With such wonderful scenery around us, I thought nothing could surpass it, until today. We had planned on visiting Trümmelbach falls yesterday , but arrived too late , so that was first on our list today. There are ten falls in total. Nine of these are in caverns within the mountain. You know , don’t you , that this means stairs and more stairs.
The pain I am going through for you……well not really , but it sounded good. Now you can get a bit blasé about falls , not here. Once you enter the cave, there is a thunderous sound of water. As the glaciers on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau melt, the water is channeled underground and over time has cut a path through the rock , creating these caverns and falls.
The power of the water rushing through is tremendous. It is only when you leave the sound and caves , and look down at the fast running river full of rocks that you can see how much the water has worn away the mountain.
Now we haven’t been on many trains in the last few days, so today we made up for it. First was a trip to Wengen. Here we changed trains for Kleine Scheidegg, from here the north wall if the Eiger towers over you.
You have one more train to catch before you reach your destination but the scenery as you travel up is amazing. Finished in 1912, the Jungfrau Railway took sixteen years to complete. It was an engineering marvel then and is still impressive today . You travel through alpine pastures , and then , enter a tunnel cut through seven kilometres and three mountains to the highest point in Europe.
There are viewpoints cut into the mountain ,so you can see the different areas.
Once at the top , you can walk on the glacier, see 360′ views from above , visit an ice palace and see sculptures and have fun in the snow. Of course we did all of these for you, except go on a mountain walk ( wrong shoes,oops).
Are you astounded at the beauty of nature? We were.
To think we are walking on the Aletsch glacier that is the longest ice stream In the Alps. It has volcanic dust in it from Iceland and has particles in it from thousands of years ago. Frozen in time.
Now fun things, how about those ice sculptures. There is even one from the “Ice Age” , movie.
Have you ever used a zip line or ridden a tube? Well these were tried today . Do you think we enjoyed them, you bet.
At the end of the day , we retraced our morning journey , but returned to Lauterbrunnen via Grindelwald , and its views of the valleys. Tomorrow , just catching the train to Zermatt is going to feel a little quiet after such a great day.