Wednesday, 20 July 2011

1000/491: 07 July 2011: Lauterbrunnen and Trummelbach Falls


Staying at lower level today we visited Lauterbrunnen, which is as near to unspoiled as you’ll get in central Europe I suspect. Not sure what the weird statues are supposed to convey but on the cliffs in the background you can see the Staubbach Falls which fall about 900 feet. Here’s a shot of the base of the falls to give you some idea of scale. There are some people on a viewing platform, bottom right, if you look carefully.

Staubbach Falls, Lauterbrunnen

We headed up the valley along the riverbank. The Lutschine is a peculiar white colour – presumably entrained dust from the melting glaciers that feed it. It’s also very, very cold – it was glacier only a few hours before. The waterfalls at the bottom  of this post carry about 20,000 tonnes of debris a year into the river, and they’re just one source.

Lauterbrunnen - heading towards the river The White Lutschine - looking down the Lauterbrunnen valley

We were aiming for another waterfall – rather unusually inside a cave – at Trummelbach, further up the valley. Obviously we were keen on punishing our legs for past misdemeanours because we were up and down lots of steps – not easy after yesterdays exertions.

The Trummelbach falls consist of 10 separate waterfalls, totalling about 500 feet, and they drain the glaciers around the foot of the Eiger/Monch/Jungfrau. At this time of year we’re looking at 20,000 litres of water a second – so unsurprisingly there’s a bit of spray. Not much of an issue in this shot…

Another view of the Trummelbach Falls

…but rather more so in this one!Inside the Trummelbach cave

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