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July 12th 2015
Published: July 12th 2015
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The Eurail has brought us to our final Alp destination, Interlaken. We have spectacular views of the famous mountain trio Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau as well as the two lakes on either side of the city, the Thun and Brienz. Interlaken is the gateway to the Bernese Oberland and to our final adventure, climbing to the top of the tallest mountain in Europe...Jungfrau!

Tomorrow we head for Zurich and fly home the following day. Stay tuned for next year as the Alpine Gals have already begun planning their next adventure!!


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Alps - St BernardAlps - St Bernard
Alps - St Bernard

The top of Jungfrau is 38 degrees. Thank goodness we have a friend with brandy!
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Interlaken - Hotel Carlton Europe

Our hotel, just minutes from the train station and situated along the famous Hoheweg promenade (shopping!!)
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Interlaken - Hoheweg

The famous Hoheweg promenade, souvenir shops along side high-end stores as well as a killer view of the mountain trio (Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau).
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Interlaken - Hoheweg

Can't decide on whether I should buy myself the $36,000 Rolex or the one for $41,000.
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Interlaken - Harder Kulm

Harder Klum is coined the TOP of Interlaken.
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Interlaken - Harder Kulm

We rode the funicular to the top
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Interlaken - Harder Kulm

Besides hiking the trails, there is a wonderful restaurant and lookout.
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Interlaken - Harder Kulm

Observatory deck overlooking Interlaken and lake Brienz in the background.
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Interlaken - Harder Kulm

Mom and Nancy with the mountain trio in the background (Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau)
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Jungfrau

At 11,371 feet above sea level, Jungfrau is the highest mountain in Europe. It takes about 2.5 hours from Interlaken and 3 different trains to ride to the top.
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Jungfrau

From Interlaken (between the two lakes), it take 2 trains to reach the mid-point (where Mom is pointing - Kleine Scheidegg). The final 3rd train travels inside the mountain to the observatory (between Monch and Jungfrau)
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Jungfrau - final train

Mom boarding the train to Jungfrau
Jungfrau Observatory (Sphinx)Jungfrau Observatory (Sphinx)
Jungfrau Observatory (Sphinx)

The observatory is situated between Jungfrau and Monch. A place between heaven and earth!
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Sphinx Terrace

Walking outside on the terrace with view of the Monch
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Sphinx Terrace

Nancy on the Sphinx terrace with the Monch peak in the background
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Sphinx Terrace

Nancy on the Sphinx Terrace with the Jungfrau peak in the background.
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Sphinx Terrace

Jungfrau is for lovers! Just like the locks in Paris.
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Jungfrau Tour

Besides the Sphinx Observation deck, your admission also includes a tour (fun for kids)
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Jungfrau Plateau

YES...that's Nancy holding the camera and walking on the highest mountain in Europe. Don't be fooled by the crowds, it was REALLY slippery. Nancy almost slide off the side of the mountain.
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Alpine Sensation

Lots of glittering lights and a huge snowglobe
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Ice Palace

Walking through an ice cavern (floors, ceiling, walls)
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Ice Palace

Penguin ice carvings
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Grindelwald

On our way back to Interlaken, we stopped in Grindelwal, a small mountain village. It appears it is the base camp for hikers, mountain climbers, and paragliders.


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