The Jungfrau Region in the Bernese Oberland is beyond beautiful. No surprise that it has been on itineraries since the first big organized Swiss Tour in the 19th century.
I think there is not one visitor to Switzerland that is not mesmerized by this region. The magic of the Bernese Alps - amongst them the three mighty peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau with their eternal snow covers - the lovely alpine villages with their deeply rooted traditions and the grand vistas from easy reachable mountain tops do their best to leave a lasting impression.
The Lauterbrunnen Valley - seen here from Wengen - is wedged between waterfall spewing rock faces and the Bernese Alps. Lauterbrunnen - literally meaning "lots of fountains" - boosts over 70 waterfalls. The Staubbach falls can bee seen on this photo to the right. Some of the falls are almost entirely hidden in the mountains, for example the impressive Trümmelbach falls in the "Black Monk" (to the left).
Look at the first photo and you think the Staubbach fall tumbles right down onto houses. In fact, they are a little outside Lauterbrunnen. Follow the path up the first fall and you can go right behind it. Quite an experience. The second photo was taken in the cable car going up to Grütschalp on the way to Mürren (stick to the left in driving direction of the cable car and you see the fall right after take-off). These photos were taken late fall. The falls carry much more water in the spring.<
The small Lauterbrunnen museum is quite interesting. It exhibits artifacts and historical objects. Some rooms are decorated as hotel rooms the way they were in the 19th century when the first tourists arrived in Lauterbrunnen.
When the cows arrived in Lauterbrunnen from spending the summer high up in the Alps, they had walked for almost three hours, coming down the steep trail from Wengen and beyond.
Birg (2677 m /8783 ft.) on the ledge above Mürren is the intermediate station on the way up to Mount Schilthorn.
Mürren lies high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. To the right is Wengen (on the way to the Jungfraujoch). The villages are farther apart than the photo implies. Between them lies the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Wengen to the left seen from the cable way that takes travellers from Mürren (and Schilthorn) via Gimmelwald down to Stechelberg, the village at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Mount Eiger to the left, in the middle the Monk (Mönch) and to the right a tiny bit of the Jungfrau. If you squeeze your eyes a little, you can see the building of the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest railway station to the right of the Monk on the ridge leading up to Mount Jungfrau.
Kleine Scheidegg is the train station where the rail tracks coming from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen/Wengen meet. From here, the little red and yellow Jungfraubahn leads up through the Eiger to the Top of Europe. Kleine Scheidegg is also a starting point for great hikes, for example up to Mount Männlichen or down to Grindelwald.
The Wengernalp railway leads down (or up, depending which way you arrive) from the Kleine Scheidegg station to Grindelwald, the largest village in the Jungfrau Region.
This is Grindelwald, dominated by the Wetterhorn (3701 m/12142 ft.) from the "other side" on the way up to "Grosse Scheidegg". Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau are seen in the distance.
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