Lauterbrunnen, town, Bern canton, south-central Switzerland, in the Bernese Oberland, on the Lütschine River, south of Interlaken. The river valley is bounded by impressive cliffs of 1,000–1,500 feet (300–450 m) and is noted for its Alpine streams and waterfalls, from which the name Lauterbrunnen (“Clear Fountains”) is derived. The most notable falls are the Staubbach and the Trümmelbach. The town is a year-round resort near many Alpine peaks, including the Jungfrau (13,642 feet [4,158 m]).
With its ten galcier water falls inside the mountain, made accessible by tunnel lift, the Trümmelbach waterfalls are truly unique in Europe. Trümmelbach alone drains the enormous galcial walls of the Eiger (3970m), Moench (4099m) and Jungfrau (4158m) with up to a spectacular 20,000 litres of water per second. This stems from a catchment area of 24 square kilometres of which approximately half is covered with snow and ice. The Trümmelbach falls are open daily from the beginning of April the the beginning of November between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from July to August between 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To get to Trümmelbach Falls by car from Berne/Basel/Zurich/Geneva, take freeway N6 or take N8 if you are coming from Lucerne/Zurich. Near Interlaken, take the Wilderswil exit and continue driving toward Wilderswil and Lauterbrunnen. About 3 km after passing through Lauterbrunnen you will arrive at Trümmelbach Falls.
If you are going to Trümmelbach Falls by train, go via Interlaken (SBB/BLS/Brünigbahn) toward Lauterbrunnen (BOB). A bus will take you from there to the Trümmelbach Falls bus stop.
The Trümmelbach Glacier Waterfalls are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from the beginning of April to the beginning of November and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in July and August.
Adults CHF 11,-
Children CHF 4,-
Special prices available on request for groups of 10 or more
Phone 033 – 855 32 32
Fax 033 – 855 32 33
People were fascinated by the 300 m high 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. Goethe wrote a poem based on his 1779 visit, making the lake famous in the late 18th Century.
When Goethe visited the Lauterbrunnen valley in 1779 he made the waterfall famous by dedicating his “Gesang der Geister über den Wassern” (“Song of the Spirits over the Waters”) to it: “The soul of man is like water. It comes from heaven and rises again to heaven, it ascends to heaven and falls again to earth, eternally alternating. The pure stream flows from the high, steep rock face, falls softly in cloud-waves onto the smooth rock and, gently accepted, rolls and ripples into the abyss.”
The spectacular waterfalls are within a few minutes walking distance of the village.
How to get there:
By train: from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen
By car: Highway exit Interlaken, direction Wilderswil-Lauterbrunnen
All year round