Monday, 28 September 2015

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen means 'many waterfalls' and after a good downpour there are at least 72 along the valley.
It hasn't rained for a while, but we managed to find a few of them on our travels today.
Firstly, we started at the Trummelbachfalle, which is a huge waterfall that is fed by  water from ten glaciers high above it. The water has cut a path through the rock and we paid to go inside the rocks and up in a lift to near the top of the falls.
The water thundered all around us as we walked down the steps, following it's speedy path down to the valley floor.
We then walked alongside the river to the town of Lauterbrunnen and caught a large cablecar 800 metres up the mountainside.
The weather was mostly cloudy and we couldn't see the mountains, but suddenly a gap appeared and beautiful snow capped peaks appeared high above us.
We walked along the mountain past a ski station with the lovely name of Winteregg. We then stopped at Murren for sausage cobs and to enjoy the view - pic 4.
Finally we started our descent and walked downhill for ages, through tall conifer forests that protect the valley from avalanches. I spotted a beautiful waterfall that dropped into a tiny blue pool - I would have loved to reach it but a huge ravine made it an impossible task.
Eventually we stepped onto flat ground again and were welcomed by one of the huge cows that inhabit the valley.

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