The Michelin Guide gives the falls one of their coveted 3 star ratings. We discovered the reason for this — Trümmelbach Falls is quite simply astounding as visitors witness up to 20,000 liters of water per second drain from the Eiger (3970 m), Mönch (4099 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m) peaks from inside the mountain.
The photos really don’t do this attraction justice. Part of the experience is hearing the water. Let’s just say it’s deafening. I’ve gone twice now and on each visit that first interaction with the falls produces a rash of giggles from all ages — you just can’t believe what you are seeing and hearing!
Here’s a taste … but truly, this is something that has to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated.
Trümmelbach Falls is comprised of ten glacial waterfalls. Seeing them involves some serious stairs, inside and outside of the mountain. I recommend taking the tunnel-lift (dark and disconcerting, but short) to take the edge off the climb. You will still get a mini-workout climbing up at the departure point, and then you can walk down to the valley floor at a leisurely pace.
Please trust me when I say that this is NOT a good place for toddlers. Think dark, steep, slippery, and loud. I felt the need to be in arm’s length of the school-age kids in our group.
If You Go
The falls are open daily from April through November. Entrance fees are 11 CHF per adult and 4 CHF per child. They do not accept credit cards so bring cash! Parking is easy but the Lauterbrunnen Valley bus system is amazing efficient. We also stopped in the little cafe near the entrance and they have delightful snacks, cakes, and coffee.
Photos courtesy of Amie O’Shaughnessy
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