LOCATION: Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
This item is part of my Contiki Trip Series.
Our journey today was to the top of Europe of Junfraujoch Mountain. After a 2 hour cog rail ride up to the top we couldn’t wait to see the beautiful sights! You can read about my train ride up HERE. At the top of Jungfraujoch it is 11,782 feet high. Getting up to this altitude so quickly definitely causes some altitude sickness. Since I was already sick, I felt it even faster, especially when climbing stairs. At the top, there was a museum and ice tunnel passageways to walk through before you can go outside and to the very top of the mountain. As soon as we arrived, we could feel the crisp cold air around us. I think all of us had the same idea in mind, to immediate run to the outside viewing deck. We made it, expecting to see gorgeous views and were instead hit with a face full of snow.
There was a massive blizzard happening and it was a virtual white out outside. You couldn’t see anything. Even though there was nothing to see, it was still pretty fun to be as high as we were and in the snow. Some of the people on my tour had never seen snow in their life and were like a kid in a candy store. It was nice to see their first experience because it made me think of the first time I’ve seen snow.
As high as we were, there were birds at the top begging for food from tourists. It was interesting to see birds that high up. Shiran fed them peanuts and they would sit in her hand to eat. It was pretty cool to see.
Some of the other group members took the opportunity to strip to their bathing suits and take picture in the snow. I wish I had thought of that! After playing in the harsh cold for a while, we all went inside and browsed around. Inside was the museum that gave some history on the site and an ice tunnel. You can read my experience about the ice tunnel HERE. There was a hotel, restaurants and gift shop there too. One of the coolest things I saw at the top was a post office. They had the highest point for a post office and you could send letters that were postmarked from the top of Europe. Sounds like an interesting souvenir idea.
After about 2 hours at the top, I could feel the altitude getting the best of me and decided to make the cog rail excursion back down the mountain. I left Jungfraujoch satisfied with my journey, but definitely wanting to go back to see the beautiful sites the place promises to show.
*Thank you Shiran and Sue-Anne for accompanying me on this adventure
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Yes, this place was so great!
Contiki Travel is HIGHLY recommended. I would do this all over again a million times. www.contiki.com