Jungfraujoch Mountain has the highest railway station in all of Europe, calling itself the Top of the World. Upon arrival you will find yourself, not only at the top of one of the highest peaks in Switzerland, but surrounded by a numinous Alpine winter wonderland.
The Jungfraujoch Mountain is situated between Monch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps. On our trip there we left from Interlacken, Switzerland taking a modern cogwheel train to Kleine Scheidegg at 6,762 feet. From there we took the Jungfrau cogwheel train to the Eiger Glacier Station and then through the Eiger tunnel. The tunnel is 7.3 km (4.5 miles) long. On our trip to the summit, the train stopped at a viewing window in the tunnel so we could take pictures. The ceiling, floors and walls in the Ice Palace are made entirely of ice but there are handrails to hold as slipping looks entirely too easy. It is a remarkable place with impressive sculptures of Eskimos, seals, igloos, eagles, etc.
Jungfraujoch Mountain is considered the ‘excursion mountain’. In the summer, hikers can explore the lower regions enjoying views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Climbing the mountain is an entirely different story. Jungfraujoch and the Eigerjoch are the most difficult passes in the Alps for mountaineers to traverse. Although we went by the easy route, on the cogwheel train, the experience of standing on the summit beside the Swiss flag flapping loudly in the wind was an overwhelming experience.