On 3rd August 1811 two brothers Johann-Rudolf and Hieronymus Meyer from Aarau and the chamois hunters Joseph Bortis and Alois Volker from the Valais made history when they became the first men to summit a Swiss mountain over 4000 metres high.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the climb had to be repeated the following summer, 1812 and nobody believed the Meyer brothers, as the flag they hoisted on the summit couldn't be seen from the valley.

Now the heart of one of the world's best ski regions in winter, and open for snow fun more-or-less year round at the Jungfraujoch, Europe's highest rail-served point.  The jungfrau continues to be an awe-inspiring sight for those staying in the area, even if they're not climbing up it.