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Lauterbrunnen – located in the Alps in Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen is an administrative district of the Interlaken-Oberhasli. It is a municipality in the canton of Bern in Switzerland and is 10 km from Interlaken. This place lies in the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It comprises of the villages Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Mürren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg and Isenfluh. It is situated in the valleys in the Alps surrounded with mountain peaks and rock faces. It has 72 thundering waterfalls too. Lauterbrunnen valley is the biggest nature conservation area.
Its name is said to mean many springs or fountains. “Lauter” means many and “brunnen” means spring or fountain or well.
Interlaken is connected to Lauterbrunnen by road and rail. It is at the entrance to the valley which looks spectacular as its 400m white cliffs topped with pines and has waterfalls.
Lauterbrunnen has many gondolas, cable-cars and cog-railways to get around. One can walk along the valley wall which is one of the types. It is 400 to 800 meters from the top of the valley and going up or coming down the valley is little heavy for a walk, but the walk is enjoyed by beauty and serenity of the views around. The most famous fall of the 72 waterfalls is the Staubbach Falls, which is almost 300 meters from an overhanging rock face. Stubbach falls are the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe. The well-known poem ‘Spirit song over the waters”, written by Johann Wolfgang is inspired by this waterfall.
The Trümmelbach Falls is in the mountain called ‘Black Monk’ and the falls are estimated to have up to 20,000 liters of water per second cascading over the ten glacier falls. The falls fall from a height of about 200 meters, but these falls can be viewed only by tunnel lift and only in summer time.
Lauterbrunnen Valley waterfalls: There are 72 waterfalls out of which Trummelbach falls and Staubbach Falls are worth visiting.
1. Trummelbach falls are in the valley and can be walked down from Lauterbrunnen, as it is 3 km behind Lauterbrunnen, with the help of the explanation signs near them. The falls are inside the rock and upon climbing on the stairs; one can experience the thunder of the fall. =These falls are open from April-November. These falls are considered to be the one of the wildest glacier ravines in Europe. Ten of the waterfalls of the Trümmelbach are hidden amongst the rocks, and are hardly visible.
2. Staubbach Falls: These falls can be seen from the center of town as they are on the edge of the village. The fall is 300 meters high and falls from an overhanging cliff face.

Other places to see
• Schilthorn: There is a revolving restaurant at 2970 m called Piz Gloria. Here the view is most beautiful of 40 mountain peaks and 20 glaciers.
• UNESCO world heritage themed trail: This trail is the first trail in the Junggfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn world natural heritage site. This trail is devoted to waterfalls. This trail also covers alpine farming, power stations and mountain hotels.
• Kleine Scheidegg: The north face of the Eiger can be viewed from here. Four-thousand- meter peaks of the Jungfrau and Monch are also visible from Kleine.
• Jungfraujoch (3454m): Since 1912, the Jungfrau railway is running through a 7-km-long tunnel to the ‘Top of Europe’ in the Bernese Oberland. Something worth seeing.
• Biking: Lauterbrunnen is very famous for mountain biking. One can take bikes on rent from Interlaken to end of the valley called Stechelberg.
• One can take the bike even the gondola up to Murren and from there ride the bike following the trail signs to Winteregg. From Winteregg it’s a downhill to Isenfluh or back to Lauterbrunnen.

How to get there:

Lauterbrunnen is mostly a car free village. It is easy to get around by walking. Also to get around cable-cars, gondolas etc. will be the major transportation on valleys etc.
By train: One can reach by narrow-gauge train from Interlaken Ost station. Holders of Swiss Pass travel free, and tourists are advised to take the relevant train tickets for Swiss Rail that will also cover these railways.

Best time to visit / climate:
The place of Lauterbrunnen is best to visit both in summer and in winter with its respective activities for both the weathers. But if one is not interested in skiing, then the best time is summer.
Summer: This place is an excursion destination in the Jungfrau region, just right in summer. A rack railway links Lauterbrunnen with Wengen and this is a scenic view ride. Further, the Lauterbrunnen valley is best viewed in summer.
The cableway from Stechelberg goes to the peak of the Schilthorn at 2971 m. the peaceful little mountain village of Isenfluh, is just a few kms from the valley. This village has a rock terrace. One can enjoy walks in the romantic Saustal and Mürren and the Lobhorn Mountains in summer because of the temperature. Biking also is a favorable thing and this place is famous for mountain biking in the summer.

Winter: Skiing in the regions of Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg and Mürren-Schilthorn are enjoyable in winter. One can reach here by mountain railway. Fairly large area, with 213 km of fun parks. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is also famous for its cross-country ski trails. About 100 km of winter hiking trails and 50 km of toboggan run are spread around.

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