is filled with wonderful, amazing, unique diverse places. The Lauterbraunnen Valley
in the Bernese Alps
is one of these places. It is one of the deepest trough valleys
in the alps. The mountains, with their visible limestone, rise directly up on either side of the valley. They are perpendicular to the valley floor. Since the valley is only about a kilometer wide, the dramatic cliffs
are everywhere you look.
Snowmelt + cliffs = waterfalls. The Lauterbrunnen Valley
is filled with them; there are 72. The largest and most well known is Staubach Falls. Others include: Trümmelbach and Schmadrifällen. We drove into the valley at night and could hear the falls. The next morning we woke up to this view!
The cliffs on either side make it a paradise for base jumpers (just take a look at the second photo to see where the spot where they jump). While the vertical valley walls may be great for base jumpers, you can imagine what happens when it snows. Avalanches are a huge danger. This is Switzerland, they’re prepared. Avalanche shelters dot the valley floor.
They also attack the problem from up above. These snow fences
were at high altitudes
to protect towns. This one is protecting Wengen
(a town just above the valley).