Waterfall Walkway, St. Beatus Caves, Lake Thun, Interlaken, Switzerland

Few people have explored the St. Beatus Cave despite its enchanting location ~ the entrance is an old-style structure hanging on the side of a huge rock face with falling water beneath it. Imagine slowly going up the staircase enjoying the most beautiful views of Switzerland? Invigorating.

Stalactites and stalagmites await visitors inside the cave and a few underground waterfalls and lakes. There’s also a diorama of St. Beatus in his humble cave cell.

The legend of the cave revolves around its namesake, St. Beatus, a monk living around 100 AD, who chose the cave in which to spend his pious hermitage. To his annoyance, however, he discovered someone was already living there; a horrible dragon, who shot lasers of fire from his blazing eyes. St. Beatus, however, would not be run out of his cave so easily, and held his cross up to the beast, invoking the Holy Trinity. Thrown into a hysteric fit, the dragon ran down the cliff and threw himself into Lake Thun below, causing the placid clear water to rise and boil. So the legend goes.


The entrance.


The cave lake.


Natural formations inside the cave.


Diorama of St. Beatus in his humble cave cell.


Waterfall Bridges (Lake Thun Below)

Visit the St. Beatus Cave website.


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