Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Jungfrau Railway, Switzerland | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe

The Jungfrau Railway, Switzerland — The most famous mountain railway in the world. Opened in 1912 this cog wheel railway leads to the highest railway station in Europe, the Jungfraujoch at at 3454 meter or 11,333 ft above sea level. From Kleine Scheidegg, high above Grindewald and Wegnen, the route climbs to the Eiger Gaiier station and on through a 45 miles tunnel hewn throug through the rock of the Eiger and Mönch. Two observation windows offer breathtaking view of the Alpine landscape. From the Eiger North Wall Station at 9,400 ft, passengers can look down to the Grindelwald Valley, Kleine Scheidegg and beyond to Interlaken and Lake Thun. From the Eismeer "Sea of Ice" station at 10,368ft, the landscape is one of eternal snow, ice and rock. 

Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe

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The summit itself is a glacier and grotto world which lies in the Jungfrau-Aletsch UNESCO World Heritage. Visitors are afforded excellent views of the Aletsch Glacier, and 14 miles the longest in the Alps. On clear days, views extend even beyond Switzerland's frontiers to the Vosges mountain range in France and the Black Forest in Germany. 

Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway, Switzerland | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe

Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
Schynige Platte Railway Rack Cog — Schynige Platte Bahn mountain railway in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland, which connects the town of Wilderswil, near Interlaken with the famous wildflower gardens of the Schynige Platte. Image credit  Matthew Poxon

Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Jungfrau Railway | The Highest Mountain Railway Station in Europe
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Source — Myswitzerland | Wengen | Wikipedia

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