It was time for us to bade farewell to Mürren and Gimmelwald. Time to make our way back to lower ground. The Schiltornbahn arrived right on time and this time around, it was packed with fellow tourists, everyone is trying to make their way to Stechelberg.
Tip: If you have the time, you can walk the 2.5km way back to Lauterbrunnen from Stechelberg. Taking in the surrounding areas and the numerous waterfalls.
The Swiss made things really easy for us. All we had to do was to hop onto the bus which was waiting for us when we stepped off the Schiltornbahn. Our next destination — Trümmelbachfälle. It was a downcast day and there was a light drizzle. Our excursion in the mountainous areas of Switzerland has been nothing but rain and mist and fog.
“No wonder most travel guides suggest that we have a flexible schedule for the mountains,” I quipped.
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“Hmmm, the weather forecast doesn’t look good today either,” I said.
We were all having breakfast at the hotel. Local TV channels have one special channel with a live video feed of the nearby mountaintops. So that you can gauge the weather that you will be expecting when you go up. Our three days here at Interlaken was all cloudy and gloomy. Not the perfect weather to go to the mountains but quite nice for some hike. Which was what we were going to do.
We have already memorized the train schedule that’s leaving Interlaken for Lauterbrunnen, so we could take it easy with our breakfast and the brisk stroll to the train station from the hotel. I can’t emphasize how good the Swiss punctuality is for our daily usage. We don’t have to rush and we would always knew when the next train/bus would be coming around the corner if we missed the first one. It makes travel planning so much easier and flexible.
The town of Lauterbrunnen which can mean ‘clear springs’ or ‘many springs’ depending on the translation. Nestled in between two massive mountain walls, it is famous as the town with the backdrop of a waterfall, known as the Staubbach Falls.
Staubbach Falls in the background. (click to enlarge)
Once you get off the platform, instead of following the masses and heading towards the town, make your way in the opposite direction, towards the carpark. Exit the carpark and you will find yourself in a tourist-free, residential area of Lauterbrunnen. This gives you a close-up look at how the people here lived. The Swiss really like their flowers. Almost every window, every garden around the area are dotted with flowers of various varieties.
A typical Swiss house in the mountains.
Tip: Instead of exiting to the town, try exiting through the carpark on the opposite direction.
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