What Is The Jungfraujoch?
The Jungfraujoch is a col between the Monch and Jungfrau. The Jungfrau is one of the primary summits of the Bernese Alps, situated between the canton of Bern and canton of Valais. The Monch is a major mountain in the Bernese Alps, in Switzerland. A col is not a word that many laypeople know. A col is the lowest point on a mountain ridge, in between two mountain peaks. Some other words for it include a saddle, gap, or a notch.
The only way for tourists to get to the Jungfraujoch, since at least 1912, is the Jungfrau line. The Jungfrau line is a railway from Kleine Scheidegg and Interlaken, running underground partially through a tunnel through the Monch and Eiger. The Jungfraujoch railway station has an elevation of roughly 11,000 feet, and it is the highest one in Europe. It lies to the east of the saddle, under the Sphynx summit, and linked to the Top of Europe building, which a number of panoramic restaurants and a post office. There are a number of tunnels that lead outside, where well maintained hiking trails on the crevassed glacier can be taken, specifically the Monschjoch Hut.
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