Trip to Switzerland: Part 2 – Interlaken and trip to Jungfrau

The previous installment of this series covered reaching the small city of Interlaken in Switzerland, and the disappointment of not being able to do the cruise on the same day since we were too late. Anyhow, we drowned our sorrows the first day in some drinks and food, and resolved to see what we could do the next day.
Day 2. I got up in the morning, and given that nobody else seemed to be up, I got down to taking a few photos from the hotel room (and was trying to be different – so took some photos from the reflection off the huge glass window). I had this huge camera (the Sony DSC R1) that is as big as an SLR and takes some great photos, so did some experimentation; and by then, people were ready to get up.

Photo of view of Interlaken through a reflection in a glass window

Photo showing morning in Interlaken partly through a reflection in a huge glass window

Goofy photo of shadow in morning

Goofy photo of shadow in morning

By around 9 in the morning, we were all ready to leave for the trip to Jungfrau (also called Jungfraujoch). We set out, lead by yours truly. Asking for directions goes against my ethos, so I confidently claimed that we would go to the Interlaken West station, and from there, would walk along the track to the Interlaken East train station (since the train starts from there).
As expected, this led to my lead position getting cancelled; the route I suggested was no good, and instead we (means the other people with me) asked directions and we were told that either we could take the bus from the West train station, or we could walk all the way (a 20 minute walk). We decided to walk (since we missed the bus) and off we went. It was a beautiful walk, with narrow roads, but mostly empty. There were some hotels alongside, but overall, we saw a beautiful large field (the place where the parasailers would land), and some street-side cafes. A good 20 minutes later, we were there, and joined the group of people waiting over there. For some reason, it was not clear as to where the train from Jungfrau would be available, and we had to ask people (maybe the reason was that the train does not go to Jungfrau, but only to Lauterbrunnen (Wikipedia)).

Large green field on way to Interlaken Ost Train Stattion

Open air cafe on way to Interlaken Ost train station

Soon, we got into the train, and starting heading out of Interlaken. The vista soon changed to become even more beautiful, and we started heading into a hilly territory, with a stream running alongside. Some time later, we reached Lauterbrunnen, and changed into another train, a green colored train. Here, there was no doubt, since there were plenty of people heading the same way, and train personnel were also busy guiding people. This train had a better journey, getting into the hills proper, and passing through some terrain with a beautiful view. The flip side was that the train was more cramped, and there was no longer a concept of first class travel.

Stream on the railway network between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen

Train Station of Lauterbrunnen where you change trains

Train Station of Lauterbrunnen where you change trains

Fabulous view of a cabin in a scenic location

Snow capped peaks on the route to Jungfrau

This train finally reaches a station called Kleine Scheidegg (Wikipedia) where we again change trains to climb into a cogwheel red train that will climb through the rocky terrain, through tunnels bored into the mountains and finally arrive at the Jungfraujoch.

Red Cogwheel trains at the station of Kleine Scheidegg

In between, when this train is passing through the mountains, it also stops at 2 stations called Eigerwand and Eismeer where you can get a great view of the mountains and the snow and ice glaciers (there are also rest rooms at both these locations if you so need them). And then, after 3 different trains, and a fairly long, but exciting journey, you finally reach Jungfrau.
The next post (this one became longer than I expected) will cover what all is available at Jungfrau, as well as the return journey.

More photos available at this location (link)

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  • Nandan Jha says:

    Short and quick. I didn’t know that you need to take 3 trains to be at Jungfrau. Nice photos. Sometimes its difficult to believe that these are normal roads/trains in swiss and not something which is not accessible to all.

    Waiting for part 3.

  • ashish says:

    Thanks Nandan. I did not know also that there were 3 trains; it was only when I setout that I realized that there 3 trains, with each train getting more cramped. The last train was in fact running on a cogwheel based system.
    The scenery on the way is incredible, with picture perfect locations and views.

  • Ram Dhall says:

    Very sweet write up. The “Goofy photo of shadow in the morning” has come up very well.

    Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Eigerwand and Eismeer – yes, we have been on this route on way to Jungfraujoch. Thanks for reviving the memories our the trip.

    Awaiting your write up on Junfraujoch.

  • lakshmi says:

    the post brought back some amazing memories..thanks for sharing

  • manish khamesra says:

    Good to start my morning with some great pictures of Switzerland.

    Its pity that when you have posted your 4th post in series I am going through 2nd :)

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