After such a beautiful day yesterday, we woke to a light rain.
Wearing our rain gear, we traveled down from Wengen, where we quickly learned that everyday we would be taking the train off the mountain in order to explore more of the area. I was glad we purchased the Swiss Travel Pass as the cost would add up otherwise. We intended to visit Trummelbach Falls, so we decided to hike the Lauterbrunnen Valley to our destination from the train station.
TIP: Keep in mind where you are planning to stay as it gets expensive to take the train from point to point if you do not have a pass.
Hiking Lauterbrunnen Valley
Lauterbrunnen Valley is known as the valley of 72 waterfalls. It is a narrow valley surrounded by three sides of sheer steep cliffs. Above the cliffs are the glacier perched high on the mountain top. The valley is surrounded with walls of rock which tower breathtakingly high into the sky on all three sides. The valley is very flat and runs about one and a half miles wide. It’s adorned in a lush deep shade of green. Homes and sheds dot the valley floor. The shades of green ends abruptly on the sides as it meets the wall of rock.
The valley floor is very plush. In the middle is a stream that flows the length of Lauterbrunnen.
This stream picks up volume as we traveled the length of the valley. The water has a clear beautiful blue tint as it is fed by the glacier from the mountain. Truly a wonder to be seen.
Valley of 72 Waterfalls
Another amazing feature is that the valley is surrounded by many beautiful waterfalls, giving it a mystical atmosphere. All are glacier feed. We lost count of the many waterfalls we saw during our hike through the valley.
As we started our walk from the train station, our hike was dogged with rain showers, but we were equipped with our rain gear. After passing hotels and restaurants in the town of Lauterbrunnen, we followed a path. If walking along the path does not interest you, there is a bus system to take you to the waterfalls from the train station, but we elected to walk. A paved road for vehicles and a paved foot path for walking, line the valley floor. There were plenty of signs directing us along the path to get us to our destination.
Hiking to Trummelbach Falls
We passed cows wearing very large cow bells in a pasture. You could hear the sound of the bells sometimes before you actually saw the cows.
When we finally reached Trummelbach Falls we purchased our tickets, 22 CHF cash for two. We made our way to the lift to take it to the top of the falls.
TIP: They only accept cash for admission to the falls.
This falls is a series of ten glacier-waterfalls inside the mountain made accessible by a tunnel-lift. There are several viewing platforms in and out of the cave to view the power and beauty of the falling water. It was quite expressive and inspiring.
We felt damp and cold from being out in the rain for the last several hours and decided to take the bus to the end of the valley. We walked to the bus stop which was close by to wait. We did not have to wait long before we were picked up.
Last bus stop in Lauterbrunnen Valley
By the time we reached the end of the bus route, it was pouring and we decided not to get off the bus as there was not much to see in the rain besides the hotel. If we had gotten off the bus, it would not return for an hour. Instead we stayed on the bus while it waited its allotted time before taking us to the next stop, the Stecheberg (Schilithornbahn), which is a gondola that goes up the side of the mountain. Riding on the gondola up the side of the mountain would be gorgeous if it was a sunny day.
TIP: If we would not have had the Swiss Travel Pass we would have had to pay another fare to ride the bus to the gondola.
Taking the Gondola to Murren
Our Swiss Travel Pass covered our trip and we got off at Gimmelwald and took another gondola to Murren. Notice the temperature in the picture, 13 C equals 55 F. It was a damp and cold day.
Looking down at the path between Gimmelwald and Murren from the gondola, this would be a great hike if the sun was out.
If you decide to stay in Gimmelwald or Murren these villages are more isolated as you have to take a gondola up the side of the mountain to reach the town. Sadly, we never got to go back to explore them.
Village of Murren
Getting off the gondola, we were dropped off at Murren. Lying at the foot of the Schilthorn, the village of Murren features a view of the three towering mountains: Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. With a population of about 450, it remains a cozy mountain village free of traffic. You can walk from one end of town to the other in about ten minutes.
Looking out over the valley, you could see the many waterfalls lining the sides of the mountain.
Since it was Sunday most places were closed. We finally found a place to grab a bite to eat, before walking to the train station to make our way back to Lauterbrunnen.
TIP: Not much is open on Sunday in Switzerland.
Gondola Back to Lauterbrunnen
It was a ten minute train ride to the gondola where we transferred to go back down to Lauterbrunnen.
We exited the gondola and headed to the train station to catch a train to Grindelwald. I was done with this lousy weather. Our app showed it was sunny in Grindelwald and we wanted to see more of the area.