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  • Day86

    The Top Of Europe! Jungfrau!

    September 11, 2017 in Switzerland

    Such an amazing day! Wonderful weather! Today we drove through green Swiss pastures with beautiful wooden chalets to Grindelwald to catch 2 trains to the 'Top Of Europe' - Jungfraujoch- 3454 metres up- The snow capped peak of Jungfrau is right there! The train travelled almost vertically at times! At the top there is the High Altitude Research Station, the the Ice Palace- ice carvings (freezing) and amazing views including over the glacier. We walked out onto the snow to see breathtaking views. The weather was perfect- apparently such clear views don't happen very often so we were so, so lucky. Problem- altitude sickness! Not pleasant but so worth it!!!!Read more

  • Day98

    Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

    September 12, 2017 in Switzerland

    Today we made a spontaneous decision to do the Jungfrau Railway's "Top of Europe" trip from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest-altitude railway station, at 3454 metres above sea level. What a great time we had. The weather could not have been better. A little altitude sickness stopped Rozzie and me for a bit - a sit down with cake and cuppa solved that! I was out of control with the photo-taking - amazing views from the Sphinx observatory terrace (3571m above sea level) and the ice palace was "cool"! We finished the day with a stroll around Grindelwald. A perfect day!Read more

  • Day90

    Schilthorn

    September 15, 2017 in Switzerland

    Waited 3 days for a clear day to take our trip up the Schilthorn and so pleased that we did. Early start with frost, a little light snow and clear skies! 2 chair lift rides to the top and breathtaking view across the Alps and down into the valley. You have a 360deg view from the lookout and the revolving restaurant 'Piz Gloria' at the top. Freezing cold, predicted ti be -6. Piz Gloria was used in the James Bond Movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' and 007 features prominently in all things on Schilthorn! By the time we had reached our halfway cable change on the way down, cloud had started to blow out in.Read more

  • Day91

    Thrill walk- Birg

    September 16, 2017

    On the descent from Schilthorn we stopped at Birg to do the Chain suspension Bridge Walk. At an altitude of 2677 metre the Chain Bridge is suspended over the edge of the cliff! I'm not yet sure just how I managed to get myself to walk the bride! By this stage the cloud had started to set into the valley below. It was a 'thrill' but just a 'tiny' bit scary!

  • Day192

    Day 193: Jungfraujoch

    August 26, 2017 in Switzerland

    Very early start this morning, one of the earliest we've had on the entire trip! Alarm at 6:30, up and dressed and out the door by 6:50. Arrived at Grindelwald Grund station around 7am, well in advance of our 7:25 train. Grabbed a coffee to pass the time while we waited, though the train showed up fairly early and we settled in.

    Not too many people on board which was nice - Jungfraujoch (the lookout near the top of Jungfrau) is the most popular tourist attraction in Switzerland and apparently gets very very busy during the day. Part of the reason we'd bought "Good Morning" tickets was to avoid the crowds, though it also looked like the weather would be much nicer earlier in the day as well.

    The train left on time with Swiss efficiency and was soon chugging its way up the hill sides. It's a cog-wheel train, where there's a central rail of cog-teeth, and a bunch of wheels on the train rotate around the teeth, pulling the train up the hill. It allows the trains to climb much steeper gradients than typical trains, and we were soon climbing quite sharply. Fantastic views of the Grindelwald valley on the right hand side, though on the left-hand side Eiger loomed above us.

    After about 45 minutes we popped out at a pass, where our train ended and met another train coming from the next valley over (Lauterbrunnen, where we'd been yesterday). Here both trains terminate and you switch trains for the final ascent up Jungfrau. The view from the station was magnificent, as you finally got to see Jungfrau shining in the sun, flecked with snow and topped with a little cloud.

    Soon after leaving Kline-Schidegge station the train entered a tunnel, which it stayed in for about the next 25 minutes. Pretty much the entire final ascent of the mountains is done in tunnels through Eiger, which is absolutely crazy. Particularly in one part, the train stopped at a station where you could hop off and look out windows onto the glacier below. Thankfully it stopped for five minutes so we didn't have any re-boarding dramas!

    Finally we arrived at the top station, still underground and in the tunnels. Our train was probably half full, but it was the first train of the day so the area didn't feel that crowded. Once at the top, there's a surprisingly large centre with lots of stuff to do - a small museum about the area and the construction of the railway (in the 1890s, no less), an "ice paradise" area where you could walk through tunnelled-out parts of the glacier, a 4D ADVENTURE which looked very unappealing, plus an elevated observatory, a few outdoor areas, and the usual load of shops and restaurants.

    We decided that since Jungfrau (and the Aletsch glacier) were on the world heritage list and we needed to film, we'd head straight for the observatory. There's a numbered itinerary you're supposed to follow while at the complex, but we figured skipping to stop 4 and back-filling was the best way to go.

    The observatory is about 100 metres above the train station level, accessed via elevators, and as far as I could tell we were the first people up to the observatory, along with a couple of others and an Australian girl from Brisbane who was cooing over Schnitzel. So we finally popped out at the top, with nobody else around! Perfect.

    The view was epic from up here, nice and sunny though not super clear, but Jungfrau was clear, as was Monch and the other nearby peaks. The glacier looked magnificent as well, lots of snow powder despite being late summer. And it wasn't too cold either, about 7 degrees at the top, though a bit of breeze made it chillier at times. Took a bunch of photos and did some filming, and 20 minutes later when the next train arrived it was definitely noticeable by how much the place started to fill up.

    Walked through the ice palace which was quite nice (though a little slippery), checked out the museum and the other displays, and the lower outdoor viewing platform. By now it was around 10:30am and the place was noticeably more crowded (lots of shouting Chinese too which never impresses me), so we decided to push ourselves a bit and head out on the glacier walk.

    This walk was listed as 45-60 minutes each way, across the glacier to a mountain hut on a ridgeline, from where you could see other directions normally hidden behind the peaks above. It was surprisingly tough going, even though we were both dressed adequately for snow walking (proper shoes etc). Lots of uphill trudges, and in some places you'd sink ankle-deep into the snow. Schnitzel seemed remarkably un-fussed by the whole experience; the only time he really seemed bothered was when his belly got wet from the snow.

    Finally after a bit over an hour we made it to the far hut, and were rewarded with more fantastic views. The glacier stretches out endlessly, more snow-capped peaks ringing the horizon, and great spectacles in every direction. It's almost disappointing in a way when you look back at your photos and realise how they didn't quite capture the moment.

    We headed inside the hut where Shandos celebrated our hike with a beer, while I just settled for what the Germans (and the German-speaking Swiss I suppose) call a Milchkaffee. We agreed that the 45-60 minute estimate probably assumed that you were Swiss and well versed in snow hiking! It was very noticeably a different crowd over at this hut - not that it was crowded, but everyone was dressed appropriately, most people had hiking poles and so on. Nobody sporting Loius Vuitton heels or Burberry overcoats.

    We hurried back to the main complex, slightly concerned since we'd reserved seats on the 1:13pm train (a condition of our cheap morning tickets was that we leave by 1:15pm at the latest). We made it just in time, though it was still tough going on the way back as the snow had softened significantly and made walking tough.

    Quickly went through all the shops selling expensive Swiss watches and Lindt chocolates, and of course we didn't even bother looking at the Chinese restaurant or the Indian restaurant as despite our lack of time, we'd heard they were overpriced and crap even by Swiss standards (and the cuisines should give you an indicator of who actually ascends the top).

    Anyway, we made our train and enjoyed the descent in the tunnel. The stop at Kline-Schiedegge took about 20 minutes, so we had a good amount of time to admire the views looking both upwards to Jungfrau, and down into the valley. The descent took noticeably longer than the ascent, not sure why, though finally we were back down at Grund station, tired and filled up on incredible views and photos.

    Back to the car where we drove back to our accommodation and collapsed around 4pm, very tired but satisfied with how the day panned out. After a good rest, we went downstairs for dinner again - this time Shandos had the fondue (apparently a traditional Swiss dish!!), while I had the Schnitzel. Great food again, though still expensive for what it is. Off to bed, long day of driving coming tomorrow!
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  • Day67

    Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

    July 11, 2016 in Switzerland

    a cogged rail train travels the last few miles to this location in tunnel drilled through the rock in the early 20th century; the train station in the middle of the mountain, 100 feet below the observatory, is the highest rail station in Europe. The Sphinx Observatory sits at 11,575 feet above sea level. The Jungfrau peak, over my shoulder in the picture, at 13,642 feet, is one of the highest in the Bernese Alps. The lower levels of the observatory include 2 restaurants and a shop; the ice cave was carved into the mountain beneath the observatory as a tourist attraction in 1930. I extended my trip to Basel 24 hours in order to make this trip into the Alps, and it was so worth it!Read more

  • Day26

    Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

    May 26, 2017 in Switzerland

    Today bought the much anticipated visit to the ‘Top of Europe’, home of Europe’s highest railway station, which is covered in snow 365 days per year. Jungfraujoch did not disappoint! Lisa and I saw snow for the first time, made very poor miniature snow men, had a snowball fight, stacked it in the snow, and behaved like little kids sliding along the ice in the ice caves! The trip up on the train was unforgettable with incredible views of the Swiss Alps. This day will not be forgotten anytime soon!Read more

  • Day23

    Top of Europe

    June 23, 2016 in Switzerland

    Today's optional extra was to head up to the "Top of Europe" - Jangfrau Mountain. We had breakfast at 8.15am, then headed to the reception area to meet Tamara and walk to the station at around 9am. I headed over a little early so I could grab some supplies at the shop. I bought the token Switzerland beanie, and some snacks as we'd been told food would be expensive up on the mountain.
    Tamara gave us our tickets and we made the 10 minute walk through the town to the train station. We jumped on the Jangfrau Railways train and began our journey. This is Europe's highest altitude railway, and was constructed from 1896 and opened in August 1912. It cost 16 million francs to build, about $21.5mil AUD, apparently twice as much as originally estimated.
    It takes around 2 hours to make it to the top, so they include a couple of toilet stops and viewing platforms along the way.
    Once we reached the top, we had a completely free day, so I wandered off with the group in search of the snowboarding/skiing area. We were all amazed by the views and all of the snow, after being so warm everywhere else. It really was something else. Most people paid for ski and snowboard hire, while I opted to save my money and observe, becoming the unofficial photographer and videographer. I was in tears of laughter and my cheeks were hurting watching everyone struggle and fall (they were all laughing too!) Nat, in particular, had some truly epic tumbles, flying down the mountain on her snowboard at high speed and using the fence to stop... Had the fence not been there, we may have lost her to Jangfrau!!
    We spent about an hour and a half there, before a few of us decided to head in search of the Lindt cafe. Turns out that was a failed mission, as there in only a Lindt shop, not a cafe, so we instead headed to a small cafeteria instead. Ashleigh and I shared a bowl of chips with mayo and tomato sauce. Expensive - just like we were told it would be - but delish and fresh, so it was ok.
    We split up after that, and I spent the afternoon with Ashleigh and Jessame. They wanted to have a look at a couple of the souvenir shops, one of which was upstairs. I was feeling just a little odd from the high altitude - walking up the stairs was more taxing than normal, so I stood and rested by the shop entrance while they browsed.
    Once they were done we headed back downstairs to do the Jangfrau tour. This was a self-guided tour, and took about an hour. First stop was the Sphinx view point. Just wow. If we thought the views were good earlier... We took plenty of selfies and just stood and admired the views. It was all so incredible!!
    Next was Alpine Sensation, a sort of museum area, which was opened on the centenary of Jangfrau Railway, with lots of photos of the construction, a memorial to the workers who died during the process, and even a giant snow dome!
    From there we entered the Ice Palace, a series of rooms full of ice sculptures. This was really cool, and you could even find the acorn obsessed Scrat from Ice Age, stuck in the ice. Last stop was the plateau, another viewing area out in the snow. We took our last lot of selfies before we headed back towards the station to make our way back down the mountain.
    I was completely exhausted so napped most of the way back down, thankfully there was a few of us on the train to remind me to wake up and get off!
    We walked back to our hostel, and had about half an hour before another included dinner. At dinner it became apparent that we'd all failed to heed Tamara's warnings about needing sunscreen dispite the cold - everyone was looking a tad red. This did work out well, as we were having a Swiss Disco in the bomb shelter bar at the hostel with a couple of the other contiki groups, and theme was Red and White!
    A big group of us decided it was too early to head into the bar, so we sat outside to enjoy the sunset with a couple of drinks. I had some Jack Daniels to finish that I'd bought all the way back in Amsterdam, so it was perfect! I think it was starting to hit us that the tour was nearly over, so there was a lot of love and laughter in the group.
    We took some group photos, and once the sun had set, we headed to the bomb shelter bar to party up a storm, and show the other contiki groups how it's done. That we did, Tamara even got them to put on our day song, Follow the Sun. We stayed down there until they kicked us out, I'd say it was around 1 or 2am, then I had a bit of a drunken chat with Jacinda and Terryanne (they were sober and had been asleep!) and then headed back to my room to sleep!
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