A small unspoilt village of Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district of the Bern. Nestled between the towering walls of the sheer-sided trough valleys in the Alps, hallmarked for its 72 waterfalls, it is one of the must-see Switzerland destinations. Sandwiched between haltingly beautiful mountain peaks and gigantic rock faces, this chocolate village with its colorful alpine meadows, scheduled valleys and beautiful isolated mountain inns, offer the cream of Switzerland sightseeing.
The most famous waterfall of the destination is the Staubbach Falls. It is the highest free-falling waterfalls of Europe, falling down from almost 300 meters height of an overhanging rock face. This fall is touted as being the inspiration of the poem, ‘Spirit song over the waters’ by Johann Wolfgang. He had visited the place in 1779. Another noteworthy one is the Trumelbach Falls, which is in the ‘Black Monk’ mountain and can only be visited in summer by tunnel lift.
Amongst various activities, the area is most famous for mountain-biking. Number of Interlaken bikes are available for rent on which one can enjoy riding to almost the end of the valley to Stechelberg. One can even take the bike on a gondola to Mureen to follow the red bike trails to Winteregg. It’s easy to return back to Lauterbrunnen from there. In summer the place is flushed with greenery and wildflowers. Its tranquility leaves one spellbound. Other major attractions of the place are the Jungfraubahn, a cog railway to Europe’s highest railway station, Jungfraujoch and a cable car ride to Schilthorn. Leisurely picnics and cruises are other highlights. Like all other places, its wines and chocolates are exemplary and utterly delicious. Its local Switzerland delicacies are also much appreciated and enjoyed by tourists. It is also a shopper’s delight destination with the best of Switzerland offerings.