THE SWEET SPOT OF SWITZERLAND: Lauterbrunnen
January 4, 2019
Step into a real-life fairytale—snow-capped peaks, waterfalls tumbling from sheer cliffs, churches reminiscent of Rapunzel’s tower. No matter what your pleasure, anything from casual hikes to thrill-seeking paragliding, Switzerland is truly awe-inspiring!
Often called the Valley of 72 Waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland is nestled in the hills of the Swiss Alps. The rolling green hills jet up into some of the most magnificent mountain peaks on earth. As we were unpacking in our hotel, we were called to the balcony to see cows parading through the center of town making magical music with their clanging bells.
Our first adventure was to take a gondola up the steep slopes into the Alps. We hiked along the mountain path revisiting the grazing cows we observed the previous day in town. The views are spectacular! Everything is absolutely pristine. We entered into the mountain town of Murren, home of meticulously cared for gardens bursting with alpine flowers. Even the wooden homes look like a fairytale with streams running nearby between lush green hills. Here in Murren, you can watch the paragliders, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the quaint, ski-town-feel of the community. We continued on the path that led us to the tram which safely took us down the cliff edge to the base of the mountain again. Time for our next adventure.
Loud thundering and roaring in the interior of the mountain—gurgling, foaming, and churning water: these are the Trümmelbach Falls. They are Europe’s largest subterranean waterfalls and are located right here in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The Trümmelbach Falls are the world’s only glacial waterfalls that are accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths, and platforms. They alone carry the meltwater of the glaciers from the Jungfrau down to the valley—up to 20,000 liters of water per second. Prepare to don a sweatshirt or rain jacket as it gets pretty chilly and wet inside the falls.