Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains, Switzerland – Part 1
If you have viewed my previous posts you will know that I love Switzerland and that I have been there a number of times! Unfortunately, on our run up to Christmas this year, we have had more rain than we can handle, along with a few foggy and freezing days, but no snow! I love to see snow at this time of the year and when there isn’t any, I revert to my ‘photo bank’ to find some!
The photographs in this post are from a visit to Central Switzerland and the very famous Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau Mountains! We were based in Interlaken and on a very clear day ‘climbed’ 11,333 ft above sea level to visit the ‘Sphinx’ Scientific Observatory, which lies on a clifftop between the Monch and Jungfrau peaks. If you ever visit this area of Switzerland, it is a railway journey and experience not to be missed! You can travel to the Sphinx by train from Interlaken, changing at Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg, journeying through the north face of the Eiger and upwards to Jungfraujoch Station where you take a high speed lift to the Sphinx! I hope you like the photographs?
Kleine Schiedegg is where you change trains for the second time and begin the final ascent to the Eiger Tunnel!
In this photograph, the train can be seen moving directly towards the Jungfrau before turning to the left and heading into the Eiger Tunnel! When you enter the Eiger itself, the train stops at two stations where you can dismount for a few minutes and look out of viewing ‘windows’ cut into the surface of the mountain. This photograph was taken looking out of the North Face of the Eiger itself, with Grindelwald laid out below us!
When the train finally arrives at Jungfraujoch Station, a high speed lift takes you straight up to the ‘Sphinx’ Science Station and Observatory. In this photograph, you can see the ‘Sphinx’ sitting on top of the cliff that runs between the peaks of the Monch and the Jungfrau. The other lower structure, which is built into the mountain, houses the train station, ice attractions, shops and restaurants. From the restaurant you can look right down the length of the Great Alelsah Glacier (Look out for Part 2)
This photograph looking North from the viewing platform on the ‘Sphinx’ looks directly down onto Kleine Schiedegg, with its branching railway lines and pathways, and through the mountain valley to the town of Interlaken. What a view!
From the lower structure you can walk out onto the Jungfrau Mountain itself…
… watching out for crevasses of course..
… and take photographs of the top of the Jungfrau Mountain! A stunning visit and a stunning experience!
Hope to ‘see’ you again for Part 2! Thanks for visiting my blog and feel free to stay a while and browse through some of my other photographic posts!