When staying in Lauterbrunnen, 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 Lauterbrunnen 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.
I have put together this complete guide of the 5 Best Lauterbrunnen Tours and Day Trips to be had.
Also, at the bottom of this post, I have included some useful information on how to get to Lauterbrunnen, where to stay, the best time to visit, and more.
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See below for a quick overview of the 5 Best Lauterbrunnen Tours that you will find in this post:
- Mount Schilthorn Tour
- Lauterbrunnen Waterfalls Tour
- Paragliding Tour
- Scenic Flight
- Jungfraujoch Day Trip
#1 MOUNT SCHILTHORN TOUR
This full-day trip is by far one of the best Lauterbrunnen tours!
With pick-up points in Lauterbrunnen 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.
Mt. Schilthorn Thrill Walk
#2 LAUTERBRUNNEN WATERFALLS & PHOTO TOUR
On this tour, capture the iconic Lauterbrunnen Waterfalls from their most flattering angles on an 8-hour small-group photography tour.
The start of this Lauterbrunnen 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 of the area.
Prices are around $630 for a group of up to six and can be pre-booked online with no upfront costs.
#3 PARAGLIDING TOUR OF THE VALLEY
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 tours.
Flying over the Lauterbrunnen 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 Lauterbrunnen 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 tour.
The experience will cost you around $180 and can be booked online. The experience lasts for around 1 hour and 30 minutes where you can expect to take in all of the aerial views of breathtaking Lauterbrunnen.
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Paragliding in Lauterbrunnen
Paragliding through the valley
#4 SCENIC FLIGHT WITH GLACIER LANDING TOUR
This Lauterbrunnen helicopter tour offers an experience like no other. Taking off from Hotel Silberhorn in Lauterbrunnen, 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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#5 JUNGFRAUJOCH TOP OF EUROPE DAY TRIP
This day trip from Lauterbrunnen takes you on the cogwheel train to the highest train station in Europe in Jungfraujoch. It’s definitely not to be missed on your list of things to do in Lauterbrunnen.
The tour starts at 7:50 am and returns to Lauterbrunnen at 1:20 pm. Included in the tour is a round-trip transfer from Lauterbrunnen 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
Top of Europe
Unreal scenery at Jungfraujoch
WHERE TO STAY IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
The majority of people visiting Lauterbrunnen choose to stay in Interlaken, a small city located just twenty minutes drive or twenty minutes on the train from Lauterbrunnen, Valley Of 72 Waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Lauterbrunnen to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations in Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken that I personally recommend:
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 Lauterbrunnen 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 Lauterbrunnen Valley. This hostel is within walking distance of nearby waterfalls, retail shops, restaurants, and the main train station. Valley Hostel offers dorms and private rooms for every sort of traveler!
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HOW TO GET TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
There are many transportation options available when searching for how to get to Lauterbrunnen 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 for getting to Lauterbrunnen from 7 major cities within Switzerland.
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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.
BEST TIME TO VISIT LAUTERBRUNNEN
The best time to visit Lauterbrunnen depends on what you plan to do. If you are planning on cycling or hiking in Lauterbrunnen, then you’ll want to time your visit during summer.
I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Switzerland which is April through to September when temperatures are warm and the landscapes are vividly green.
If you don’t mind the cold, visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter between December and March is absolutely magical because the mountains are completely covered in glistening white snow. Visiting Lauterbrunnen in winter also means you can go skiing in the Swiss Alps.
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