Spring by Staubbachfall
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Panoramic photo by Johan Offermans & Karl Overholt EXPERT Taken 11:49, 02/08/2011 - Views loading...

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Spring by Staubbachfall

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This panorama shows a water spring next to the Staubbach Falls, a very popular destination for the many walkers in the area to get a fresh drink of cold water.  These type of springs are very common across Switzerland and provide great opportunities to have a fresh, delicious drink of water while you are on your way. They run continously and anyone coming by can have a drink or fill up their water bottle.

The Staubbach Falls (in German: Staubbachfall), is at 300m the longest waterfall in Switzerland and one of the 72 waterfalls in the spectactular valley.  The waterfall is located very close to the town of Lauterbrunnen, which is not only the entrance to the spectacular valley, but is also the gateway to the surrounding beautiful mountain villages of Wengen, Murren, and the train ride up to Jungfrau. Definitely worth a visit when you are in Switzerland!

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