After our really fun night at the Lucerne Festival, we woke to another rainy, cloudy day. My grandiose plans of a day in the mountains would need to be reduced to only one activity…and one that was partially inside. We found an amazing diner in town called Parterre to enjoy breakfast. I think it’s the first one of its kind that I’ve experienced in Switzerland. I felt like we very well could have been back in the US. Brunch is my favorite, and I get to enjoy it much less frequently in Europe. I was definitely in my happy place.
We drove toward Interlaken after breakfast. Despite the low clouds and rainy conditions, there were still several really beautiful views. Particularly as we drove into the Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is full of waterfalls.
Our destination was Trummelbach Falls.
This is how Rick Steves described the site:
You’ll ride an elevator up through the mountain and climb through several caves to see the melt from the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau grinding like God’s bandsaw through the mountain at the rate of up to 5,200 gallons a second (that’s 20,000 liters – nearly double the beer consumption at Oktoberfest.).
There are 10 waterfalls – all can be reached by stairs, or an elevator can take you up through the mountain to by-pass some of the stairs. The elevator had a glass top, so you can see your path through the mountain. So crazy!
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but I was blown away…by the roar of the water, by the sheer volume of water crashing over the falls, and by the carvings the water has formed in the rock of the mountain. I’m not sure that the pictures I took do it justice, and the video I wanted to post to illustrate the sound won’t load, so you may have to use your imagination a little bit.
I thought these waterfalls were so cool! I would add this to the list of “must see” sites, if you’re near Interlaken or Lauterbrunnen. We had lunch at a little cafe in Lauterbunnen before driving home through the mountains. The valley is so spectacular!
I’m hoping for a nice day the next time I’m in the area, so I can go up to the Schilthorn to dine at the rotating restaurant with 360* views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau. The 1969 James Bond film was mostly filmed at this site, and it’s supposed to be gorgeous!
Doesn’t that view look magnificent?!
The weather made our weekend looked a lot different than I originally anticipated, but I loved it. Just an excuse to go back when the weather is nicer!