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Lauterbrunnental

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Durch das Tal fliesst die Weisse Lütschine. Der vielen Wasserfälle wegen wird das Lauterbrunnental auch Tal der 72 Wasserfälle genannt. Von Stechelberg (919 m) bis zum Jungfraugipfel (4158 m) beträgt der Höhenunterschied 3239 m, wobei die Horizontaldistanz nur 4630 m beträgt. Der hintere Teil des Tales ist ein Naturschutzgebiet und Teil des UNESCO-Weltnaturerbes Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn.

Das durch Gletscher geformte U-Tal enthält zahlreiche touristische Attraktionen: Neben den oben erwähnten Ortschaften sind es das Schilthorn, der Staubbachfall, die Trümmelbachfälle, das Jungfraujoch, die Lobhörner, der Männlichen, die Kleine Scheidegg mit Eiger, Mönch und Jungfrau.

Das Lauterbrunnental inspirierte J. R. R. Tolkien im Roman Der Herr der Ringe zu dem Ort Bruchtal.

Aufgrund der zahlreichen, fast senkrechten Felswänden gilt das Lauterbrunnental als Paradies für Base-Jumper.

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