Lauterbrunnen Famous Visitors

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Tolik on June 18, 2003

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, Tolkien, aged 19, took a hiking vacation in the Swiss Alps visiting Interlaken, Lauterbrunnental, and Mürren. Tolkien’s experiences here gave life to his descriptions not just of Rivendell, but also of the Mountains of Moria (he explicitly likened the mountain of Zirak-zigil, the peak on which Gandalf fights the Balrog, to the immaculate pyramid of the Silberhorn.

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland

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