The Trümmelbach-Waterfalls in the literature.
Among the most beautiful brooks is the Trümmelbach or so-called "Trümmellkind" whose name is derived from its special origins. It springs from the rounded ice mass in the Rothenthal valley next to the Jungfrau and flows from southeast westwards, passes over flat and rocky ground and finally plunges some 15 feet from a rock wall to form a wide and deep basin. The waters then become shallow and quiet and join with other nice brooks before emptying in the Lütschinen. This Trümmelbach is turbid because of its falls and a beautiful rainbow often presents itself in its mist.
"The Glaciers of Switzerland"
Gottlieb Sigmund Gruner, 1760
We visited the Trümmelbach, which is still but little known, but well deserves to be, since this waterfall is of quite exceptional beauty. We walked along the rapidly flowing river and heard the muffled din of the falls. Soon we were standing by the rocky gorge, which was as black as the night. Out of the darkly yawning abyss the torrent came thundering forth.
We stood for a while in silence and watched the foaming floodwaters, which bounced angrily from one shiny black rock to the next, and then, seagreen in colour, merged to bubble out of a deep hollow that had been bored into the rock.
The sound of the water beating against the black pillar of the cliff resembles the beating of a drum, and that is how the waterfall got its name. The water in this gloomy gorge comes from far above, from the foot of the Jungfrau ...
Frederike Brun, 1799
The Trümmelbach Fall, the runoff from the Jungfrau glacier, surging out of a narrow crevice and discharging itself in a low but powerful fall into the valley. In order to gain the complete impression, one must get very near to the southern wall of rock where a guardrail has been put up and where children request a few centimes for its upkeep. The view from the bridge (50 centimes), which can be reached by the path on the right bank, is also unusual. The falls are one hour's distance from Lauterbrunnen. A few hours of leisure in Lauterbrunnen could not be better filled than with a walk to the Trümmelbach Falls ...
"Handbook for Travellers"
by Karl Baedeker, Coblenz, 1855
What's throbbing up on that cliff yonder?
It's as though the earth's insides
The water`s din roars unceasingly,
a far-off thunderstorm awaking.
"Pastor of the Glaciers"
Gottfried Strasser, Grindelwald, 1893
The Trümmelbach-Waterfalls in art.
„Le Trimlete-Bach dans la Valée de Lauterbrunnen”,
by Johann Jakob Sperli, 1770-1841
„Sous le Glacier”, by Frank Niklaus König, 1755-1832
by Frank Niklaus König, 1755-1832