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Staubbach Falls

the second highest waterfall in Switzerland

Located just above Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach drops almost 1,000 feet from a hanging valley. It is fed by a small river of the same name, which itself is fed by melting snow and glaciers. The falls spill into a relatvely narrow and short creek, which empties into the Lütschine River.

During periods of maximum snowmelt and/or heavy rain, the force of the stream above the falls is sufficient to carry the water clear of the cliff face, allowing the summer winds to "create" a swirling mass of water. The force of the water falling from such a great height creates massive sprays of "water dust," which is how the falls get their name ("staub" is German for "dust"). The falls are much less visible in a dry summer, when the supply of water is much reduced, but, according to visitors, still magnificent.

Staubbach Falls

World of Waterfalls

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