Switzerland: Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch
"Top of Europe"
10 July 2009
Another day, another gondola ride and more cloud. After our favourite
0835 BOB train from Interlaken Ost to Grindelwald, we walked down the
hill to the bottom station of the Männlichenbahn, where we again got a
gondola car to ourselves
Looking through the cloud to the ridge we walked along yesterday.
A short break in the cloud just about reveals the Faulhorn
Cows grazing as we ascend towards Männlichen
From the Männlichen gondola station, we walked part the restaurant and
cable-car station from Wengen, and up into the cloud to the summit of
The wonderful view. Hmm.
A gap in the clouds reveals a dramatic drop into the Lauterbrunnen
We retraced our steps to the gondola station, and from there took the
high level route that skirts around the hillside, very gently downhill,
to Kleine Scheidegg. It is a well-engineered path, and quite popular.
It also has the only road-style warning signs I've ever seen on a
Looking back to Männlichen
Approaching Kleine Scheidegg
The bottom of the Eiger Glacier
Looking across the train to the summit of the Jungfrau. We decided to
get the train to the top.
There are three intermediate stations - after the Eigergletscher station
in the open, the rest of the line lies in a tunnel, but Eigerwand and
Eismeer stations offer the opportunity to stop for five minutes and look
out of windows through the side of the mountain. This is the view from
Eigerwand - looking down the famous North Face of the Eiger into the
And much more impressive today, this is the view from Eismeer station,
down the Ischmeer Glacier - a tributary of the lower Grindelwald glacier
we saw three days ago.
And here I am at the Sphinx - in the cloud again!
Looking down on the people on the glacier from the Sphinx
High up - and the air was noticeably thin, but okay if you move
reasonably slowly and breathe deeply.
Having descended the hundred metres or so in the lift down to the
glacier, we pass the huskies returning from giving rides.
Me on the glacier
A break in the cloud shows the view back up to the Sphinx
Going sledging on the icy glacier.
Short but fast and fun - I went twice
The summit of the Mönch
Looking across the snowfields on the glacier
Back inside and a look at some of the ice sculptures
Me in the ice
After the descent in the train, a look at the bottom of the Eiger
A truly memorable visit to the Jungfraujoch - yes it would have been
even better in perfect weather, but it was still very much worth doing.
Next time I would be better organised to make the most of the activities
on offer up there.