Last Christmas I got a great travel present – a voucher for a trip with bus company “Avanti”. I heard that they organize a lot of hiking tours, so I was really excited. It took me some time to decide, but then I choose a day trip to Switzerland that combined hiking to Mürren and visiting Trümmelbach Falls. The lady in company’s office told me one more time that I should take good hiking boots and made me believe it will be a tough hike.
Finally, the X-day came. We left in the very early morning and headed to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland, where the hike was to start. I woke up around 5 am that day and was sure I would sleep all the way on the bus, but I just wasn’t able to close my eyes when these landscapes started to appear. No matter how many times I saw The Alps already, I am fascinated every time.
In Lauterbrunnen, we left our bus and took a short trolley ride to Grütschalp. From there we saw a magnificent view of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. I was happy to cross out one more line from my “to do” list in Switzerland.
These three peaks were offering a great view on the walk to Mürren. There was quite a lot of snow in the beginning of May, but the sun was ruthless. This hike would turn into disaster without sunscreen and sunglasses.
After about an hour of walking we reached Mürren – car free village, famous among ski lovers and James Bond fans. If you take a trolley up from Mürren, you can get to Schilthorn, where the 1969 James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was filmed.
Mürren is also believed to be a “Kraftort”, literally “place of power”. You can feel some special energy in such places and get filled with strength, but I guess it needs practicing because I didn’t feel anything special and felt energized only after lunch 😀
After the lunch break, it was time to take a ride back in the Lauterbrunnen valley, also called the valley of 72 waterfalls.
We continued walking through the valley, and in one moment I turned back and there was it! The view that actually made me book exactly this tour.
We walked another hour, enjoying waterfalls, fresh green grass and Happy Swiss cows. By the way, almost all Swiss cows don’t have horns (even if you saw cows with horns on Swiss postcards). Farmers usually de-bud young animals, so that horns don’t grow. This way there is less chance that they will injure other animals or humans and also need less space. However, one man was against it. He collected more than 100 000 signatures and therefore his initiative will be put on the national vote.
The highlight of the trip was visiting Trümmelbach Falls. To be honest, I didn’t expect much. I never ever heard about them before and was surprised that it is natural UNESCO World heritage site. I must admit they are impressive. A total of 10 glacier-waterfalls is hidden inside the mountain. It gets really cold and wet inside, I felt a bit like in a cave.
After waterfalls and ice cream break, we continued walking back to Lauterbrunnen.
The trip was coming to an end and a bus journey back home was waiting. I can highly recommend this route to everyone who is new to hiking. You can take trolley rides up and then down in the valley, real walking time is about 3 hours and it feels great to see so much without beeing totally exhausted in the end.
Mountains slowly became lower and the last highlight was driving by the Lake Thun – maybe the destination for next trip in Switzerland 🙂