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The Beautiful Sphinx Observatory in the Swiss Alps

Tuesday 08.21.2012 , Posted by
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It might only be the 14th highest observatory in the world, but the Sphinx observatory in Switzerland is possibly the most beautiful and unique. Located at Jungfraujoch on a treacherous peak at 11715 feet (3,571 meters), the classic structure is reached via the worlds highest railway, followed by a tunnel and then an elevator… it’s very remote, but still accessible year round thanks to the hard work of past adventurers.

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After completion of the Jungfraujoch railway in 1912, scientists occupied the high, harsh location in temporary structures. Construction of the building began in 1937 where, because of its uniquely high location and its year-round accessibly, it is still used today to research meteorology, astronomy, glaciology, physiology, radiation and cosmic rays. The exterior decks and glass house are accessible by visitors eager to experience the history and beauty of the highly unique location… and a vertigo inducing 11,333 foot view to the valley floor below.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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