Lauterbrunnen

Ski Chalets & Apartments for sale, Switzerland

Expert's Opinion

This is the most stunning valley in the Alps. Every time I take the train up from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen I always gasp when I see those fabulous waterfalls whatever the season. It's a perfect base too; take the train up to Wengen or the cable car to Murren and open up another world of skiing or summer hiking. This resort makes you feel like you’ve just stepped into a musical… – Fenella Hunter

The Village

Set in the heart of the Jungfrau ski region, Lauterbrunnen is a charming village nestling between rock faces and mountain peaks in one of the most impressive valleys in the Alps. Famous for its stunning scenery, this resort is perfect for summer use and gives you two ski resorts to choose from in the winter.

The name ‘Lauter Brunnen’ means many fountains, alluding to the 72 waterfalls scattered across the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The most famous being the Staubbach Falls which plunge 300 metres from an overhanging rock face and are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe.

Lauterbrunnen is characterised by old style chalet buildings and hotels which, combined with the dramatic cliffs rising on each side, create a unique  and characterful setting. As you would expect, the resort has a number of restaurants offering traditional Swiss cuisine. However there are also a few more modern restaurants if you are looking for a change.
 

The Skiing

Lauterbrunnen is set in one of the most stunning valleys in the Alps with views up to the impressive Staubbach Falls. Skiers can take the cable car up to Murren and enjoy some challenging slopes, or take the charming cog railway up to Wengen and cruise the entire Jungfrau ski region linking all the way to Grindelwald.

The most testing runs in the region are the descents from the Piz Gloria restaurant (made famous by James Bond) on the top of the Schilthorn down to Mürren on the infamous inferno, the world’s longest downhill race.

Over on the other side of the valley you will enjoy skiing on some long blues and easy red runs so you have plenty of time to appreciate some of the best scenery in the Alps. 

Summer

Lauterbrunnen is a truly dual season resort. it’s stunning place to visit during summer with its surrounding peaks, spectacular waterfalls and extensive hiking trails. These walks will take you all over the mountains with routes to Wengen, Murren and Grindelwald. Hike through forests and hillsides and enjoy one of Switzerland's largest nature conservation areas.

It is certainly worth checking out the Trummelbach Falls with its ten separate waterfalls, as well the spectacular Staubbach Falls dropping down 300m from a rocky overhang. The small and charming Swiss village of Isenfluh is also close by and well worth a visit. Accessed by a narrow road, the imposing peaks of the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau loom high above the village.

Interlaken and its twin lakes are only 20 minutes away, where you can enjoy boat rides, a golf course and a pretty Swiss town. There is an excellent cog railway system that links the area together, making this the perfect base from which to explore the greater Jungfrau region.

Properties

Put quite simply, property in Lauterbrunnen is extremely hard to come by. When one does come available you will have to be quick as both locals and avid fans of this beautiful resort will be quick to grab it. Due to the local conservation and federal building laws, there is currently no new property being developed, and none anywhere on the horizon. The last new set of apartments were delivered a few years ago, with nothing coming since.

Your only option would be a resale apartment and these do become available every once in a while. Being in Lauterbrunnen they are usually traditional and rustic in style to blend in with this charming resort. Properties in Lauterbrunnen always rent extremely well as this is truly a dual season location with high demand right through summer to autumn (when the autumn colours are spectacular) and of course in the winter for skiers.