Day 12 - The Jungfrau Railway
Trundling through the foothills of the Alps from Interlaken to
Lauterbrunnen by rail, we pass wildflower pastures and pretty
villages before joining the Wengernalp Railway and continuing our
ascent through ever-changing scenery to Kleine Scheidegg. Here, we
join the famous Jungfrau Railway. Climbing from Kleine Scheidegg,
we travel through tunnels carved from mountains to arrive at
Jungfraujoch, the 'Top of Europe', 11,332 feet above sea level.
We're greeted by views across the eternally snowy Aletsch Glacier,
a UNESCO World Heritage site, several restaurants and an exhibition
about the history of the mountain and its railway. Higher up is the
Sphinx Observatory, an astronomical centre with a platform
overlooking the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains. During your
time here, you could also visit the Ice Palace, home to some unique
ice sculptures. We descend via charming Grindelwald.