(ORDO NEWS) — High in the Swiss Alps, at an altitude of almost 3,500 meters, is Europe‘s highest train station, Jungfraujoch. This marvel of human engineering has been around for over a century.
The train does not seem to be the best way to get around the mountains, but the Swiss might disagree with this statement.
At the end of the 19th century, they began work on the Jungfrauban project: this is a steep railway through the Bernese Alps to the very “top of Europe”.
And at the end of the railway, they built the impressive Jungfraujoch railway station, located on a cliff between the Jungfrau and Mönch mountains, which are over 4,000 meters high.
Today, the Jungfraujoch is officially recognized as the highest railway station in Europe and is one of Switzerland’s most popular tourist attractions.
For the first time in 1862, an Anglo-Swiss group of climbers was able to walk to the Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Alps.
This was a historic achievement, and yet just a few decades later, the Swiss industrialist Adolf Geier-Zeller proposed building a railway all the way to the Jungfraujoch.
This had never been discussed before, and yet the government approved this risky project.
For the next 16 years, hundreds of workers toiled in the Alps, climbing mountains and blowing up tunnels with dynamite. It is reported that 30 people died during the construction.
The Jungfrauban looked impossible on paper, but the railway was opened in 1912 and has been running all year round ever since.
Instead of following in the footsteps of the intrepid climbers who first conquered the Jungfraujoch, people can now simply ride the train for around 30 minutes to the highest train station in Europe for some of the most amazing mountain views in the world.
The impressive railway starts at Kleine-Scheidegg at 2060 meters above sea level and rises about 9.3 kilometers to height 3454.
The journey starts out in the open, but soon the train reaches a long century-old tunnel. Some sections of the tunnel have panoramic windows that allow passengers to admire the beauty of the Alps.
The train ride to the “Top of Europe” is impressive, but it’s the Jungfraujoch train station at the top that many consider to be the highlight of this journey.
The weather at altitude 3454 is unpredictable and can change dramatically in a matter of minutes, but if you’re lucky enough to get to the observation deck on a clear day, you’ll get a mountain panorama with about 200 peaks.
A trip to the highest railway station in Europe is not cheap (about $ 245), but this circumstance rarely stops anyone, as it is worth it.
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