Journey to the Top of Europe
Switzerland known for its beautiful alps is much more than just those. Yes, this beautiful country is on must visit list of almost every savvy traveler or tourist. I visited a few places in Switzerland on a trip where our main highlights were memorable journey of Bernina Express and climb to the top of Europe on Jungfrau Mountain.
Jungfrau was my first stint with real show covered mountain. I have to admit, coming from the land of Himalayas, it’s a shame that my first encounter with beautiful snow covered mountains was in Europe. This year, I promise myself to get some stories back from the Himalayan range.
As of now let’s focus on Jungfraujoch (place covered in snow all 12 months in a year). It is a saddle in Bernese Alps which connects Jungfrau and Mönch – two four thousander mountains. This saddle has been accessible to tourists via Jungfrau line, a railway line running from Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg. This railway line to reach Jungfraujoch is about 9km long and passes through 7km long Eiger and Mönch tunnel. At the elevation of 3,454 metres, Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. There are two stations within the tunnel which provide amazing views to the glacier world outside through the windows. Train stops for 5 minutes at these stations, so you have enough time to soak everything in.