Lauterbrunnen Switzerland – The Ultimate Travel Guide


Lauterbrunnen is one of the best destinations in Switzerland! It’s the gateway to the Jungfrau Region and it’s also referred to as The Valley Of 72 Waterfalls.

I have visited Lauterbrunnen on two separate occasions, once in winter and the other in summer. I recommend spending around 2-3 days here to make the most out of your visit.

Lauterbrunnen Switzerland is so insanely beautiful that you’ll feel like you are standing in a real-life postcard!

In this guide, you’ll find everything you need to know before you go including how to get there, where to stay, top things to do, where to eat, the best time to visit, and much more!



See below for an overview of what you will find in this guide:

  • Where is Lauterbrunnen
  • Best time to visit
  • How to get here
  • 15 things to do
  • Where to stay
  • Where to eat
  • Best tours
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Lauterbrunnen is located in the center of Switzerland in the Jungfrau Region among the Swiss Alps.

Click here to see the location on Google maps.

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There are many transportation options available when searching for how to get here and it all depends on where you are traveling from within Switzerland.

I have gone into further detail in a separate blog post on How To Get To Lauterbrunnen which you might like to take a look at. It includes all the transport options from 7 major cities within Switzerland.


When planning a trip to Switzerland, one of the best and most popular ways to get around the country is by using the all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass which includes the majority of trains, buses, and boats throughout the whole of Switzerland.

Once you have purchased the Swiss Travel Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your tickets that you will have to print and keep with you at all times.

I also recommend downloading the SBB Mobile app from the App Store. You can use this app to check all train, bus, and boat timetables in Switzerland when you’re on the move.

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The best time to visit depends on what you plan to do. If you are planning on cycling or hiking then you’ll want to time your visit during summer.

I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Switzerland, which are April through to September, when temperatures are warm, and the landscapes are vividly green.

If you don’t mind the cold, visiting in winter between December and March is magical because the mountains are covered in glistening white snow. Visiting in winter also means you can go skiing in the Swiss Alps.

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Lauterbrunnen in Winter



When you arrive by train, it’s an easy walk from the station through the village to a number of different scenic viewpoints of Staubbach Falls and upper Lauterbrunnen Valley.

Staubbach Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls I have ever seen which is why I have added it to this travel guide!

These glacial falls gush down from the 300-meter-high peaks and emerge into the river that cuts through the village.

Visiting Staubbach Falls is one of the best things to do in summer and in winter.

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After taking some photos of the falls from the village, follow the road down till you reach the base of Staubbach Falls. You can walk up the stairs and into a man-made grotto that leads behind Staubbach Falls.

From inside the grotto, peering out looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park, without the dinosaurs, unfortunately! The view of the distant glacier-filled valley is mesmerizing and almost looks too good to be true.

On a clear day, you can spot paragliders and base jumpers soaring around in the skies above and distant waterfalls flowing heavily over the edge of the towering cliffs.

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View of Staubbach Falls
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Staubbach Falls

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Trümmelbach Falls can be found in the heart of the valley. They are the world’s only glacier waterfalls that are accessible underground by lifts, galleries, tunnels, paths, and platforms.

There is an easy walking trail from the village that will take you through vast meadows in the direction of Trümmelbach Falls.

Trümmelbach Falls carries the water from the glaciers of Jungfrau down to the valley. Up to 20,000 liters of water travel through the falls per second, they are a sight and a sound to behold.

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Trümmelbach Falls


This delightful village of Mürren lies at the very end of the valley, filled with traditional chalets and idyllic village life.

You can jump on the public bus No. 141 which runs to Mürren every thirty minutes. The bus departs from outside Lauterbrunnen Railway Station or you can hail it down on the main road near Trümmelbach Falls.

The bus journey time is around twenty minutes. Click Here to see the Bus 141 timetables.

Mürren offers a peaceful atmosphere with beautiful restaurants and cafes offering traditional Swiss dining and is also a great starting point for hiking, cycling, or skiing trails.

This picturesque village of Mürren is a must-see spot, and I highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit.

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Mürren Village

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Once you have spent a bit of time wandering around Mürren, next on the list of places to see is Mount Schilthorn.

Head to Stechelberg Gondola Station which is located in Mürren at the base of Mount Schilthorn and using the Swiss Travel Pass, you can ride the gondola all the way up to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.

Alternatively, you can purchase a roundtrip cable car ticket to Mt Schilthorn (Piz Gloria) online for just $46 USD.

Note: Without the Swiss Travel Pass or the online-bought cable car ticket, a return trip on the gondola from Stechelberg to Mount Schilthorn will set you back 105 CHF ($105 USD) if you pay at the counter.

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Mount Schilthorn is a popular ski field if you wish to spend a day skiing. Though if skiing is not your jam, you can still head up to the famous Piz Gloria viewpoint regardless to enjoy the view.

If you are a fan of James Bond 007, Piz Gloria located on the top of Mount Schilthorn is where one of the original 007 movies was filmed back in 1969. Expect to see James Bond memorabilia galore at Piz Gloria.

Aside from this, there is a 360-degree viewpoint at the summit of Mt Schilthorn, and the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant features floor-to-ceiling glass windows offering extensive views of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region. Not a bad spot for lunch if you ask me! 

Also, if you are not afraid of heights, I dare you to take the knee-jittering thrill walk around the front face of Mount Schilthorn, another one of the best attractions!

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Top of Mount Schilthorn


The Iconic Yellow Train to Wengen is a popular attraction for everyone visiting the valley and I highly recommend adding it to your list of things to do.

If you happen to be at the top of Mount Schilthorn, ride the gondola back down to the Stechelberg Gondola Station and jump on the public bus 141 to return to the train station.

Simply walk down to the railway station and ask one of the staff members at the station which platform you need to wait on to take the Wengen train and they will point you in the right direction.

The iconic yellow train will take you up and over the mountainside to Wengen Village which is located in the opposite valley.

Be sure to stick your head out of the train window on the way up the mountainside for an awe-inspiring view of the valley.


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The iconic Wengen train

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Arriving by the iconic yellow train, you’ll soon see why Wengen Village is one of the best places to see in Lauterbrunnen!

There is another ski field at Wengen Village if you visit in winter and from the town, you can enjoy another perspective of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region.

There is an old church in Wengen Village which is a great vantage point to get some photos of the village and surrounding mountains.

I recommend spending an hour or so wandering around Wengen Village, checking out the classic Swiss-style chalets, and admiring how the locals live their lives up here on the mountainside.

Getting back to the valley is very easy, jump back on the yellow train from Wengen, and disembarking at the train station.

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Wengen Village
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Epic views in Wengen


Wengen to Männlichen hike is another one of the best activities where an upward trail leaves from Wengen via the Eiger Ultra Trail. The full hike is 4.9 km which takes roughly 2 hours past some of the best scenery in the region.

The route, however, is steep, and narrow, and may not be the best hike for beginners.

Männlichen is one of the newer cable car routes to be included on the Jungfrau Travel Pass as a stop between Grindelwald, Wengen, and Grund, and it is possible to start at Männlichen Cable Car Stop for the final stretch known as The Männlichen Royal Walk.

There’s a nice crown at the top, and this hike (or upward stroll really) is only around 20 minutes at the most walking there and then less back. But many people will do similar where they take the cable cars to Männlichen before walking a more leisurely downhill route back to Wengen.

There is also an alternative option from Männlichen with a hike to the pass at Kleine Scheidegg (1-hour 30 minutes) before following the downhill trek from Kleine Scheidegg (2-hours 30-minutes) back to Wengen. Again, this is a ridiculously scenic route and one of the best things to do.

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If you are a thrill-seeker looking for the ultimate experience and the best views of the valley then this activity is one of the best things to do.

Flying over the U-Valley, you can book an all-inclusive tandem paragliding experience. Flying tandem with an instructor allows you to focus purely on the flight, the experience takes care of all other logistics offering pick up from your hotel to the launch site and even a post-flight drink included.

Full safety equipment and an experienced pilot are part of this must-do activity on your list of things to do.

The experience will cost you around $190 and can be booked online in advance. The experience lasts for around 1 hour and 30 minutes where you can expect to take in all of the aerial views.


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Flying high in Switzerland


This day trip takes you on the cogwheel train to the highest train station in Europe in Jungfraujoch.

The tour starts at 7:50 am and returns at 1:20 pm. Included in the tour is a round-trip transfer from the train station to Jungfraujoch, where you’ll complete your Alpine ascent by cogwheel train.

Once at the top, you will be able to view the UNESCO-listed landscape and explore summit attractions such as the Ice Palace, Sphinx Vantage Terrace, 360° Cinematic Experience, Alpine sensation, and the Snow Fun Park with a knowledgeable guide.

You can even grab a bite to eat at the Crystal Restaurant, Aletsch Self Service, or visit the Lindt Chocolate Heaven!

This day tour costs around $170 and it’s best to book online with Klook before your trip.


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Train to Jungfraujoch
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Unreal scenery at Jungfraujoch

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An easy but one of the most scenic hikes in the valley is the one from Mürren to Grutschalp.

This hiking trail starts beside the Mürren train station and gradually meanders down to Grutschalp via the hamlet of Winteregg.

The well-made path offers an interesting and panoramic route – alongside the railway line, through alpine meadows, and over rushing streams.

There are some wonderful viewing opportunities of the Eiger, Jungfrau, and Monch as you make your descent (or ascent) on this incredible hike.

The path is mostly flat and suitable for all ages and it’s recommended you allow around 1-hour and 10 minutes to complete this hike. You’ll probably take longer though, as you’ll want to stop and admire the views!

If you are traveling during the summer months, a visit to the Alpkaserie Staubbach at Winteregg is an absolute must.

This alpine cheese dairy sells the most delicious homemade yogurt and cheese straight from the farm gate. You’ll pass the farmer’s cows as you stroll along the path so do yourself a favor and sample their products. You’ll find Alpkaserie Staubbach near the Winteregg station.

You can start this hike in either Mürren or Grutschalp and it’s a great way to do something active either before or after a visit to the Schilthorn.

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A day trip to Grindelwald is a must for any thrill-seekers looking for the best activities.

Grindelwald has many high-flying attractions including the Cliff Walk by Tissot, a rope trail with a 40m long suspension bridge that leads along the rock face to a viewing platform, and the First Flieger zipline, where you race at speeds of up to 84 km/h down an 800 meter-long cable sat in a harness!

On top of this, you can race down the side of Mount First on a Trottibike scooter or a mountain cart.

Other things to do in Grindelwald include taking one of the trekking trails to Lake Bachalp or enjoying a meal at the Mt. First Restaurant.


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Cliff Walk Grindelwald
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Hiking from Schynige Platte to First is one of the top-favorite things to do for active travelers. It’s sometimes called the Faulhornweg, after the Faulhorn peak that you will climb as part of this hike.

It’s a fairly strenuous walk but definitely worth it, and is one of the best day hikes.

It takes about six hours to cover the 16 kilometers of the trail. The tourism office promotes this hike by saying that you will see six pearls in six hours:

  1. alpine flowers on the Matten
  2. the Loucherhorn
  3. the karst landscape in Güw
  4. the Sägistalsee
  5. the view from the Faulhorn
  6. the Bachalpsee

All of this mountain scenery is spectacular, but most people will agree that the best of the six is the view from the Faulhorn, with the Jungfrau massif on one side and Lake Brienz on the other. And the endpoint at First is also breathtaking, with great views of the 3701-meter Wetterhorn peak.

Add another hour or two to the total time of this hike if you choose to walk down from First to Grindelwald. The alternative is to catch the gondola, which costs 30 CHF.

There are also various activities available at First, like go-karts, a flying fox, and even hang-gliding, that you might want to take advantage of if you still have energy left.

I recommend bringing a packed lunch with you on this hike, but if you want to eat afterward then Eiger in Grindelwald serves fresh, healthy food, including options for vegetarians and vegans in Switzerland.

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There are nearly 400 designated hiking trails in Lauterbrunnen Valley catering to every ability.

Some of the best trails to take are:

  • Path to Murren through Blumental takes you through the flower valley, named after the 150 different flower species that grow there.
  • The iconic Eiger trail, a high route brings you right in front of the famous Eiger Nordwand.
  • Trail to Wengen that ascends most of the way but gives you glimpses of the Breithorn and Staubbach Falls cascading into the valley.


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The hiking trail up to Wengen


There are nearly 60 cycle routes dotted around the valley with something for every ability and ranging from the peaceful and relaxing to the hair-raising and thrill-seeking kind.

There are trails allowing you to cycle to most of the surrounding villages including Grindlewald, Wengen, and Gimmelwald as well as routes to take in all of the iconic mountains surrounding the valley including Jungfrau, Eiger, and Breithorn.

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Cycling in the valley


If cycling around is too much to take or if you want to enjoy the Swiss countryside without being exhausted, then taking an e-bike tour to Lauterbrunnen is the answer for you!

This tour guarantees an unforgettable experience as you glide through the Valley of the 72 waterfalls, passing traditional alpine villages, forests, and sweeping gorges.

On the way, you’ll see natural wonders like the glacial waters of Luetschine River, Staubbach waterfall, and Trümmelbach Falls.

End your 6-hour adventure by enjoying a delicious Swiss picnic of local specialties at a picturesque spot in the middle of the Waterfalls Valley.

This small-group tour is perfect for all skill levels and comes with a professional guide, which is very nice!

The package includes the entrance fee to the Trummelbach waterfalls and a helmet. Be ready for a day that’ll create lifelong memories.


If you have a few days to explore, there are a number of other great activities which I haven’t included in this guide and might appeal to you.

Head over to the Get Your Guide website for other fun things to do and book online ahead of time.


The majority of people choose to stay in Interlaken, a small city located just twenty minutes drive or twenty minutes on the train from Lauterbrunnen Valley.

There are hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.

See the list of accommodations that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

This 5-star hotel is centrally located in between two beautiful lakes in the picturesque town of Interlaken. Victoria Jungfrau Hotel features a spa, swimming pool, sauna, and steam room. The spacious rooms have elegant interiors and marble bathrooms, boasting views of the snowcapped mountains in the Jungfrau region. Wifi is free and breakfast is included.

Mid Range: Hotel Interlaken

Hotel Interlaken is where I based myself for one night because it is conveniently located just five minutes’ walk from Interlaken East Train Station and a twenty-minute train ride to the valley. Hotel Interlaken is the perfect accommodation for couples, families, solo travelers, and friends. Featuring large rooms, mountain views, and a delicious buffet breakfast.

Budget: Valley Hostel

If you are traveling solo, the Valley Hostel is your best option for cheap accommodation. Located in the heart of the valley, this hostel is within walking distance to nearby waterfalls, retail shops, restaurants, and the main train station. Valley Hostel offers dorms and private rooms for every sort of traveler!



There is a wide selection of cafes and restaurants offering a choice of different style cuisines for everyone’s tastebuds. 

See below for the 10 Best Lauterbrunnen Restaurants and Cafes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks!


Set right in the heart of the valley, this European-style café is highly rated as one of the best restaurants. The perfect place to stop when looking to have lunch, coffees, and light bites.

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Airtime is warm and friendly and has comfortable seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the free Wifi on offer while enjoying the lovely menu on offer.

Catering to vegetarians, vegans, and any following a gluten-free diet, this restaurant has a selection to suit everyone from sandwiches, pasta, pies, and soups and a vast drinks menu of hot chocolates, coffees, mulled wines, and cocktails.

Open daily from 9 am – 6 pm.

Price: $$



Located in the center of the village, this restaurant within the Hotel Oberland offers traditional European cuisine. With an outdoor garden space for dining in the summer months, they also offer a range of drinks from smoothies to fine wines.

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The extensive menu offers soups, salads, pizzas, pasta, meat, and fish dishes, and traditional Swiss dishes of fondues and röstis.

They also have an extensive dessert menu ranging from ice cream to their highly-rated chocolate cake, this is one of the most delicious restaurants.

Open daily from 11.30 am – 8 pm.

Price: $$



This traditional Swiss pub located right in the center of the valley is a perfect stop at any time of the day when looking for where to eat.

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This cozy wood-filled pub not only has a wide selection of local beers on offer but the menu also offers a high quality of choices from a traditionally Swiss menu. Don’t miss Hotel Hornerpub on your list of restaurants to try!

Open daily from 9 am – 12.30 am.

Price: $$



Set on the piste in Wengen Village, this is one of the top restaurants to check out whilst out exploring the slopes on your skis or board. Mary’s Cafe is also accessible from the hiking trails.

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This cute café serves breakfast and lunch as well as a range of hot and cold drinks as well as beer and wine. The menu offers traditional Swiss meals all set around a cozy open fire set against the beautiful backdrop of the Alps.

Open daily from 9 am – 5.30 pm.

Price: $$



Set in the mountains between Lauterbrunnen and Wengen and accessible by road and footpath, Sulwald-Stübli restaurant boasts stunning views of the valley and the mountains.

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The traditional wooden décor presents a beautiful Swiss chalet vibe and the menu caters to vegetarians offering a range of soups and traditional Swiss meals. This is a great little place to check out when searching for the best restaurants.

Open daily from 8 am – 12 am.

Price: $$$



Serving traditional Swiss meals from rösti to fondue, this minimalist-style restaurant is a nice stop when looking for tasty restaurants.

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The staff are friendly and welcoming and all diets are catered for with choice for all. With a selection of local beers also on offer, this is one of the best restaurants for families looking for somewhere that caters to the whole family.

Price: $$


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Restaurant Shützen


Situated right across from the train station, this is one of the top favorite restaurants when looking for something quick and inexpensive.

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With a selection of bread, pastries, and light bites on offer this is a great stop for breakfast or brunch. Bäckerei Von Allmen offers fresh products daily as well as freshly brewed coffee.

Open daily from 7 am – 7 pm.

Price: $


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Bäckerei Von Allmen


Offering a panoramic view of the mountains and outdoor seating in the summer months, this gorgeous restaurant is set just outside Wengen. It’s worth the 11-minute train ride to experience all this restaurant has to offer.

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With a delightful, well-thought-out menu catering to all dietary requirements, you can expect traditional cooking presented and served to the highest standard.

Open daily for Breakfast 7.30 am – 10 am, Lunch 12 pm – 2.30 pm, Dinner 6.30 pm – 9 pm (last orders).

Price: $$$



This highly rated restaurant offers traditional Swiss cuisine. Set close to Staubbach Falls, this is one of the best restaurants that are warm and friendly with an old-style Swiss feel.

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Offering generous portions, the menu caters to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets and has choices including fondue, steaks, and pizzas.

This is the perfect place to stop whilst hiking around the falls and a great place to check out.

Price: $$



Set in Wengen village, this restaurant offers traditional Swiss cuisine set with the beautiful backdrop of the Alps.

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From stone-baked pizzas to fondue, the menu offers a range of choices for all and caters to vegetarian and gluten-free diets.

This is one of the best restaurants to stop for a meal when looking for where to eat.

Open daily from 8 am – 10 pm.

Price: $$



Looking for the best Lauterbrunnen Tours?

There are so many sights and experiences to take in. From the gorgeous valleys, the glacial waterfalls, and the beautiful mountain ranges, it can be hard to decide where to start.

Guided tours can be a perfect way to see the local area and have the on-hand experience from a knowledgeable guide to make your experience one to remember.

See below for a list of the best tours to be had:


This full-day trip is by far one of the best Lauterbrunnen tours!

With pick-up points in the valley, Interlaken, Stechelberg Murren, and Grindelwald, this tour takes you up into the Bernese Alps to experience the world-famous thrill walk that leads down into the vertical walls of the imposing rock.

The steel structure clings to the rock and then swings under the observation platform and the cable car to end below the cable car station for the ultimate adrenaline walk.

You will proceed up to Mt. Schiltorn with its revolving Piz Gloria and iconic buildings made famous by the James Bond film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’  There is a James Bond museum as well as gift shops and outside you can experience panoramic views of Mount Eiger.

The full-day tour costs around $300 with all cable car and entry prices included and can be booked online before your trip.

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Thrill Walk


On this tour, capture the iconic waterfalls from their most flattering angles on an 8-hour small-group photography tour.

The start of this tour runs from Lucerne but can also be met in Lauterbrunnen.

This glacial valley is home to 72 postcard-worthy waterfalls, and the charming village of Mürren and you will be guided around all the picture-perfect stops in this area.

Whether you need the perfect shot to share on social media or want to round out your photography portfolio, your professional guide is on hand to provide personalized advice and take you to the best viewing points and picturesque spots.

This tour is for any level of photographer and no prior experience is necessary and you are also welcome to join the tour just for sightseeing if you have no interest in photography.

The group sizes are up to six people making this a perfect personalized tour.

Prices are around $630 for a group of up to six and can be pre-booked online with no upfront costs.

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This helicopter tour offers an experience like no other. Taking off from Hotel Silberhorn, you will fly out over the Alps, passing over the Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory and around Mount Eiger, Mount Monch, and Mount Jungfrau.

The highlight of your trip will be a landing on the glacier to enjoy the views and take photos before embarking on your return flight to Hotel Silberhorn.

The tour costs around $400 and can be booked online, or through the hotel.

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Helicopter tour


Arriving in Switzerland by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in this wonderful country.

If you plan on following my exact 8 Switzerland Itinerary, then one of the best options is to fly into Zurich International Airport and start your trip around Switzerland from here.

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Of all the places I have visited in Switzerland, I personally rate Lauterbrunnen as one of the best locations that simply offers it all. From thrill-seeking adventures to unbelievably beautiful scenery and everything in between!

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