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Jungfraujoch: The Rail Station at the Top of Europe
The highest railway station in Europe—and surely its most spectacular—is the Jungfraujoch, which perches upon an icy saddle 11,332 feet high-surrounded by iconic Alpine peaks (including the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau). The journey to get here, on the Jungfrau Railway, begins at Kleine Scheidegg, a small mountain village some 4,600-feet below; after an hourlong ride that brings you through the Eiger in a 5.6 mile-long tunnel, you’ll arrive at the top. From the viewing platform here, you’ll have unobstructed views of the 14-mile-long Aletschgletcher, Switzerland’s largest glacier; on a clear day you can see all the way to the Black Forest of Germany. The Alpine Sensation exhibits at the top include explanations on how the railway was originally built; you can also try a shot of the Swiss Highland Whiskey that’s aged up here. If you’re already using a Swiss Pass to zip around the country’s rail system, a 185-franc add-on, the Jungfrau Railway Pass, gives travelers three consecutive days of travel on the entire Jungfrau Railways network including a trip up to the Jungfraujoch. For more information about rail travel in Jungfrau and Interlaken, visit myswitzerland.com.
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