“So, what else is there to do atop the Jungfraujoch except visit the Observatory and the Ice Palace?” we ask the hotel receptionist on our way out to catch the cogwheel train to the Top of Europe. We wanted to know if there were any trails we could hike on the mountain of the everlasting snow. “There is a 45-minute walk to Monchsjoch Hut, a rest station where you can also enjoy some authentic Swiss food” she says. It sounds tempting. Since we have an early start this morning maybe we can aim for lunch at the Monchsjoch Hut, so off we go.
Riding the cogwheel train to the top of the Jungfraujoch is in itself is a great experience, but once you get up there you feel like in a totally different world. Ever since I first saw Switzerland, I keep thinking that God must have created this place to show the humankind what Paradise looks like. It’s difficult to imagine a more perfect scenery than the Alps reflecting their snow-capped peaks in the turquoise waters of the lakes at the foot of the mountains, or the pristine alpine meadows dotted with wild flowers, where cows graze peacefully. Yesterday when we watched the majestic summits of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from atop the Harder Kulm, I thought there can’t be a much better view of this peak. But I was wrong. No matter how impressive Jungfraujoch looks from a distance, it doesn’t compare to the feeling you get when you step out unto the viewing platform of the Sphinx Observatory, at 3,500 meters altitude. Standing amidst this world of glaciers and everlasting snow makes your heart skip a beat. Continue Reading