National Geographic : 1950 Aug
Europe's Highest Hotel, Shrouded in Snow, Peers from the Icy Face of the Sphinx To reach the Hotel Berghaus, its restaurant, and the scientific institute carved in the mountain side, visitors ascend, molelike, by the famous Jungfrau Railway. In rack-and-pinion cars, they climb first through timberland and pastures, affording marvelous views of the Jungfrau and the Grindelwald valley, then enter tunnels hewn in the interior of the Eiger and the Monch. Favorite base for Alpine as saults and skiing, Jungfraujoch perches here at 11,340 feet on a slope of the Sphinx, a saddle be tween the Monch (background) and the Jungfrau. First climbed in 1811, the Jungfrau (13,668 feet) is easily scaled in summer when the snow is in good shape. Many other climbs afford magnif icent views of the Bernese Alps and Mont Blanc. The solitary, castlelike meteoro logical and astronomical observa tory (upper right) is reached by a 364-foot elevator from the rail way station inside the mountain.