What could be more extreme than a train that bores up through the inside of the feared and revered Eiger?
The Jungfrau railway, which was completed in 1912, is a rack railway running from Kleine Scheidegg above Wengen and Grindelwald to the Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters, the highest station in Europe. For most of its 9.3 kilometer journey, the railway runs through the Jungfrau tunnel, up through the Eiger and the Monch mountains, to a lofty perch high above the awe-inspiring Aletsch glacier in the Bernese Oberland.
The train stops twice in the tunnel for tourists to gaze through windows onto the mountainscape outside, notably the infamous Eiger north wall at Eigerwand station.
At the Jungfraujoch, daytrippers can visit the Sphinx Observatory, while alpinists can venture into the high-altitude heart of the Bernese Oberland.
Did you know? Visitors to the historic Hotel Bellevue des Alpes in Kleine Scheidegg can watch climbers on the Eiger's north face through telescopes on the terrace. The hotel was used as a location for the film "The Eiger Sanction," starring Clint Eastwood. www.jungfrau.ch