JUNGFRAUJOCH -TOP OF EUROPE
The journey to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, at 3454 metres Europe's highest altitude railway station, is probably without doubt a truly unforgettable experience. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonder world of ice, snow and rock, ascending from Kleine Scheidegg Though the mighty Eiger to Europe's highest altitude railway. Which you can marvel at from vantage terraces and Glacier platforms, on clear days, views extend as far as the Vosges mountains in France and Germany's Black Forest. let's not forget the mighty Aletsch Glacier winding its way out of the alps or in the Ice Palace.
An all-embracing adventure in snow and ice, a world of mountains and glaciers - the Jungfrau Railway takes guests into a unique high-Alpine world of new experiences at 3400 metres above sea level. But for Jungfrau Railways CEO Urs Kessler, the experiences are not yet enough, particularly in bad weather. The Jungfrau Railway is intent on creating the best all-weather programme in the Alps, and at the end of March 2012 will open a 250-metre round-tour subway as a direct link from the Sphinx hall to the Ice Palace. This will not only spread the flow of visitors. In two caverns, guests will also experience the development of tourism in the Alps and the history of the Jungfrau Railway - including a portrayal of its founder Adolf Guyer-Zeller in the context of world history and the construction of other engineering masterpieces. The 30 workers who lost their lives during the construction of the railway will also be commemorated. Moving walkways will transport visitors on steeper subway sections. "Many international guests really appreciate this comfort," says Kessler.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression!" That's what Jungfrau Railways CEO Urs Kessler also said to himself - and invested in a new arrivals hall on the Jungfraujoch. Construction will be carried out in the winter season and the hall opened in March 2012. From then on, visitors will feel like stars as they arrive on the Jungfraujoch: not exactly on a red carpet but nevertheless they will walk on a red floor from the Jungfrau Railway train towards all the attractions and restaurants on the Top of Europe. "An attractive design and good visitor guidance in many languages are essential for us," says Kessler. The latter is of great importance as the Jungfraujoch welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors every year, last year 671,000, an average of 1800 per day. The Jungfrau Railway avoids too much of a crush by limiting the number of guests to 5000 per day. The record number of 8148 visitors on 1 June 2000 will thus remain unbroken for the time being. That's also good news for the smart new arrivals hall.
Walking the Alpine experience after visiting the Sphinx, You enter the audio-visual experience "Jungfrau Panorama" a 360 degree film of the high alpine natural surroundings. Continuing along the passage subway to "Wonderland Switzerland" a hall decorated with edelweiss and back lit subject in wood. The subway leads to the moving walkway "Off to the Alps" a 90 meter long mural show of history from the first walks the Dream to reach Jungfrau by train. As you move along you pass through the Hall depicting the night of 28th August 1893 when Zurich Industrialist Adof Guyer-Zeller put his vision on paper to reach Jungfrau this area is Called "Guyer Zeller's Pioneering Spirit". We again join another moving walk way with large historical photos of the trials and tribulations during the construction "Tribute to the tunnel workers" to whom today's feat would not be possible. "The anchorage Tunnel" remind us of those who worked to bring this magical place to people reach but never themselves got the finish their work."Karst Cave" Before you starts the decent to the Ice palace labyrinth you will cross a bridge in Europe's highest altitude Karst cave at 3482m. From here it's a return to the Ice world of Jungfraujoch with the Ice palace and its ice carving, "The Plateau" where you enjoy uninterrupted views of snow, valleys and mountain peaks. Do not forget "Sphinx" a wonderful 360 degree view of unforgettable impressions to take home, Boarding the lift back down into the hard rock's venture out to the "Snow Fun" outdoor area where you can get the full experience of 3000m + in the all year round snow and Ice. For the more adventurous take a 1 hour walk to Moench Hutte and the thrill of alpine walking to an alpine hutte with even more to enjoy. One area the Swiss do not forget is you appetites and with ample restaurants to chose from all offering fantastic views of the high area.
UNESCO world heritage site - Swiss Alps
The excursion starts at Interlaken Ost station from eray morning (Approx 0630). The journey takes around 2.3 hours Calling at Wilderwill, Zweilutschenen where it splits to 1-Grindelwald-Brandegg-Alpiglen-Kleine Scheidegg or 2 Lauterbrunnen-Wengen-Wengenalp- Kleine Scheidegg. From here you change to the special Jungfraurailways to Eigergletscher- Eigerwand-Eismeer and finally Jungfraujoch. Study your map before you arrive and decide where you wish to go first there is a lot to see and do.
The Aletsch self-service restaurant on the first floor seats up to 250 persons. It offers an extensive range of cuisine for guests of all nationalities, as well as sensational views of the Aletsch Glacier and the surrounding Alpine world.
Restaurant Eiger, The Group Restaurant Eiger is next to the Café Bar. It is ideally suited to cater for large groups. The Restaurant Eiger seats up to 210 persons. The large selection of group menus will satisfy every taste.
Cafeteria, The Cafeteria in the entrance hall serves small snacks and drinks for that little something in-between. All enjoyed together with wonderful views of the glacier world. The Café Bar seats up to 30 persons
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