Waterfalls at Saint Beatus Caves (Switzerland)
by Ruth Williams
Falls emerging from St Beatus Caves
Saint Beatus Caves lie high above the northeastern shore of Lake Thun near Interlaken on the Niederhorn Massif. The subterranean river that flows through the caves makes a dramatic exit through the cave mouths falling in a series of about five cascades down to the lake below. From the car park it is a pleasant but steep walk zigzagging up the mountainside alongside the falls to the cave entrance.
Beatus was a sixth century Irish monk. Legend has it that when he got to the caves he found them inhabited by a dragon which he promptly drove off. He then settled there to convert the no doubt much impressed locals to Christianity!