Visiting Mount Jungfrau
06.21.2014 - 06.24.2014
From Paris starts the real portion of my time together with my Mom. Our trip was: 2 cities in Switzerland (Interlaken and Luzern); Fussen, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; and Munich, Germany. It was great because my Mom was in charge of this part of the trip so I just sat back and enjoyed.
…except for the first travel day…We took 3 metros and 3 trains and took a total of 10 hours travelling. It was really tiring, especially with our luggage…but the views in Interlaken, Switzerland made up for it all.
View from the train station to our Bed & Breakfast:
View from our window:
Everywhere I had been so far was man-made sights: museums, monuments, manicured gardens, etc. Our time in Switzerland, on the other hand, was all God's creation. We were literally in awe at some of the vistas we saw.
Our first night, we tried a traditional Swiss dish: Rosti. It's a German Swiss dish (because Switzerland has mixture of German, French, and Italian) and is a skillet of shredded potatoes with different ingredients. Ours had ham, bacon, tomatoes, and cheese…so it's basically hash browns for dinner, but it's awesome.
Day 1: Top of Europe
Today we went to Jungfrau, the highest point of Europe. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there so although we left at 9 am, we didn't get there until around noon. Once on the cable car that takes us up to Jungfrau, we had two 5 minute stops for picture taking. Once at Eigerwand (9400 ft)…
…and another at Eismeer (10368 ft)…
Then we went up to the top which is 13,642 feet above sea level. It was crazy! We didn't have the best weather so all you see is white around you from the ice/snow, but you can still appreciate how high up you are.
Our shoes were soaked after the ski bikes, so we made sure to take them off and get a Swiss hot chocolate - sooooo perfect.
Day 2: Paragliding & Trummelbach Falls
On our 2nd day we had a beautiful morning…a birthday present from my Dad (thanks Dad!) was to go Paragliding. And my mom came with me! It was awesome. We could see the 3 glacier-encrusted mountains: Eiger, Monch and Jungrau. And we could also see the two rivers that Interlaken sits in between (get the name now?): Lakes Thun and Brienz.
I've gone hangliding before, but it was taken up by a plane, so this was my first time "running off a cliff". When it was time to run my guide, Thimo, told me to just keep running and he'll tell me when to sit. Well…I guess I wasn't running fast enough because he stepped on the back of my shoe and, scared that I was going to lose my shoe, I just sat down…wayyyyy too early. It made the takeoff kind of funny.
Afterwards we went to the Trummelbach Falls and walked around to the 10 glacier-waterfalls inside the mountain. The falls drain the glacier from the 3 mountains (Eiger, Monch and Jungrau). It's the only glacier-waterfalls in Europe that is inside a mountain and accessible. It was pretty cool….but we got a little wet.
I would definitely recommend Interlaken if you want a nice little peaceful town and give yourself enough days to wait out any bad days so that you have clear skies when visiting Jungfrau!