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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 4 of 12: Jungfraujoch 8/26/08

photo by Kathryn

View from Jungfraujoch

Everything was clear the next morning, so it was off to Jungfraujoch. Getting everywhere in the Jungfrau region was so easy from Lauterbrunnen - just walked to the train station and off we went. First train was to Wengen. The view from the train looking back on the valley was wonderful. The train was fairly full on the first leg, but after changing trains in Kleine Shidegg, it was standing room only. I was amazed - again - how efficient the train system is. They give you just enough time to take a WC break between trains since there are none on the trains. We were on one of the newer trains with the TV screens that showed the history of building the tunnel up to the Jungfrau.

The views on the way up were - again - incredible. Glaciers, granite mountains against green grass - and the frequent cow sightings. The sky was clear blue - beautiful. The last 30 minutes in the tunnel went fairly fast with the two stops.

One of the first things we noticed after arriving at Jungfraujoch was the effects of the altitude. I had expected to feel somewhat breathless, but it was much more than that. We both felt kind of nauseous and found that we had to walk very slowly. However, even with the altitude effects - it was glorious at the top. We spent a long time out on the walkway at the level of the train station and outside on the plateau. It was so cool to be walking in snow in August. I took so many pictures of the view - it was kind of embarrassing when I got home and started showing the pictures to friends...

We ate lunch in the cafeteria type restaurant. The selection was fairly limited. We both had Spaghetti Bolognese - it was OK but not great. We were both still feeling the effects of the altitude, so that might have effected our enjoyment of the meal.

On the way back down the mountain, we stopped in Wengen. We walked around the town, shopped a little, and bought some bread. Wengen was lovely. I had read so much about Wengen, I was glad to finally see it. I think I still like Lauterbrunnen better - the people in Wengen seemed to dress more formally and the people in the shops we entered were not as friendly as they were in Lauterbrunnen. Maybe I was just beginning to feel that Lauterbrunnen was home...

If you go to Switzerland - don't miss a trip to the Jungfraujoch !!!

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