We'll descend into the Waterfall Valley of Lauterbrunnen to see the cascading falls of Staubbach. The waters from this iconic natural wonder tumble down almost 1,000 feet, causing spray to give the illusion of dust.
At Lauterbrunnen, we board a train for the 2 hour trip to Jungfraujoch. The view out the window will make the time pass quickly and you'll be in Jungfraujoch before you know it. You have reached the highest railway station in Europe, no small feat, and it is here you can visit the Ice Palace, a smooth, glistening artistic creation carved from the interior of Europe's longest glacier. Look for exquisite ice sculptures of animals tucked into nooks and crannies, delighting at every turn.
Next you'll be whisked to the Sphinx Observatory Terrace via a lift to an elevation of more than 11,000 feet. The building sits on top of a rocky outcropping of the same name and while impressive on its own, the observatory is magnificent when viewed in conjunction with its surroundings. You will be afforded breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier, the largest river of ice in Europe. Although the actual observatory is closed to the public, it is the site of an international research facility with a focus on astronomy, geology and meteorology.
A lunch reservation will be waiting for you at Restaurant Crystal, offering Swiss and International dishes for what is sure to be one of the most memorable meals of you life!
It's time to head back down the mountain to the mountaineering village of Grindewald. Take one last look at the Alpine country, remembering that you were actually just there a short time ago, before we head back to Bern.
Departures: 07:00 AM, 08:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - The inside of the Ice Palace is cold. Please dress accordingly and hold on to hand rails to avoid slipping.
- Although a lunch reservation has been made, the cost of lunch is not included in the price of the tour.