Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: The Best Ways To Spend 1, 2, 3 days

Lauterbrunnen, dubbed Switzerland’s piece of heaven on earth, is a place like no other. Its spectacular trough-shaped valley below Switzerland’s most famous peaks is absolutely awe-inspiring. 

If you are looking for ways to explore Lauterbrunnen, an itinerary for your visit, you arrived at the right place. In this blog post, you’ll find not only three or six but nine Lauterbrunnen Itineraries – all free to help you have an unforgettable trip! Essentially, these Lauterbrunnen Itineraries below will also assist you in deciding how long you should stay in Lauterbrunnen. 

Please pin this post to Pinterest or share it with your friends if you find this post helpful. Ultimately, Lauterbrunnen is undoubtedly a beautiful place to visit – and they must know and see this place as well!

Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. I recommend products and services that I think can help you make a successful and memorable trip. I may receive a tiny commission if you purchase them with no additional cost to you. These will support me in maintaining, creating more articles, and fulfilling the mission of this blog.

Before we proceed to the itineraries, let’s briefly discuss what Lauterbrunnen exactly is. I think it’s necessary to familiarize yourself with the attractions in Lauterbrunnen and navigate quickly in it. It shall also give you an overview of what’s included in the itineraries.

Quick Introduction to Lauterbrunnen Itineraries

Let’s begin with… what is Lauterbrunnen known for? Lauterbrunnen is known for its fairytale-ish valley, with 72 waterfalls plummeting from its dizzying cliffs. Its picturesque central town, commonly photographed with the gracious Staubbach Falls in the background, has become viral social media content that attracted millions of people everywhere.

Because of that, Lauterbrunnen Town and Staubbach waterfall have become prime photo spots for anyone traveling to Switzerland. They turn out to be Lauterbrunnen’s identity. However, most people don’t know that Lauterbrunnen is more than that – it is a town, commune, and valley full of scenic and restorative sights.

Lauterbrunnen, as a commune, has 6 villages/towns. Four of them, Isenfluh, Mürren, Gimmelwald, and Wengen, are perched above the Lauterbrunnen Valley, overlooking the two central villages of Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg. In these towns, your adventures in Lauterbrunnen will begin and revolve. 

Note that the villages above Lauterbrunnen valley, except Isenfluh, cannot be reached by car. But don’t worry, all towns in Lauterbrunnen are linked with trains and cable cars. Visiting them is very straightforward!

Cable cars and trains link the villages in the Lauterbrunnen valley to their primary attractions like Mannlichen, Jungfraujoch, Piz Gloria, Trümmelbach falls, etc. However, hiking from the nearest town is also possible.

Wengen, located north of the town of Lauterbrunnen, is the nearest village to Mannlichen and Jungfraujoch. They are connected by cable car and trains, respectively.

On the other hand, Schilthorn or Piz Gloria is closest to Mürren, and Trümmelbach falls to Lauterbrunnen. If you want ultimately restorative hikes, you can start at Gimmelwald.

Important Notes About Lauterbrunnen Itineraries

I hope these itineraries give you an idea of how you can spend one, two, and three days in Lauterbrunnen. Although I haven’t actually conducted all those itineraries in Lauterbrunnen, it is assured that the calculations when traveling between destinations are accurate. 

Of course, unless there are transport disruptions (i.e., bad weather, road repairs, preventive maintenance of public transit).

You can check my research and how I constructed these itineraries with my guide in creating your own itinerary in Lauterbrunnen Valley. In the article, you will find information about the Switzerland cities and towns close to Lauterbrunnen, the villages within Lauterbrunnen Valley, Different means of transportation in the valley, how long will you spend in a specific attraction, and more.

Ultimately, the goal of this post is to guide you or give you an idea of how you can spend one to three days in Lauterbrunnen Valley. Of course, you do not need to strictly follow what I’ve shared – but if you need to know some practical information, hiking routes, and other things to expect, check out my article about Lauterbrunnen and the reasons to visit

Traveling for a week or more in Switzerland? Save a lot of money using the Swiss Travel Pass (click here to learn more). With it, you can have an unlimited ride on public transportation (Bus, Trains, and Boats) and free entry to more than 500+ museums in the country. Cable cars, funicular, and cogwheel train rides are discounted by 50%. IMPORTANT: before you buy a Swiss Travel Pass, check first where it is valid or where it applies 50% on STP’s official website.

Need help in planning your trip to Switzerland? I prepared a 3-day, 7-day, 10-day, 14-day Switzerland Itinerary to guide you. I discussed each destination to visit (things to do, how long to stay, map, and other tips). Check it out!

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Things To Do In Lauterbrunnen (Quick List)

Here is the list summary of the things to do in Lauterbrunnen that are included in the itineraries you’ll find later on:

Lauterbrunnen

1 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen.

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Lauterbrunnen Village

Lauterbrunnen is the main village in Lauterbrunnen Valley and is where you shall arrive first if you’re from Interlaken by train or car. Spend some time here to photograph its charming townscape with spectacular cliffs and waterfalls in the backdrop. 

Along its main road are shops and cafes with chairs and tables outside. They have lovely views of Staubbach Falls, which sways and dances with gales. Check my article about Lauterbrunnen to see the exact location of Lauterbrunnen’s Instagrammable spot.

See where Lauterbrunnen Village is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Staubbach falls

2 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Staubbach Falls

Staubbach falls is the gracious waterfall you can see behind the houses in Lauterbrunnen. It has an overall height that’s 297 meters (approximately 1000 feet), and you can find it most beautiful during early summer when it’s pouring an immense amount of water from the melting glaciers. 

You can admire it from the town, but I suggest that you get closer to its foot (viewpoint) to see it from another perspective. The vantage point and the way to it are surrounded by idyllic countryside – you’ll love the short stroll to it from the town center.

See where Staubbachfalls is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Trummelbach falls

3 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Trummelbach falls

Trummelbach Falls is another waterfall situated in Lauterbrunnen Valley. But unlike Staubbachfalls, Trummelbach falls is an underground waterfall located a little bit away from Lauterbrunnen village. You can hike, but I suggest riding the bus instead to transport you to the waterfall in less than 10 minutes.

Did you know that Trummelbach Falls is Europe’s largest underground waterfall? It’s a somewhat unique attraction, though. It is accessed with lifts, platforms, and tunnels – impressive engineering indeed. The thundering sound of water crashing into the massive rocks inside Trmmelbachfalls manifests how powerful nature can be.  

See where Trummelbach falls is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Murren

4 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Murren

Murren is the second and the most elevated village in Lauterbrunnen. Perched on a sunny terrace above Lauterbrunnen valley, it is a place you’re guaranteed to see dizzying, spectacular views. The spot near the Alpina hotel is a vantage point for an almost 90-degree vertical drop to the valley floor. 

Aside from a pleasant stroll to the charming chalets and traditional houses in Murren, you can go hiking on its lovely Flower Trail, climbing via Ferrata routes, riding the funiculars that run on an Instagrammable rail track, and more.

If you have kids, you got to bring them to Allmendhubel, a breathtaking spot above Murren. It has a restaurant and a playground, which kids can really enjoy. Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau can be seen directly from Allmendhubel.

See where Murren is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Schilthorn

5 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Schilthorn

Schilthorn is one of the most famous peaks above Lauterbrunnen valley. On top of this mountain that Piz Gloria, a revolving restaurant featured in a James Bond movie, is perched. Enjoy dining with views changing every second the restaurant rotates! 

There is also a museum about James Bond in Schilthorn, by the way. If you like taking photos of the mountains, I suggest you try hiking to a nearby lake, Grauseeli, from Piz Gloria. If the weather is nice, you can photograph the peaks of Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau inverted on the lake’s calm, mirror-like surface.

Schilthorn can be accessed from Murren through a cable car. Although alternatively, you can also get to the top of Schilthorn by hiking from Murren, I would not suggest it. The trail to Schilthorn needs intermediate skills, and there are more scenic trails awaiting you in other parts of Lauterbrunnen valley. 

See where Schilthorn is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Birg

6 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Birg

The cable car to Schilthorn from Murren has a middle station called Birg, and it is a place to be if you want some dizzying adventures in Lauterbrunnen. Here you can find the Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk – they’re a glass platform over a vertical precipice and a meshed metal walkway, respectively, where you can see exhilarating views in front and below you.

Birg station, like Piz Gloria, also has a stylistic restaurant that offers a dining experience with a view of Lauterbrunnen’s three famous peaks, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. A dreamy sea of clouds can be observed from Birg and Schilthorn.

See where Birg is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Gimmelwald

7 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Gimmelwald

Gimmelwald is another village in Lauterbrunnen that overlooks the valley. It is located south of Murren, and you should arrive here first if you choose the cable car to Murren from Stechelberg. Gimmelwald, home to 130 residents, is undoubtedly the most idyllic of all the villages in Lauterbrunnen.

Absolutely tranquility awaits you in Gimmelwald. Perhaps it’s the epitome of the beautiful Swiss countryside. All that you will hear in Gimmelwald are the echoing sound of waterfalls, cowbell ringings, the chirping of birds, and the animals in the barns. 

Swiss traditional chalet houses are everywhere too! Ultimately, you’ll love the spot I shared in my Reasons to Visit Lauterbrunnen article if you like introspecting or relaxing.

See where Gimmelwald is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Tanzbödeli

8 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Tanzbodeli is a high grassy plateau, a hidden gem for hikers, located at the corner end of Lauterbrunnen valley to the south. At the highest point of the Tanzbodeli hiking trail, impressive views of the entire valley await. It’s where you can see all the villages in Lauterbrunnen in one spot.

Hiking Tanzbodeli starts from Gimmelwald and ends at Stechelberg. The path passes numerous waterfalls, glacial cirques, and thick forests. The rustic 19th-century Obersteinberg hotel is found along the way, too.

It takes a minimum of 6 hours to finish the entire Tanzbodeli trail. You can check my Lauterbrunnen article for an interactive map of the Tanzbodeli hiking trail or read a comprehensive description/guide of Tanzbodeli to learn more.

See where Tanzbodeli is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Wengen

9 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Wengen

Wengen is the village north of Lauterbrunnen village and perhaps the best place to make your home base because of the numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels available. Because Wengen is close to the best attractions in the Jungfrau region, tourists come to Wengen much often. Thus, Wengen could feel a bit busier than other villages in Lauterbrunnen.

Strolling in the village, seeing the charming hotels, and beholding the appearance of the Lauterbrunnen valley are the primary things to do in Wengen. Actually, Wengen is the perfect spot for viewing Lauterbrunnen valley. Check my Lauterbrunnen article to see the exact location of the vantage points for observing the valley.  

See where Wengen is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Mannlichen

10 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Mannlichen

Mannlichen is definitely one of the highlights of visiting Lauterbrunnen. This peak sits at the very heart of the Jungfrau region, overlooking its two valleys, Lauterbrunnen and Lütschine. The panorama on top is priceless, reaching as far as Interlaken and Lake Thun, Grindelwald, and Tanzbödeli.

This fascinating mountain is one of the best vantage points of three famous peaks, Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau – admiring them at the Royal Walk Crown viewpoint is one of the things to do in Mannlichen. There is a restaurant and playground for kids too on top.

Getting to Mannlichen is simple. Mannlichen is directly connected to Wengen with a cable car, though you still have to do the Royal Walk – a few-minute hike to the summit. Alternatively, you can also trek a steep hiking trail from Wengen to Mannlichen.

See where Mannlichen is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Kleine Scheidegg 

11 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Kleine Scheidegg

Kleine Scheidegg is a mountain pass between Eiger and Lauberhorn peaks and a ski resort, which people hike into after Mannlichen. Because of Kleine Scheidegg’s location and rail connection, I can say it’s the place most effortless to visit for an unparalleled view of Eiger’s north face. Watch the german film North Face, which premiered in 2008, to get an insight into Eiger.

Of course, the trail is scenic, with Eiger’s north face getting larger and larger as you hike closer to Kleine Scheidegg from Mannlichen. Restaurants and lodging await you in Kleine Scheidegg. Photography enthusiasts must not miss capturing the image of Fallbodensee (lake).

Kleine Scheidegg is also the gateway to Jungfraujoch. Here you can find the valley terminal of Jungfrau Railway. To get here using public transit, you have to take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and then Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg.

See where Kleine Scheidegg is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

Jungfraujoch

12 of 12 things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Destination: Jungfraujoch

For many, Jungfraujoch is the ultimate destination in Lauterbrunnen. It lets you experience both the superb talent of the Swiss in engineering infrastructures and the spectacular natural attractions on top of the Jungfrau massif. The enjoyment starts when you get a train ride on the scenic Jungfrau Railway. 

Did you know that Jungfraujoch is Europe’s highest train station? Getting to Jungfraujoch is such a bucket list, don’t you think? You’ll just wonder how the Swiss engineers created all Jungfrau Railway’s tunnels and tracks during your train journey.

Sphinx Observatory, Aletsch Glacier, Ice Palace, and more attractions await you in Jungfraujoch. The most unmissable to see, of course, is the Aletsch Glacier. It is the largest in the alps!

See where Jungfraujoch is included in the 1-day, 2-day, 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries.

How much time do I need in Lauterbrunnen?

Technically, 5 days is perfect for a relaxed and leisurely trip in Lauterbrunnen. That involves visiting every attraction in Lauterbrunnen (Jungfraujoch, Mannlichen, Trummelbach, Schilthorn, Tanzbodeli) and a quick visit to all the villages. 

However, in my opinion, 3 days are enough for a trip to Lauterbrunnen, although it will limit you to non-hiking activities. Within 3 days, you can already visit the best attractions in Lauterbrunnen (Jungfraujoch, Schilthorn, and Mannlichen). But again, if you really want to see everything, go for 5 days.

This is the case for summer when all the attractions are open to the public, and every public transportation is operational. You may add a day or two more days if you plan to do extreme adventures such as Via Ferrata, paragliding, and so on…

Indeed, 5 days would be “perfect,” and 3 days are “enough” for a trip to Lauterbrunnen. Regardless, you can always spend 1, 2, 3 days in Lauterbrunnen anyhow you want – we can divide Lauterbrunnen into parts you can visit individually. Either way, even a simple glimpse at Lauterbrunnen valley is already satisfying!  

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

1-day Lauterbrunnen Itineraries: Spend 1 Day in Lauterbrunnen Valley

Switzerland is technically one of the most expensive countries to travel to. The costly food, transportation, accommodation, and even tours are primary reasons it’s hard to create a lengthy stay in Switzerland. Even though we wanted to see more of Lauterbrunnen on a trip to Switzerland, we are pinned down to having only a day trip. 

But is one day in Lauterbrunnen enough? Absolutely not! But a day in Lauterbrunnen will already allow you to visit one of its primary tourist attractions, which can totally be worth it if the weather permits.

It is recommended to stay for more days, so you get more opportunities to witness the spectacles which can only be seen during pleasant weather. As Lauterbrunnen is a nature destination, the weather plays a big part in the enjoyment and awe you can have. It’s best to visit during summer when the sky is typically sunny.

So, how can you spend 1 day in Lauterbrunnen? Many ways. However, there are three main attractions you can choose from for your day trip: Mannlichen, Schilthorn, and Jungfraujoch. Lauterbrunnen has Trummelbach falls for you to see if the weather isn’t so pleasant and the skies are covered with fog.

Do not forget to read my article about the 10 Reasons to Visit Lauterbrunnen – it will give you more insight into the activities listed in the itineraries! 

Below, I prepared 4 different but relatively similar itineraries to give you an idea of how you can spend 1 day in Lauterbrunnen:

1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Mannlichen + 1 Scenic Hike

The first way you can spend a day in Lauterbrunnen is to visit Mannlichen and hike down to Kleine Scheidegg. Try this itinerary to see the spectacular snowy peaks, lakes, valleys, and towns in the Jungfrau region in one spot! It is also your opportunity to behold the famous Eiger’s North Face.

It will only be your food and transportation (Train: Lauterbrunnen to Wengen, cable car: Wengen to Mannlichen), which you need to allocate with travel funds. It is possible to hike Mannlichen from Lauterbrunnen, but I do not recommend it if you’re only up to a day in Lauterbrunnen.

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
6:00 amWengen (outskirts)From Lauterbrunnen, get a train to Wengen. Alight in Wengwald to easily reach Moenchblick to catch the BEST sunrise view of Lauterbrunnen valley. Come earlier if the sunrise is before 6 am.
7:00 amWengen (village)Stroll in the Wengen village, see the charming chalets, its 3 churches, and have your breakfast. Moenchblick to Wengen village center is approximately a 20-minute hike.
9:00 amMannlichen Enjoy the views on Royal Walk to the summit of Mannlichen. Take photos and just relax! Visit the playground or take time spotting the marmots if you have kids. Watch locals play alpine horns in Mannlichen (sometimes).
11:30 amBerghaus MännlichenBuy delicious meals in Berghaus Männlichen or just bring your food and have a picnic outside.
1:00 pmPanorama TrailStart hiking to Kleine Scheidegg from Mannlichen (Approximately 1 hour to 2 hours). Encounter cows with ringing cowbells. Enjoy the views, meadows, view of Eiger’s north face, and more. Take pictures.
2:30 pmKleine ScheideggRest and get some refreshments in Kleine Scheidegg’s restaurants. Take pictures and admire Eiger’s north face. Hike to Fallbodensee.
4:00 pmTrain StationGet a train ride back to Lauterbrunnen (40 minutes travel time)
5:00 pmLauterbrunnenHave a leisurely stroll in Lauterbrunnen village, visit and take photos of Staubbach falls, and have dinner.
1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Wengen-Männlichen-Kleine-Scheidegg-Lauterbrunnen

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Schilthorn + Mini Adventures

The second way to spend a day in Lauterbrunnen is to visit Murren, Schilthorn, and Birg. With this itinerary, you can dine in a revolving restaurant, see spectacular views of Jungfrau Massif, and experience dizzying but exhilarating mini-adventures. There are short hikes you can try in Murren.

You can learn more about the tariffs and prices for the activities and food in Schilthorn from its official website. Do not forget to book a table in Piz Gloria as early as possible! Get Schilthorn Boarding Pass, as well, to have guaranteed departure times on Schilthorn cable cars and avoid being late for your booking in Piz Gloria. 

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
7:00 amLauterbrunnenExplore the village and have a lovely breakfast in restaurants with views of Staubbach Falls. Proceed to Murren after. Use the Grütschalp route, which is 20 mins travel time.
9:30 amMurren
+ Flower Trail hike
Have a pleasant stroll in Murren. There are traditional chalets to see, and alpine meadows with spectacular mountain views will awe-inspire you. Don’t miss the viewpoint! Proceed to Flower Trail. Flower Trail is around 2.3 kilometers, approximately 40 minutes to 1-hour hike.
10:30 am AllmendhubelArrive at Allmendhubel (a quick visit only). Take pictures and watch kids playing in the playground. Get back to Murren using the funicular.
11:30 amSchilthorn (Piz Gloria)Enjoy the lunch in Piz Gloria! The revolving restaurant completes its revolution in an hour. Don’t eat your food too fast! Savor the moment and see all the views as you dine. Visit Bond Cinema Schilthorn and Bond World if you still have time.
2:30 pm BirgGet down from Schilthorn to Birg. Try the breathtaking adventures in Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk. Buy snack meals in Bistro Birg.
5:00 pmGimmelwaldVisit Gimmelwald before the day ends. Experience the most idyllic village in Lauterbrunnen.
1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Lauterbrunnen-Murren-Schilthorn-Gimmelwald

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Jungfraujoch

The third way to spend one day in Lauterbrunnen is simply a trip to the ultimate destination in the region, Jungfraujoch. This bucket-list destination offers unique experiences to make your Switzerland trip really unforgettable. Visiting Jungfraujoch alone will need almost an entire day.

You can get to Jungfraujoch by train from Kleine Scheidegg and cable car from Grindelwald. If you’re from Lauterbrunnen, your easy option is through Jungfrau Railway. From Lauterbrunnen, the approximate travel time, one way, is 1.5 hours.

However, you need to book as early as possible because the train tickets sell out fast, especially during peak season. With Swiss Travel Pass, you can buy a Jungfrau railway ticket for half its original price.

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
8:00 amLauterbrunnenHave a pleasant stroll in the village. Take pictures, go to Staubbach falls, and eat breakfast.
9:30 am Lauterbrunnen Train stationGo head to Kleine Scheidegg and then to Jungfraujoch.
11:30 amJungfraujochHave lunch in Jungfraujoch’s restaurants and bars, then explore Sphinx Observatory (the sight of Aletsch Glacier), Ice Palace, Jungfrau panorama, Monchsjochhutte, etc.
5:00 pmJungfraujoch top stationThe train ride back to Lauterbrunnen
1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Jungfraujoch

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Bad Weather

The unpleasant weather is one of the bummer scenarios that are so disappointing for travelers when traveling to natural attractions. Lauterbrunnen is not an exemption. You would not like to go to Jungfraujoch, Mannlichen, or Schilthorn if there’s no cloud clearing at all – there will be no spectacular views, of course.

However, don’t get fooled easily by the weather in Lauterbrunnen when you first arrive. Valleys like Lauterbrunnen may often have overcast clouds, and it would seem that it’s not a good idea to get into different summits.

Sometimes, these clouds are low-lying clouds meaning the sky is clear above them. If that is the case, you’ll be lucky to see a sea of clouds from the peaks. You can check the current weather using the live cameras here: MannlichenJungfraujochBirg, and Schilthorn.

If you get unlucky with unpleasant weather and haven’t booked any reservations or tickets for Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn, you can try the itinerary I prepared below. Since there is nothing much to do in Lauterbrunnen during unwelcoming weather, I recommend going to Interlaken for indoor activities to maximize your day. 

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
8:00 amLauterbrunnenExplore the Lauterbrunnen Village, eat breakfast, take pictures, and go to Staubbach falls viewpoint.
10:00 amTrummelbach fallsSee the underground waterfall. Check all 10 levels. Don’t miss the stunning view of Lauterbrunnen valley from one of the vantage points in Trummelbach falls.
12:30 pmWengenVisit the traditional houses in Wengen, and go to Wengen’s Evangelical Church for a breathtaking view of Lauterbrunnen Valley. Have lunch.
3:00 pmInterlakenMake your own chocolates in Funky Chocolate Club or visit Saint Beatus Caves. Read my article about Interlaken to learn more.
1 day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Bad Weather

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

2-day Lauterbrunnen Itineraries: Have 2 Fantastic Days in Lauterbrunnen Valley

If you can stay in Lauterbrunnen for much longer, much better! Not only will you see more beautiful destinations in Lauterbrunnen, but also visit them without rushing. Most importantly, the slower you travel, the more you allow yourself to obtain some benefits of traveling. 

So, is 2 days in Lauterbrunnen enough? It’s better than just having a day trip, but technically, 2 days are not enough to visit all the primary destinations in Lauterbrunnen. As each of the best tourist attractions in Lauterbrunnen usually requires a day to enjoy, you can only see two or three of the best places to visit in Lauterbrunnen.

If you plan to stay in Lauterbrunnen, I would still not suggest hiking activities that last for a day or two. It goes the same with extreme adventurous activities like paragliding and via Ferrata. Schilthorn, Mannlichen, and Jungfraujoch are just unmissable – at least the spectacular views you can see from visiting them.

How can you spend 2 days in Lauterbrunnen? The best way to spend 2 days in Lauterbrunnen is to visit Jungfraujoch together with Mannlichen or Schilthorn. Although going to Jungfraujoch is quite costly, it has bucket-list experiences or sights unmissable if you’re coming to Switzerland. Regardless of which second destination you choose, the best place to make your home base is Lauterbrunnen or Wengen.

I prepared three 2-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries for you. The first itinerary involves visiting Mannlichen and Jungfraujoch. Second, Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch; Last is for a trip to Lauterbrunnen if the weather isn’t that pleasant.

2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Mannlichen + Jungfraujoch

One of the best ways I think you can spend two days in Lauterbrunnen is to visit Mannlichen then hike to Kleine Scheidegg on the first day and Jungfraujoch on the second day. You can execute this itinerary in two ways, with the accommodation being the only difference. I’ll explain down below.

Option 1: Wengen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch

For your first option for a 2-day Lauterbrunnen trip, I recommend making Wengen your home base as it’s the village closest to Mannlichen and Jungfraujoch. It will save you an hour a day spent on the train ride between Wengen and Lauterbrunnen back and forth to Mannlichen or Jungfraujoch.

Day 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Option 1

Hour
(Approximate)
Destinations on Day 1Notes / Things to do
9:00 amWengenHave breakfast and buy other necessities. Then, go to Wengen Evangelical Church for a beautiful view of Lauterbrunnen Valley.
11:00 amBerghaus MännlichenEnjoy your lunch in Berghaus or just have a picnic outside.
12:00 pmRoyal Walk
Mannlichen
Start hiking to the summit of Mannlichen. Hike slowly and enjoy the views! Spot alpine animals or watch kids play in the playground.
1:30 pmPanorama TrailStart hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Hike slowly. Enjoy the view of Eiger’s north face and the surrounding alpine meadows. (1 hour to 2 hours)
3:00 pmKleine ScheideggRest and eat snacks. Hike to Fallbodensee (45 mins to 1 hour back and forth + picture taking)
4:30 pmTrain StationTrain ride to Wengen (20 minutes). The last trip to Wengen is 5:00 pm.
5:00 pmWengen
(Outskirts)
Explore Wengen village and visit Moenchblick on the western outskirts of Wengen for fantastic sunset views of Lauterbrunnen Valley. Have dinner and rest in the hotel.
DAY 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Wengen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch

Day 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Option 1

Hour
(Approximate)
Destinations in Day 2Notes / Things to do
8:00 amWengen
rail station
Have breakfast and get the first train ride to Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch. Come to Wengen Terminal before 8:00 am.
10:00 amJungfraujochHave lunch in Jungfraujoch’s restaurants and bars, then explore Sphinx Observatory (the sight of Aletsch Glacier), Ice Palace, Jungfrau panorama, Monchsjochhutte, etc.
2:30 pmJungfraujoch top stationRide the train back to Wengen and pick up luggage. Head down to Lauterbrunnen.
5:00 pmLauterbrunnenExplore the village and visit Staubbach falls. Take photo souvenirs and selfies!
DAY 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Wengen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg – Lauterbrunnen – Jungfraujoch

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

Option 2: Lauterbrunnen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg (overnight) – Jungfraujoch – Trummelbach (optional)

For your second option for a 2-day Lauterbrunnen trip, we aim to get to Jungfraujoch as early as possible to ditch the crowd and enjoy the place much more. This will involve spending a night in lodging in Kleine Scheidegg, the valley station of Jungfrau Railway.

Day 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Option 2

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
8:00 amLauterbrunnenExplore the village, eat breakfast, buy necessities, see Staubbach falls, get to the village viewpoint, and take photographs.
10:15 amMannlichen
Royal Walk
Start hiking to the summit of Mannlichen by the time you arrive at the cable car top station. Don’t rush! Just enjoy the pleasant view of the alpine meadows and the breathtaking views of the entire Jungfrau region.
12:00 pmBerghaus MännlichenEat lunch inside the Berghaus or have a picnic outside
1:30 pmPanorama TrailStart hiking from Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. Hike slowly. Enjoy the view of Eiger’s north face and the surrounding alpine meadows. (1 hour to 2 hours)
3:00 pmKleine ScheideggRest and eat snacks. Visit Fallbodensee if you like (1-hour estimate)
4:00 pmLauberhornVisit Lauberhorn from Kleine Scheidegg to watch the sunset. (30-minute hike one way up)
7:00 pmLodge or Hotel in Kleine ScheideggEat dinner, drink beers, have rest, and sleep for another adventure tomorrow.
DAY 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Lauterbrunnen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg (overnight) – Jungfraujoch – Trummelbach (optional)

Day 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary Option 2

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
7:00 amLodge or Hotel in Kleine ScheideggEat breakfast and prepare for the day.
8:30 amKleine Scheidegg
Jungfrau rail station
Catch the first trip to Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the scenery! The first train departure is minutes before 9:00 am.
10:00 amJungfraujochHave lunch in Jungfraujoch’s restaurants and bars, then explore Sphinx Observatory (the sight of Aletsch Glacier), Ice Palace, Jungfrau panorama, Monchsjochhutte, etc.
2:30 pmJungfraujoch top stationGet the train ride to Lauterbrunnen and take the bus to Trummelbach falls.
4:30 pmTrummebach fallsSee the underground waterfall. Check all 10 levels. Don’t miss the stunning view of Lauterbrunnen valley from one of the vantage points in Trummelbach falls.
DAY 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Lauterbrunnen – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg (overnight) – Jungfraujoch – Trummelbach (optional)

Your accommodation and luggage will probably be a problem with this itinerary. Your hotel for the 2-day trip to Lauterbrunnen wouldn’t be in Lauterbrunnen village or Wengen but in Kleine Scheidegg. It will be a problem because, considering the flow of activities, it is very inconvenient to carry all your stuff while you hike, do sightseeing and so on.

At the same time, it is also impractical to book another hotel in Lauterbrunnen or Wengen just to have a place where you can store your luggage safely. You can go straight to Kleine Scheidegg to drop off your luggage before going to Mannlichen. However, it’s inefficient and totally out of the way.

If you want to try this itinerary, I suggest leaving your baggage in Interlaken Ost for 7 CHF a day or any private luggage storage company nearby. Just bring only the things you’ll need for the 2-day journey in Lauterbrunnen and pick up the rest of your stuff after the trip. Though the Lauterbrunnen train terminal has lockers, the quantity is limited, and the locker’s capacity is small.

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Schilthorn + Jungfraujoch

Another way you can spend 2 days in Lauterbrunnen is to visit Muren and Schilthorn then Jungfraujoch or vice versa. Include ultimately idyllic village of Gimmelwald in the trip as it’s very close to Murren. Let Lauterbrunnen be your home base because of its strategic location at the center of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch.

The goal of this 2-day Lauterbrunnen itinerary is to get you to Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch very early in the morning to ditch the crowd. Check this link for the transport timetable for Schilthorn. Here are the details of this itinerary:

Day 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

HourDestinationNotes / Things to do
6:30 amLauterbrunnenBreakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Birg from Lauterbrunnen. Take the bus 141 to Stechelberg (7:35 am), and hop on the cableway (7:55 am) to Brig.
8:30 amBirgEnjoy the view and the adventures in Skyline Walk and Thrill Walk. Buy snack meals in Bistro Birg if you feel hungry.
10:30 amSchilthornLunchtime in Schilthorn. Explore the area, go to the view lounges, walk to the Walk of Fame, visit the Bond World and Bond Cinema, and enjoy the views of Monch Eiger and Jungfrau.
2:00 pmMurrenHave a pleasant stroll in Murren. There are traditional chalets to see, and alpine meadows with spectacular mountain views will awe-inspire you. Don’t miss the viewpoint! Proceed to Flower Trail and to Allmendhubel.
5:00 pmGimmelwaldSee the most idyllic village in Lauterbrunnen, then eat dinner!
DAY 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch

Day 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

HourDestinationNotes / Things to do
6:00 amWengen or WengwaldProceed to Moenchblick (alight at Wengwald) or Wengen Evangelical Church to witness the spectacular sunrise over Lauterbrunnen Valley. Have breakfast in Wengen.
8:00 amWengen train stationCatch the first train going to Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch (8:12 am).
10:00 amJungfraujochHave lunch in Jungfraujoch’s restaurants and bars, then explore Sphinx Observatory (the sight of Aletsch Glacier), Ice Palace, Jungfrau panorama, Monchsjochhutte, etc.
3:00 pmJungfraujoch top stationHop on the train back to Lauterbrunnen
5:00 pmLauterbrunnenStroll in the village, take pictures with Staubbach falls in the backdrop, and visit Staubbach falls. Dinner time.
DAY 2of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Valley Center + Mannlichen

The third way you can spend 2 days in Lauterbrunnen involves visiting Mannlichen and the valley center. This is the most budget-friendly and most weather-proof Lauterbrunnen itinerary I can think of.

Initially, I mentioned that everyone must not miss visiting Jungfraujoch. But for this itinerary, I chose Mannlichen over Jungfraujoch (or Schilthorn) because Mannlichen requires no reservation.

You don’t only save money without the costly Jungfraujoch train ride or lunch in Schilthorn. But you also become more flexible in visiting places offering weather-dependent experiences if there are no fixed reservation/booking dates.

For this itinerary, you’ll be visiting Lauterbrunnen valley, Trummelbachfalls, Mannlichen, and Interlaken. If the weather is fine during your first day in Lauterbrunnen, go to Mannlichen and see the rest of the Lauterbrunnen valley the next day. When the first day of your visit to Lauterbrunnen has unwelcoming weather, do the otherwise.

Day 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
8:00 amHotelBreakfast at the hotel in Lauterbrunnen.
9:00 amTrummelbach fallsSee the underground waterfall. Check all 10 levels. Don’t miss the stunning view of Lauterbrunnen valley from one of the vantage points in Trummelbach falls.
12:00 pmLauterbrunnenLunchtime! Have a stroll in the village, photograph the traditional houses with Staubbach falls on the backdrop, and visit Staubbach falls.
2:00 pmInterlaken
(Saint Beatus Caves)
Visit a legendary cave with spectacular rock formations. It has a museum and a restaurant with views of Lake Thun.
Interlaken (Funky Chocolate club)Alternative to Saint Beatus Caves. Create and eat your own Swiss chocolates!
6:00 pmWengenGo to Wengen Evangelical Church to witness the sunset over Lauterbrunnen valley (if the weather is clear). Disregard this activity during bad weather.
DAY 1 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Valley Center + Mannlichen

Day 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

Hour
(Approximate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
6:00 amWengen (Wengwald)From Lauterbrunnen, get a train to Wengen. Alight in Wengwald to easily reach Moenchblick to catch the BEST sunrise view of Lauterbrunnen valley. Come earlier if the sunrise is before 6 am. Breakfast in Wengen.
8:00 amMannlichen Cable Car station in WengenCatch the first cable car trip to Mannlichen
8:15 amMannlichen Royal WalkHike the to the summit of Mannlichen o Royal Walk. Enjoy the trek and the sceneries around, don’t rush. Take pictures and feel nature.
10:00 amPanorama TrailStart hiking to Kleine Scheidegg from Mannlichen (Approximately 1 hour to 2 hours). Encounter cows with ringing cowbells. Enjoy the views, meadows, view of Eiger’s north face, and more. Take pictures.
12:00 pmKleine ScheideggEat lunch while enjoying the views of Eiger’s north face.
1:30 pmFallbodensee or
Lauberhorn
Hike to Fallbodensee or Lauberhorn from Kleine Scheidegg.
4:30 pmKleine Scheidegg Train StationDon’t miss the last trip to Lauterbrunnen (5:14 pm)
5:30 pmLauterbrunnenRevisit the village if the weather is sunny this time.
DAY 2 of 2-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Valley Center + Mannlichen

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

3-day Lauterbrunnen Itineraries: Enjoy 3 Perfect Days in Lauterbrunnen Valley

The countless beautiful views and bucket-list attractions in Lauterbrunnen are two reasons it is worth visiting. They come not only in quantity but also in quality – you can’t just find such beauty anywhere else so easily. This is why it’s really recommended that you stay in this region much longer.

So, are 3 days enough in Lauterbrunnen? In three days, you have enough time to visit the three best attractions in Lauterbrunnen (Schilthorn, Mannlichen, and Jungfraujoch). Thus three days in Lauterbrunnen are enough. However, since the activities from these places are mostly sightseeing, you can substitute one that you least like with epic adventures like hiking, paragliding, and via Ferrata. 

For “common” travelers like me, I suggest that you try hiking Tanzbodeli at the corner end of Lauterbrunnen Valley. It may need intermediate hiking skills, but it’s worth trying because it has some fascinating little discoveries you can find along the way.

Besides, fewer tourists come to Tanzbodeli. Hiking Tanzbodeli should feel like a real adventure!

How can you spend 3 days in Lauterbrunnen? Simply, it’s visiting Schilthorn, Mannlichen, and Jungfraujoch, one for each day. If you would like to hike, switch out Mannlichen with Tanzbodeli. Lauterbrunnen is the best location for a home base as it’s situated in the middle of all the attractions.

Again, we aim to get to each primary destination as early as possible to ditch the crowd. You can find the tourist attractions more picture-worthy, but you also get to have more quiet moments to commune with the mountains and nature! Most importantly, no long queues!

I prepared two 3-day Lauterbrunnen itineraries to give you an idea of how you can spend 3 days in Lauterbrunnen. See below:

3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: All Highlights

To go to every bucket list breathtaking destination in Lauterbrunnen is definitely the goal. Although it can be costly, the views you can have are absolutely priceless! Not to mention the once-in-a-lifetime experiences from Lauterbrunnen’s world’s most impressive manmade marvels and natural wonders.

Below is the itinerary for spending 3 days in Lauterbrunnen, visiting all the bucket list destinations, Schilthorn, Mannlichen, and Jungfraujoch. Just make sure that you’ll be visiting Lauterbrunnen and these attractions during summer. So you get a higher chance of seeing the views with clear skies.

Day 1 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

Hour
(Estimate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
6:30 amLauterbrunnenGet to Birg from Lauterbrunnen as early as possible. Take the bus 141 to Stechelberg (7:35 am), and hop on the cableway (7:55 am) to Brig. Have your breakfast!
8:30 amBirgIf your accommodation does not have a complimentary breakfast, have it in the stylish restaurant in Birg. Sightseeing after and doing the mini-adventures, Thrill Walk, and Skyline Walk.
10:30 amSchilthornEnjoy higher views of Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau. Visit the Bond World Museum and Cinema. Try Walk of Fame and see the view lounges. Have lunch!
3:00 pmGrauseewliHike to Grauseewli from Schilthorn (2:00 pm to 3:00pm – 1-hour hike). Take Photos of inverted peaks of Jungfrau massif. Then, continue hiking to Birg (30 minutes).
3:45 pmBirg Go down to Murren.
4:00 pmMurrenGo to Murren’s viewpoint and continue the hike to Gimmelwald (1-hour trek)
5:45 pmGimmelwaldStroll and visit the traditional houses and very idyllic Gimmelwald. Dinner time!
7:30 pmLauterbrunnenBack to Hotel. Sleep early to catch the sunrise in Wengen.
DAY 1 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: All Highlights

Day 2 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

Hour
(Estimate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
6:00 amWengen (Wengwald)Get up early to catch the sunrise in Moenchblick in Wengen. From Lauterbrunnen, get the train to Wengen and alight at Wengwald.
7:00 amWengenExplore Wengen (See Evangelical Church for beautiful views) and eat breakfast. Buy trail food.
9:00 amMännlichenStart hiking to the summit through Royal Walk. Enjoy the scenery – do not rush. Spot animals like marmots and cows grazing in the meadows. Sometimes there are alpine horn performances you can watch.
10:30 amPanorama TrailStart hiking to Kleine Scheidegg from Mannlichen (Approximately 1 hour to 2 hours). Enjoy the view of Eiger’s north face and alpine meadows.
12:00 pmKleine ScheideggLunchtime!
1:00 pmFallbodenseeStart hiking to Fallbodensee from Kleine Scheidegg and return. (1 hour total with picture taking on the lake)
2:00 pmKleine Scheidegg
Train Station
Head back to Lauterbrunnen by train. Then, ride the bus 141 to Trummelbach falls.
3:30 pmTrummelbach falls See the underground waterfall. Check all 10 levels. Don’t miss the stunning view of Lauterbrunnen valley from one of the vantage points in Trummelbach falls.
5:00 pmHIke to StechelbergOptional. See more idyllic Swiss countryside.
DAY 2 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: All Highlights

Day 3 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

Hour
(Estimate)
DestinationNotes / Things to do
7:00 amLauterbrunnen
Train Station
Eat your breakfast and catch the first train departure (8:00 am) to Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch.
10:00 amJungfraujochHave lunch in Jungfraujoch’s restaurants and bars, then explore Sphinx Observatory (the sight of Aletsch Glacier), Ice Palace, Jungfrau panorama, Monchsjochhutte, etc.
2:30 pmJungfraujoch top stationRide the train back to Wengen and pick up luggage. Head down to Lauterbrunnen.
5:00 pmLauterbrunnenExplore the village and visit Staubbach falls. Take photo souvenirs and selfies!
DAY 3 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: All Highlights

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: 2 Highlights + Hike

Going for a hike with epic views, tranquil forest, and graceful waterfalls is one of the best things you can do to feel better than ever! It’s restorative, and it will give you a lot of time for introspection for self-improvement. 

Since Lauterbrunnen has everything you can ask for for a perfect hike, there’s more reason to go for it, especially if you have more time. You can check my Reasons to Visit Lauterbrunnen to learn more about these hikes. Specifically, read the Tanzbodeli section for the itinerary below. 

The entire trail stretches for 14 kilometers or 8.8 miles – that’s 6 hours of trekking without pausing. But with the breaks, snacks, and picture taking, the hike can last for an entire day, 8 to 9 hours approximately. 

The first and third day of this 3-day Lauterbrunnen itinerary is the same as the previous 3-day Lauterbrunnen itinerary. The only difference will be on the second day when you’ll visit Tanzbodeli instead of Mannlichen.

The previous 3-day Lauterbrunnen itinerary suggests that you return to your hotel in Lauterbrunnen village. But for this one below, I recommend that you stay in Gimmelwald for the night after the first day (Schilthorn) of your Lauterbrunnen trip. This, however, is optional, and do it only if you like watching the sunrise in Gimmelwald.

Day 2 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

HourDestinationNotes / Things to do
5:00 amGimmelwaldEat a heavy breakfast, prepare for a day of hiking and watch the sunrise in Gimmelwald.
7:00 amTrailhead of Tanzbodeli hike in GimmelwaldIf you’re coming from Lauterbrunnen, the first departure of bus 141 going to Stechelberg is 6:35 am. From Stechelberg, hop on the cable car to Gimmelwald next.
11:00 amHotel ObersteinbergHotel Obersteinberg is a rustic 19th-century hotel where you can have refreshments after hiking for half day. You’ll see the most beautiful scenery before reaching Hotel Obersteinberg.
3:00 pmBerggasthaus TrachsellauenenStopover. Rest and buy meals and drinks.
5:00 pmStechelbergHiking done! Hop on bus 141 to go back to Lauterbrunnen. Have dinner after and rest for another day of adventure tomorrow.
DAY 2 of 3-day Lauterbrunnen Itinerary: Hiking

Navigate to Table of Contents | Reservations, Guides, Passes

Lauterbrunnen Trip Guides, Reservations, etc.

I hope the itineraries help you plan or decide to spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Lauterbrunnen. If you have decided to visit a destination or attraction that needs reservations, you can check the deals below for more convenient transactions:

Save it on Pinterest.

Lauterbrunnen Itinerary 1 2 3 days
Lauterbrunnen Itinerary 1 2 3 days

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.