Lauterbrunnen, a road trip in the Swiss Alps

Lauterbrunnen Valley an alpine road trip
Lauterbrunnen Valley

Lauterbrunnen and its road are a must-see while your trip around Switzerland! It’s a perfect place to visit during a family road trip in the Swiss Alps.

General information about Lauterbrunnen for your Swiss road trip.

Located in Bern canton in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen road is a scenic road that crosses the beautiful traditional Swiss village of the same name. It should obviously be on your itinerary if you are in Switzerland.

The valley of Lauterbrunnen is famous for its waterfalls. In fact, there are 72 of them in the Valley. The most knowns are the Trümmelbach Falls.

As you can see in the picture, if you make a trip to Lauterbrunnen you will see many of these waterfalls from the road. That definitely makes any road trip in this valley awesome!

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Itinerary to Lauterbrunnen scenic road.

It’s pretty simple: The valley is a dead-end road so you can’t miss it! You will start your itinerary from Interlaken (or the A8 highway exit number 25) and follow the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen directions. In summer you can also use the Lötschberg car transport train to Interlaken via the Grimsel Pass or the Simplon Pass from the south.

You can make a detour by Grindelwald village it’s also a very cozy one!

Places to see in Lauterbrunnen:


There are many things to do in Lauterbrunnen Valley. We already wrote about the waterfalls for example.


Jungfrau Glacier
Jungfrau Glacier

One of the best things to do is to go to the Jungfrau Glacier. To get there you’ll have to take one of the most scenic trains in the world. Indeed, the railway, inaugurated in 1912, goes to the station of Jungfraujoch which is situated 3454 meters above the sea and it’s made this the highest train station and railway in the world.

One of the pics of the Lauterbrunnen area is the famous Schilthorn. It’s famous because it appears in the 1969 James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. You can also access that location using the cable.

Train to Jungfrau
Train to Jungfrau

Don’t forget to make a stop in Mürren village, also a must-do. You can access Mürren only by cable car from Lauterbrunnen


There are also many hikes for those who want to take a rest from the asphalt road!


Try some local food in a restaurant, such as a”fondue” a melted cheese dish.

You can spend part of your holiday in Lauterbrunnen without getting bored. The valley offers a large offer of accommodations such as hotels, campings, and other guest houses. You can also discover avec scenic road in Switzerland as the Jeur Brûlée road.

Is Lauterbrunnen the Tolkien’s Middle Earth?

At only 19 years old, J.R.R. Tolkien travels through Switzerland and stay in 1912 in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. As a result, it is said that the landscapes he saw there inspired him for his Middle Earth’s universe.

In fact, you can find many common points between Lauterbrunnen’s geography and the one in The Hobbits and in The Lord of The Rings books. Indeed just take a look at the map of the lord of the rings and will see from where the inspiration of Tolkien comes.

Besides Tolkien, we can add that at least two other extremely famous writers were inspired by the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

A preview for the road of Lauterbrunnen

In order to organize your road trip to Lauterbrunnen, or if you can’t go there for the moment, you can watch this itinerary example:

Road conditions in Lauterbrunnen

The road is generally open all year round. Always check updates when you plan your itinerary to Lauterbrunnen. Don’t forget that you will surely need to take the swiss toll roads

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