The heart-meltingly beautiful village of Lauterbrunnen, snuggled in a Swiss valley among 72 waterfalls, is perhaps one of the most stunning places we've ever seen. It's unsurprising then, that Lauterbrunnen is said to have inspired various locations in J.R.R. Tolkien's fantastical Lord of the Rings series.
Picture a valley just over half a mile wide, with soaring limestone peaks that stretch more than 900 feet into a blue sky filled with puffy white clouds. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that the local waterfall pretty much trickles right down into this storybook illustration of a town.
Summer is great time to visit Lauterbrunnen, as the valley's 72 waterfalls are flowing strong. Take an underground funicular ride to Trümmelbach Falls, a stunning cascade with a maze of observation paths, tunnels and platforms to explore.
Visitors can hike Lauterbrunnen's mountain trails, sip coffee in foothill cafes, or relax in quiet inns with flower-covered wood terraces. The valley is one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Switzerland, just a breathtaking train ride away from the city of Bern.
If you're going to chase waterfalls, let them be the in this valley.