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Situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, Lauterbrunnen sits between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks. Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland. The valley has 72 gorgeous waterfalls and colorful alpine meadows.
This is a great place to visit if you love fresh air and nature. If you enjoy skiing or celebrity spotting, well, you can do that too. Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is on my bucket list of places I want to visit in 2018. With my extremely limited budget, here’s how I plan to do it.
I would love to pay less than $300 round trip, but is that realistic? Not really, I searched several flight comparison sites and the minimum for most of them was over $1000.
After doing some searching, it turns out that there was one site that offered me a roundtrip fare under $1000. I put in the same dates and airport destinations for all of the sites, and Kiwi got me the absolute lowest prices.
Do you want to know what the lowest rate was, roundtrip?
Drum rolls, please.
Now grant it, this particular flight option would have a few different and long layovers, but it was still the cheapest I found. However, I found another low rate on Kiwi that would have taken me straight there and back for just a few bucks more.
No, literally. The fare was $701.98, no layovers whatsoever.
It’s certainly more than the $300 I wanted to pay but it’s a heck of a lot less than all of the other flight comparison sites I checked…by half!
Next, I checked out accommodations. I wanted to spend no more than $500 for a stay of five days and four nights. Of course, if I can find a fancy place with gorgeous views, that would be great but I’ll take what I can get. As long as it’s clean and has good ratings from previous guests, I’ll be happy.
I discovered that I can travel to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and stay there for free using a website called Couch Surfing. This website is kind of like Airbnb but the only difference is, you don’t actually have to pay for your accommodations. Your host puts you up for free.
These hosts are real people who allow you to stay in their home at absolutely no cost to you. This option is great because you get to stay with a local and they can fill you in on the local customs and culture.
However, I was curious what my second cheapest option would be, just in case I wasn’t feeling up for staying with a host. I found my second cheapest option on Tripping.com at $35 a night, I can stay in a nice hostel that had raving reviews from previous guests. The total for this hostel came to $143.
I decided to keep looking. I wanted to see what my absolute cheapest option was without having to share a room with someone. I found four hotels on the same site for under $60 a night or less than $250 for the entire stay.
The cheapest one was $42 and the total came to $168 for the entire stay. That hotel also had great reviews from previous guests and from the photos posted online, the views are stunning.
I’ve always wanted to go skiing, but I also wanted to know what other fun activities Lauterbrunnen offers. It turns out that there isn’t a lot to do in the small secluded valley but in nearby Zurich, there are a ton of things to do.
My goal is to fit as many activities in as possible with only $100.
Okay, it was much harder than I thought keeping my activities budget under $100. But, at least I’ll have fun.
On the very low end, I can spend $698 for my roundtrip flight, stay for free by using Couch Surfing, and spend $254.12 for my activities. This, of course, doesn’t include food but my grand total would be $952.12. Not too bad!