This morning I made my way into the area south of Interlaken. My Eurail Pass got me as far as Interlaken and from there I hopped abort a private train and headed up into the Alps. I'm staying at one of the tiny villages in the area, but it's by no means the smallest. The place is called Lauterbrunnen and it's also not the highest place, but it has good access to the area what I want to see and the view around here is just awesome.
Even though it's still a bit before peak season, the area is busy. Interlaken was jammed with a ton of young people attending a big 3 day concert. Up here at Lauterbrunnen there is nothing particular going on other than it is a weekend. It sounds like I got close to the last room in the village and it's a drastic change from what I had last night. It's up in the attic of the hotel (feels like a cabin) and it doesn't even have a bathroom, I have to go down one floor for that. There are two big tour groups here tonight which are leaving tomorrow, so I'll move into a more normal room then. I'll make do with the room I have tonight. It is quiet (lots of birds chirping outside) and it has an ok view, besides I'm not spending much time there.
After I found the room I went for a walk to explore the village and the valley that it's in. As I was walking along I met a fellow from Texas and his father who's originally from Switzerland. They gave me a tip about an interesting site they had just come from, so I went to check it out. The place is call Trummelback and it's cascading waterfalls inside a mountain. In some ways it's similar to Johnston's Canyon near Banff, but is much more compact, vertical, and it's crammed inside the mountain (you go in tunnels to see it).
This photo was taken looking up the Weisse Lutschine valley from Lauterbrunnen. The cliffs on the sides of the valley are several hundred feet high, as is that water fall on the right. The highest mountain in Europe, Jungfrau, is up and to the left of this picture.
Some scenery as I walked up the valley.
An indestructible concrete ping pong table.
The water fall shown in the first picture.
A bit better picture of Jungfrau.
More scenery in the area. These buildings remind me of my brother's resort, Destiny Bay, along Kootenay Lake.
The grass is green around here for a reason. There's an odor that goes with this as well, but I guess it's better than the pollution in our cities.
There are lots of interesting places around, but the area is by no means crowded.
The cascading waterfalls are in the mountain just above the roof of this house.
Nearing the end of the valley now. Today I didn't go much beyond the waterfalls just a little ways ahead and to the left (about a hour walk from my hotel). Sometime during my stay here I will be heading way up to the right of this valley. There are some interesting tiny little villages up there and way up high is a restaurant housed in the building that was one of the main scenes in the early James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". I will also be heading up to the left to the Jungfrau. The company that owns the train I road in on, has a series of trains and trams all over these mountains, so that's how I'll get up to those peaks.
The following photos are of the cascading waterfalls. It was very difficult to photograph, because most of it, unlike what we see here, was inside and it was extremely wet!
They had some lighting inside that caused the rock to look green and orange.
The slow film speed required to photograph indoors makes the water look like it's going faster than it is.
The water definitely wasn't going as fast as it looks here, but it was intense, so much so you could feel air pressure changes in the tunnel as the rate of the water fluctuated.
The cuts through the rocks were just amazing, but very hard to photograph.
This photo was taken looking down the valley. The village of Lauterbrunnen is in the bottom of the valley to the left and the village of Wegen is up on the slope to the right.
I will be in this area for at least four nights, so stay tuned for some more awesome pictures.