Jungfrau, Top of Europe, Switzerland

The people of Swiss have bored a long tunnel of 7.3km through Eiger Mountain to reach Jungfraujoch. It is one of the main mountain tops of Bernese Alps. We took the train to Jungfrau, it is a long one hour ride from Grindelwald in darkness to reach this Top of Europe, the highest railway station of Europe. Thank your lucky stars if you get clear weather up there, you will be treated to some spectacular views. During our trip there we didn’t get the much anticipated clear views, none the less we enjoyed. Indeed a great feeling to be at this altitude of 11,333ft.

Jungfrau

For those like me who have spent their entire lives in tropical regions, it will be easy to imagine the thrill of experiencing snow. For the first few minutes we were at Top of Europe we forgot the biting cold. We wandered around with extended palms, trying to grab the falling snow flakes, rubbing them between our fingers to find the exact texture and I even put it in my mouth to find its crunchiness and taste. Our feet were sinking into the soft powdery snow and we were totally unmindful of it. Lot of activities were going on like skiing, hiking, snowboarding. I guess some kind of training and experience is required to do them, for novices like me it is better to watch these activities.


Ice Palace at Jungfrau

The Ice Palace there had some excellent displays. Various figures sculpted out of ice. Tunnels carved in ice, thanks to whoever had the idea of fixing hand rails on the sides of the tunnels, they help prevent many slips and falls. Time just melted off here watching the amazing sculpted pieces, another great engineering feat here at this altitude! Inside and venturing out from here we took countless pictures.

In my opinion the trip is exorbitantly priced, even with Swiss Rail pass we had to dole out quite a lot of precious francs for this Top of Europe, Jungfrau excursion. It is 4 francs for a small bottle of water there!

 

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38 Responses to “Jungfrau, Top of Europe, Switzerland

  • Oh, wow! what a great experience! I raised my family in Montana, so lots of snow was common, but I can imagine how amazing it was for you! Great post and captures as always, Indrani! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

  • oh so they don't use euro out there?

    i love snow, but of course we don't get snow here in california so whenever i see it, i get extremely excited.

    hope your girls enjoyed the snow.

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  • Brrrr…..thats very cold, but your pictures are great.

  • What a great experience. I love the ice sculptures.

  • Hi dear friend Indrani,

    There are extremely pleased that you report once more from our beautiful Switzerland. Yes, the Jungfraujoch is a grosaartige hochgebirsstation middle of the Bernese Alps. Every year I spend some days in Grindelwald and in these wonderful mountains.

    Many greetings from Switzerland

    Hans-Peter

  • This would be an unforgettable experience even for those of us who grew up with snow and cold. The ice sculptures are very interesting.

  • I feel so cold, brrrrr, I mean, freezing. But, the pictures are superb.

  • What the Swiss can do! Fabulous stuff. That cold must have been a strange experience. Thanks for showing us the ice palace.

  • wow! Interesting post. The Ice Palace looks interesting and I can't imagine an hour in a tunnel! I'll take some of that cold weather! Way too hot here.

  • I cannot imagine what it would be like to see snow for the first time so I LOVED reading about your experience. Here snow is such a natural happening – every winter without fail. 🙂

  • It must have been a unique experience.. Great to see the pics..!

  • Interesting trip. Ice sculptures are great.

  • Thanks for sharing , this is really wonderful . We too share the same feeling when we see the snow .

  • I imagine that when one is not used to being in snow it is an awe-inspiring experience. You described what it is like to be immersed in it for the first time very well. I, too, noticed the cost of bottled water is high in Switzerland, considering it is much like melted snow. 🙂

  • wow! can imagine your excitement!

  • wonderful icy trip…

  • what an amazing experience this must be. i've never experienced really snow, except for some flurries when i'm traveling the US. the ice sculptures are fascinating.

  • How wonderful for you to enjoy the delights of snow!

  • Great photos, Indrani. It feels like you are on top of the world there. Wonderful memories from my trip there. I have some photos from the ice cave too.

  • Another great tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  • Interesting!

  • Brrrr.. cold, but so lovely! 🙂

  • These beautiful pictures really give the right atmosphere!

  • It must have been a wonderful trip. Oh! what a lovely place and the ice palace looks wonderful. Pictures looks natural.

  • Ice sculptures… Wow… I wanna go there, now!!!
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  • The first impressions of snow are always those of wonder and mystery. The first time I saw snow was when I was five. We were in the Netherlands for a year. We returned to Indonesia before the war in Europe broke out. Two years later Indonesia was at war with Japan.
    The ice sculptures are wonderful. In the north of Sweden there is an ice hotel. Every piece of furniture is made of ice, even the beds. Every year in summer the whole hotel melts, and in winter there is a new hotel.

  • Very interesting!

  • I love snow filled areas

    Pheno

  • It would be a nice trip and a good experience for you, the photos were just beautiful.

  • love ice sculptures. They accept a very cold winter over here in the Netherlands. We will wait and see.

  • Wow lovely. this has been on my bucket list for such a long time. Your post has just increased my desire to be there.

  • Cool post, enjoyed reading it.

  • Lovely pics! Thanks to your blog, I come to know about so many interesting places!

  • Wow this is amazing.. when I visited Swiss, it was New year eve and due to snow Jungfrau was closed for travelers 🙁

  • Jyothi D'mello
    2 years ago

    That must be quite an experience 🙂 Those ice sculptures are super.

  • Was a great place. AM yet to blog about it…

  • This is amazing.Beautiful ice sculptures!

  • Travel to the top of Europe is really a great experience, we were there a couple of years ago and were bowled over by the sheer beauty of the Alps. Your post brought back wonderful memories of Switzerland.

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