Jungfraujoch is a considerable feat of engineering. It’s a once in a lifetime experience that every traveler must experience. Passing through the seven kilometers long tunnel that took 3000 men 16 years to drill it, fills one’s heart with reverence for those who went through the unimaginable hardships. And with great courage, skill and strength, they made Jungfraujoch the highest train station in Europe (it opened in 1916) that still draws millions of tourists every year. While coming back, we lingered at Kleine Scheidegg for a while before getting on to the train that would take us to Grindewald (we did the round trip). The station has restaurants where you can sit and soak in the sun and some dazzling views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau. Watching the red train snake on the snow-covered mountain is a treat in itself. From Interlaken, one can choose either of the two routes, one that goes via Lauterbrunnen and other takes you via Grindewald. Trains from Grindewald and Lauterbrunnen stop at Klein Scheidegg, from where the last stage of the journey begins and takes you to Jungfraujoch. In between, the train makes two stops at Eismeer and Eigerwand where panoramic windows on the stations offer incredible views. Many tourists also base themselves at Interlaken for making a day visit to Jungfraujoch. While we chose to stay at Lauterbrunnen, a small village nestled in the deep valley and surrounded by rising rocky cliffs and some seventy-two waterfalls.
Those of us familiar with the idea of "Himalayas" as the abode of "Shiva" would be pleasantly surprised when you reach "Top of Europe" Jungfrau. The head of a young woman, etched by nature on permanent snow at a height of nearly 4000 meters, bears a striking resemblance to Lord Shiva, with his tresses and the third eye. The Jungfrau (maiden/virgin in German) is the highest peak located in the Bernese Oberland region of Swiss Alps. Accessible by train, hotels/restaurants, an Ice Palace,an Observatory are some of the attractions at Jungfrau.
No other mountain stands apart from the rest like the way Matterhorn does. One of the most majestic mountains, Matterhorn lies at the foot of Zermatt, a car free village in the canton of Valais. We traveled on Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt. It was a clear day and we couldn’t stop photographing and gazing at this striking mountain all throughout our trip. Up on the mountain you’ll get sweeping views of the surrounding Alps with Matterhorn standing proud and tall among them. Cogwheel train also known as rack railway takes you to Gornergrat railway station in about thirty minutes. It is said that it is best to take the trip during sunrise and sunset.
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Day 5: Next day had clear sky so we decided to go for Matterhorn ,Zermatt the most gorgeous and scenic train ride, one could experience. Just two hour train journey with glacier express. Reached Zermatt station and marched towards cable car point for Matterhorn. Though weather was clear but it was too windy and cold up there. Made kids to stay at restaurant which was little cozy for them. After that we also did some acitivities and came back to Zermatt.
Furka Pass, SwitzerlandOne of the most striking mountain passes in the world, the Furka Pass is at an elevation of 7,969 feet and connects Gletsch, Valais with Realp, Uri, in the Swiss Alps. If panoramic green, rolling hills and pretty snow-capped mountains are what you’re looking for during your journey, the Furka Pass will deliver! The drive offers some gripping photo opportunities so don’t forget to carry your camera!
3. Gemmi Pass : The classic trailLeukerbad - Gemmi pass - Daubensee - Schwarenbach - Spittelmatte - SunnbüelHiking duration~ 4 hoursThis mountain pass, located in the Valais region of Switzerland, lies about 2350 metres above sea level and connects Leukerbad to Kandersteg, both picture-perfect locations.Sherlock Holmes fans might remember this pass in association with the story 'The Final Problem', when the protagonists crossed it to eventually meet Professor Moriarty at the Riechenbach Falls.You will start your hike at Leukerbad, climb up the long and steep trail in the direction of the Gemmi Pass, from where you can enjoy the views of the DaubenSee. You can then go down to reach the Spittelmatte plateau and climb again to reach the Sunnbüel cable car station. If you like, you can proceed towards Kandersteg taking a cable car and then a bus to spend time at the enchanting Lake Oeschinen.How to get thereTake the train to Leuk and then get a bus to reach Leukerbad.ActivitiesLeukerbad is known for its thermal baths. So, you can certainly consider indulging in wellness if you visit this region. You also have the option to take a cable car from Leukerbad to Gemmi Pass or to DaubenSee.