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