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Lauterbrunnen: Living & Eating in the Land of Waterfalls

Living in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen is one of those picturesque Swiss villages that get featured often in magazines and articles. It comes ready with a natural attraction visible as soon as you get off the train. The cascading Staubbach Falls make for an alluring backdrop to an otherwise homespun main-road of the village. It’s impactful enough to stop a first-timer and take in the sight, a deep breath maybe, and even though the walk to the falls is deceptively long, it is stimulating enough for any visitor on the pretext of excitement and adventures to come.

A valley that creates a stunning contrast with the black steep cliffs on both sides as opposed to the greenery in its depths, the views, of and from Lauterbrunnen, are spectacular. There’s a sense of drama no matter from which direction or angle you examine the village.

Lauterbrunnen is hiker’s paradise. Boasting an astounding 72 waterfalls, it is also one of the busiest train stations in Switzerland as it is one of two stops where everyone wanting to visit Jungfraujoch must change their train for an onward and return journey.


Nature Trails

Lauterbrunnen Church

Walking along the main road, smoke emerges from the chimneys of chalets that dot the landscape, giving a false sense of warmth on a cloudy day, and trains serpentine through the hilly areas forming a pretty picture. The Alps, on the other hand, are melancholic as they rise suddenly and majestically breaking the monotony of the green and brown that cover the flatter sections.

Small restaurants, souvenirs shops, and hotels border the road that breaks off into two around the central church of the city – one of the few buildings that stand out. A cable car near the station takes its passengers further up the mountain to what could possibly be one of the most scenic places to live in the world. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a helicopter rise up and fly away, taking those with means, to experience the region from what is undoubtedly a breathtaking viewpoint.


Hiking up the FallsIt doesn’t take long before the Staubbach Falls make its presence apparent. The sound reverberates across the valley and grows louder the closer you get to this splendid and yet understated sight. While the falls have a prominent position in the village, there are a dozen falls of different sizes easily visible all around in various directions.

On a bright sunny day, you can hike half way up the Staubbach Falls for scenic views of the valley, but the real fun is when it has rained, and the Falls are at their thundering best, the same hike leaves you wet and revitalised with watery excitement. This hike, getting drenched en-route, remains one of the highlights of our entire trip for my daughter and me.


Camping Jungfrau

A short walk further down from the falls is Camping Jungfrau. It’s what you would call a five-star camping ground. Not precisely “glamping” – where camping takes on a luxurious turn – Camping Jungfrau is acres of land that has been converted to suit the needs of any kind of camper. Bring your campervan and park it, pitch your own tents and rough it out, there are hostel facilities for big groups and chalets of different sizes for a little bit more space and comfort.

Traveling with kids, we’d booked a camper-home – size of a campervan but a home with a little patio and a bit more space – and while our initial reaction, as we tried to move around the furniture to fit in our one normal-sized suitcase, was that it is too small a place, by evening we had settled down comfortably. The kids didn’t complain a peep considering they had bunk-beds to sleep on, and endless space outside to play in.

Camping Jungfrau is massive with enough to do for the not so exhausted traveller. A park with swings and slides for the kids, a play area with nightly movies, a TV and games room for adults, and a place to just sit and mingle with other guests, there’s a certain buzz in the air throughout the day. An in-house shop sells everything you may need; toiletries to all types of food (quick meals, veggies, fruits, frozen) and souvenirs including the option of getting your name engraved on a Swiss knife – don’t try to fly back with it in your pocket though.

Nature in Lauterbrunnen


Mist over Camping Jungfrau

The camp is always alive with guests coming and going, children running around, people driving in and out and of course, the occasional loud big group which comes with fresh, youthful energy that manages to run through the entire camp like electricity. It is at times like this that the reception area and the restaurant becomes the central hub, loud and full of character.

Camping Jungfrau is one of the most famous grounds in the region, and because of that, it is essential that you book with them well in advance. We tried to upgrade our motorhome to one of the chalets but couldn’t as all were already booked. The staff at Camping Jungfrau – which is run by an elderly and very active couple – is amicable and always ready to help. Besides the basic free Wi-Fi available across the grounds, they have also collaborated with local establishments – such as the iconic Lauterbrunnen Public Swimming Pool – to give discounts to their guests.

Nature Trails in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen in Black and White




Eating in Lauterbrunnen means making the most of petite restaurants that serve local specialities and ooze charm at the same time. Since our campervan came with a kitchenette, we mostly cooked food ourselves, but also enjoyed a wonderful meal at the in-house restaurant of Camping Jungfrau – open to the outside public – Wiedsütbli.

Owing to the popularity of Camping Jungfrau the restaurant gets crowded for dinner. While a reservation is recommended, we lucked out on finding a table as we reached there much before the late night crowds descended upon it.

However, the bareness of the restaurant didn’t last long, and it got busy really fast. The service, as we had experienced earlier at Restaurant Whymper Stube in Zermatt, was incredibly relaxed. It felt like everything had a pre-determined time for its arrival and nothing could accelerate it. From being assigned a table, to ordering the food, having it served, and finally waiting almost twenty minutes for the bill before being told that we had to go to the cashier to pay, we spent more time waiting than eating. I came to realise that this laidback attitude is just how things are in this part of Switzerland, and soon enough one gets used to it.

Lauterbrunnen Main RoadAt the restaurant, having a run through some of the popular eats in Switzerland, I was adamant on trying Rösti while the kids ordered their pet favourites, pizza and spaghetti. As is the case everywhere else in Switzerland – and a great way to save money– the portion sizes, even for the kid’s menu, are huge, and our little order which also included a “small” bowl of French-fries was more than enough for the entire family.

Rösti is a pan-fried, shredded potato disc like patty that is topped with various vegetables, meats, and a runny egg on top. Full of flavours and wholeheartedly warming for a rainy day, it is quite a heavy meal, but enjoyable and straightforward at the same time when done right. While my favourite of the Swiss specialities remains to be Raclette – who can beat the drama of scraping off gooey cheese – a Rösti is definitely a must-have.

Fields of Green

Wodden Huts in Lauterbrunnen

Green all around in Lauterbrunnen

Cows Grazing

Lauterbrunnen has a lot to offer for the adventurous. One of my biggest regrets was missing out on Trümmelbach Falls where a set of 10 glacier waterfalls combine to form a beautiful, unusual sight, but then travelling with children results in making a few sacrifices.

However, the options are limited in Lauterbrunnen if nature trails are not on your itinerary. No taxis, the occasional bus service, and hardly anything else to do other than taking in the beauty of the natural world, Lauterbrunnen can get a little straightforward for lack of a better word.

StaubbachOn the positive side, the village is so central to the region and well connected, that it provides an excellent opportunity for the visitor to truly explore everything that Jungfrau has to offer. Higher up from Lauterbrunnen is the charming elfin village of Wengen, perfect to spend half a day. Else, one can head over to Grindelwald which has, along with Lauterbrunnen, become the new-age tourist spots for those that prefer living in the lap of nature as compared to the comfort of city living like a stay in Interlaken. However, that doesn’t mean you can miss out on all the fun to be had in these other places. For example, summer activities in Interlaken are spectacular and range from laidback boat tours to adrenalin kicking adventure sports.

There is a certain magnetism that pulls everyone to this part of Switzerland. Living in Lauterbrunnen is exhilarating as it mixes up beautiful places of interest with the simplicity of village life making it a unique destination that every traveller will cherish for the rest of their lives.


  • Ester
    Posted 13 March, 17 at 7:52 PM

    What a beautiful place!

  • plaidshirtdiaries
    Posted 13 March, 17 at 9:19 PM

    Probably my favorite spot in Switzerland! Thanks for the trip down memory lane 🙂

  • Alok Singhal
    Posted 13 March, 17 at 10:40 PM

    The last picture resembles mine from the Bridalveil falls at Yosemite in the US. I can see why the place is hard to miss 😊

    Being with children does constrain you a bit, but I would say you still had a fantastic experience!

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 14 March, 17 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks Alok. Although it’s child friendly in all respects but being city kids taking them on long hikes can be an issue. Still, when they are slightly older, hope we can complete the trip.

  • suitcaseenvy
    Posted 14 March, 17 at 12:43 AM

    Great post and stunning photos! Next time you’ll have to get to Trümmelbach Falls 🙂

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 14 March, 17 at 3:58 PM

      Thanks and yes the Falls are big on my list and I shall return some day

  • Maddie
    Posted 15 March, 17 at 7:52 PM

    The best place in our trip to Switzerland. Thanks for reviving the memories.

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 15 March, 17 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks Maddie. It really is a place that makes an impact on everyone. Cheers

  • yogensarswat
    Posted 16 March, 17 at 11:55 AM

    Informative as well as beautiful post . the picture of cow wearing shoes and shock is very creative statue.

  • FocusedTravels
    Posted 16 March, 17 at 12:20 PM

    Such a beautiful place with so much to do. I never knew that the Swiss portions are so huge, will definitely keep it in mind for when I go there again!

  • Lana Pajdas
    Posted 16 March, 17 at 11:42 PM

    Such a lovely village! I liked the foggy trail and also the cow with a football camp 😀

  • TheBowesFamily
    Posted 18 April, 17 at 10:03 PM

    gorgeous photo’s.

  • Iza (@IzaAbao)
    Posted 28 May, 17 at 5:26 PM

    Lauterbrunnen looks impressive. The first photo looked like it was drawn from a story book. It must be a cool experience to stay in a campervan. I have seen photos of its tiny kitchen.
    Rosti sounds delicious. It looks like a hash brown pancake. I would find a Rosti recipe and cook it so that I can feel like I am in Lauterbrunnen. = )

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 28 May, 17 at 6:53 PM

      Thanks. It really is becoming quite popular, but hasn’t lost its rustic charm.

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  • usfman
    Posted 27 June, 19 at 10:30 PM

    I enjoyed reminiscing about wonderful times in this region from your post. I miss the solitude of this valley. I recall sitting for hours near Lauterbrunnen just listening for crackling snow melts and falling landslides.
    Did you notice I popped in a few India slides in my last blog?

    • Post Author
      Ticker Eats The World
      Posted 27 June, 19 at 10:33 PM

      It really is an amazing place. Still catching up on your posts and others. Work has been a killer lately. I’ll get to them soon 😀

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