My Swiss Travel Part 2: Interlaken Jungfraujoch
Interlaken is a town located in between Thunersee and Brienzersee, but most tourists come to Interlaken to visit the Alps either to ski or to have a look at the magnificent scenery the nature has to offer. My friends and I also stopped at Interlaken Ost (east-side) for one night to visit Jungfraujoch. While the boat trip at Thunersee and Brienzersee are included in the Swiss Pass, the train ticket that brings you up to Jungfraujoch is not included. Furthermore, for people who like to visit the fancy city district of Interlaken, they should go to Interlaken West where most malls and restaurants are. As I only have one-day at Interlaken, I don’t have enough time to take the boat trips. Perhaps for people who planned to stay for more than two days at Interlaken, the two lakes should be quite beautiful as well.
Jungfraujoch is the first snowy mountain I have seen up to that point of my life (2016), thus I felt very impressed with the scenery. Although Jungfraujoch is not the highest mountain in the Alps, the Jungfraubahn railway up to the peak is the highest railway in Europe. The ice palace at the peak has lots to offer, from ice sculptures, ice tunnels, to restaurants. For people coming from areas that don’t snow often, Jungfraujoch is a great place to experience the feeling of being at the peak with snow and strong wind without having to climb all the way up. Since the Jungfraujoch Station is situated at the height of more than 3400 meters, some people might suffer from Altitude Sickness. Thus, it is better to prepare some medication just in case. A nice thing about Jungfraujoch is that it provides tourists a booth where people can rest a little bit to recoup body temperature after hour-long picture taking.
In general, I have a very positive experience travelling in Switzerland. The streets are clean and the local people are very nice. Only downside may be quite pricey. lolll A very interesting cultural difference I found out between the Swiss and the Germans is that Swiss people will try to speak English to foreigners, while Germans will attempt to speak German to everyone. I am not judging; after all, each country is different. From a language learning perspective, it is not bad to be in Germany. I will share more about Swiss people in my next article, so be sure to keep following my updates :).