The Tram, Train, Boat, Train, Walk to Trümmelbachfälle

6 Sep

On August 9 we took a day trip from Bern to Interlaken and then on to Trümmelbachfälle.  Gwynne had her hardest day in terms of buying tickets and organizing our journey because of all the different vehicles we traveled on.

Boat to Interlaken Slide 1

Boat to Interlaken Via the Thuner See


This map contains a portion of the Aare River Watershed. You can see how the river goes through two lakes. We took a boat ride to Interlaken via the Thuner See (Lake). Interlaken literally means between lakes and that’s where it’s located on the map. The Aare is part of the Rhine. It is contained within Switzerland, although the Rhine is obviously much bigger.

Boat to Interlaken--Slide 2
Continuation of Journey


Boat to Interlaken--Slide 3

As Gwynne reminded me, we took a train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and then walked along the valley there to the falls.  We left Mom back at a hotel in Interlaken.  This was the one time that it was hard for her not to come with us.
Interlaken to Trummelbachfalle

Alps on Walk to Tummelbach

Alps on Walk to Trümmelbachfälle  Coleman, my nephew-in-law, said he was reminded of El Capitan at Yosemite.  I would say that the cliffs were like those of Yosemite, but without the tour buses.

Rhonda and Kathy --trail to waterfall (2) A

Kathy and Rhonda–Trail to Waterfall

Rhonda Taking Picture--Walk to Tummelbach Falls

Rhonda Taking Picture at Aare River.  The unearthly green of the river is due to the fact that it is composed of glacial water that has material suspended within it.

Road to Tummelbach Falls 4

Sheer Cliff on Trail with Waterfall.  The valley we were in is called the Valley of Seventy-two Waterfalls.  Out west we refer to the kind of waterfall you see here as a bridal veil falls.  It’s a kind of waterfall that is long and slender.

Road to Tummelbach Falls 5

Road to Tummelbach Falls 6

The hang gliders look incredibly beautiful against the rock cliffs.

Road to Hummelbach Falls 7

You can see the closely-cropped green here and the small huts that are typical in the landscape.  This hut looks like a small version of the Swiss chalet in which we stayed.

Walk to Trummelbach--Slide 8

I tried to focus on the landscapes and take pictures of my family in restaurants, but you see that they are in the lower right of the picture.

Walk to Trummelbach-  Slide 9

We talked to a couple of the guys when they landed.  Naturally my guy was from Minnesota.

Walk to Trummelbach--Slide 10

I wanted to take a picture of a woman who was shifting grass with a pitch fork, but she looked like a pretty tough customer, so I decided not to ask her permission.  Much of what I saw and heard was like the stereotyped view of Switzerland: the cows wore bells, the farming I witnessed was an older version, there was quite a bit of terracing, and the fields often looked like golf courses because they were cropped so close.  It was funny–this was the one time I wished I had a guide.  Of course, if dad were still alive he would have been able to explain the farming to me.


Tummelbach--7th level


I went up the inner elevator with the rest of the family,  stepped out on what is referred to as level 6, and did a Jimmy Stewart.  In other words, I experienced vertigo.  Luckily, I was able to take the stairs up one more level and see a portion of the falls inside the mountain. There are ten glacial falls inside.

Mitchell, his wife, Sean and Mitchell's mom. Sean and Gwynne

At the end of the day, we met Sean’s family in Interlaken at da rafmi (name of restaurant).

Of course, this was the day’s highlight.


2 Responses to “The Tram, Train, Boat, Train, Walk to Trümmelbachfälle”

  1. claireaperez September 17, 2016 at 6:18 pm #

    A lovely set of photographs here Kathy…very interesting about the glacial water. It is really nice that you had so many generations together on this trip!

  2. It was!

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