It is one of the most impressive valleys in the Swiss Alps , a place surrounded by mountains, green meadows and towering rock faces. It is Lauterbrunnental, the valley of the 72 waterfalls, which were declared a Natural Monument by UNESCO , such was its beauty. Without a doubt, it is the perfect destination for your summer holidays if you are passionate about the mountains.
In this remote place, which at the same time attracts many tourists, it seems that one is going to meet Heidi and her grandfather at every step, as it is the ideal setting to develop that story of our childhood. Alpine meadows, towering peaks and quiet mountain villages (some of them not accessible by car). If you want to disconnect from the madding crowd, enjoy nature and go hiking, you have found your dream place.
The hiker’s paradise
The Swiss valley of Lauterbrunnental is about 15 kilometers long and is located in the Jungfrau region. Two high vertical rocky walls delimit it, and from them emerge no less than 72 waterfalls, some really impressive.
If you decide to visit the place, you have to know that the area is perfectly prepared for tourism … in summer. In winter things change. In the four villages in the valley (Lauterbrunnen, Stechelberg, Wengen and Mürren) you will find a wide range of hotels, restaurants and even two campsites.
Reaching Lauterbrunnen , the largest village in the valley and the one in the lowest area, is possible by road, making it the starting point of the journey. From there, a whole world to discover opens up before us, dominated by spectacular landscapes . Stechelberg , although a little higher, is also in the lower part of the valley. From it, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the rocky cliffs and waterfalls. You can also start routes to the high mountain meadows.
The other two villages in the valley, Wengen and Mürren , have a special charm, as they are impossible to reach by car. Touristy, but quiet, and very special. From Wengen, you can walk up to the Männlichen viewpoint (at 2,227 m altitude), which can also be reached by cable car. Another cable car rises from the center of Mürren village to the Schilthorn viewpoint (2,960 m.). Going up is quite an experience, especially to enjoy the impressive view, but, if you decide, take warm clothes, you will need them.