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This is Jungfrau Circuit #4 post.  Jungfraujoch is an under-mountain railway station where the mountain train terminates and one can take different routes to explore the area. The first post of the series is here.

For the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway, a 250-metre long adventure tour called Alpine Sensation was inaugurated in 2012. It describes the development of tourism in the Alps and Adolf Guyer-Zeller’s great idea (see photo below) and extreme efforts required to construct the Jungfrau Railway. A short light show with shaking floors – it was quite amusing as we were not expecting it.

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There were indoor fast food and fine dining restaurants, and quite a few shops – especially watches -Tissot has a big presence here to show off its Touch series of watches which can measure altitude and atmospheric pressure among other geeky functions. I guess it could be fun to see the altitude number changes as one goes up/down the mountain.

Switzerland is famous for these two things – watches and cows.

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This tour viewable on an escalator creates a direct connection from the Sphinx Hall to the Ice Palace –  it’s not much of a palace, more a series of inter-connecting ice caverns beneath the glacier.

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Cutesy ice sculpture decorates numerous alcoves.

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The floor was a bit slippery but it was dry inside despite the shiny surfaces.

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The walls of the glacier tunnel looked like marble from a distance.

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We thought this might be Sherlock Holmes (smoking a pipe) or the king of the palace.

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There are numerous caves and dark passages. The Ice Palace is bigger than the Mer de Glace ice caves near Chamonix – see our earlier post here.

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The Ice Palace is a touristy thing so all the diversions get you safely back to the exit.

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What’s that directly below the viewing area ?

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Zooming in reveals the structure as an “escalator” serving a sledding area. No need to pull the sled back up the hill.

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There is really so much winter sporty things to do up here even in the summer.

But it’s time to go down hill and head home. More to come.

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