On the night of 10th Sept.2019:
We ,a family of four, started from Eindhovan for our 5-day tour to Jungfraujoch-the Swiss Alps (at a height of 3454 mts) in the Bernese Oberland (Switzerland) catching a bus to Zurich(reached at 10AM) and then boarding a train(at 13hrs) to Interlaken(west) via Bern reaching at 15hrs.It was a very pleasant journey with bewitching vistas of beautiful mountaineous landscapes, trees and mesmerizing lakes as we passed them by train. we reached our pre-booked rented accommodation -a 2BHK house (quite comfortable with a beautiful kitchen& balcony) overlooking a canal offering a very refreshing aura about it.Got refreshed &took early dinner before a good nights sleep. On 12/09/2019 ,We proceeded to Interlaken(east) to catch our train bound for Jungfru through Lauterbrunnen(sighted the famous waterfall off the mountain),Wengen, Allmond, Kleine Scheidegg and Eismeer. On the way we had breathtaking views of the mesmerizing plateaus, glaciers and valleys .At Eismeer we took photos of the snow covered valleys all around. On reaching the peak we had our hearts fill of the surrounding mountain ranges and the famous Aletsch glacier in the distance, wonderful view of the colorful heliopter circling difficult peaks of the iconic trio of Eiger, Monch and Jungfro peaks .Enjoyed the Sphinx Rock Observatory, glacier plateau, Jungfrau Panorama, Ice palace,Swiss chocolate &the cafetaria with delicious dishes & beverages. Indulged in various ice sports such as skiing, snowboarding & skating.It was a magical treat as we started our return journey to Interlaken. Interlaken :It is a premier holiday destination and internationally renowned conference centre. It is the starting point of many excursions .It is the between Lake Thun & lake Brienz at the foot of the stunning mountain trio -Eiger(3970mts), Monch (4107mts) and Jungfrau.(3454mts).
Main components of the journey to Junfgrau:
The departure point for the journey into Jungfrau valley is Interlaken, the tourist metropolis between lake Thun &lake Brienz. Since 1890,the Bernese Oberland Railway(BOB) links Interlaken with Jungfrau and provides continuous service all the year round with 1 million tourists visiting the place. Kleine Scheidegg at 2061 mts lies directly at the foot of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau massifs and affords the view of Eiger north face.125 years ago, Wengeralp railways made the region accessible. Kleine Scheidegg can be reached easily from Grindelwald or from Lautterbrunnen along the foot of Eiger north face. Modern transport operate on both sides providing pleasant journey and outstanding vistas. From Eiger glacier Jungfrau railway travels through a 7.1km tunnel upto Jungfrau. At the Eismeer intermediate station, visitors gain their first dreamlike impression of a high alpine mountain setting carved out of eternal ice & snow.
The highlight of the journey is the arrival at Jungfrau-the Top of Europe at an elevation of 3454mts, is the highest railway station in Europe. The unique marvels of nature in the UNESCO Swiss Alps World heritage site are simply breathtaking. Vistas of Aletsch Glacier are simply stunning. On clear day the view to north extends as far as Vosges mountain range in France and heights of black forest in Germany. The Swiss flag was hoisted directly over the ice palace on the Glacier platform of the Jungfrau in 1912.
The attractions: Facilities open all the year round.
1)SPHINX ,3571mts -From the railway station we reach the Sphinx hall and then to the Sphinx observatory 112mts above by lift from where we get the panoramic views of the surrounding vistas. 2)Jungfrau Panorama: It conveys a 360* wraparound experience of the mountain world.3)Alpine Sensation: Here the development of the Alps and history of the Jungfrau railways is presented in the 250 long adventure trail.4)Ice Palace: A hall where crystalline-ice sculptures are created for the visitors .The hall temperature is maintained to minus three degrees to compensate for the body heat given off by the visitors.5) Swiss Plateau: Visitors assemble here to take personal photographs in front of the Swiss Flag.6)Swiss Chocolate Heaven: The Lindt Chocolate heaven is the latest innovation that no visitor should miss .Visitors learn about the history and production of Chocolate.7)Glacier hike from Jungfrau to Monchsjoch hut at 3657mts is conducted from March to October ,in good weather only.8)Helicopter service to view the 3 peaks.
We went for a Boat ride from Interlaken to Thun on the lake visiting many beautiful places on the scheduled halts namely; Neuhaus,Beatenbutch,Merligen,Spiez,Faulensee,Leissigen,Darligen.We had delicious meals on board and enjoyed the tour immensely.
After the joyous boat ride, We went for yet another sport; Paragliding which was very thrilling &adventurous event.Came back to our house-stay after a quite happy outing.
It being our last leg of the tour we decided to go for Jetboat adventure on the lake Brienz, Interlaken(East).It was really very exciting and thrilling experience especially the 360* spin of the boat in a very small rotating radius. It was real fun and adventure. In the evening we went to yet another location of Interlaken :
Harder Klum: The Top of Interlaken– This excursion destination with its stunning vistas can be reached by funicular railways in 10 minutes. Visitors can have finest views of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau as well as lakes Thun and Brienz from the viewing platform. The Panorama restaurant offers many delicious dishes and musical entertainment for the visitors .We enjoyed the location by taking photos of spots so vividly visible there.
Today we started our return journey by catching train to Zurich & then taking flight to Amsterdam. From there we took train to Eindhovan & reached late evening marking the end of a very sensational tour of Jungfrau-Top of the Europe.
SPORTS ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE-
1)PARAGLIDING,2)SKY DIVING,3)KANYON SWING,4)BUNJEE JUMPING,5)GLACIER TREKKING , 6)CANYONING, 7)SLEDGING, 8)SNOW SHOEING, 9)RIVER RAFTING, 10)SKATING.
OTHER RECOMMENDED TOURIST DESTINATIONS:
1) LUCERN ,2) Mt.PILATUS,3) Mt. TITLIS, 4)SCHILTHORN.