There are endless incredible views in Lauterbrunnen and basically any hike throughout the region is an easy win. The only difficulty when hiking in this part of Switzerland is determining how far you want to go and making sure you bring enough layers for the ever-changing weather. I listed a few excellent hikes for you to start with but just be aware that the options are endless, and although I haven’t included them, there are several excellent backpacking treks as well.
The trek I would recommend for every traveler starts at the gondola station in Lauterbrunnen, right across the street from the rail station. The trek can be easily adapted for all levels of physical fitness, making it ideal for every traveler. It’s definitely a multi-faceted hike in the sense that you can jump on and off of public transportation as much as you’d like or trek the entire thing yourself. It’s all about how you’re feeling that day and how much money you’re willing to drop on cable car tickets.
To start: You can either hike the 972 almost vertical feet up the side of the mountain from the cable car station in Lauterbrunnen, or you can just take the cable car. I’d recommend the former. The cost of the cable car is 10.20 CHF and includes a train ride to Murren once the cable car lands in Grutschalp Once the cable car lands in Grutschalp, cross the train tracks and follow the gorgeous mountain trail towards Murren. It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to walk to Murren, and there is a restaurant and WC halfway through the hike for those who want to break up the trip.
If the trail is too much for you, or if you’ve decided to save your feet for a later section of trail, just take the train from Grutschalp (it leaves approximately 3 minutes after each cable car arrives). It takes approximately 10 minutes to arrive in Murren via train. I’ve taken both routes and each is beautiful in its own way, it’s simply a matter of how much physical activity you can manage. From Murren, it’s a breathtaking and awe-inspiring hour-long walk down into Gimmelwald. If you are going to walk any part of this loop, walk this section. You can take a gondola from Murren-Gimmelwald as well as if you’re so inclined.
From Gimmelwald, you can continue to walk down the mountain but it becomes very steep at this point. Another option is to take the cable car from Gimmelwald to Stechelberg, and then grab the next bus out to Lauterbrunnen. The bus ticket from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen is about 3 CHF per person – just purchase the tickets on the bus from the driver. If it’s earlier in the day, the bus driver will stop in Trummelbachfalle (Trummelbach Falls) for the same price and you can see the falls and walk back to the town. The walk back to town is beautiful and well worth your time. At the time of our visit, the bus from Stechelberg to Lauterbrunnen only ran once an hour.
North Face Trail
We also completed the North Face Trail, which starts near the cable car station at Allmendhubel and winds along the mountain side directly parallel from the north face of Eiger Mountain. This trail is truly magnificent and is a must see for anyone who loves the outdoors. It’s about a 2-3 hour hike that covers around 4.5 miles. This probably wins the award for best hike in the Lauterbrunnen-Murren region. There are many other possible hikes to choose from, but the North Face Trail is an all-in-one hike: fields, valleys, mountains, snow, wildflowers, cows, waterfalls…it’s worth dedicating a morning to. If you’re looking for a shorter hike still encompassing panoramic views, you may want to consider the Blumenthal-Panoramic Trail.
Mountain View Trail
If you want a beautiful but shorter trail, the Mountain View Trail is an awesome option. It’s about 2 hours long and starts at Allmendhubel, just like the North Face Trail, but goes up towards Hohelucke. From there head right towards Maulerhubel/Dorenhubel and then to Pletschalp → Rinderhutte → then Grutschalp.
This hike is extremely flat and easy. It starts in Lauterbrunnen, goes past Staubbach Falls, and as the name implies, follows many different waterfalls and cliff faces. It’s about 1.5 hours in total.
IF YOU HAVE KIDS
There is an adventure trail “hike” from Allmendhubel to Murren that is kid-friendly and is only about an hour. There are special activities to keep your kids’ interest piqued and the children’s Flower Park is located in Allmendhubel as well.