Jungfraujoch – we went to the top of Europe!

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We have finally reached the ‘Top of Europe’!

On our 2nd day in Wengen, we got up bright and early to have the buffet breakfast at our hotel (Alpenrose Hotel) because we were going to the TOP OF EUROPE!!

The Jungfraujoch is one of Europe’s top destinations and we were really excited for today’s trip. The Jungfraujoch can only be reached by non-mountaineers through a 7.3-kilometre-long cog railway tunnel, served by the Jungfraubahn, the highest in a series of cooperating railway companies that provide access to the Jungfraujoch from Interlaken.

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Jungfraujoch
Image: http://www.wengen.com

I was super excited because I have read so much about this trip and we also wanted to really enjoy the cold! Coming from Singapore, where everyday is like being in an oven, we choose our holidays based on how cold it would be. We seldom choose beach holidays because of this. The weather would remind us exactly of being at home.

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Jungfraubahn
Image: Norbert Aepli, Switzerland

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On the way to the TOP!
All smiles all around!

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This unique round-trip by modern cogwheel railway takes you first to Kleine Scheidegg, altitude 2061 metres, at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall. From here the Jungfrau Railway climbs to the station at Eigergletscher  and the trip continues through the Eiger tunnel to the stations at Eigerwand and Eismeer, with a five minute halt at each.

The train actually stops in the tunnel and you get out and you have the most amazing view through the huge panel windows. You can already feel the extreme cold already and it made us gleeful!

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Inside the tunnel, the train stops for 5 minutes. Everybody rushes out and snaps pictures!

The one way full trip takes 1.5 hours. It takes about 30 minutes from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg, then from there another 1 hour to reach Jungfraujoch. We do not have traditional trains in Singapore and the sheer novelty of taking various kinds of train transportations in Europe makes us very happy. I think it was mostly tourists on the trains and you can feel everyone’s excitement and joy.

By the time we reached, it was after noon.

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Inside the tunnel
Image: Hapesoft

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Look at the temperature! We would love to live here.
Or at least come here every month and absorb the cold!

As the weather can change any second up here, we went around quickly and really enjoyed the extreme cold!

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After we were sufficiently frozen, we went into the Ice Palace which was indoors.

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After that we went to the café and bought postcards to send back home, so that we will always remember Jungfraujoch.

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It is so cold my face was frozen

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The 3 of us wanted to see the dog sleds so we ventured out into the snow again. We didn’t see any that day maybe because of the weather but the feeling that we had, was indescribable.

The silence, the cold, the wind, the snow …..the white … it was not a day we will easily forget.

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Making the obligatory snow angel

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4 comments

  1. Alicia · · Reply

    I love the cold! Wanna head back there. Yes we were so cold that our teeth hurt. Remember?

    1. Yes i love jungfrau. Lets go again!

  2. Beautiful post! Switzerland is such a lovely country. 😉

    1. Thank you! Yes it is! I miss it!

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