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This is the last post on this wonderful one-day tour of the Jungfrau area. From Interlaken Ost station to Jungfraujoch, one way, it took about 2.5 hours and two changes of trains.

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We came back down the mountain using a slightly different route. The trip from Jungfraujoch to Kleine Scheidegg is the same except it took a few minutes less than the ascent. From Kleine Scheidegg (elevation 2,061 m, 6,762 ft), we went downhill via Grindelwald (1,034 m, 3,392 ft) instead of Lauterbrunnen where we started. See the first of five posts here.

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For the whole circuit, in total, that is 5 hours of train journeys divided into 6 segments in one day.

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A one way, second class fare was CHF50, first class fare is doubled that. Except for hang-gliders or some extreme skiers or hikers, there are no other way down. Considering the comfort, convenience and vertical distance traveled, not to mention views, it was worth it.

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There were two stations before reaching Grindelwald: Alpiglen and Brandegg.

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Grindelwald is a village/ski resort that has been inhabited since Roman times and was first mentioned in print in the 1100’s.

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The tourism industry began in Grindelwald in the late 18th century. Many English came to the village to climb the alpine peaks around the valley. It is the only decent size resort in the area that can be reached by car.

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We walked around Grindelwald a bit to stretch our legs. The village is full of hotels, shops and restaurants, and many tour buses too.

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From the village, looking back, one can see the way the train comes down the mountain.

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Zoomed in.

Can you see the narrow railway cutting through the alpine pastures in the middle ?

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We got a different train and continued our way back to Interlaken.

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The success of this trip depended critically on the weather which apparently changes constantly and abruptly. It was wise to follow the advice of the tourist information center to wait until it is clear. We were in Interlaken for three days – this was our last day. Those tour groups from abroad do not have the flexibility and may have to miss the Jungfrau altogether.

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Now that we have an idea of what the area looks like, planning becomes easier. It would be great if we can spend a week in any one of these villages – Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Wengen, Kleine Scheidegg or the nearby Murren and explore the alps and the alpine meadow and woods on foot.

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2 Comments

  1. Amazing scene! What camera did you use?

    • Hi, it is a Lumix LX5. Hope all is well.
      C


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