Jungfrau Region Journals

The most beautiful mountain valley in Europe

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A May 2003 trip to Jungfrau Region by Tolik

Lauterbrunnen Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: Lauterbrunnen is situated in the most impressive glaciated valley of the Alps. Part of UNESCO world natural heritage, Jungfrau, Aletsch, and Bietschhorn are its surroundings. Grassy meadows often lie in the shadows as 460m rocky shoulders rise on the either side of the river valley.

The most beautiful mountain valley in Europe

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Lauterbrunnen Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen is the lovely town at the entrance to the valley, with its famous landmark, the sparkling Staubach Waterfall. The name Lauterbrunnen actually means "clear springs" (from German lauter "pure, clear"); but given the 72 waterfalls, it’s no surprise that many visitors think that the lauter part of the name actually comes from German laut "loud". Quick Tips: The railroad from Interlaken runs south along the Lütschine river through Wilderswil and on into the mountains. Ten minutes later, at Zweilütschinen the railroad forks and the train splits - front part of the train goes to Lauterbrunnen, rear part to Grindewald (remember it while boarding in Interlaken). Cli...Read More

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Attraction | "Lauterbrunnen Town"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen’s train station is in the beginning of the town, (well, rather big village) directly opposite the Mürrenbahn funicular station. A 200m walk up into the village brings you to the tourist office on the main street (Mon–Fri 8am–noon and 2–6pm; July and Aug also Sat and Sun 8am–3pm). Eating and drinking are best done in the various hotels along the main street. Near the Post Office you will a small co-op supermarket (Mon–Fri 8am–noon, 2–6:30pm, Sat 8am–noon, 1:30–4pm). Heimatmuseum (Folkmuseum) is over the bridge below the local church. Open Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 2–5:30pm, 3 CHF. Unfortunately, pictures just can’t fully capture the beauty of Laute...Read More

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Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Attraction | "Lauterbrunnen Famous Visitors"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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People were fascinated by the Staubbach Falls as early as the Middle Ages. The milky-white waters thundering down over dark green rocks have inspired painters, poets and travel writers over the centuries. The Staubach Falls (280m), inspired Goethe’s poem "Gesang der Geister über den Wassern" "Song of the Spirit over the Waterfall", music by Franz Schubert. Felix Mendelssohn composed "Songs without Words" here; Tchaikovsky, Lord Byron, and many other 'celebrities' visited it. J.R. Tolkien, my favorite writer, remarked that "The hobbit’s journey from Rivendell to the other side of the Misty Mountains is based on my adventures in 1911". In that year, Tolkie...Read More

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Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Attraction | "Lauterbrunnental Waterfalls"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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The Mürrenbach Fall cascades down over five ledges near the tiny village of Stechelberg. Europe’s highest waterfall crashes to the ground from the 750-meter-high Mürrenfluh in five cascades. It is especially imposing in spring after the snow melts and after thunder storms in summer. Unfortunately at other times, it is a mere trickle hidden between the cliffs, making the Staubbach Fall the main attraction of the valley. (Stechelberg -- a hamlet/resort at far end of valley connected by cable car with Mürren and Schlithorn.) We walked along the trail alongside the road from the tiny village -- it took us 1 hour 40 min, although you can take a bus too. We watching even more...Read More

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Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

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Attraction | "History of the Lauterbrunnen Valley"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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The inhabitants of the west side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley came from the Lotschen Valley. The first settlements were in Mürren, Gimmelwald, Trachsellauenen and Sichellauenen. Lauterbrunnen village itself, due to the unpredictable flooding of the untamed Lutschine river, was settled later than the higher slopes. Although Lauterbrunnen and Mürren have been known since they first appeared in official records in 1257, and Wengen in 1268, first mention of these emigrants from the Lotschental was found in a document dated in 1331. In 1349 there was a secret alliance between the people of Gimmelwald, Ammerten and Lauterbrunnen with Obwalden in an uprising against the monastery at Interlaken. A...Read More

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Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

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Lauterbrunnen Valley Photo, Murren, Switzerland
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Mürrenbahn station in Lauterbrunnen is not a train station – from here two funiculars ride up and down, cresting the west wall of the valley and serving Grütschalp, from where a two-cars train gives you one of the most scenic rides in Switzerland along the cliff-edges to Winteregg (what a lovely name!) and Mürren. Mürren is a marvelous mountain village (7km from Lauterbrunnen, 1638m, 363 inhabitants). It lies on a sunny terrace at the foot of the Schilthorn mountain (with its famous revolving Pitz Gloria restaurant). There may be other Swiss mountain villages that are equally pretty, but none of them enjoys views like those from Mürren across the deep valley to t...Read More

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Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant

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Attraction | "Gimmelwald"

Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant  Photo, Murren, Switzerland
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From Mürren we descended towards tiny hamlet of Gimmelwald - a pleasant 40-minute walk. The road is well marked. You can take the Mürren-Gimmelwald gondola instead (5 minutes ride, not covered by Swiss Pass); it’s about a 10-minute walk from the Mürren train station to the Mürren gondola station. Gimmelwald has no food store, so stock up in Mürren. Gimmelwald is a small farming hamlet of 130 inhabitants, is an ideal starting point for wonderful walks and hikes in a wild, beautiful area. Hiking in Switzerland is among the best in the world. The Swiss know how to build and maintain trails and they have some of the most beautiful mountains and vistas known to man. For many people the view...Read More

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Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant
Schilthorn
Mürren, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
+41 (33) 82 60 007