Sunday, 11 October 2009

Lauterbrunnen and Jungfraujoch

Last weekend the weather forecast was very promising so we took the opportunity to get in some last camping of the season before the days became too short and cold with the onset of Winter, so we headed up to Lauterbrunnen near Interlaken.

Although I'd taken my parents there when they were visiting the first time, Linda hadn't been there before and I was keen that she should see it. I remember Lauterbrunnen being one of the more impressive places to visit, and so I found a campsite nearby.

We headed up on Saturday and spent the day in the valley around Lauterbrunnen, visiting the falls above the town and also the Trümmelbach Falls, a series of 10 falls inside the wall of the glacial valley.

Afterwards we caught a lift up to Murren, a little town at the top of the cliffs which look over the Lauterbrunnen valley.

After a night of camping, we caught the Jungfraubahn to the Jungfraujoch station; the "Top of Europe" and highest train station in the alps at 3450m.

To reach the station you travel through the face of the Eiger mountain and end up at a col between the Monch and Jungfrau mountain peaks. The view from the Sphynx observatory is amazing, especially of the Aletsch Glacier, which is itself the largest glacier in the Alps.

After descending back down to Kleine Scheidegg, we walked the rest of the route down to Wengen, before finally catching the cog-railway back down to Lauterbrunnen.

It was a fantastic weekend in the amazing UNESCO classified region. We're quite keen to come back in Winter and do it all again (although perhaps not in a tent this time)!

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