Jungfrau Region Journals

Reclaim Your Youth and Virginity

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A July 2005 trip to Jungfrau Region by Ben the Grate

The Jungfrau Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland More Photos
Quote: The Jungfrau reminded someone of a young virgin, so that's what they named this massive hulk of stone and ice, which stands, along with Monch (the Monk) and Eiger (the Ogre), in this corner of Switzerland's supremely beautiful Berner Oberland.

Reclaim Your Youth and Virginity

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Overview

The Jungfrau Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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Icy views from the top of Jungfraujoch, the highest rail station on earth. Airy views from the restaurant made famous by James Bond at the top of the Schilthorn. Ambling the trail along the base of Eiger's infamous north face. Sniffing geraniums in the sleepy village of Murren. Biking the length of the Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the world's deepest.Quick Tips: Avoid the peak summer season from June to mid-August. Early fall is an excellent time to visit, as the trees begin to change, crowds begin to thin, and prices begin to drop. Avoid Grindelwald at all costs. It's crowded and pricey year-round. Stay in Lauterbrunnen for less money, better views, and easier access. Stay in Wengen...Read More

Eiger Trail Swiss Alps

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Attraction | "Eiger Trail"

Eiger Trail Swiss Alps Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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With the official marking and designation of a trail beneath the imposing north wall of Eiger, Switzerland now has yet another spectacular, high alpine trail. This trail is easy, comparatively short, and a MUST for visitors to the Jungfrau region. The long route begins at Mannlichen, up the gondola from Wengen or Lauterbrunnen. But we recommend that you cut out lots of pointless elevation drop and gain by starting at the Eigergletscher Station on the train to Jungfraujoch. Indeed, it is an excellent outing to visit Jungfraujoch in the morning, get off the return train at Eigergletscher, and hike down the Eiger trail to Alpiglen. This is a 5-mile route that will take around 3 hours at a pleas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Eiger Trail Swiss Alps
Grindelwald
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Jungfraujoch

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Jungfraujoch Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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It may be pricey. It may be crowded. And it may be campy. But you can't skip out on a trip to the Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in the world, 11,333 feet above sea level. You can get even higher if you take the elevator to the Sphinx weather station. It sits perched in the saddle between the Jungfrau and Monch, cloaked in perpetual ice. The special train starts at Kleine-Scheidegg, up the mountain from either Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. It heads up to Eigergletscher Station (jumping off point for the Eiger Trail, and killer close-up views of the Eiger Glacier). Then it enters the tunnel it will navigate all the way up through the heart of Eiger. At one point you can stop an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Jungfraujoch
Top of a mountain
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Trummelbach Falls

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Trummelbach Falls Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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All those glaciers up there on the peaks above the Lauterbrunnen Valley begin to melt in the late spring. And since the valley is one of the deepest glacial valleys on earth, that means WATERFALLS. And at least one is visible from almost everywhere in the valley, and there is a very special one that is not visible from anywhere, except from behind. Or above. Trummelbach Falls is located in a cave-like canyon deep within the walls of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It is the most spectacular tourist-accessible slot canyon I've visited anywhere on earth. The atmosphere is far more like a cave than a canyon. The glacial-fed stream blasts down through twisting falls within the circuitous ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Trummelbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen Valley
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Schilthorn

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Attraction | "Schilthorn (Piz Gloria)"

Schilthorn Photo, Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
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James Bond fans are not allowed to leave the Jungfrau region without taking the tram to Schilthorn. The famous Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service was filmed here, atop the craggy mountain. Schilthorn is somewhat campy and touristy, as are most things in this region of Switzerland. But the views are stunning. And watching the paragliders leap off the cliff into a mile of vertical nothingness and float dreamily on the thermals is worth the tram price alone. You can eat here in a rotating restaurant that is famous for champagne Bond breakfasts. The food is good, but pricey. Also, don't forget to catch the film about Schilthorn's history. It runs every 30 minutes. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 27, 2005

Schilthorn
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland
Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

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Attraction | "The Lauterbrunnen Valley Circuit"

Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail Photo, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
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This is an excellent way to take in the glorious Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of the deepest glacial valleys on earth and one of the most spectacular places in all of Switzerland. Begin at the railway station in Lauterbrunnen and take the cog railway up to Murren (included on your Jungfraurail pass). Stroll around this quaint, car-free village for awhile, then jump on the private railway to Birg (included in your $21 ticket to Schilthorn). Take the nauseatingly steep tram up to the peak of Schilthorn and have a cheesy, pricey, but delicious, champagne James Bond breakfast in the rotating restaurant. Afterwards, stroll outside and take in the airy views. Then head down the gond...Read More

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Lauterbrunnen Valley/UNESCO Trail

Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland