Switzerland’s Jungfrau Railway and its high-altitude terminus station, Jungfraujoch, celebrated their 100th birthday on August 1.
To celebrate the centenary, 48 flares were lit on the north walls of the Eiger and the Mönch 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 August 1, 1912.
Exactly 100 years later, the Jungfrau Railway celebrated its centenary with a large firework display. A total of 48 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 100-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. More than 60 per cent of the visitors come from Asia.
In March, a 250-metre-long experience 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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