27 December 2008
27.12.2008 5 °F
This am it looked really ugly down at our level but we decided to risk it and try for the trip to Jungraujoch. It is touted as the Top of Europe at 13,642 feet. That’s higher than Cusco, Mom!
It is supposed to be gorgeous when the weather is good with views into France and Germany.
In order to get there you have to pay an outrageous amount of money and take 3 trains. The ride is about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The last trains are cogwheel trains that seem to go straight up the mountain. Along the way you get to see all the skiers going down the slopes right next to you!
There is a bunch to do at the top. They have an observatory where you can risk frostbite to go outside and take photos of the glacier.
There are also some crazy birds that soar around up there.
Even thought the weather was bad in Interlaken it was gorgeous at the peaks. There were a lot of clouds but it just made the view even more magical.
One side of the mountain has the Swiss flag and quite a bit of wind. Inside they have restaurants and of course a shop.
The other star attraction is the Ice Palace. It is built inside the glacier and you can “skate” thru the tunnels to see the carvings.
They have polar bears, igloos with fisherman, penguins and eagles all carved out of the ice. It is pretty impressive.
We had some fries for lunch before catching the crowded train back down to town. There is not much else to say – I’ll let the photos do it!
When we got back to town we stopped in a shop to get a fondue pot! We just had to! Dinner was at Des Alpes because they had a fondue spread. We apparently stressed out the waiter when we ordered it because we had to move to a bigger table and he asked us to go the salad bar while he got everything set up.
We got an outrageous amount of food. The cooker in the middle of the table had 3 layers – the top was a fondue pot for the turkey and pork. Then the middle was a grill for the vegetables, bacon, shrimp and pork. The bottom was the part for the raclette. This is a little shovel that you put a slice of swiss cheese on. It melts and they you scrap it off onto your bread or potato – FANTASTIC! And it was a change from our cheese fondue. The stuff also came with an assortment of olives, onions, pickles, fruit and rice. It took us 1.5 hour to eat and we didn’t even get close to finishing. Curt was exhausted form all the cooking though. Dinner wore us out so we went to the room to pack. Tomorrow we go home