In the very heart of Switzerland's Bernese Oberland there stands three mountains, the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau. The highest of these at over 4,000 metres is the Jungfrau. Incredibly, a railway stretches towards a saddle called Jungfraujoch, just below the mountain's summit. The last 7.1 kilometres are in a tunnel that has it's entrance at the base of the terrifying north wall of the Eiger. Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe.
Feeding the Jungfrau Railway is the longest cogwheel railway in Europe, the Wengeneralp Bahn that climbs from two stations either side of the mountain, Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg. Modern green and cream railcars glide up the mountainside whilst tiny ancient electric locomotives look after freight and works trains.
From Grund, near Grindelwald, the longest cableway of it's kind in Europe soars to the Mannlichen Massif where you will see a traditional Swiss country festival.
The Bernese Oberland Bahn runs from Interlaken to both Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. It is a combined adhesion and rack metre gauge line with swift trains sweeping through the lush green valleys. It also has a delightful steam locomotive and Kaiserwagen which is seen in spirited action.
From Lauterbrunnen, a funicular rises to Grutschalp where passengers change to the metre gauge LMB for a breathtaking ride along the crest of a high cliff on the west side of the Lauterbrunnental to Murren. From this car free mountain resort another funicular scales the rocks to Allmendhubel for one of the most spectacular mountain views in the world!
Interlaken is the hub of the Bernese Oberland and the Bern-Lotschberg-Simplon Railway arrives from the west around the shores of Lake Thun. Distinctive brown locomotives haul a mixture of BLS blue and cream carriages and those of the Swiss Federal Railways in green. From the east, the only nationally owned narrow gauge railway, the Brunig Bahn arrives in Interlaken after navigating the shores of Lake Brienz. On the lake itself a restored coal fired paddle steamer provides a daily service. We take a look aboard.
Another funicular rises to Harder Kulm from Interlaken past a zoo where the famous Ibex can be seen.
Lastly, the world renown Schynige Platte Bahn rises from Wilderswil, two kilometres south of Interlaken to a height of nearly 2,000 metres. It's ancient rolling stock undertakes a journey that has remained unchanged since the early years of the century. There is steam of course, storming the mountain slopes.
This is an unrivaled travel experience to the very top of Europe. A fascinating blend of diverse railways and scenery to enthral and entertain. Come with us to the spectacular Jungfrau Region!