One of the most exhilarating train journeys in the world is undoubtedly the one that takes you to what is known as the, ‘Top Of Europe”, in Switzerland. A heritage Cog wheel train climbs up from a place called Kleine Scheidegg and chugs along for 9 kilometres to Jungfraujoch. At a height of about 11,332 feet this is Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe.
A Spectacular Journey
Shrieks pure joy fill the train as the passengers huddle in their seats in thrilled anticipation. The train chugs along the snow on either side and slowly enters the Jungfrau Tunnel. Almost the entire journey is within this tunnel which has been bored inside the Eicher and Monch mountains of the Alp ranges. The train stops at two stations before it reaches it destination, Jungfraujoch. The first of the stations is Eigerwand where passengers rush out from the train to the viewing windows which look out towards the Bernese Oberland and offer a sight that is hard to describe in words. The next station is Eismeer and here one is treated to the visual feast of watching the stunning beauty of the Grindelwald-Fiescher glacier. The short and extremely sweet journey on a heritage railway that dates back to more than a century comes to an end, but not before one sings a silent paean to the genius of the engineers who made this marvel possible.
The White Wonderland
As you emerge from the railway station you are directly transported to a white wonderland. A sea of pure white snow stretches out in all directions beckoning you towards it. An elevator takes you to the top of a futuristic looking building known as the Sphinx which is actually an observatory and has a viewing platform which provides panoramic views of the Alps and the surrounding peaks. There are restaurants including a Bollywood Restaurant at the Top Of Europe. Another interesting sight in Jungfraujoch is an ice grotto which has many interesting ice sculptures.
The train journey to the top of Europe, Jungfraujoch leaves you with an almost spiritual feeling of having had an other-worldly experience.