Swiss railways: Jungfrau region (2011)
The Jungfrau region provides a great variety of rail experiences in a relatively compact area. Using Interlaken as a base, we traveled to Grindelwald on the Berner Oberland Bahn (BOB), and then transferred to the affiliated Wengernalpbahn (WAB) to Kleine Scheidegg, the junction with the Jungfraubahn, which reaches the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch (elev. 3,454 m, or 11,332 ft). The weather at Kleine Scheidegg was foggy, so rather than travel to Jungfraujoch, we reboarded a WAB train to Lauterbrunnen, and transferred back to a BOB train for Interlaken. There was still time left for me to ride one more rail line, so I transferred again at Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte Bahn, which uses 100-year-old boxcabs to push its trains up a 25 per cent grade to the summit at Schynige Platte. The trip up and back provided nice views of the Interlaken region including lakes Thun and Brienz.
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