When you’re staying a short ride from the “Top of Europe,” you have to go, even if it’s really touristy.
The Jungfrau is the highest peak in this area of Switzerland (the Berner Oberland) at taller than 4000 meters, and you can take a cog railway to (close to) the top, making it the “Highest Train Station in Europe.” So, Wednesday morning we bundled up and headed up the mountain on the train. There are actually a lot of things to do at the top (which I was thankful for after questioning our judgement on the very crowded train up).
First walked out on to the observation deck and see the surrounding mountains and the valley below. It was cold and windy up there, but the views were pretty spectacular.
Then there is a “snow fun” area where you can rent tubes and sleds and slide down the hill. Being from Texas, the girls and I have never been sledding or tubing, so we spent about an hour going up and down the hill. We were pretty wet and snow-covered by the end of it, but the sun was out and we had a blast. (I posted a lot of these pictures on Facebook earlier in the week.)
After we finished sledding, Jane Anne begged to go on the zip line, so she and I both gave it a try. It was mildly terrifying and wonderfully fun. She’s always been our adventure seeker and keeps asking to go again.
Once inside, we could walk through the “Alpine Sensation” — a cave filled with edelweiss-shaped lights — and the “Ice Palace” before heading inside to for lunch and an opportunity to hit the shops.
So it was indeed pretty touristy. And the alpine experience was a little trippy, but it was a lot of fun! Glad we did it.