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Day Vierundzwanzig (24) – August 7 – Jungfrau August 22, 2008

Filed under: Chronological,Switzerland — The Travel Guy @ 6:24 am

 

The Jungfrau from Lauterbrunnen

The Jungfrau from Lauterbrunnen

The sun was shining brightly as we drove the hour through the beautiful swiss countryside to Interlaken and wonderful view of the Jungfrau region.  We drove south of Interlaken, parked in Lauterbrunnen and got our train tickets.  Switzerland has a program where children under 16 can obtain a pass that provides them a free pass for many attractions. For us, this meant that Andrew’s trips to Mt. Pilatus and the Jungfrau was free.  Paris was similar with all museum entrances, including Versailles, free for 18 and under when accompanied by a parent. 

 

The Jungfrau from the train.

The Jungfrau from the train.

 

We could see some clouds starting to move in from the west in addition to the daily formation of clouds around the mountains. The train wound their way up the valleys exposing some spectacular sights and some very quaint mountain villages.  These villages must have a balanced tourism business between the skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer.  

We changed trains at Kleine Scheidegg

We changed trains at Kleine Scheidegg

 

 

 

 

At Kleine Scheidegg we changed trains for the final accent to the Jungfraujoch.  

The Jungfrau

The Jungfrau

 

 

 

 

This train was originally proposed in the mid 1800’s and construction was finally started in 1896 and took 16 years to complete at a cost of 15 Million Swiss Francs.  

Tunnel carved out of sheer rock almost a century ago

Tunnel carved out of sheer rock almost a century ago

As the cog railway climbs its way up, inside the mountain, you can see the signs of the drilling and tunneling that took place long before the large boring machines in use today.

Enroute to the Jungfraujoch the train stops at two points within the mountain.  The stop in the Eiger has been featured in several movies, including Clint Eastwood in Eiger Sanction.

View from train stop inside the Eiger

View from train stop inside the Eiger

 

Jessica on the glacier at Jungfraujoch

Jessica on the glacier at Jungfraujoch

Once we reached the top, we were able to walk out onto the glacier and watch as people less familiar with snow rented skis to ride the bunny tow and slide down the slope on magic carpets.

Looking down

Looking down towards Grindelwald from Jungfraujoch

 

 

Although a very brief trip into the mountains, this exposure has encouraged us to find a way to come back in the future for a longer stay, with our hiking boots, walking sticks and backpacks.

Enough narration, the pictures tell the story.

 

Panorama from the Jungfraujoch

Panorama from the Jungfraujoch

 

 

 

Andrew at 11,782 feet

Andrew at 11,782 feet

 

 

Andrew hugs Deana while Jessica checks out the grate we're standing on

Andrew hugs Deana while Jessica checks out the grate we are standing on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family photo at the Jungfraujoch

Family photo at the Jungfraujoch

 

 

Some of the hiking around Kleiner Scheidegg

Some of the hiking around Kleiner Scheidegg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The communal goat with typical bell around its neck hanging out by the souvenir shop in Kleine Scheidegg

The communal goat with typical bell around its neck hanging out by the souvenir shop in Kleine Scheidegg

 

Aerial view of the Jungfraujoch

Aerial view of the Jungfraujoch

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One Response to “Day Vierundzwanzig (24) – August 7 – Jungfrau”

  1. Amanda Says:

    Hi there,
    The aerial pricture of jungfraujoch – is this a viewing platform, restaurant, hotel etc? I am wanting to visit this region. Thnks


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