The Eiger is arguably one of the most recognisable mountains in the world, so I was fully prepared to be impressed seeing it IRL. What I wasn’t prepared for was the equally impressive setting for the Eiger. The Mönch, Jungfrau and Wetterhorn peaks all compete for attention.
Two flights in one day
We flew with Sky Work from London City airport to Bern, which combines two of the easiest airports in the world. Because the Jungfrau ski area is so close to Bern we were in resort and ready for the slopes within two hours of landing. This is definitely my new favourite place for a cheeky ski weekend…
Once we had all our ski gear (courtesy of Buri Sports,) we were whisked up the mountain by the lovely people at Swiss Helicopter. It was an amazingly clear day and we flew so close to the Eiger you could see into the windows of the Jungfraubahn (Jungfrau railway) viewing areas. After a short flight towards the Aletsch glacier, giving us stunning views of the mountains and Jungfraujoch, we were dropped at Männlichen feeling so much like rock stars that the absence of paparazzi was almost a surprise.
If you’re feeling very flash you can also charter Swiss Helicopter to take you from Bern airport to your resort, and then for a little heli-skiing once you’re there.
Trains, planes and helicopter
The following day started bright and sunny, so we headed up to Jungfraujoch (the Top of Europe) via the charming mountain railways –one train to Kleiner Scheidegg (free with your lift pass) and then a second (electric) train to the Jungfraujoch. The 100-year-old railway tunnels through the Eiger (really!) and has two stops where you can experience very impressive views before you arrive at the highest railway station in Europe (3454m).
Although the fare to the Top of Europe is in addition to your standard lift pass, once you’re there there’s plenty to do. As well as restaurants, a viewing terrace (inside and out) and ice sculpture caves, there’s also an ‘Alpine sensation’ experience tour which takes you through the ins and outs of this amazing feat of engineering. Our gentle stroll around the station had us all panting a little from the altitude – it’s difficult to imagine that it’s over a 100 years since Adolf Guyer-Zeller had the vision that saw the realisation of this incredible achievement. Not to be missed…