At 795m (2608ft), Lauterbrunnen is a popular starting point for numerous adventures in the area and therefore makes a good base. It’s from here that people ascend by train, cable car or gondola to higher altitudes and quieter villages. The town’s main street has eating options, and there are plenty of places to sleep. A large covered car park behind
the train station (at the town’s northern end) is there for those heading up to car-free villages such as Wengen and Mürren.
The big draw here is Lauterbrunnen Valley’s 72 waterfalls (among them the splendid, Goethe-inspiring Staubbach Falls and awe-inspiring Trümmelbach Falls) and the steep cliffs that host them, not to mention the network of hikes that take you to them. You can also hike to the car-free village on Mürren in under three hours, or taken an easy (pram- and stroller-friendly) walk to Stechelberg in under two hours.
Lauterbrunnen is also a good choice as a base if you’re skiing in the region, and has plenty of accommodation and eateries.