Europe’s Highest-Altitude Railway Station Celebrates its Centenary
INTERLAKEN, Switzerland, August 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
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The Jungfrau Railway was one hundred years old on 1 August 2012. To celebrate the
centenary, 48 flares were lit on the north walls of the Eiger and Monch showing the route
of the historic railway through the two mountains.
One hundred years ago, Italian construction workers set off a huge charge of dynamite
and succeeded in breaking through to the Jungfraujoch. Europe’s highest-altitude railway
station was officially opened on 1 August 1912. Exactly 100 years later, the Jungfrau
Railway celebrated its centenary with a grand firework display. Forty-eight flares burned
for five minutes on the north walls of the Eiger and Monch mountains to illustrate the
route taken by the Jungfrau Railway. Visitors to the centenary celebrations followed the
spectacle from beneath the Eiger North Wall.
During their one-hundred-year history, the Jungfrau Railway and the Jungfraujoch have
developed into a tourist magnet. Today, some 750,000 people visit Europe’s
highest-altitude railway station every year of whom more than 60 per cent come from Asia.
In March 2012, a 250-metre-long experience round tour was opened, illustrating in artistic
fashion the history of the Jungfrau Railway and the development of tourism in Switzerland.
The Jungfrau Railway will also present its centenary at the Olympic Games in London and
the World Exhibition in Yeosu.
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