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“breathing taking beautiful”
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Aletsch Glacier
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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Zurich: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Owner description: Europe's largest glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage site, surrounded by geological glacial featured landscapes and Alpine flora and wildlife.
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“breathing taking beautiful”
Reviewed 6 February 2012

My wife and I took the train to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe in Sept 2011, It was a must do experience and worth the time and money. The views on the way up are awsome and views from the top were over the top. We did not take a "tour" but traveled on our on with no probelms but did enjoy listening to a tour guide on the train doing his thing. Traveling from Zurich was easy and let me say here Zurich is the prettiest city I've the pleasure to vacation in. I must now do this part of the world in the summer so we can hike and see even more of this beautiful country. I spent an hour at the Sphinx observation tower catching my breath and enjoying the sites. Birds would land on the railing so we feed them at over 11 thousnad feet.

Chet Harvey
Wilmington NC

Visited September 2011
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Jungfrau Experience”
Reviewed 26 January 2012

This is an absolute must if you go to Switzerland. It takes a whole day for the experience. We left from Zurich for the trip at 10:00 a.m. and returned around 7:00 p.m. The reason for the time is that when you start heading up in the Alps you switch to a Cograil type train which is slower. They call it The Top of Europe and it is about 3,000 metres or around 10,000 ft. Not incredibly high, but I did see many people experiencing shortness of breath, seriously. It did not affect me however my husband and son did say they were abit short of breath. We had the good fortune of a sunny beautiful day, but from what I hear that is not the norm. We saw for miles from the station and it was gorgeous. On the way up you pass Piz Gloria which is where a Jame Bond movie was filmed. Clint Eastwood also was in The Eiger Sanction and had a shoot out in some ice caves up there. Just some trivia...at any rate I highly recommend this excursion!

Visited January 2012
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“Aletsch Glacier - a recommended route”
Reviewed 23 October 2011

I would recommend our 'unplanned' route, which gave us a memorable day and enabled us to enjoy the magnificent views that this glacier has to offer. In Betten buy a single ticket (we bought return!) for the cable cars, which take you initially to Bettmeralp and then on to Bettmerhorn. We joined the Gletscherweg just behind the cable car station and started a slow descent towards the glacier. We kept intending to go 'just to the next bend' as it was our intention to take the cable car back to Bettmeralp, however we were just drawn in by the views and the sight of those tiny specks ahead of you, which were people further down the path. The path was re-directed due to a rock fall and once we had negotiated a steepish section we felt there was no going back and decided to carry on to the Marjelensee and the much needed Gletscherstube rest stop. The time from Bettmerhorn to the Gletscherstube was 2.5 hours. From here we headed for the cable car station at Fiescheralp. The shortest route takes you through a 1km long tunnel, which has lights, but a torch would have been useful and then down a well made track to the Fiescheralp station - approx. 1.5 hours.

We are in our early 60's and are reasonably fit, but found this to be quite strenuous in parts. Better planning of the route would have been advisable, which is my main reason for posting this report. Walking sticks are an absolute must.

Visited September 2011
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“Hike from Fieicheralp to Bettmeralp alongside the glaciers is magnificent.”
Reviewed 28 September 2011

The view of the Aletsch glacier from jungfraujoch is nice. The two day hike down the glacier some people describe sounds wonderful - the weather was too cold and windy the day we were there, and I suspect we are too out of shape and old. However, we were able to do the 10 mile hike from Fiescheralp up along the Fiescher glacier, over into the Aletsch valley and down beside/above the Aletsch glacier to Bettmeralp. We thought it a world class day hike (7 hours with lunch and lots of photo and rest stops)- as good as the iceline trail in Yoho park or a day hike up the virgin river. The trail is well described in several books and web sites. They all classify it as "easy-medium." They must be young mountain climbers and not 60ish occassional hikers. We would call it medium (quite a bit of flat) - difficult (some longish steep up hill parts, the worst of which reduced my wife to tears. But, she would again if she had the chance). We used hiking poles and probably could not have done it without them. Get an early start and pay attention to the cable car and train schedules. We were staying in Bettmeralp. We endured a 57 minute layover in Betten (a "town" consisting of a parking lot and train/cable car station) that would have been half as long if we had taken a different lift down from Bettmeralp.

Visited September 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The view of the blacier from the Eggishorn (via Fiesch) is better”
Reviewed 27 September 2011

We climbed the Eggishorn (with some cablecar help) from Fiesch, and the up close views of the lower parts of the glacier from there were awe inspiring - much more so than from Jungfrau where we went a few days later. Jungfrau has several other views as well, but is packed with tourists, unlike the Eggishorn. The walk down from Eggishorn provides great views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. All subject to clear weather.

Visited September 2011
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