Grindelwald and Jungfraujoch

Trip Start Aug 30, 2007
Trip End Sep 09, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

Okay, so this is what most people go to Switzerland for - THE ALPS!!! We woke up to a beautiful, clear, crisp day and checked the weather forecast. It was looking good - this was our chance to head to Grindelwald and take the train up to the Jungfraujoch. It is absolutely true that words can not describe and photos can not do an ounce of justice to the beauty of this place. Even the train ride heading out of Bern to Interlaken was breathtaking....beautiful lakes, hills, and the greenest rolling pastures you can imagine. And yes, it is true- there are cows everywhere in Switzerland. And they all wear bells! The cow bells become beautiful music when you're out in the quiet wilderness of Switzerland. So the ride was lovely from Bern to Interlaken and from Interlake to Grindelwald the stakes just got higher. More, bigger, better, more beautiful....what can I say. But holy cow, when I stepped foot in the little town of Grindelwald I was literally brought to tears. It gave me goose bumps and teary eyes over and over again. I kept saying again and again "no one should die without seeing this place." I know I'm gushing but there is no other way for me to convey the rush of emotions I felt. It was too beautiful for words; it must be experienced viscerally. The mountains are GIGANTIC and ominous yet serene, surrounding this little town. There are beautiful rolling valleys with homes dotted around, a quaint little town....all practically being swallowed by the backdrop of mountains. We walked around in total awe for a while, just practically speechless (except for my repeated "oh my god" and "no one should die without seeing this place"). We ate lunch at a spot that was chosen for the view (the Rendezvous I think). It had a great deck right at the edge of the valley and with the mountainous backdrop of course. There were many paragliders that were floating above us and landing down below. We ate a traditional Swiss German meal - Schweinbratwurst and Rosti - pork sausage and Rosti, which is this deliciously greasy fried potato dish. I had a glass of Swiss white wine and it pretty much tasted like water! After lunch we bought our very expensive tickets for the ride up the Jungfraujoch (about $175 USD for two, even with our hefty discount from our Swiss Passes) and hopped on the train. Let's just say it was worth every damn penny and more. I spent the entire train ride hanging out the window taking pictures....managed to snap about 100 photos this day. I literally couldn't stop because I was seeing things I couldn't believe were real. This place is literally more beautiful than anything I could have imagined in my mind. More beautiful than anything I could have created an image of. I know, I know....I can't stop gushing. All I can say is you can look at pictures but there is nothing that can tell the real story like seeing it for yourself. It's amazing that a train goes so high (over 11000 feet) and hard to imagine the tracks being built. Crazy. The top awarded amazing views....crystal blue skies, blinding white snow on the glacier, and amazing vistas in every direction. Once again, words can't describe. It was pretty cool to sit at the top of Europe and enjoy a cappuccino (yes they even have restaurants of course). We eventually rode the train back down, and again, absolutely amazing. Some puffy white clouds had started to roll in and the views were different and interesting. One of my favorite photos of the whole trip was snapped out the train window on this descent. Once we hit Grindelwald, we hopped a train to Interlaken and stopped here for dinner. Ate some crappy overpriced food and got on the train back to Bern. This was a long day but obviously one of the best! Grindelwald, I vow to return...
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