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Europe’s highest station pulls in the crowds

More tourists visited the “Top of Europe” Jungfraujoch station in 2009 than in the previous year, despite the economic crisis and a sharp drop in Asian visitors.

The Jungfrau Railways announced on Tuesday that 651,000 people had visited Europe’s highest railway station, the second best result in the company’s history and a 3.7 per cent increase on 2008.

A 100,000 drop in Asian tourist numbers was compensated by a marketing campaign and special offers within Switzerland, which attracted more locals to the station in the Bernese Oberland. Special events included a cricket match between India and Britain on the Aletsch glacier and the biggest meeting of flag throwers ever held.

The company said the current winter season had got off to an average start: poor weather over the holiday period meant that many potential day trippers to the region had stayed away.

The line up to the station is built inside the Jungfrau mountain, and culminates at a height of 3454 metres above sea level. and agencies

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