Photo Essay: 11,000 Feet & Beyond

by Gigi Griffis


At just over 11,300 feet above sea level, Jungfraujoch is the highest train station in Europe. On a clear day, they say you can see across the Alps. On a foggy day (like my own), there’s a surreal, mystical quality to the area. If you go up, I suggest leaving the suffocating throngs (and I do mean throngs) of tourists behind and hiking the 45 minutes/one hour from the train station to the Mönchsjoch Hut. Barely anyone was doing this hike while I was up there and I was quickly enveloped in cool mist and quiet. (Plus, there are some major bragging rights when you do a hike at that altitude, short though it may be.)

A big thank you to the tourist office for the free ticket to the Top of Europe (Jungfraujoch).

All photos taken with my lovely little Lumix.

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Kevin Young October 17, 2014 - 2:13 pm

hi Vanessa. enjoyed your trail running book. I am kevin young from santa Barbara. Having lived in Switzerland, I was curious where you are living there. The hut to hut trail system is fantastic there. I’ve hiked the tour du mont blanc, from Altdorf to gstaad, all around the berner oberland (grindelwald – kandersteg) and the Valais (Zermatt). I love it there! best wishes from KY

gigigriffis October 17, 2014 - 11:29 pm

Hi Kevin – This is actually Gigi. I guest posted on Vanessa’s site, but she’s the one with the trail running book. I’m mostly a hiker. :)

I live in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, near Interlaken. Such a gorgeous area in a gorgeous country!


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