Coming downhill from the cable car to the village of Wengen, the weather still seemed to be uncooperative. Nonetheless, seeing the pastoral backdrop of Wengen did take my mind off the earlier disappointment at Männlichen.
I did not stop for long in Wengen although I would love to. Instead I took the Wengernalpbahn (WAB) train to the neighboring village of Lauterbrunnen. The train ride comes free with my Swiss Rail Pass. The slow downhill journey from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen is nothing short of spectacular. The immense depth of Lauterbrunnen valley of some 1,000m below is truly a journey on its own.
The small village of Lauterbrunnen is just as beautiful, with rustic Swiss homes and exquisite lodges. The village clearly is catered for tourist, with ample pedestrian path equipped with hand rail and a nice visitor center. The main attraction is definitely the Staubbach Falls. At a few short steps away from the visitor center, the thundering waterfall can hardly be missed (or heard!). In fact, Lauterbrunnen means “loud wells” in German, and the 300-metre waterfall is truly an easy giveaway.