Aegertenbach Falls (Ægertenbachfälle)

Lauterbrunnen / Bernese Oberland, 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: 7.90107

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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.

Bernese_Oberland_247_06082010 - Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls from Wengen
Bernese_Oberland_272_06082010 - Staubbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls (the thin waterfall in the left side of this photo) from Lauterbrunnen
Bernese_Oberland_571_06092010 - The falls when it's not scattering with the wind
Bernese_Oberland_631_06092010 - Looking at the falls scattering with the wind from Trummelbach Falls
Bernese_Oberland_732_06092010 - Walking towards Aegertenbach Falls
Bernese_Oberland_735_06092010 - The river fronting Aegertenbach Falls
Bernese_Oberland_736_06092010 - Broad view of the valley with the falls scattering to the far right
Bernese_Oberland_772_06092010 - Looking back towards Lauterbrunnen as Murrenbach Falls and Aegertenbach Falls tumble on the left side of the valley


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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