Lesson 14: See for yourself what inspried J. R. R. Tolkien

Dear lovely readers,

I hope you are doing well and are fully enjoying this wonderful summer which we are having.

Before going into the details of this blog post, I want to tell you something about me.

My favourite film ever is “The Labyrinth” from Jim Henson. I remember watching it for the first time when I was about 5. I didn’t really understand it much at the time, but I coincedentally watched it nearly every year until I bought myself the DVD.

(For those who don’t know the film – it is the story of a young girl who, in an act of selfish desperation, wishes her younger half brother away to the goblins. She has 13 hours to solve the labyrinth before the goblin king (played by the ever delectable David Bowie) turns him into a goblin forever. It features adventure, a strong female lead, wonderful musical numbers and David Bowie wearing leather boots and holding a riding crop…)

 

 

Anyway – this film was the catalyst to me being “away with the faeries” so to speak.

I love fantasy. I love magic, lore, witches, dragons, unicorns and goblins. When I am very stressed I will let myself go into the world of Skyrim 🙂 and so when I discovered a hike through landscape which was the inspiration for Rivendell in the LOTR series – I had to see it for myself!

Valley of the 72 waterfalls: Lauterbrunnen-Stechelberg
Walk information

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So this morning at 9:30am I packed my rucksack (water, lunch, jacket and sunscreen), covered myself in Factor 30 and jumped on the train at Küsnacht –> Zürich HB –> Bern — > Interlaken Ost –> arriving finally in Lauterbrunnen  at 12:30.
(A return ticket from Zurich HB in 2nd Class without HalbTax will cost you about 156CHF / with HalbTax 77.60 – according to SBB Website)

Currently there is a bit of building work going on at Lauterbrunnen station and the famous yellow hiking signs weren’t really where they should have been – or I was blind. I knew I wanted to go in the opposite direction to Wilderswil and after confirming my route with some lovely travellers, I set off on my way.

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I was lucky with the weather today. The skies were blue and it was warm, but not too hot. There was a very comfortable breeze which made the walk along the river very comfortable.

What struck me was the colour of the water in the river. It was a milky grey which wasn’t at all unpleasant to look at.

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Yes – this has been instagrammed…

The scenery really is unbelievable. Rolling green meadows, imposing ancient rock formations and magnificent roaring waterfalls. Beautiful flowers decorated the grass with a huge range of butterflies flitting from one to the next.

The place eluded an aura of whimsy and magic. I wouldn’t be too sure about wandering around here during summer solstice lest a faery cast a love spell on you.

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I only saw the heart after I had taken the photo 🙂

I had the opportunity to purchase some locally made elderflower syrup (an essential ingredient in my 2nd favourite drink – Hugo). The shop have made use of a cooled vending machine and it was possible to purchase cheese and meat as well as other syrups – and rivella of course.

The route to Stechelberg is a flat 6km walk with very little ascent or descent. The paths are mainly asphalt turning into some rocky gravel toward the end. I would definitely recommend this walk for those with families.

It is also possible to take a detour to visit the famous Trümmelbach falls – a series of impressive glacier waterfalls inside a mountain. I decided not to go here today,  as it is something I would want to share with my family 🙂
Information about the Trümmelbach falls

I really hope I have inspired you to take this walk and see for yourself the wonderful nature of Lauterbrunnen. Should you choose to extend your trip you can also visit the famous Schilthorn mountain and do the whole “James Bond Experience” or take the railway to the “Top of Europe”.

 

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As always thanks for reading,

Laura

xoxoxo

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