Welcome to Rivendell Frodo Baggins. I swear I heard that line run through my head as soon as I stepped out of the car and got my first full view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Most probably because I am the kind of gal that researches the hell out of destinations before (and after) visiting them, and the fact that Lauternbrunnen was the inspiration for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Middle Earth came up a few times.
Not much spontaneity going on in this blog-hold, you only get what you really really want here!
Lauterbrunnen, the valley of the 72 waterfalls, and the charming quintessentially Swiss village that sits at its heart, is hailed as one of Switzerland’s most scenic. I’ve had this place on my bucket list to visit for months now, but I kind of wanted to ensure that we show up on a near perfect day.
The glacier carved valley runs deep and narrow, which means it’s often windy, dark, and wet, if not frozen. Though I’m quite certain that there is no time of year when this place could possibly look bad, I wanted to take advantage of the brief mid-July – August warm, bright and sunny window on our first visit.
Timing is everything.
There is a whole lot of hiking and adventuring to do in the area, most of it is still pending on my list, but on this day my husband and I just wanted to walk and marvel at the amazing vistas.
As we walked away from the town, the soothing hum of waterfalls became the soundtrack of the day. Starting with Staubbach, the third highest waterfall in Switzerland, thundering just behind the town and making its presence very well-known with a cloud of cool mist hanging low in the background.
Now, here is the thing about perfect days, just when you think they couldn’t get better, they actually do. And yes, unfortunately this theory applies to crappy days as well.
Considering this profound realization, on a day when there is enough light bouncing around waterfalls, your chances of spotting rainbows in your waterfalls (or in anything for that matter) substantially increases.
I don’t necessarily guarantee the preciseness of the science to back this statement, but I will attest that they practically appeared everywhere we looked.
Too many to count, they were the perfect color accent to the day.
I couldn’t be the only one in the world who finds this cheese and sausage vending machine concept utterly fascinating, am I?
Shame my favorite cheese wasn’t available, so we picked up some lunch snacks from a less special cafe we came across later.
If you think the full-frontal views of gorgeous waterfalls individually running down the face of mighty mountains is breathtaking, try tucking behind about ten of them tangled up together. An unforgettable experience that we had at the Trummelbach Falls down the road, the world’s only glacier waterfalls accessible by a safe lift, which you can wander around through a web of fenced paths and tunnels.
To our delight, rainbows found their way back there on that day too.
It truly is a beautiful force of nature.