Location: Jungfrau Region near Interlaken, Switzerland
The Lütschine River is located in the Jungfrau Region in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland. It flows from the base of Eiger’s North Face out into the Interlaken Valley and finally into Lake Brienz. Rafting trips on the Lütschine generally begin below Grindelwald in the Grindelwald Valley and end in Lake Brienz near Interlaken.
Level of Difficulty: Class IV+ / Intermediate
The Lütschine is a high volume, class IV+ river. No previous experience necessary, but most companies require a minimum age of at least 15, and of course some physical fitness and a good sense of adventure!
The Canyon: Glacial Waters, Waterfalls, Granite Cliffs
Although many tourist destinations will use exaggerated descriptive vocabulary to depict the surrounding scenery, few places actually live up to those words as well as Switzerland’s Jungfrau Region. It is, in fact, stunning. The Lütschine River is literally glacier-fed, gathering an immense amount of turquoise-grey water from the famous Eiger North Face. Rafting trips on the Lütschine take paddlers through an incredible green glacial valley complete with impressive waterfalls and sheer granite cliffs, surrounded by the famous white peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau, and Mönch. To top it all off, the Lutschine’s whitewater is just as big and powerful as its surroundings, with rapids that demand an equal amount of attention.
Season: May through August
Whitewater rafting trips on Switzerland’s Lütschine River are available from May through August.