About Aegertenbach Falls (Ægertenbachfälle)
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.
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!
From Obscurity to Significance
Because Aegertenbach Falls tended to blend in with other waterfalls or served as a minor backdrop to the awesome scenery of Lauterbrunnen Valley, 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).
It was during this walk that we saw a sign besides the Aegertenbach watercourse giving us that information.
That sign, by the way, also told us that Aegertenbach Falls was 261m in height.
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.
Without that sign and its insight, I could imagine this waterfall could’ve very easily become insignificant and forgotten by all but the most devoted waterfall chasers.
Aegertenbach Falls resides near the town of Lauterbrunnen, which sits within the Interlaken-Oberhasli District of the Bern Canton, Switzerland. I can’t find an official governmental authority administering this waterfall. So for information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, you may try visiting the Bern Canton website.
In order to get a frontal look at the Aegertenbach 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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