Photographer's Note

The Jungfraubahn is a cogwheel railway running in a 7.3km (4.5mi) tunnel, constructed between 1898 and 1912, inside the mountain Eiger. It runs close to the Eiger Nordwand - the very steep and challenging north wall - where there's a window about 8m (26ft) wide halfway up the face.

The journey from Kleine Scheidegg takes approximately 50 minutes, which includes a stop at Eigerwand and another one overlooking the Eismeer. However the downhill return journey is done in 35 minutes.

The final station - known as Top of Europe - at 3.454m (11'333ft) is the highest railway station in Europe. It's situated below Jungfraujoch, where a complex of tunnels and buildings house an observatory and a research station, as well as restaurants and tourist shops.

The "Ice Palace", containing ice sculptures and kept at temperatures below freezing, and the "Plateau", where you're able to exit to the eternal snow, are reminders of that you're at high altitude and under extreme conditions.

And in four languages you're advised to "go slowly"...

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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