Jungfrau Region Journals

The best of the Swiss Alps

A May 2004 trip to Jungfrau Region by Laalasa

Giessbach Falls Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: The Jungfrau region has to be seen to be believed -- it is incredibly gorgeous.

The best of the Swiss Alps

Overview

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Orientation: The Alps area here is referred to as the Jungfrau region. The starting point recommended to tourists to explore Jungfrau is the town of Interlaken, so-called because it is situated between two lakes. Thunsee, or Lake Thun, is to the west, and Brienzsee, or Lake Brienz, is to the east. At the ends of these lakes are the towns of Thun and Brienz, respectively. To the south of Interlaken, the road branches off into two valleys. The narrower Lauterbrunnen valley, to the southwest, starts with the village of Lauterbrunnen and ends with the village of Stechelberg. The wider Grindelwald valley, to the southeast, meanders and ends at the village of Grindelwald and is much more popular. ...Read More

Park Restaurant

Restaurant

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This is one of the restaurants in the Grand Hotel Giessbach.It has views of the Giessbach waterfalls, and reservations are a must. The food is exceptional and service impeccable.

Their other restaurant, Chez Florent, is even pricier and more elegant, with views of the mountains and Lake Brienz. It dubs its cuisine as Asian with French and Swiss flair.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Park Restaurant
3855 Brienz
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Attraction | "Lauterbrunnen Valley"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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The Lauterbrunnen Valley, to the southwest of Interlaken, starts with the village of Lauterbrunnen and ends with the village of Stechelberg. Lauterbrunnen Valley is the less touristy alternative to Grindelwald. The valley is more narrow and compact, with 72(!) waterfalls, according to one guidebook. In the village of Lauterbrunnen itself is the awesome, 300-meter-tall Staubbach Falls.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

Trummelbach Falls

Attraction

Trummelbach Falls Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Trummelbach Falls is unique, in that seven of its 10 cascades are inside a mountain. A lift takes you up inside the mountain, and you start climbing up to the cascades. The tunnels and stairs that lead to the cascades are dimly lit and damp, with water dripping everywhere. Add the deafening roar of water and the constant vibration in the rock, and considering we were the only two there, it was downright spooky.

We suggest taking the lift up, but instead walking down for the complete experience; it is not a difficult descent at all.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Trummelbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen Valley
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Giessbach Falls

Attraction

Giessbach Falls Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Giessbach Falls are near the Grand Hotel Giessbach, in the town of Brienz. The falls are really picturesque and are made up of about 9 to 10 falls. Most tourists see the lower cascades from a boat/ship, while cruising on the Lake Brienz. From the hotel (rooms start at CHF$85 per person, per night, in the low season, but there's no charge to wander onto the patio and hike up the falls), there is a path up to the top six cascades. About halfway up, a rope bridge runs behind the falls, and you can reach out and touch the curtain of water! The views of the 120+-year-old ornate Grand Hotel Giessbach, on the banks of Lake Brienz, with the snow-capped mountains in the background, is priceles...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 8, 2004

Giessbach Falls
3855 Brienz
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Gimmelwald

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Gimmelwald Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Gimmelwald is a small, car-free, stuck-in-time farming village of about 40 or so families. It clings to the mountain slopes midway up and is in an avalanche zone, which limits any further development. A popular saying declares, "If heaven ain’t what it’s cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald." It is quiet and peaceful, with crisp mountain air and spectacular views of the Lauterbrennen Valley below, as well as the mountain peaks above. From the village of Lauterbrunnen, take the funicular to Grutschtalp and then the train to Murren (a most scenic ride -- make sure you sit on the left side). Walk to the other end of Murren for the cable car to Gimmelwald, which is on the way to Sch...Read More