Trümmelbach Falls – in the Valley of the 72 Waterfalls

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbunnen

Lauterbunnen

Schilthorn

Schilthorn

Loud thundering and roaring in the interior of the mountain, gurgling, foaming and churning water: these are the Trümmelbach Falls. They are Europe's largest subterranean water falls and are located in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, often called the valley of 72 waterfalls.

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The Trümmelbach Falls are the world's only glacier waterfalls that are accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. They alone carry the meltwater of the glaciers from the Jungfrau down to the valley - up to 20,000 liters of water per second. The water carries with it over 20,000 tons of boulders and scree per year and causes the entire mountain to shudder and make a thundering noise.

The Trümmelbach Falls are part of the Lauterbrunnen Valley's 72 waterfalls, among them also the imposing Staubbach Falls. The hiking tour on mainly flat land leads from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg, past water gushing from vertical rock faces that are several hundred meters high.

6 Comments

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    Chitra Agarwal

    Being at Trummelback Falls has been one my life's best travel moments. Words cannot describe the excitement to experience being inside a mountain and seeing 20,000 liters of water falling down per second. I'm a big time claustrophobic but the dark lift did not scare me because it was not all that dark - the mobile lights were on :)

    Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 7:41 AM

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    Olivia Powers

    We went through this years ago and I highly recommend it. We want to go back someday. It is truly amazing, a natural wonder. The lift ride is short, but it is in a crowded, pitch-black elevator, so if you're claustrophobic...this might be a challenge, but it is worth it.

    Monday, Oct 21, 2013 1:18 AM

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    Linda

    My boyfriend and I will be there in a couple weeks for 3 days. This is definitely on my list of places to visit.

    Friday, Sep 13, 2013 12:04 AM

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    Mick

    My wife and I are off to Lauterbrunen shortly, never been there,only past through on our way to Italy,it looks extremely interesting,we cannot wait!

    Saturday, Jul 6, 2013 5:55 PM

  • 5
    Stefan

    How didn't I know these waterfalls exist? Definitely on my 'dream-spaces-to-go'-list :)

    Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 10:05 PM

  • 6
    Varun

    The article certainly generates interest in the region and beautifully describes the falls. A bit of trek distance details of beautiful trails from nearby main villages would to good to us.

    Monday, Dec 5, 2011 2:22 PM

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