Lauterbrunnen – Switzerland

I visited Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland in December 2014, it was part of a mini tour of Europe through Topdeck. The overall trip lasted 12 days and we visited 6 countries, 2 of which we used in visiting Lauterbrunnen in the Swiss Alps.

The weather
The trip took place in December therefore it was very cold. I need all the layers I could physically wear.

Where I stayed
I stayed in Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers, it was so cool, quaint and surrounded by mountains. The cabins were basic with only bunk beds in them. The bathroom facilities were in another building two floors up, however the beautiful surroundings  compensated for this and the cold morning air was a nice wake up call.

Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers, Lauterbrunnen Switzerland
Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Cabins at Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Cabins at Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
The surrounding of Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers, Lauterbrunnen Switzerland
The surrounding of Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

What I did

Jungfraujoch
The Jungfrau Experience at €150 is expensive but it is very worthwhile, it takes two hours to reach the top of Jungfraujoch, which is the official top of Europe. The views are breathtaking, the scenery idyllic and it will have you wanting to build your own  Olaf whilst singing ‘Let it go’.

Once you reach the mountain there are several shops and restaurants to keep you occupied, my favourite shop was the Lindor chocolate shop naturally.

Jungfrau train, Switzerland
Jungfrau train, Switzerland
Jungfrau Top of Europe, Switzerland
Jungfrau Top of Europe, Switzerland
View from Jungfrau, Switzerland
View from Jungfrau, Switzerland
Looking out onto Jungfrau, Switzerland
Looking out onto Jungfrau, Switzerland
Ice sculptures, Jungfrau Switzerland
Ice sculptures, Jungfrau Switzerland
Ice tunnel, Jungfrau Switzerland
Ice tunnel, Jungfrau Switzerland
On Jungfrau, Switzerland
On Jungfrau, Switzerland
Me on Jungfrau, Switzerland
Me on Jungfrau, Switzerland
Me on Jungfrau, Switzerland
Me on Jungfrau, Switzerland
Jungfrau, Switzerland
View from Jungfrau train, Switzerland

Klein Scheidegg
On the way up to Jungfrau is the town of Klein Scheidegg. On the return journey back to Lauternbrunnen I and some friends stopped in the town to have lunch and look around. We found a nice restaurant to eat lunch and a teepee tent to have a warming glass of hot wine.

Klein Scheidegg, Switzerland
Klein Scheidegg, Switzerland
Drinking hot wine with friends in a tippee tent, Klein Scheidegg Switzerland
Drinking hot wine with friends in a teepee tent, Klein Scheidegg Switzerland
Hot wine at a tipee tent in Klein Scheidegg, Switzerland
Hot wine at a teepee tent in Klein Scheidegg, Switzerland

Horner Pub
We went for several drinks at the Horner pub, it appears to be the main pub in Lauterbrunnen as the pub got rather busy for the little village. The locals were friendly and did not mind the invasion of young tourists. The bar lady was very lovely and beer was reasonably priced.

Horner Pub, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Horner Pub, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

What I ate
I tried a fondu which was really good, however the cheese was a little stronger than I am used to.
I also had a decent meal at the Restaurant Eigernordwand in Klein Scheidegg.

As previously mentioned, there is Lindor shop at the top of the mountain, the selection is extensive and the price for the chocolates is much cheaper there. I bought and ate loads of the delicious chocolate.

Lindor shop, Jungfrau, Switzerland
Lindor shop, Jungfrau, Switzerland

In and around Lauterbrunnen
The following pictures were taken in Lauterbrunnen or on the way to Jungfrau or leaving Lauterbrunnen.

Swiss house, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Swiss house, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Snowey Mountain, Switzerland
Snowey Mountain, Switzerland
Snow, Switzerland
Snow, Switzerland
View of a valley in Switzerland
View of a valley in Switzerland
View from Jungfrau, Switzerland
View of Lauterbrunnen from train, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

My Ratings of Lauterbrunnen

My ratings are out of ten and are my own personal views therefore feel free to disagree.

People/Friendliness = 8/10
The locals were rather friendly and welcoming considering we had invaded the little town. Some of the locals even came and had drinks in the bar at the Schutzenbach Camping & Backpackers.

Attractiveness = 9/10
Lauterbrunnen is one of the most beautiful place  I have been to,  the scenery  really is picture perfect like a postcard or a painting, there was something magical and fairytale like about the place.

Food = 6/10
The Swiss food i tried was decent but Swiss chocolate is much better it is sublime.

Affordability = 5/10
Switzerland is expensive, it is a rich country and this is reflected in the prices of things.

Vibe = 8/10
Being in the mountains in December the vibe was magical and festive.

Overall = 7.5/10
I truly enjoyed my visit to Lauterbrunnen, you should definitely  consider it as a bucket list destination, being on the top of Europe is an experience I will forever cherish. I cannot imagine visiting Lauternbrunnen in any other season but winter. The fluffy white snow made everything so magical.

If you’ve enjoyed my review or not leave a comment.
Or if you want any advice for your trip, leave a comment and I will be sure to do my best to help you.

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