Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Jungfrau

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(Above)A picture taken at maennlichen, one of the cable car station. To the left is grindelwald and to the right is lauterbrunnen.
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(Above)Facing Jungfraujoch, the top of europe!

Warning : my entry on interlaken and jungfrau area are very selective. This means that if you ever come to see the real thing, it may NOT appear as what I presented in this blog. I have selected picture on particular angle to avoid crane and cables, and employed GIMP filter to enhance the color tone of the picture as the fog makes it unclear. I will elaborate more on next entry.

Picture taken from Maennlichen facing Eiger.
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And a picture of Lauterbrunnen valley on sunset time.
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Many people told me how beautiful swiss alps are. And I've decided to proof it myself. Jungfrau area is rated the top must see alps on every website and guidebook I've seen. Don't ask me why it named Jungfrau. I have no idea! Jungfrau (means young lady or virgin), probably there is an alp that appear like a side view of a lady's face?!?! Apparently, this is the highest peak of a mountain massif of the same name, located in the Bernese Oberland region of the Swiss Alps, overlooking Wengen. The other two peaks are the Eiger (3,970 m) with its famous north face, and the Mönch (4,099 m).
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A cable car from Grindelwald to Maennlichen.
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The summit of the mountain was first reached in 1811 by the Meyer brothers of Aarau. Once difficult to access, the Jungfraubahn cog railway now runs inside the mountain, up to the Jungfraujoch railway station at 3,454 m (11,332 ft), the highest in Europe.

The train into the mountain leaves from Kleine Scheidegg, which can be reached by trains from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. The train enters the tunnel running eastward through the Eiger shortly after leaving Kleine Scheidegg.
A view from a station passing Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald in bloom. I don't exacty like this town as it was so busy and loads of tourist group running around.
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It runs close behind the Eiger's north face, stopping at Eigerwand, where there is a window about 8 m long and a metre high, halfway up the face. The windows have been placed in holes used to remove excavated rock from the tunnel during construction, and are also occasionally used as access points to rescue climbers. This window was used for one of the final scenes of a Clint Eastwood spy movie the The Eiger Sanction. There one can get off the train to admire the view before the train continues five minutes later. The tunnel then turns west, heading towards the Jungfrau. There is a second stop at a window looking out on the Eismeer ("Sea of Ice") before the train continues to the Jungfraujoch. The tunnel was constructed between 1898 and 1912; it is about 7 km (4 mi) long, with gradients of up to 25%. The journey from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch takes approximately 50 minutes including the stops at Eigerwand and Eismeer; the downhill return journey taking only 35 minutes.
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I love this stop, Alpigen, very quiet and not so many tourist around.
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A large complex of tunnels and buildings has been constructed at the Jungfraujoch, mostly into the south side of the Mönch. There is a hotel, two restaurants, an observatory, a research station, a small cinema, a ski school, and the "Ice Palace", a collection of elaborate ice sculptures. Another tunnel leads outside to a flat, snow-covered area, where one can walk around and look down to the Konkordiaplatz and the Aletsch Glacier, as well as the surrounding mountains.
A view around Kleine Scheidegg, we stopped here and decided not to climb to Jungfraujoch partially because I had enough seeing thick snow in Rocky mountain. And another thing, you need to pay 50 Fr more to go from here (Kleine Scheidegg) to Jungfraujoch, that would make the return trip from interlaken cost 150 Fr!!!
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The Kleine Scheidegg (el. 2061 m.) is a high mountain pass below and between the Eiger and Lauberhorn peaks in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. It connects Grindelwald with Lauterbrunnen. The name means "minor watershed", even though it is actually higher than the neighbouring Grosse Scheidegg. Possibly this is because Kleine Scheidegg is a watershed between the two arms of the Lütschinen river, while Grosse Scheidegg divides the Lütschinen valleys from the Reichenbach.
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(Above)That blue/green lake is man made colour. Someone pitched a blue coloured plastic on the floor of the lake to make the water appear blue!!!
On the Kleine Scheidegg are hotels, as well as the station of the two rack railways, the Wengernalpbahn (since 1893) and the Jungfraubahn (since 1896). The Wengernalpbahn has two branches; one begins at Grindelwald; the other commences at Lauterbrunnen and climbs to the pass via Wengen. The Jungfraubahn travels within the Eiger and Mönch and up to a terminal at the Jungfraujoch.
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In winter, the Kleine Scheidegg is the centre of the ski area around Grindelwald and Wengen. In summer it is a popular hiking destination, and is one of the passes crossed by the Alpine Pass Route.The Jungfrau Marathon, a mountain race that takes place every year in early September, ends in Kleine Scheidegg.
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(Below)Pictures of Lauterbrunnen, valley with 72 waterfalls.
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Can you see my train on the picture above?

4 comments:

RickaVieves said...

Wow... i love the photos you took... I can see that you and ur family had really great trip here in switzerland. You are right switzerland is really expensive.. grrr..

btw, everytime the trains almost full load when you we're going to the jungfrau region, i've been in kleine scheidegg too that's the most busiest place in winter time. people like skiing, snowborders, snowledge and bunch of tourist...

J.H said...

helo ricka,
thanks for visiting again! Yes it's a beautiful country, but unfortunately beauty come with a big price tag when it comes to switzerland.
The train was fairly quiet while I was there, but still, place like kleine scheidegg it was like fish market! I love the scenery, which unfortunately spoilt by the amount of crane and cable cars (which I photoshop/GIMP to hide it!).

Parlin-Artha-Axel said...

Those are really amazing pictures...kayaknya perlu belajar banyak biar bisa ngambil gambar2 seperti ini...i really envy the pictures in your blog jess...

J.H said...

parlin, thanks for the kind words. Kayanya banyak deh orang yang take a better picture than me. But remember, practice make perfect!