advertorial APRIL 2017 Jungfrau Top of Europe It Doesn’t Get Better Than This! A trip to the highest altitude railway station in Europe is the highlight of one’s visit to Switzerland. No other mountain excursion in the world can offer such an extraordinary experience as Jungfraujoch–Top of Europe, asserts Ivor Vaz A The Ride To The Summit pioneering masterpiece among mountain railways, the Jungfrau Railways, went into service just over a hundred years ago, in 1912. This intriguing cogwheel railway takes passengers from the ski decks of Kleine Scheidegg (2,061 metres), to the Jungfraujoch’s underground station (3,454 metres), a veritable world of rock, ice and snow. Seven of the 9.34 kilometres of railway the train traverses through are in a tunnel hewn in the rock of the Eiger and Mönch mountains. The train stops for five minutes at Eismeer (Sea of Ice), the only intermediate station where passengers can disembark and enjoy stunning views of the fascinating mountain world through panorama windows. The Jungfrau Railways climbs a height of 1,400 metres in just 35 minutes (the travel time is down by 15 minutes since the installation of new railcars). The last stop on the line is the underground station of Jungfraujoch with tunnels leading out onto the glacier surface of the Jungfrau. Visitors will instantly notice both the thin air and the chill – the average temperature here in midsummer is just below freezing. Inside the rock of the mountain a mini township thrives. There are a few souvenir shops and the world’s highest post office. Also, this being Switzerland, you’ll find a Tissot watch shop, and Lindt Swiss Chocolate shop as well. At the top, you’ll find a host of dining options open on 365 days a year. Whether you choose to snack in the Café Bar, or eat at the Restaurant Crystal, Restaurant Eiger, Aletsch Self Service or Restaurant Bollywood, expect nothing less than a five-star dining experience. Visitors will also enjoy the various attractions including the Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, Jungfrau Panorama and Snow Fun Park. The final 111.4-metre-long ascent begins vertically on an ultramodern elevator (Switzerland‘s fastest lift installation) to a pinnacle called the Sphinx, an observatory and meteorological research station that was opened in 1937. This building serves not only meteorologists, scientists and astronomers, but for many visitors is also the true landmark of Jungfrau–Top of Europe. From its 3,571-metre-high terrace, visitors can enjoy 360 degrees panoramic views of an Alpine wonderland. The views across the top of the Great Aletsch Glacier, stretching across 23 kilometres, are magnificent, as is the view of the Jungfrau and surrounding mountains. On the Jungfraujoch, the conditions for viewing the expanse are particularly favourable, especially in late autumn and winter. The air is particularly dry so you can see even as , far as neighbouring Italy the Vosges , Mountains in France and Germany’s Black Forest. Top Excursions WITH JUNGFRAU RAILWAYS The Jungfraubahn chugs down to Kleine Scheidegg C hoosing the ideal mountain holiday is akin to shopping for dresses. No doubt the little black dresses of travel are drop-dead gorgeous, but once in a while, everyone needs to indulge in a little couture. The most spectacular mountain resorts in the world inevitably happen to be popular ski destinations, and a majority of them also tend to draw tourists throughout the year to savour the picturesque vistas as well as indulge in spring, summer and fall activities like hiking and mountain biking. Fancy combining all of this with a vertical ascent aboard a slew of cogwheel trains that hover above canyons, traverse tunnels and overcome high altitudes, to transport you to some of the most incredible places on earth? That is precisely what makes a Jungfrau Railways ride an experience of a lifetime. The highlight however is the journey to the Jungfraujoch. Located at 3,454 metres above sea level, in the Bernese Alps, on the boundary between the cantons of Bern and Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch, Europe’s highest altitude railway station is one destination every serious traveller wants to leave a footprint on. It offers visitors a high-Alpine wonder-world of ice, snow and rock, which can be marvelled at from vantage terraces, the Aletsch Glacier or in the Ice Palace. Having spent 30 years at Jungfrau Railways, its CEO Urs Kessler is understandably very Urs Kessler CEO, Jungfrau Railways passionate about his product. “Jungfrau Railways is literally a ground-breaking masterpiece among mountain railways because a hundred years ago it would have been a highly challenging project to conceive, design and build a railway line, all the way up to 11,333 ft. It took 16 years to complete the project (1896–1912). From the initial years, we have come a long way, with the introduction of the cogwheel railway and creating it as a major attraction in the world of ice and snow. Having crossed 100 years, we take pride in transporting almost 1 million visitors every year, from across the world to Jungfrau– Top of Europe,” he says. In August last year, the Jungfrau Railways’ rolling stock was modernised with the addition of four new railcars. These threesection, low-floor railcars are the fourth generation of trains featuring modern compartment design, better interior fittings and a customerinformation system. Besides, the increase in quality for the guest, the low-floor railcars also guarantee a high safety standard. The longer trains also mean an increase in productivity A round trip from . Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch has thus been shortened by 30 minutes since the timetable changed in December 2016. With this change, three Jungfrau Railways trains now run in a 90-minute circulation between the two stations. Says Kessler: “It’s almost two decades since we realised the potential of the Indian market and have made strategic moves and investments here. We believe in matching the needs of the market and have been leaders to tap the potential. India is truly one of our success stories. We look forward to it being one of our major source markets even in the future.” Remo Kaeser, Head of Sales, Jungfrau Railways, agrees. “Jungfraujoch–Top of Europe is the ideal product for Indian guests travelling to Switzerland and a must-see. It provides the eternal ice and snow, and the impressive journey by rail is an unforgettable experience. We are also happy to see the number of guests growing to other mountain excursions like Harder Kulm and Grindelwald First,” he sums up. Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe Grindelwald-First – Top of Adventure Harder Kulm – Top of Interlaken Jungfrau Railways · Harderstr. 14 · CH-3800 Interlaken · Tel. +41 (0)33 828 72 33 · firstname.lastname@example.org · jungfrau.ch JJ_GF_HK_advert_164x250_2017.indd 1 04.04.17 08:05
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