Lauterbrunnen valley

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Lauterbrunnen Valley from Wengen with Staubbach Falls

The Lauterbrunnen valley is a valley in the Bernese Oberland in the Swiss Alps . The term Lauterbrunnen refers to the clear (louder) springs and brooks (fountains). The valley was called Claro Fonte as early as the 13th century . The word Luterbrunnen appeared for the first time in the 14th century . The Lauterbrunnen valley inspired JRR Tolkien in the novel The Lord of the Rings to the place Rivendell .


The villages Lauterbrunnen and Stechelberg are located in the valley floor . The village of Wengen is located on a terrace on the east side and the villages of Mürren , Gimmelwald and Isenfluh on the west side .

All villages belong to the political municipality Lauterbrunnen ; The main town is Lauterbrunnen.


The Weisse Lütschine flows through the valley . Because of the many waterfalls, the Lauterbrunnen valley is also called the valley of the 72 waterfalls . From Stechelberg (919 m) to the Jungfraugipfel (4158 m) the difference in altitude is 3239 m, whereby the horizontal distance is only 4630 m. The rear part of the valley is a nature reserve and part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn UNESCO World Heritage Site .

The molded by glaciers U-valley contains numerous tourist attractions: Besides the above mentioned villages are the Schilthorn , the Staubbachfall that Trümmelbachfälle , the Jungfraujoch , the Lobhörner , the male , the Kleine Scheidegg with Eiger , Mönch and Jungfrau . The Mürrenbachfall with a drop of 417 meters and the Buchenbachfall with a drop of 380 meters are considered to be the two highest waterfalls in Switzerland. At 297 meters, the Staubbachfall is the highest free-falling waterfall in Switzerland. The Mattenbachfall as a cascade waterfall with its 840 meters is the third and eighth highest waterfall in Europe, just behind the Vinnufallet and the Skorga.

Base jumping in the Lauterbrunnen valley

Due to the numerous, almost vertical rock faces, the Lauterbrunnen valley is a paradise for base jumpers who jump from the surrounding up to 1000 m high, steep rock faces such as the Mürrenfluh or the Staldenfluh . In recent years there have been numerous accidents, some of them fatal, which is why the valley has had a large presence in the media landscape. Between the early 1980s and summer 2019, 59 base jumpers died in the valley (as of July 30, 2019), one sixth of all base jumpers killed in accidents worldwide.


Web links

Commons : Lauterbrunnental  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The Death Gorge of Bern ( Memento from October 12, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Base jumper Uli Emanuele had a fatal accident. In: ORF. August 18, 2016, accessed August 18, 2016 .

Coordinates: 46 ° 33 '57.7 "  N , 7 ° 54' 29.1"  E ; CH1903:  six hundred thirty-five thousand nine hundred and ninety-three  /  157300