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.
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!