© 2011 Aaron View below Mürren from Lauterbrunnen

Roaring Mist and 007

Soon after moving to Zug, we heard about the vistas and waterfalls of Interlaken. It had been described to us as the most beautiful place on earth. Jill, a neighbor of ours, mentioned a waterfall inside a mountain and said it would be a great trip for our family. We never followed up on the exact details of the wonder known as Trümmelbachfälle or the Interlaken region until now.

We pointed our car toward Interlaken and happened by the Trümmelbachfälle as we hoped we would. Along the way, we paused for some photo opps as we entered the area and noted a beautiful waterfall leaping from a cliff on our right (see the photos).

A very short ride inside the mountain brought us to the main chutes of Trümmelbachfälle, where we enjoyed cool breezes of mist floating through rays of light squeezing through crevasses above. The roar inside the mountain followed us throughout until we came to the outlet into a calm stream at the base.

Ever try to take photos near a waterfall?

We strolled alongside fields of wildflowers back to our car, then headed toward Mürren to ride the gondola up to Piz Gloria atop the Schilthorn for a late lunch.

The 35-minute ride through 3 stopovers up to the Piz Gloria was incredibly scenic – particularly because we picked on of the clearest days this Spring to take the ride.

The Piz Gloria was featured in the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), so 007 signage and souvenirs abound. However, the real attraction is the panoramic view of the alps, including the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and other notable peaks. We just kept saying, “Wow” as we walked the perimeter.

We enjoyed hot goulash and asian noodle soup, bread and french fries in Piz Gloria as the main kitchen had closed for the day upon arrival. It was a relaxing, light lunch surrounded by true majesty.

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