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A Look at Lauterbrunnen
WELCOME TO A NEW WEEK!!
I'm hoping you had a great weekend! Mine started off Friday night with Gianna having a houseful of her friends - eating me out of house and home (joking! I LOVE having all the girls here!)
Then Saturday was mellow with a trip to the movies to see SING, the animated movie, which I THOROUGHLY Loved!
And yesterday was TOTALLY relaxing indoors as it hailed and sleeted outside. I curled up and went from couch to club chair to bed, just vegging.
I did manage to make a pot of vegetable soup, but honestly, did not accomplish much more than that. Thank goodness I had finished the laundry the night before!
So, what's new for the week -- Well, we are still following Tanya all around on her Winter Wonderland Tour, and she is now enjoying her second day in Wengen, Switzerland.
I thought I would tell you about Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland today!
Lauterbrunnen is situated in one of the most impressive trough valleys in the Alps, between gigantic rock faces and mountain peaks.
Waterfalls Home to 72 thundering waterfalls, the very name ‘Lauter Brunnen’ (‘many fountains’) suggests the magnificence of this landscape.
The most famous of the falls is Staubbach Falls.
Plunging almost 300 metres from an overhanging rock face, they are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe!
STAUBBACH FALLS, LAUTERBRUNNEN (credit: switzerland tourism)
Another natural phenomenon are the Trümmelbach Falls in the ‘Black Monk’ mountain, hidden behind mighty rock faces.
Up to 20,000 litres of water per second cascade over the ten glacier falls from a total height of about 200 metres. This spectacle can only be reached in summer by tunnel lift.
TRUMMELBACH FALLS, LAUTERBRUNNEN (credit; expedia)
Glaciers In addition to the beautiful falls, the upper Lauterbrunnen Valley contains several glaciers, such as the Tschingelfirn and the Rottalgletscher
Alpine Meadows and Peaks Meadows and peaks are abundant and among these are Schilthorn, Bietenhorn, Schwarzmönch, and Silberhorn,
Villages Lauterbrunnen is surrounded by beautiful villages that include Wengen (where Tanya is currently visiting), Mürren, Gimmelwald, Stechelberg, and Isenfluh, as well as several hamlets.
History The history of Lauterbrunnen dates back to 1240, when it was first mentioned as "in claro fonte", a Romance language place name meaning "clear spring."
By 1253 it was known to German speakers as Liuterbrunnon which by 1268 had the alternate spelling of Luterbrunnen.
LAUTERBRUNNEN (credit: switzerland tourism)
Facts & Information The village of Lauterbrunnen has a population of 2,451.
Most of the population speaks German (2,483 or 85.2%) as their first language, Portuguese is the second most common (143 or 4.9%) and Croatian is the third (59 or 2.0%). There are 42 people who speak French, 40 people who speak Italian and 5 people who speak Romansh.
Heritage Sites You know how much Tanya and I love anything and anywhere that is a heritage site of any significance.
Well, here are a few in the area of Lauterbrunnen:
THE CABLE CAR BETWEEN STECTCHELBERG AND SCHILTORN (credit: switzerland tourism)
Swiss Heritage Sites of National Significance * The cable car between Stechelberg and Schilthorn * The Trachsellauenen Silver Mine (The silver mine was active in the medieval to early modern periods)
The Inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites * The hamlet of Gimmelwald * The Kleine Scheidegg region
I have a relatively busy week.
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and I'll be taking the girls out for a Mom & Daughters Dinner.
They love Season's 52, so that's where we'll be headed. Of course, I'll be doing a little pampering on Tuesday as well - getting my hair done.
Later in the week I have a dear long-time friend coming into New York for a little weekend visit with me and the girls. We'll be heading into the city and will be having lots of girl fun catching up.
Of course, eating is always on the agenda, so I'm sure there will be lots of good eats to tell you about!!
That's a wrap for today!
See ya back here tomorrow for Valentine's Day AND Travelin' Tuesday!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: WENGEN, SWITZERLAND
Wondering about around Wengen
GREETINGS once again from good ol' Wengen!
If you happen to be asking "where is that?" well then you have some catching up to do! Please be sure to hit the "Previous page" link at the bottom of the blog page, and find out all that you've been missing.
For those of you who are now somewhat familiar with Wengen (and yes it is in Switzerland), let me tell you all about our fabulous day wondering about around Wengen.
As the day started and I watched the sun rise above the many peaks that are within sight - Breithorn (12,409 ft), Tschingelhorn (11,736 ft) Gspaltenhorn (11,277 ft) so close that I could almost reach out and touch them! I just can't get over this view. Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe - 13,692 ft).
I wondered out loud whether I prefer it here more so in the summer or winter and quite honestly I don't think I have a preference. Plus Cosette surely did not want me to answer, as she felt that if I made a choice that would become the only season that we would ever return in. And YES we will be returning, over and over again.
We can't get enough of WENGEN!
When I finally decided that the view wasn't going anywhere it was time for us to leave this wonderful chalet and go check out the town.
On our little stroll we had stopped at a little park that we found during our last visit to Wengen, and being the playful people that we are, we decided to spend some time playing!
At the base of the gondola (c) travelincousins.com
Playing around on a slack line in the park (c) travelincousins.com
After much fun playing in the park, climbing things and trying our luck at the slack line, we had moved onward to the village - which by the way was much much more happening now (in the winter, then it was during our last visit which was in the summer). All the fans of snow sports wondering about. Lots of families, lots of doggies dressed in their little winter coats, it was all very cute.
Our first stop was the bakery (of course) it was time to get some fresh baguettes and a few pretzel rolls. We then stepped into the tourist center and made a few inquiries before wondering about some more, eventually stopping for a relaxing break at The Schonegg to take it all in and for some tea and coffee.
Time for a cafe break (c) travelincousins.com
Taking it all in (c)travelincousins.com
Once we had finished and ready to be on our way once again we had stopped into a local market and then back to our chalet to deliver our purchased packages.
Time for a cafe break (c) travelincousins.com
Lovely Wengen (c)travelincousins.com
The way to our chalet (c)travelincousins.com
At this point we were getting rather hungry and I heard about a place down in Lauterbrunnen that had vegan options, so off we went to go find lunch and then continue on our way to the sports center in Grindelwald to go have a little adventure at the indoor ropes park.
Ready for more climbing (c) travelincousins.com
Ropes park in Grindelwald (c)travelincousins.com
High up in the rafters at the ropes park (c)travelincousins.com
One of our many views (c) travelincousins.com
On our balcony (c)travelincousins.com
While enjoying ourselves, it just so happened that we missed our return train back and caused the ropes park to stay open late.... Yikes! The attendant was super nice about it, but I think we might have made him late for something as well, because once we exited the facility he was running (with skis in hand) in the direction of the train station.
We had such super fun that we completely lost track of time.
Luckily it was okay and we just had to take a later train - no biggie.
Wengen train station (c)travelincousins.com
On board (c) travelincousins.com
Always having fun! Grindelwald, CH (c) travelincousins.com
Well folks speaking of fun, it's time for us to get on out there and have some more! Catch ya back here tomorrow, -T