few times along the way to admire the view *ahem, catch my breath* as we were going up. We saw families with kids along the way so it is definitely not very challenging.
While the sign said 3 hours, we completed the hike in 2h 30min.
The Northface Trail (Murren, Lauterbrunnen)
DISTANCE: 6,9 km
DIRECTION: loop trail from Murren
DURATION: 2h 30″ – 3h
Another beautiful and easy hike in Lauterbrunnen is The Northface Trail.
This is a loop trail, starting and ending at Murren cable car.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Lauterbrunnen, take the cable car to Grütschalp and then the train to Mürren. Even just this ride in itself is extremely impressive so make sure you have your camera at hand!
The Northface Trail starts off with an uphill walk on a paved road and then continues on an easy walking path (mountain trail) through forests, hills with charming wooden cottages, and stunning views of the Alps. You will have the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau to your left as you start your hike.
This is an easy hike, on not very challenging terrain (just some tree roots through the forest), as it’s mainly a dirt path, without many stones. Shoes with good grip are recommended to prevent sliding.
Hiking at a comfortable pace, it took us around 3 hours to complete, including stops for pictures and a picnic.
Note: my “easy hikes” description does not mean paved road path. All hikes have their own slightly more challenging sections so be careful and mindful of your own physical condition. Also, please always use good hiking boots, no for flip-flops or sneakers.
Lauterbrunnen Trümmelbach Waterfalls Hike
If you are in Lauterbrunnen but don’t feel like going on any hikes, or simply do not have the time, here is a great option for you. Walk to Stechelberg.
The path will take you along the Lauterbrunnen Valley, past waterfalls and beautiful, high mountain walls. It starts in Lauterbrunnen, near the Staubbach Falls.
You should definitely check out the Trümmelbach Falls, an incredibly impressive natural phenomenon.
You will see 10 glacier waterfalls carve their way through the inside of a mountain at mindblowing speed. The entry ticket is 14CHF and that gives you access to the elevator in case you don’t want to hike yourself.
My recommendation is to take it on the way up. You can see the tunnel that has been created inside the mountain through its glass ceiling.
On the way down, take the stairs for some great views of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Lauterbrunnen – Grindelwald Hikes
Since Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald are very closely located to each other, some of the best hikes such as the Eiger Trail could also be included here.
You can read all about the most epic hikes in Grindelwald right here.
How to get to Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen is very easy to reach from any part of Switzerland.
Here is how you get there:
- FLY into Zurich or Geneva airports (I suggest Zurich, as it’s the closest one).
- BY CAR (follow signs to Interlaken):
- 2h drive from Zurich
- 2h 45 minutes drive from Geneva
- BY TRAIN
- 2h 30 minutes from Zurich
- 3h 30 minutes from Geneva
- timetable & tickets here
Where to Stay In Lauterbrunnen
There are many wonderful places to stay in the Lauterbrunnen, yet my no.1 recommendation is Mürren.
It is THE best place to stay (in my opinion) and to use it as a base for all these amazing hikes in the Lauterbrunnen region.
Murren is a fairytale village with the most spectacular mountain views. They are so close you will feel like you can touch them. We spent 4 days here at the Eiger hotel and had the best time (check out the review).
Wengen is another cute village you could stay in, with slightly more affordable accommodation.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little hiking guide for the Lauterbrunnen region and that it was helpful in planning your amazing holidays in Switzerland.
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Happy travels! 🙂