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Old 02.11.2009, 13:35
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Sending my parents to Interlaken

The parental units are coming to visit me while I am working. I was thinking of sending them to Interlaken for a day trip. They can go the night before then spend a full day in Interlaken and get the train back to here after they are done.

But they don't ski or hike or any of that stuff. So will they still have plenty to do?


I've read about this Jungfraujoch railway thing. top of Europe I think it's called? So would that involve them just sitting on the train and looking at the beautiful scenery and getting off at each spot and wandering around? I'm guessing it would take the full day up as well so they will be entertained!
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

What precisely you are trying to ask?
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Old 02.11.2009, 13:43
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I've read about this Jungfraujoch railway thing. top of Europe I think it's called? So would that involve them just sitting on the train and looking at the beautiful scenery and getting off at each spot and wandering around? I'm guessing it would take the full day up as well so they will be entertained!
It is a full day trip from Zurich.

You can either hike or you can take the train to the top.
On the way, you can see some famous mountains, altesch glacier and beautiful scenery as usual.
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

The Jungfraujoch is one of the most amazing places you can go with very little physical effort. You leave interlaken and two hours later you are up on a glacier, where you can wander around, even trek to a nearby hotel for some mountain soup. The day is expensive but worth it. The experience is however very weather dependent but you can find out before you go. You would want a nice clear day before forking out 180chf per person..
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The parental units are coming to visit me while I am working. I was thinking of sending them to Interlaken for a day trip. They can go the night before then spend a full day in Interlaken and get the train back to here after they are done.

But they don't ski or hike or any of that stuff. So will they still have plenty to do?


I've read about this Jungfraujoch railway thing. top of Europe I think it's called? So would that involve them just sitting on the train and looking at the beautiful scenery and getting off at each spot and wandering around? I'm guessing it would take the full day up as well so they will be entertained!
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What precisely you are trying to ask?
How much effort is involved in going on the train tour. It's not a case of they get to the top and then have to ski down or something? Or is it a case of just sitting on the train and enjoying?
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

I've been Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch & would suggest Jungfraujoch
if there is only one day to spare ( very scenic IMO ). Next choice would be Mt. Titlis but only if you have a clear day.

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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

There is plenty of shops and cafes in the town. But don't forget the Mystery Park now re-opened.
links here: http://www.mysterypark.ch/

The Jungfrau has a restaurant at the top. wrap up well as its cold up there and the air is thinner,
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How much effort is involved in going on the train tour. It's not a case of they get to the top and then have to ski down or something? Or is it a case of just sitting on the train and enjoying?

Just hop on the bahn.
Try to get the right side of window when going up.
If others are there, push them out.
Open the window once the bahn starts moving.
Take your cameras and start posing
That's it until you reach the top.

On the way, you can get down and take some more outdoor shoots for 5 min
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Old 02.11.2009, 13:55
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Just hop on the bahn.
Try to get the right side of window when going up.
If others are there, push them out.
Open the window once the bahn starts moving.
Take your cameras and start posing
That's it until you reach the top.

On the way, you can get down and take some more outdoor shoots for 5 min
This is just me sending the parents. I'm still in Neuchatel
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I've been Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus, Jungfraujoch & would suggest Jungfraujoch
if there is only one day to spare ( very scenic IMO ). Next choice would be Mt. Titlis but only if you have a clear day.

Some earlier views:

Jungfraujoch

http://www.englishforum.ch/travel-da...itzerland.html

Mt.Titlis or Mt.Pilatus? [advice for visitors]

Titlis


Pilatus



Jungfraujoch
That Jungfraujoch picture looks awesome! Is that at the top?
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Just hop on the bahn.
Try to get the right side of window when going up.
If others are there, push them out.
Open the window once the bahn starts moving.
Take your cameras and start posing
That's it until you reach the top.

On the way, you can get down and take some more outdoor shoots for 5 min
And then a curry at Shalimar (just across the way from Interlaken Ost.)

I can thoroughly recommend the lamb karhai.
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

http://www.wengen.com/topof.html

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The Jungfraujoch is not only one of Switzerland's most attractive excursion destinations and vantage points. It has also proved to be an excellent location for a wide variety of research projects. The high altitude, clear air and easy access by mountain railway are ideal conditions for a wide range of scientific work. Astronomers, geologists, physicists, meteorologists and hydrologists - they all make an essential contribution towards our understanding of the environment.

The Jungfraujoch is also a small village not lacking in the appropriate amenities for its guests. Europe's highest post office is at your service. And for Alpinists the "Joch" is the starting point for many a memorable tour.

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That Jungfraujoch picture looks awesome! Is that at the top?
yes.

looks exactly the same
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And then a curry at Shalimar (just across the way from Interlaken Ost.)

I can thoroughly recommend the lamb karhai.
depends on the person

unless he wants to go for a cold dump
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

I visited in August..... it was snowing on Jungfrau..... it might be cold now.

It is a brilliant trip up to the top - you take the train from Interlaken Ost. There are 2 routes you can go to get to Kleine Scheidegg. I would recommend going up via Lauterbrennan, and returning via Grindelwald.....

Kleine Scheidegg is where you change trains for the Jungfrau - and this was my favourite place of the journey. If you cross the railways tracks (avoiding the goats) and go to the restaurant a little away from the village - they do great one-person fondue or a delicious country sausage meal... You can see the face of the Eiger from there.

The trip from Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfrau is all inside the mountain, with a couple of "scenic" stops on the way.

Personally, I found Jungfrau a little overwhelming, and incredibly busy... there were HUGE numbers of Japanese and Indian tourists. Some were quite rude and pushed me out of the way a few times while inside the Ice Palace...
... and the restaurant on top of the Jungfrau is "Bollywood" - yep - its an Indian Restaurant...... I love my chicken tikka masala as much as the next person - but OMG - on top of the Jungfrau!

We spent a couple of hours at the top - all in all -it was about 6-7 hours. You can get "discount" bookings - and if you take the early bird train at 6 or 7am - you can get further discounts - you just need to be "off" the jungfrau by noon.
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Let me repeat, any mountain top trip is extremely weather dependent. Not much point in getting an unobstructed view of the interior of a cloud
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is that line leading upto the Sphinx a cable car?
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is that line leading upto the Sphinx a cable car?
no,

a Lift....
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Re: Sending my parents to Interlaken

what you really want to do for them is the following:
  • get the movie "The Eiger Sanction"
  • make them watch it
  • ship them off to Kleine Scheidegg to stay at the Scheidegg Hotels (it was, I think, the hotel Bellvue where the climbers were staying)
  • send them up the Jungfrau the next day
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a Lift....
A REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY Fast lift! Its astonishing!

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