Topic: Switzerland Holidays
Jungfraujoch -top of Europe, was our destination today. Jungfraujoch is highest railway station in Europe at an altitude of 3,454m (Mount Everest altitude is 8,848m). Temperatures can easily fall below 0°C even in summers, and therefore advised to carry appropriate clothing for the tour.
We had breakfast at hotel and left hotel at 9:30 hrs. Tours for Jungfraujoch start from Interlaken Ost, and therefore we took the shuttle to reach there. At Interlaken Ost, we exchanged the voucher for tickets. The tickets allow taking different uphill and downhill routes. The uphill path is Interlaken Ost – Lauterbrunnen - Kleine Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch. The downhill path is Jungfraujoch - Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald – Interlaken Ost. Therefore trains must be changed at Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg and Grindelwald.
The standard gauge and narrow gauge cog wheel trains pass by; and later over to the snow covered mountains offering breathtaking views to the Alps. The white snow in surroundings forces you to reset white balance to digital camera. Even though it was a cloudy day and sun remained behind clouds for whole journey, the white snow dazzled eyes whenever train exited from dark tunnels. Thanks to Jungfraujoch railway, the trains are comfortable even at such low temperatures.
Overall it takes two and half hours to reach the peak station. The station door opens to restaurants offering variety of foods and drinks including masala tea. We enjoyed masala tea here and took some photographs before we begun the tour. The tour starts with passing by some tunnels displaying laser effects. It then takes you to an elevator which takes you still higher to reach Sphinx, the peak point. Here you get a chance to go open, feel snow and cold waves, and look towards France and German borders. Other interests here include Eispalast (Ice palace) and Snow-Fun (like skiing etc). We chose to skip both because both were extremely cold and didn’t suit to my son. Even then we spent close to three hours here which included lunch of Indian snacks.
We returned to Interlaken Ost and then to hotel by 18:30 hrs. While roaming around hotel streets, we spotted an Indian restaurant “Spice India” in a street just beside the hotel. We took dinner in this restaurant. A chana-masala and 5 tandoori-rotis were good enough to quench our hunger. The food is testy and cost 40 CHF (approx Rs 2250). It was still sunlight and we continue roaming to the streets, took some photographs, and then returned to hotel.