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The Jungfraujoch region of Switzerland is so beautiful that it doesn’t seem real. It’s like a film set; which of course it has been many times, including the James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

More about that in a later article.

A lot of built-up areas are eyesores in the middle of natural countryside. But uniquely, all the Swiss buildings blend in to the stunning Swiss scenery, actually enhancing their surroundings. I can’t explain why!

We stayed in Wengen for a few days, using it as our base.

Wengen has no road up the mountain to it, and no cars on the small town’s roads. It relies on the railway to transport everything there.

Observation tunnel

Observation tunnel

The trains are colourful and regular, running frequently.

We caught a train up the mountain to Jungfrauhoch. It looked a bit scary, staring out of the window at the upwards route. But it was smooth, comfortable and an easy trip.

The train eventually goes inside the mountain, with several stops so that everyone can get out and walk along short tunnels to large windows to take photos.

At each stop, there are immaculate public toilets. How civilised!

I’m full of admiration for the workers, who were mainly Italian, who walked up the mountain, camped there and drilled and blasted thousands of tons of rock, and shovelled it all out for 16 years, starting in 1896. The tunnel is 7 kms long. That’s a lot of dynamite! The railway opened on the 1st August, 1912.TL_SWI_WEN_F0002

At that altitude, up to 3,454 mts high, it was extra-hard to work and they must have been gasping for air all the time.

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When we reached the end of the line, I stepped off the train and, after walking along for a few minutes, I felt quite breathless.

There are emergency buttons to press every few yards, so the altitude obviously disagrees with a lot of people.

We emerged outside, and I felt as though I’d swigged a couple of glasses of wine on the train. It was quite nice, but hard to go to the barrier and look down as my head was swimming slightly.

On one side is Northern Europe, and southern Europe is on the other side.

The Rhine is in the North, and the Rhone in the South.

We walked through a glacier with 30 mts of ice above our heads, and around 100 mts below us. There are ice carvings in several inlets.f8380224 (Small)

Then we visited the Lindt Chocolate shop, the highest confectioner’s in the world, surprisingly with lower Lindt prices than anywhere else.

After we’d finished our shopping, we had a very impressive meal in the restaurant, with wonderful views out of the windows.

On the way down, we got off the train and hiked to the next station.

It’s strange as the snow suddenly stops and the grass is absolutely alive with a vast array of wild flowers in different colours.

I was breathless if we went up the slightest incline, but perfectly alright when we were going downhill.

Within half an hour, we’d gone from thick snow to hot sunshine.

Even the UK’s not that changeable!

 

Switzerland Tourism

For more information on Switzerland visit www.MySwitzerland.com or call our Switzerland Travel Centre on the International freephone 00800 100 200 30 or e-mail, for information info.uk@myswitzerland.com; for packages, trains and air tickets sales@stc.co.uk.

 

 

Swiss International Air Lines

UK to Zurich:

SWISS offers up to 110 weekly flights from London Heathrow, London City, Birmingham and Manchester to Zurich. Fares start from £63* one-way. Our fares include all airport taxes: one piece hold luggage and free ski carriage (exclude “hand luggage only” fare). (*Please note this is a leading fare and is subject to change, availability and may not be available on all flights. Terms and conditions apply.) For reservations call 0845 6010956 or visit: www.swiss.com

 

UK & Ireland to Switzerland:

SWISS operates up to 200 weekly flights to Switzerland from London Heathrow, London City, London Gatwick (seasonal during winter), Manchester, Birmingham and Dublin from as little as £38 one-way* (Geneva Economy Light Fare only includes hand luggage). The all-inclusive fares start from £63 one-way*, including all airport taxes.

(*Please note this is a leading fare and is subject to change, availability and may not be available on all flights. Terms and conditions apply.) For reservations call 0845 6010956 or visit: www.swiss.com.

 

 

Swiss Travel System

By road, rail and waterway throughout Switzerland: The Swiss Travel System provides a dedicated range of travel passes and tickets exclusively for visitors from abroad. The Swiss Transfer Ticket covers a round-trip between the airport/Swiss border and your destination.Prices are £104 in second class and £167 in first class.

For the ultimate Swiss rail specialist call Switzerland Travel Centre on 00800 100 200 30 or visit www.swisstravelsystem.co.uk.

Thomson Lakes & Mountain (www.thomsonlakes.co.uk and 020 8939 0740) offers a week’s half board at the four-star Hotel Silberhorn in Wengen from £748 per person (based on two sharing) including flights with Swiss from London to Zurich and train transfers. Direct flights available from all major UK airports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.