April 30, 2014

Interlaken /Grindelwald/Jungfrau Mountain

Interlaken is a small town situated in between two spectacular lakes: Lake Brienz and Lake Thun (hence the name ‘Inter’ Laken…). It's a charming town. There is a high tourist influx. Most tourist hotels are located on this main street. The Jungfrau peak and surrounding alpine mountain ranges are visible from the town on a clear day.

The mountains of Grindelwald village is nothing less than heaven. The changes in the landscape are quite interesting as you gain altitude. From trees and green meadows, you start seeing snow at higher altitudes, and eventually are surrounded by glaciers. The last stretch passes through many tunnels, but with nice viewing galleries (windows) cutout through the tunnels at certain spots.

Here is how I understand this, Interlaken is set at the foot of this alpine mountain and Grindelwald is somewhere halfway towards the mountain and from Grindelwald you take a train that runs on cogwheel track (for better traction) on these steep gradients. Amazing engineering!

Jungfrau is a wonderland of ice, snow and glacier.  You will be surprised to see how much bollywood has influenced. There is a bollywood restaurant at the tallest point of Europe (Can't beat that)....There are a few attractions to be seen and experienced at the top including fun/adventurous snow activities like snow tubing, ziplining (I tried ziplining for the first time ever).

  • The air at the top is very very thin so it is highly likely that you will get light headed or dizzy or sleepy or even get a headache (especially kids, my little one suffered it ).
  • Couple of hours at the top would or should be good enough. You can easily spend more. There is a bit of walking to do in there and yes, the caves are going to be cold. 
  • Please take or apply as much sunscreen as possible. You will get tanned at least a little bit if you spend time outside in the the snow for a little longer.

We did not go to Mt.Titlis, although it was interesting to see on the website that there is a huge cutout of Shahrukh and Kajol  from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge movie! wow, some recognition!

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