Saturday, September 12, 2009
Grindelwald a real rest day- 8/4
I had never been to Grindelwald and had still not seen the "big" mountains, the Eiger, the Jungfrau, the Monch. But once morning arrived those awe inspiring peaks came to life and they were spectacular.
Our hotel in Grindelwald.....
We planned to actually take the day off and ride the train to the "top of Europe" as they call it on the cog train. You ascend from Grindelwald at 3,300 feet to the Jungfraujoch (top of Europe) at 11,300 feet. This is the highest train station in Europe. It was a spectacular day and the trip up was great. There were hundreds of hikers and mountain bikers traversing there way up through the few small villages between the bottom and the top.
First views beginning the ascent up the mountain
Once there, we lucked out and got some spectacular views of the mountain tops and the ice fields. The altitude just about killed us and we could hardly walk. After a nice lunch at one of the cafes at the top we headed down. A great experience that has to be done if you are in the area. Just ignore all the tourists and focus on the mountains.
Views at the top including the ice fields
The final afternoon sunset to die for!