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Jungfraujoch, Switzerland - 10th May 2013

By: Jasper

Hi to all
Last weekend Jasper promised a special trip for Thursday, when the weather is good - really good. So we kept our fingers crossed for the whole week, but the weather forecast was not promising. Host dad decided: We try.
Thursday: Get up 5 clock in the morning, Departure 1 hour later. Much too early for TV's. Therefore, we slept on during the car ride.
As Jasper woke us the next time we were in Interlaken train station. The ticket showed us: We travel to the Jungfraujoch.

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To the highest train station in Europe. The first train took us to Grindelwald

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at the foot of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the well-known mountains in the Bernese Oberland. There, we changed the train to Kleine Scheidegg, the starting point for the trekkers climbing the Eiger North Face.
Here you see this notorious mountain wall, which has so many climbers cost their lives.

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Next, we boarded the red train to the Jungfraujoch.

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This train is required in addition to the normal rails a gear to overcome the steep climbs.

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As the train travels most of the time in tunnels, there are several breakpoints on the line with windows. From there you can admire famous places.
Our first stop, and also the last outside of the tunnel, was Eigergletscher.

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From the once mighty glacier is not much left.

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The next stop was Eigerwand.

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The view from the middle of the Eiger North Wall was breathtaking.

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The last stop is called Eismeer. Here you can see the glacier crashes between Eiger and Mönch.

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Then we reached the highest station in Europe. 3454 meters above sea level. It was too dark to make pictures. We took the elevator to the Sphinx. 117 meters in 26 seconds. The Sphinx is a research station and an observatory. In 1996, the observation deck was opened. On clear days one has a fantastic view.

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This mountain is called  Mönch and is 4107 meters (13475ft.) high.

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This is the Sphinx.

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It was very stormy. Through this wind changed fog, clouds and a clear view in seconds - unbelievable. Then we took a walk on the Aletsch Glacier.

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This glacier is the largest of the Alps in terms of area and almost 23 kilometers long. The ice flows at a speed of 180 meters per year towards the Rhone. On Konkordiaplatz the ice thickness is about 900 meters. We were not allowed to leave the path of the glacier under any circumstances. Right and left there are deep crevasses - life threatening. But the outlook was fantastic. This is the Jungfraujoch.

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If you look closely, you see at the top  the Sphinx - quite small they stuck to the rock.
This is a big glacier demolition.

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Then we marveled at various exhibitions.

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Then it was time for the return journey. Everyone was tired and fell asleep on the train - we also. In Kleine Scheidegg we changed train,

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took one last look at the Eiger and Jungfraujochbahn and went on to Wengen.

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This place is famous because of the Lauberhorn downhill skiing. We were looking for the famous ski run - but without snow?

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We have not found. The rest of the way we slept in Jasper's bag.

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We were all very tired - but what an adventure.
yours, Lola

* Posted May 10, 2013, 8:33 pm [Quote] Go to the top of the page


 

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