Aegertenbach Falls (Ægertenbachfälle)

Lauterbrunnen / Oberland Region, Bern Canton, Switzerland

About Aegertenbach Falls (Ægertenbachfälle)


Hiking Distance: 2km shuttle
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2010-06-09
Date last visited: 2010-06-09

Waterfall Latitude: 46.56571
Waterfall Longitude: 7.89927

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.

Bernese_Oberland_609_06092010 - Looking back at Aegertenbach Falls tumbling into Lauterbrunnen Valley over an extensive field of blooming wildflowers
Looking back at Aegertenbach Falls tumbling into Lauterbrunnen Valley over an extensive field of blooming wildflowers

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.

Bernese_Oberland_736_06092010 - Aegertenbach Falls and the contours of the Lauterbrunnen Valley
Aegertenbach Falls and the contours of the Lauterbrunnen Valley

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.

Bernese_Oberland_232_06082010 - Context of Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where the thin waterfall on the right side of this photo was the Aegertenbach Falls
Context of Wengen and the Lauterbrunnen Valley, where the thin waterfall on the right side of this photo was the Aegertenbach Falls

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.

Authorities

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.

Bernese_Oberland_247_06082010 - Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls as seen from Wengen
Bernese_Oberland_271_06082010 - Staubbach Falls and the Aegertenbach Falls (either the middle waterfall or the tall thin one way in the distance) as seen from Lauterbrunnen
Bernese_Oberland_272_06082010 - Another look at Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls (the middle or distant waterfall in the left side of this photo) from Lauterbrunnen
Bernese_Oberland_348_06082010 - View of Lauterbrunnen Valley with the thin waterfalls on the topright side of the photo possibly being Aegertenbach Falls (though I couldn't tell which one)
Bernese_Oberland_399_06092010 - Broad look at Lauterbrunnen Valley from an elevated vantage point with hard-to-see thin waterfalls on the right side, but I can't tell which one of them was the Aegertenbach Falls
Bernese_Oberland_558_06092010 - This view looking into Lauterbrunnen Valley from the Schilthornbahn shows Aegertenbach Falls way in the distance with the bottom of Murrenbach Falls in the foreground
Bernese_Oberland_563_06092010 - This broad view of the Lauterbrunnen Valley from its floor shows what happens when Aegertenbach Falls appears to disappear before hitting the valley floor after b eing scattered by the wind
Bernese_Oberland_571_06092010 - Focused on the Aegertenbach Falls when it's not scattering with the wind
Bernese_Oberland_605_06092010 - Looking along the river running through Lauterbrunnen towards the thin Aegertenbach Falls
Bernese_Oberland_615_06092010 - View of the Aegertenbach Falls (to the right) with Murrenbach Falls in the background as we strolled through Lauterbrunnen Valley
Bernese_Oberland_631_06092010 - Looking at the Aegertenbach Falls scattering with the wind from the Trummelbach Falls excursion
Bernese_Oberland_637_06092010 - Another look at the Aegertenbach Falls plunging into Lauterbrunnen Valley as seen from the Trummelbach Falls excursion
Bernese_Oberland_732_06092010 - Walking towards Aegertenbach Falls along the road leading further south into Lauterbrunnen Valley
Bernese_Oberland_735_06092010 - The river fronting Aegertenbach Falls as we looked southwards (the falls in the distance was Murrenbach Falls)
Bernese_Oberland_744_06092010 - Another contextual look at Julie walking a trail passing before Aegertenbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen Valley
Bernese_Oberland_746_06092010 - Direct look at Aegertenbach Falls seemingly scattering in the wind as we viewed it on a quiet late afternoon as we meandered between Stechelberg and Lauterbrunnen
Bernese_Oberland_772_06092010 - Looking back towards Lauterbrunnen as Murrenbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls tumble on the left side of the Lauterbrunnen Valley
Bernese_Oberland_776_06092010 - Another look back at the Lauterbrunnen Valley with more prominent buildings of Murren or Stechelberg as we walked back to Lauterbrunnen to end off this full day of sightseeing

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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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