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Jungfrau - Eiger - Gstaad Saturday, September 27, 2008
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The plan for Saturday was to take a morning train up to Kleine Scheidegg Station, then up to Jungfrau, back down to Kleine Scheidegg Station, then down to Grindelwald and back up using the Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Mannlichen (GM) gondola. From Mannlichen back down to Wengen via the Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (LWM) cable-car. From there, the cogwheel down to Lauterbrunnen, train to Interlaken, and then to Gstaad.

Jungfrau

From the Jungfrau website: This unique round-trip by modern cogwheel railway takes you first to Kleine Scheidegg, altitude 2061 metres, at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall. From here the Jungfrau Railway climbs to the station at Eigergletscher , well known for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels. The trip continues through the Eiger tunnel to the stations at Eigerwand and Eismeer, with a five minute halt at each. Enjoy spectacular sightseeing through large observation windows hewn from solid Alpine rock. And then the arrival on the Jungfraujoch, in the heart of a glorious glacier world on the very roof of Europe! Superb views extend as far as the summits of the Vosges Mountains in France and the Black Forest in Germany. The Great Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice-stream in the Alps, begins on the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe.

Breakfast at Hotel Regina

Breakfast Buffet

While I found the rooms fairly average for the price, the included breakfast buffet was really good. Second to the Riffelalp. Again, it's always good to get a good breakfast when you're planning a day of adventure.

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Part of the cereal section of the breakfast buffet. Special order eggs can be given to your server.

Taking the cogwheel to Kleine Scheidegg Station from Wengen.

A preview of the Jungfrau.

From Wengen to Jungfrau, roundtrip, is 100 CHF per person.

The ticket to Jungfrau.

Ticket back.

Jungfrau brochure.

Timetable.

Jungfrau cogwheel.

Eiger tunnel to the stations at Eigerwand and Eismeer, with a five minute halt at each. Spectacular sightseeing through large observation windows hewn from solid Alpine rock.

Jungfrau.

The complex at the top of Jungfrau is amazing. You need to take an elevator to the observation platform.

The top observation deck.

Looking down the Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice-stream in the Alps.

Pepe atop Jungfrau.

The lower level access to the Aletsch Glacier.

Walking out on the Aletsch Glacier.

Photo of Pepe on Aletsch Glacier, looking up to the observation deck way up top.

Looking across the trail.

Helicopters arrive at the top with tourists.

Entrance to the ice palace.

Walking through the ice palace.

Ice sculptures.

The palace is full of varied colored LED lights.

The cogwheel train on the way down from Jungfrau, after exiting the long tunnel.

Taking the cogwheel down from Kleine Scheidegg Station to Grindelwald. One way down 14 CHF per person.

From Grindelwald, using the Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Mannlichen (GM) gondola.

Ticket to Grindelwald.

The large cableway wheels at the top.

Gondelbahn Grindelwald-Mannlichen gondola.

Mannlichen.

Looking down to Wengen via the Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (LWM) cablecar.

Ticket.

Ticket back.

Taking the train down to Lauterbrunnen from Wengen.

Interlaken Station.

The posh first class section enroute to Gstaad.

Enroute to Gstaad.

Enroute to Gstaad.

A transfer to one of the older (refurbished) train cars to Gstaad.

The woodwork and fabric were amazing in these rail cars. It felt like a different era.

Hotel Bellevue in Gstaad. We were shown a room, but when we decided to take it the room was booked - so we upgraded to a better room and bargained for same price.

Bathroom.

Shower.

Posh bathroom.

A look at the sitting area and desk. Included WiFi.

Bed.

Evening treats.

Suite desk and writing area.

We opted to dine at the hotel Gourmet Restaurant Prado - food was excellent.

Portions are small compared to American standards, but very tasty.

Dessert.

End of Day in Jungfrau Region and Gstaad

Puppy at the Bar

We ended the day after a nice dinner at the hotel Belluvue Bar. There is also a bar downstairs called the Club 911, but it was closed. One interesting thing about Switzerland is that dogs seem to be allowed in both restaurants and bars. While I read the rules say now, it is common practice. Overall, a very good day. It was sunny the entire day and even though we got to Gstaad a bit late, all the connections worked out fine.

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