The Eiger, Jungfrau & Mönch

The Eiger, Jungfrau & Mönch

The world famous Eiger (3970m) Jungfrau (4158m) and Mönch (4099m) are in the Jungfrau region of Switzerland and are truly spectacular to visit.

Situated in the UNESCO Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch World Heritage site, the three mountains are all different in their composition. The lower cliffs of the Jungfrau consist of horizontal strata of grey Jurassic limestone. The summit wall of the Mönch consists of overturned gneisses from old crystalline block, but the Eiger consists of folded Jurassic limestone which means the Jungfrau railway that transports you to the highest viewing point goes almost entirely though Jurassic limestone.

Eiger is German for high peak, Jungfrau means Virgin and Mönch means monk. The Jungfraujoch is one of the most famous European railway stations and the highest railway station on the continent. The track leads steeply up through the mountains of the Eiger and Mönch to provide incomparable panoramas of the surrounding peaks and the Aletsch Glacier. Resorts in the area include Grindelwald, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Mürren and Wengen.

The famous Hotel Bellevue des Alpes of the 19th century has the best panoramic location on the Schiedegg Pass and is steeped in history, having provided a safe base for many celebrities from the skiing and film industry who have spent time in the presence of these three great mountains.

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