Today we took the cog train up the mountain from Grindelwald to Jungfraujoch midway up the Eiger.
Our brave little train climbed slowly upwards with the snowline getting noticeably closer.
Shortly before arrival we stopped in the tunnel at Eismeer where there are viewing windows cut into the rock for views of the glacier.
… and then we’re up at the top (3,571 metres/11,782 feet). I’ll let the views speak for themselves…
At this altitude its very definitely a hostile environment…
There’s an ice gallery cut into the glacier so you can walk through and enjoy sculptures cut from ice that is centuries old.
Slightly lower down is a snow plateau and I couldn’t resist a selfie. (Sorry)
After 3 hours it was time to make our way back down to Grindelwald – a slightly odd feeling in the forward facing seats of being thrown forward by the gradient! The two videos below give you an idea of the gradient
I’ll finish with a small sign in French that I noticed in a corner and that struck me as relevant.
Off to Montreux tomorrow on the GoldenPass Line. Until then…