Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Lauterbrunnen is a municipality in the district of Interlaken in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.

The municipality lies in the Lauterbrunnen Valley and comprises the villages Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Mürren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg and Isenfluh.

This is the best website I found about Lauterbrunnen, all of the others where not helpful at all but this one is great.


This is the best (and only) good place I found for pictures of Lauterbrunnen, I did wish that I could have found some better ones but these are quite good.


This one has good pictures, too. They are not crystal clear but are pretty good and there are lots of them.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the poen Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (literal
translation: Song of the Spirits above the Waters) while he stayed near the Staubbach Falls
waterfall in Lauterbrunnen. This stanza is especially beautiful:

When from the high,
Sheer wall of rock
The pure stream gushes,
It sprays its lovely vapor
In billowing clouds
Towards the smooth rock,
And lightly received,
It goes enshrouded,
Softly hissing
Down to the deep.

You can read the rest of it here:

The Lauterbrunnen valley also provided the pictorial model for J. R. R. Tolkien's sketches and watercolours of the fictitious valley of Rivendell, and possibly also the name of the Bruinen river (meaning 'Loudwater') which flowed through it.


All pictures on the post are from Wikipedia.

Have fun exploring!

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