The Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland is known for being home to the Staubbach Falls, where the clash of water and rock turns the water into a spectacular cloud wave going upwards, in contrast to the water on its way down.
This beautiful natural symphony once famously inspired Goethe to write the poem Song of the Spirits over the Waters, in which he says – “The soul of man Is like the water: It comes from heaven, It returns to heaven.”
The 1000 ft Staubbach Falls has always been proud of its place as the tallest waterfalls in Switzerland. That was until waterfall specialist Florian Spichtig published his book Die Wasserfälle der Schweiz, which takes an inside look at 129 of Switzerland’s best waterfalls.
Spichtig took a tape to all the falls, and turns out that the history books in Switzerland, which categorically declare Staubbach as the tallest waterfalls in Switzerland, are wrong – not once, but twice.
First Spichtig declared that the Seerenbach Falls on Lake Walen in eastern Switzerland was the tallest. Then the estimates were revised and he crowned the Mürrenbach Fall as the tallest, which brings the tallest waterfalls title back to the Lauterbrunnen Valley, but not to Staubbach.
For the record, the Rhine Falls is the biggest Falls in Switzerland, in terms of the flow of water. It is not as big as the Niagara Falls, which is six times as big, but still big enough to be the biggest Waterfalls in Europe.