I used Lauterbrunnen as my base to explore the surrounding mountains. The town itself wasn't particularly special, and quiets down quite quickly in the early evening. This is a great place to enjoy the beautiful scenery in tranquility.
So which mountain should you go up - Schilthorn or Jungfrau or both? I picked Schilthorn to get away from the group tours, and the webcams showed a glorious day up there. The cable car up to Grutschalp is just across the street from the train station. After the short ride, transfer to a train for a very scenic ride to Murren.
Upon arrival in Murren, walk 20 minutes across town to another cable car for the ascent up to Schilthorn. Stop by the grocery store to stock up on supplies en route.
Imagine this is your view when you open your bedroom window every morning.
Then I continued up to Schilthorn, which requires 2 cable car rides over a beautiful valley.
Upon reaching the top, savour the views that 007 did decades back.
Mountain weather is quite unpredictable. Fog rolled in to cover up the Jungfrau section.
For the brave visitors, try out the staircase along the cliff's edge. You can easily peek through to see the huge drop below.
Heading back downhill, my next stop was Gimmelwald, a quiet rustic town that is beginning to be discovered by tourists. Ingenious engineering and determination helped create these settlements high above the valley floor.
An unmanned store has become the talk of the town. Prices are shown and you pay into a box if you are honest enough.
For military personnel, take note of these announcements.
Satisfied, and a bit disappointed the blue sky has been covered up by clouds, I continued downhill with a harrowingly steep journey to Stelchelberg.