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