Aegertenbach Falls

Lauterbrunnen / Bernese Oberland, Bern Canton, Switzerland

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Aegertenbach Falls or Ägertenbachfälle

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INTRODUCTION

Aegertenbach Falls (also Ägertenbachfall or Ägertenbachfälle in German; pronounced "EGG-er-tuhn-bahkh-fell-uh") is situated right between Staubbach Falls and Murrenbach Falls and right across from Trummelbach Falls. Of all of these waterfalls, this one probably had the lightest flow and was most prone to scattering by the wind. During our visit, the scattering was so prevalent that it seemed like the waterfall would disappear long before reaching the ground. Sometimes, the waterfall was even blown upwards!

Like Murrenbach Falls, this waterfall was pretty much a look-but-don't-touch affair as we couldn't get close to it. However, it did provide a nice backdrop to several of the photos of the Lauterbrunnen Valley that we were able to take (see the top photo below). Thus, it was photogenic when used in conjunction with other scenic subjects.

Moreover, we were able to see this waterfall accompanied by either Staubbach Falls or Murrenbach Falls or sometimes by both! Perhaps that was why we got the sense that hardly anyone knew this waterfall's name.

In fact, we certainly didn't know about its name until we walked the 2km trail between Trummelbach Falls and the Talstation Schilthornbahn (i.e. cable car station going to Gimmelwald) where we saw a sign besides its watercourse giving us that information. Without that sign, I could imagine this waterfall could've very easily blended in with the numerous other waterfalls that either didn't have a name or lacked signage or literature that would've helped us identify it by name.

That sign, by the way, also told us that Aegertenbach Falls was 261m in height, and that apparently its stream was involved in the first use of electric lights within Lauterbrunnen Valley. In addition, the sign also mentioned that the lights were originally meant for wealthy British guests.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This is a view of Aegertenbach Falls backing some farms and an attractive flowery fieldThis is a view of Aegertenbach Falls backing some farms and an attractive flowery field
If you're taking the trouble to see Aegertenbach Falls up close, you should continue towards Murrenbach Falls where there's a cable car that will take you up to Schilthorn for killer views like thisIf you're taking the trouble to see Aegertenbach Falls up close, you should continue towards Murrenbach Falls where there's a cable car that will take you up to Schilthorn for killer views like this
In addition to visiting Aegertenbach Falls, earlier in our visit to Lauterbrunnen Valley, we also took the Jungfraujoch up to the 'top of Europe' and the ice fields up thereIn addition to visiting Aegertenbach Falls, earlier in our visit to Lauterbrunnen Valley, we also took the Jungfraujoch up to the 'top of Europe' and the ice fields up there
Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls from WengenStaubbach Falls and Ägertenbach Falls from Wengen

Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls (the thin waterfall in the left side of this photo) from LauterbrunnenStaubbach Falls and Ägertenbach Falls (the thin waterfall in the left side of this photo) from Lauterbrunnen

The falls when it's not scattering with the windThe falls when it's not scattering with the wind

Looking at the falls scattering with the wind from Trummelbach FallsLooking at the falls scattering with the wind from Trummelbach Falls

Walking towards Aegertenbach FallsWalking towards Ägertenbach Falls

The river fronting Aegertenbach FallsThe river fronting Ägertenbach Falls

Broad view of the valley with the falls scattering to the far rightBroad view of the valley with the falls scattering to the far right

Looking back towards Lauterbrunnen as Murrenbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls tumble on the left side of the valleyLooking back towards Lauterbrunnen as Murrenbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls tumble on the left side of the valley


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

In order to get a frontal look at the falls, you'll have to walk within the 2km stretch between Trummelbach Falls and Murrenbach Falls. See their respective pages for directions to those waterfalls.

For directions on how we got to Lauterbrunnen, see the Staubbach Falls page.

Lastly, for some geographical context, the train ride from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen was said to be about 25 minutes. From Zurich to Interlaken was about 3 hours by rail.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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