A stamp for the Jungfraubahn railway

Press release dated 06.03.2012

Swiss Post is issuing a special stamp to mark the centenary of the Jungfraubahn. The cog wheel railway to Jungfraujoch is still an impressive piece of engineering one hundred years after its opening. What began with a bold idea has developed over time into a major attraction which pulls hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Other new stamps feature the beaver, the 100-year anniversary of the Pro Juventute Foundation, and one of the cornerstones of life in Switzerland, the Swiss Civil Code. These and all other stamps in the current issue are valid from 8 March 2012.

The Jungfraubahn is, without exaggeration, a masterpiece of engineering and it is not only train enthusiasts for which it has long since been a source of inspiration. The route, which is just over 9 kilometres, takes you up 1,393 metres in altitude from the station at Kleine Scheidegg, cuts through the Eiger and the Mönch, and offers fantastic views before stopping at Jungfraujoch, the summit of the Jungfrau. At 3,454 metres above sea level, it is the highest railway station in Europe. At the end of the 19th century, the construction of the railway was merely a dream envisaged by Adolf Guyer-Zeller, an entrepreneur from Zurich. Thanks to his perseverance, it became a reality. After much work the tunnel finally broke through at the beginning of 1912, and on 1 August of the same year, the cog wheel railway began operating.

The railway as a tourist attraction

In the last 100 years, the Jungfrau Railway has made a name for itself all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists each year are comfortably transported to the Jungfraujoch - a pleasure that was previously reserved for experienced mountain climbers only. Swiss Post is dedicating a special stamp - fittingly worth 100 Rappen - to the Jungfraubahn Railway on the occasion of its 100-year anniversary. The stamp depicts one of Jungfraubahn Railway's famous red trains with the sun shining on the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the background.

A rodent on a stamp

By featuring the beaver, Swiss Post is honouring an animal that has had a chequered past in Switzerland. About two hundred years ago the rodent died out, but just over fifty years ago, this cunning swimmer made a comeback. Switzerland is now home to about 1,600 beavers, chiefly in the west and north-east of the country. The animal's nocturnal habits mean that it is seldom seen. Now you can see the beaver on the new one-franc special stamp.

A special Pro-Juventute stamp

Pro-Juventute and Swiss Post have enjoyed a long and close association. Since the early beginnings of the Foundation, which advocates the rights and and concerns of children and young people, the widely-known Pro-Juventute stamps have been issued regularly. This year the organization celebrates its 100th birthday. Swiss Post is marking the occasion by issuing a separate special stamp – with its usual surcharge of 50 Rappen which goes to the foundation. As usual, the three "ordinary" Pro-Juventute stamps will be issued in the autumn. One more stamp has been dedicated to what at first appears to be an unprepossessing subject: the Swiss Civil Code. It was exactly 100 years ago that the Swiss Civil Code established common rules and principles relating to societal co-existence in Switzerland. This is reason enough to give prominence to one of the most important articles of the Swiss Civil Code for posterity: the one defining the principle of "good faith".

Stamp themes of the 01/2012 stamp issue - valid from 8 March 2012:

  • "100 Years - Jungfraubahn Railway" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "Beaver" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "100 Years - Pro-Juventute" – special stamp at CHF 1.00 (+ CHF 0.50)
  • "100 Years - Swiss Civil Code" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "Janosch" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "Martinsloch" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "150 Years - Swiss Brass Band Association" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "1400 Years - St. Gall" – special stamp at CHF 1.00
  • "Vegetable Blossoms" – three definitive stamps at CHF 1.40, CHF 1.80 and CHF 1.90

Available from  www.swisspost.ch/philashop and at Swiss Philately sales points and Post Offices.