We finally made it to Jungfrau from Zurich!!!! After our first train ride into the Alps, we got on a second train (this time a cog train) that pulled us up into higher altitude on a steep incline through a dark tunnel in the mountain... i.e. no carefree sticking my head out the window/Heidi-esque photos on this leg! ;) We ascended quickly and arrived at Jungfrau which is also known as "the top of Europe." The view from above was nothing short of breathtaking (both literally and figuratively- that altitude will get you)! Our first stop was the Sphinx and its outdoor observation deck with sweeping views of Alpine goodness...
^My face is uneasy due to my difficultly adjusting to the altitude (people were literally laying down inside trying to acclimate!) and maybe because I made the mistake of looking down through the see-through grates we were standing on to see the deep and snowy ravines beneath my feet. That'll do it! This photo pretty much sums up the overwhelming experience of Jungfrau! Humans really aren't meant to be suspended this high in the Alps, a fact I didn't take for granted!
The air was crisp and chapped my face, but I couldn't get over standing in such a regal place, with nature at its extreme all around me. I felt like I got to peek into a new world. The weather changed very quickly, sweeping clouds across me in the blink of an eye and constantly changing the vista! Thankfully the day was clear and we could see for miles. That was a stroke of luck!
^This is the Sphinx of the Alps. My second Sphinx! :)
We made it around the various exhibits inside the complex and enjoyed exploring the ice museum. There were some great displays, but you couldn't really beat the views outside!
My 'what I really remember' from this day was sitting in the Jungfrau cafeteria. We had finished exploring the site and I got a window seat (with a killer view) while Charles brought us hot chocolate. I was definitely ready to get off the mountain and take a deep breath once more, but it was nice to have a few moments to take it all in. The nicest older English lady with a thick accent turned to me and asked, "are you feeling as badly as me?" I nodded and we instantly bonded and laughed at ourselves! Obviously I would have been a terrible explorer, trekking the pathway through the Alps, but I was just fine with sipping hot chocolate and taking in the view! ;)
^I wasn't lying when I mentioned the cafeteria had a view!
Jungfrau was quite the experience and I am ultimately really glad we visited the famous peak. The entire Bernese Oberland is a dream within a dream, and you can bet we will be back. Sigh. Switzerland is for just lovers.