Interesting facts 

Healing Water

Lying at the foot of the Wetterlücke, a old glacier pass between the Breithorn and Tschingelhorn that connects the Lauterbrunnen and the Lötschen valleys, is the Schmadri spring, where in olden times travellers over the pass could take a healing bathe. 

 

It is said that the passers-by the passage used it to recuperate, and to alleviate skin diseases. The tiny lake, only 20 metres across and 80 centimetres deep, is located at the edge of the Schmadri glacier. A small oasis of grass formed there in the midst of the desolate glacier landscape. The bed of the flat-bottomed lake is covered with stone slabs, a sure sign that it was man-made. The imposing Schmadribach waterfall at the far end of the Lauterbrunnen valley is a landmark of the area immediately recognisable. Scientists believe that the Wetterlücke was ice-free during the warm climatic phase of the early Middle Ages and was therefore used to cross into the Lötschen valley. This enabled the Walser colonisers of the Lauterbrunnen valley – inhabitants of the Valais who gradually settled all along the Alps – to stay in contact with their original home in the northern side-valley of the Valais. At that time Ammerten, Trachselhausen and Sichellauenen were all purely colonies settled by people from the Lötschen valley.