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Between mountain peaks and gigantic rock faces, Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps. The valley is one of the biggest nature areas in Switzerland, with its lonely mountain inns, colorful alpine meadows, secluded valleys and seventy two thundering waterfalls.
Suggesting the magnificence of this landscape, the very name Lauter Brunnen (many fountains). The most famous being the Staubbach Falls, there are many waterfalls in the valley.
They are one of the highest free falling waterfalls in Europe, plunging almost three hundred meters from an overhanging rock face. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited the valley in 1779 and was inspired by the roaring waters to write his well known poem Spirit song over the waters.
Hidden behind mighty rock faces, another deafening natural phenomenon is the Trummelbach Falls in the Black Monk mountain. From a total height of about two hundred meters, up to twenty thousand liters of water per second cascade over the ten glacier falls! By tunnel lift, this spectacle can only be reached in summer.
In the Jungfrau region, the valley town at 795 m is the starting point for some of the best known excursion destinations. The station where you change trains for the onward journey to the Jungfraujoch, a rack railway links Lauterbrunnen with the Kleinen Scheidegg and the sunny terrace of Wengen on the eastern flank of the valley.
Accessible from Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen, on the opposite side of the valley is the holiday resort of Murren. Famous for being the setting where the 007 classic, On Her Majesty's Secret Service was filmed, the cableway from Stechelberg continues to the peak of the Schilthorn at 2,971 m.
Perched on a steep rock terrace at 1,024 m, and starting point for walks in the romantic Saustal and further to Murren and the Lobhorn mountains, a few kilometers further up the valley, accessible along a narrow mountain road, is the peaceful little mountain village of Isenfluh.
Trummelbach Falls: with the ten waterfalls of the Trummelbach hidden amongst the rocks, one of the wildest glacier ravines in Europe!
On the edge of the village, Staubbach Falls. From an overhanging cliff face, the water plunges almost three hundred meters. For one of Goethe's famous poems, it was the inspiration.
On the trail of James Bond, Schilthorn. At 2,970 m, visitors to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant can enjoy the view of twenty glaciers and forty mountain peaks.
The first themed trail in the Jungfrau Aletsch Bietschhorn world natural heritage site and devoted to mountain hotels, power stations, alpine farming and waterfalls, UNESCO world heritage themed trail in the depths of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Kleine Scheidegg: impressive view of the 4,000 meter peaks of the Monch and Jungfrau and the north face of the Eiger. Also, to the Jungfraujoch, the starting point of the rack railway.
Jungfraujoch at 3,454 m: since 1912, the Jungfrau railway has been plying its way through a seven km long tunnel to the ultimate excursion destination in the Bernese Oberland, the Top of Europe!
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