Switzerland

Jungfrau Region, Bernese Oberland

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This area in central Switzerland is a hiker/skier paradise.  From the small town of Interlaken, between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, you can venture up to the smaller towns of Gindelwald, Murin and Wengen.  The highest train station in Europe is in this area at the Jungfraujoch and you can take one of the most daring cable car rides in Europe to the Schilthorn peak across the valley.  One of the top ten, all-time favorite views which I have stored in my memory bank is from the Wengen train station looking across the valley to the Shilthorn and up the valley to the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains.   Wengen is a small town with no cars and a stop on the railroad going up to the Jungfrau.  In my college days I stayed at a campsite in Interlaken, renting a tent for two dollars a day (yes, that was a long time ago!) and in my days as a travel director I twice stayed at the Grand Hotel Victoria Jungfrau – absolutely the two ends of the continuum in terms of luxury – and lack thereof.