Absolute beauty in the landscape. Staggering vertigo at its location. Amazement at what the hand of man can do even in unexpected places. All that (and much more) generates seeing this tallest building in Europe. with you, the sphinx observatory.
His name means is pretend Y works as a meteorological observatory in Switzerland, from a mountain range called Jungrau-Aletsch-Bietshhorn. As imposing as it is valuable as a habitat, years ago it was declared a World Heritage Site.
It is incredible that this building, which looks like a nutshell at the mercy of the wind and snow, could have been made at 3571 meters above sea level. Magnificent place if there is one, nestled in the Swiss Alps and in the heart of a glacial valley, if you dare to climb up you will not believe how the Eiger, Mönch and Jung peaks escort the landscape pointing to the sky, so close to it, that they rise 4000 meters.
Col For and Natacha de Vere
The sphinx observatory is in that inhospitable and superlative place since 1950 and its job is to allow the control and realization of meteorological measurements. To get to this point in the middle of the white landscape, take the train. In fact, the station at the top of the Jungfrau is the highest in Europe (3,454 m).
These roads were built a hundred years ago, just imagine the odyssey that colossal work must have been. On the way there are two previous stops because there are mountain observatories where you can stay to contemplate the immensity. Then an elevator takes us the last 117 meters to the sphinx.
The main building of Observatory it is where scientists work but tourists can go to the terrace, from where you have a 360° view that takes your breath away. You can also go to the Ice Palace, 200 meters inside the glacier, where there are sculptures to appreciate, beyond the unique sensation of knowing oneself in the frozen entrails of the giant.