Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
Jungfrau is the third highest peak of the Bernese Alps and one of the most beautiful mountains in Switzerland. The snow-white Jungfrau and the nearby Black Mountain Schwarzmench became the basis for the legend of the unrequited love of a black monk for a young maiden, which every tourist who came here inevitably will hear. The “Jungfrau Top Region” includes three peaks: Eiger (Eiger, 3970 m), Münch (Monch, 4099 m) and Jungfrau (Jungfrau, 4158 m)
The wooden Chappel Bridge in Lucerne
The Jungfrau Train
A trip to the summit is, of course, number one for most tourists who have come here. Mountain trains from Interlaken with two transfers will bring you to the Jungfraujoch station, to the pass between Jungfrau and Mench. This trip will take you most of the day - one way from Grindelwald - 1 h 35 min, Lauterbrunnen - 1 h 40 min, Interlaken - 2 h 20 min in any direction, Kleine Scheidegg - 50 min. Usually it is better to go in the morning - in the second, clouds and haze are more likely. In any case, it is better to monitor the weather conditions on the screens at the stations - in case of low clouds the peaks and the last station can be opened.
Sights to see in Jungfrau Region
The Lion Monument
How to get to Jungfrau
Flight to Zurich or Geneva, then by train to the main transport interchange of the resort - the town of Interlaken. The train from Zurich with a transfer in Bern takes about 2 hours, tickets from 70 CHF .
From Geneva, too, go through Bern, the journey is almost 3 hours, but the price is almost the same - 72 CHF one way. Trains run in both directions every hour and even more often. Prices on the page are as of October 2018.
From the Interlaken-Ost station, trains diverge to the communes and resorts - Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Klein Scheidegg, Murren, Wengen.
The journey takes from 30 minutes to 2 hours, the price depends on the distance - the ticket to Grindelwald costs from 12 CHF , a trip with a transfer to Klein Scheidegg will have to pay around 41 CHF , and the road with two changes to the station on Jungfraujoch will cost 105 CHF .
The Sphinx Observatory on top of Jungfrau Mountain.
Many people decide to go in a circle - to go up through Lauterbrunnen, and to go down through Grindelwald, or vice versa. It is better not to photograph the valleys against the sun, so it seemed to me that it was better to descend through Grindelwald.
On the way up the train stops at intermediate stations. There are passes to Eigergletcher station (Eigergletscher, Eiger glacier), then you have to pay. This station is located at the foot of the Eiger glacier. You can see how the glacier retreats every year - global warming is clear.
Further the road passes inside the Eiger. At the station, Eigerwand (Eigerwand, Eiger wall) pierced observation windows, the train is here a few minutes. Through these observation windows rescued climbers who tried to conquer the northern wall of the Eiger, known among climbers.
Upstairs there are: several restaurants with views, an elevator to the former Sphinx Observatory, in the summer, dog sledding and other activities on the snow, an ice museum.
From Kleine Scheidegg station (Kleine Scheidegg) start several hiking routes.
Jungfrau is a mountain in the vicinity of Interlaken, one of the highest peaks of Switzerland. The name (“Young Maiden”) she owes to the convent, once located at its foot. Now in its place is the church. Jungfrau is a landmark in Switzerland , listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list of natural sites.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a railway was built on the Jungfrau, which is the highest mountain in Europe. This road is the pride of Interlaken and Switzerland, a landmark showing the high skill of Swiss engineers. Its destination is on the Jungfraujoch Pass (3454 m above sea level), where galleries are cut and a weather station and an observatory are built. From here from the observation deck "Sphinx" a circular panorama of the Alpine mountains and lakes opens.
Tourists can visit the following sights on the Jungfraujoch: The Ice Palace, in which all the exhibits are made of ice, restaurants with panoramic windows, a visual sound show, a science exhibition, and participate in dog sledding (in summer). Going to Jungfraujoch, do not forget warm clothes and sunglasses.
You can get to the Jungfrau mountain pass from Interlaken by train in about 3 hours, the cost of a CHF90.90 round-trip ticket, if you have a Swiss Pass , is twice as expensive without it.
Ice palace with figures - you will walk inside the largest glacier in Europe, the Sphinx terrace, plateau, restaurants, museum, the opportunity to ride on a sled and ski at any time of the year, golf on the snow.
When ascending to this summit with a height of 4000 m, you should make a round trip - a tour around the entire Bernese Highland.
Lauterbrunnen Valley with 75 waterfalls, Kleine Scheidegg Pass, the famous ski resort of Grindelwald. Interesting stories of villages. Lovely restaurants with mountain open terraces, cozy miniature streets, a fascinating panorama of alpine meadows and peaks.
Lunch at the restaurant “Klein Scheidegg” or at the restaurant on the top of Jungfrau.
Points of Interest
The Ice Palace
The Lion Monument, or the Lion of Lucerne, is a rock relief in Lucerne, Switzerland, designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen and hewn in 1820–21 by Lukas Ahorn. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris.
The Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions. Named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel,
the bridge is unique because it contains
a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century
Iconic old city wall featuring 9 towers, some open to the public & offering views from the top.
There are several towers which you can ascend, including the clock tower - the clockwork mechanism is huge and exposed on the inside.
Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne opened in July 1959 and exhibits all forms of transport, including locomotive, automobiles, ships, and aircraft as well as communication technology. It is Switzerland's most popular museum
Towering over Lucerne and easily accessible by Cogwheel Train and Panoramic Cable Car, the Pilatus (2073 m a.s.l.) is the ideal adventure mountain for the whole family.
Visit to Lauterbrunnen, Wengen and Grindelwald.
If the time allows it, it is very much recommended to take one whole day to visit the Villages of the Jungfrau Region.
Basically everything between Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg, prefferably on foot, starting from the highest Point, in this case Kleine Scheidegg.
Especially walking into the Villages of Grindelwald, Mürren, Wengen and Lauterbrunnen will be an unforgetable experience.
This should be done on a warm and clear summer day.
Another Mountain in the Jungfrau Region that should be visited is Mount Shilthorn.
Zurich Old Town
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Online Train and Tram Tickets Shop
Switzerland Guide App
The Zurich Card
For 24 CHF provides you with free Public transportation in the City, including Trip to Airport, for 24 Hours. Includes Access and Discounts at Museums, Restaurants and various Tourist Attraction
How to get from Zurich Airport to Zurich.
Zurich Airport is only 10 km (6 miles) away from the city center, so it is quick and easy to get there after your plane has landed. There are various ways of traveling from the airport to Zurich.
How to Travel from Zurich to Interlaken
The best way to reach Interlaken from Zurich, and eventually Lauterbrunnen and Jungfrau Mountain, is by Train.