Switzerland – Scaling the Jungfrau Region
Surrounded by Switzerland’s mountain landscape, it’s easy to see why the Swiss understand the value of nature. It is not a luxury reserved for a few, but a treasure shared by all. Joseph travels into the Grindelwald Valley to experience the grandeur of perhaps Switzerland’s most typically-Swiss region – the Jungfrau. Constantly shadowed by the towering heights of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks, all above 12,000 feet, Joseph partakes of the culture at local street fairs and festivals. He gets to take part in a cheese-making demonstration and run with the goats through the streets of Wengen, a car-free mountain town. To get an up-close experience with the mountains he hikes to the Gleckstein, a mountain hut for climbers, and literally tops off his adventure with a train journey to the highest train station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch.
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The first ascent of the Jungfrau on August 3, 1811 caused quite a sensation. In those days the area in today’s UNESCO Region was strictly reserved for a few daring adventurers. These days, thanks to the mountain railways, footpaths and biking trails everyone can experience a variety of adventures in the Jungfrau Region. The mountains around Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren and Lauterbrunnen continue to hold a great fascination and, in the meantime, offer something to suit everyone from action-seeking sports enthusiasts to aficionados looking for relaxation. A trip from Wengen or Grindelwald to the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest train station at 3,453 metres above sea level, transports visitors into the magical world of eternal snow and ice. From the opposite side of the valley above Mürren, on the top of the almost 3,000 metre-high Schilthorn, day-trippers can enjoy the best views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau triumvirate. Far below in the Lauterbrunnen valley the spectacular Trümmelbachfalls have been open to visitors for around 100 years. Here 20,000 litres of water per second thunder down into the “valley of 72 waterfalls”. For more information visit www.MyJungfrau.ch.