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Isenfluh coat of arms
State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton BernCanton Bern Bern (BE)
Administrative district : Interlaken-Oberhasliw
Residential municipality : Lauterbrunneni2
Postal code : 3822
Coordinates : 635 108  /  163296 coordinates: 46 ° 37 '12 "  N , 7 ° 53' 49"  O ; CH1903:  635108  /  163296
Height : 1081  m above sea level M.
Area : 24.0  km²
Residents: 62 (March 31, 2009)
Population density : 3 inhabitants per km²
Isenfluh (Switzerland)
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Parish before the merger on January 1, 1973

Isenfluh was an independent municipality until 1973 and is now a district of Lauterbrunnen in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district of the canton of Bern in Switzerland . The small village lies above the Wilderswil -Lauterbrunnen road .


Isenfluh was first mentioned in writing as Ysenfluo in 1319 . It is believed that it was a Celtic settlement and that the hamlet of Sulwald was settled first. In Isenfluh, the arrival of Lötschentaler was recorded for the first time in 1401 . The dialect differs significantly from that of the other valley villages. The Interlaken Monastery had owned this small place since the 14th century. From 1528 onwards it was administered by the Landvogtei Interlaken for 270 years.

It was not until 1905 that a simple footpath was built to Lauterbrunnen. Before there was only one connection to Gündlischwand . At the end of the 1950s / beginning of the 1960s, after the footpath was buried, "the street of the youth" was built. Young people, schoolchildren and apprentices spent one to several weeks there and built this road down into the valley by labor.

In 1962/63 the solid, asphalt road was built. In 1965 the first problems arose. The first cracks in the slope made minor repairs necessary. In July 1987 a landslide destroyed this important link and the village was isolated. Thanks to a hastily built emergency cable car, the village could be reached again. In 1992 the village was reconnected to the road network. Thanks to a unique, 1200-meter-long, 360-degree spiral tunnel , the village can again be reached safely by car.

A cable car has been in operation since 1975, connecting Isenfluh with the hamlet of Sulwald.


Population development
year 1764 1799 1850 1880 1900 1920 1930 1941 1950 1960 1972 1980 1990 2006
Residents 80 107 162 176 145 118 98 68 92 65 42 54 58

Isenfluh suffered from heavy emigration from 1880 onwards. Preferred areas were Canada and the Caucasus .


Isenfluh belongs together with Wengen , Mürren , Gimmelwald , Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen to the political municipality Lauterbrunnen .


Isenfluh is the starting point for hikes and toboggan rides. The Suls-Lobhornhütte of the Swiss Alpine Club SAC can be reached from Isenfluh in a few hours. A small cable car takes you to the hamlet of Sulwald at 1520 m. Sulwald is inhabited all year round.



The archive of the former mixed community Isenfluh is located in the Lauterbrunnen community archive.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History
  2. Silas W: Beloved Life - anyway: Autobiographical sketches . 2013, ISBN 978-3-8423-9282-3 ( [accessed April 28, 2018]).
  3. ^ History of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, Volume 3, published by the Lauterbrunnen community in 1989