Switzerland

Jul 21, 2020 | Travel | 0 comments

Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets ~ Oscar Wilde

Looking towards the Jungfrau 13642 ft asl in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley with Staubbach falls tumbling into the valley

The Aletsch Glacier as seen from the Jungfraujoch observatory

Panorama view of the Lauterbrunnen valley from Männlichen

Looking left to right towards the North Face of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

Lakes Thun and Brienz with the town of Interlaken between the two lakes

Switzerland is a relatively small landlocked country is Central Europe and within its borders has many lakes and the mountainous peaks of the Alps.

The population is 8.6 million (2019). Banking and finance are the main industries, not forgetting the world famous chelate and Swiss watches. Tourists are drawn to its rugged topography and as seen in the images in the article it brings tourists in the summer and for winter sports on its world class winter sport’s resorts.

Switzerland has long been a multiethnic, multilingual society and the Swiss are proud of their success in this area, given the issues in so many other countries around the world and indeed some in Europe.

The country is roughly 135 (220 Kms) miles from north to south and about 220 (350 Kms) at its widest point.

Notable tourist destinations include Interlaken, a pleasant town that serves the many opportunities to visit the high peaks of the Bernese Oberland. Somewhat expensive but well worth the cost is a train journey to the Jungfrajoch 11,333 ft (3454 metres) which is just below the summit of the Jungfrau 13,642 ft (4158 metres). the station at Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station in Europe. The railway uses cogwheel train and travels through a tunnel cut into the mountains of the Month and Eiger. Construction was commenced in 1896 and was opened in 1912 an amazing feat on engineering, bearing in mind that the tunnel was cut through with picks and shovels and all manual labour.

Once at the top the view of the Aletsch glacier is amazing. The glacier is 15 miles long and covers an area of 66 square miles (171 square km).

If you choose to make this memorable excursion make sure that you check the weather expected in the area, but bear in mind that weather in the high peaks can change very quickly. The view on a clear day is astounding.

To be continued

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