To begin with, the Icy cold waves and the magnificent view of the glacier lakes will take your breath away. Let’s say today we are touring a different world altogether. A world that offers a spectacular journey on the famous Jungfrau-bahn through the Eiger and Mönch Mountains in Switzerland. A marvel where you can enjoy the unique Alpine landscape from the Sphinx terrace.
Jungfrau, UNESCO World Heritage Site
You can begin your journey at Interlaken Ost station. Thereafter, you proceed to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald via the Bernese Oberland Railway. This will take you about 2 hours. Then, you will have to get inside the Wengernalp cable car and go to Kleine Scheidegg. Thereon, ride the Jungfrau railway to Jungfraujoch. The Jungfrau railway climbs to the Eiger Glacier station. This is a spot which is popular for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels. Enjoy the spectacular views on the way to the highest railway station in Europe. As a matter of fact, Rail Europe always leaves you feeling on top of the world.
Jungfraujoc Trip Inclusions:
Top of Europe, Two Way trip to the Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen, Picturesque Landscape trip to Eiger Glacier Station, The Great Ice Palace, Aletsch Glacier, Ice Gateway, high alpine research exhibitions and Sphinx observation terrace tour etc.
Jungfraujoch, an Underground Railway Station in Bernese Oberland of Switzerland
To begin with, this is the highest railway station in Europe. It is 11,332 ft above sea level and is close to the Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch Mountains. In fact a wide network of tunnels connects the railway station to the Top of Europe. The tunnel leading up from the station was built between 1896 and 1912. On the summit, you will be greeted by an Alpine Ice wonder. Also, you will find it approachable from the lift to the summit of the Sphinx, which is an open view platform offering views over the Aletsch Glacier and snow peaks.
You may also tour the Sphinx Observatory here. Another point of interest in this zone is the magical Ice Palace. In other words, it’s a sequence of ice caverns beneath the glacier and the Alpine. It represents the tourist development of the Alps and the history of the Jungfrau Railway. For over a century ‘Jungfrau railway’ has been making journeys to Europe’s highest-altitude point. Also, it is right at the heart of the UNESCO heritage site Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.
The outdoor platform is very cold, therefore wear warm clothing, hat and gloves. Correspondingly, you can find a lot of historical information inside the platform. This includes an interesting exhibition of how the railway was built along with the ice caves. There is a very brief stop on the way up to take photos from within the tunnel. To see the sculptures make sure you have good shoes as there are no mats or flooring. This gets interesting when you know that you are walking on sheer ice.
Jungfrau Important Travel Tips
Never buy the Jungfraujoch tickets ahead of time. Weather in mountain regions is unpredictable, and you might not want to waste your money. There is no crowding problem until the end of June, however the trains are packed in August. Moreover, they even add extra cars for the large tour groups, which is reserved much in advance. After the “Alpine Sensation” adventure round trip, which includes a visit to the ice palace and spectacular views from the ice gateway and glacier plateau, you can enjoy a delicious cheese fondue in the Crystal restaurant on the Jungfraujoch.
Restaurant Crystal has 110 seats and offers Swiss and international cuisine. Restaurant Bollywood has 80 seats and offers Indian cuisine. In addition, you can explore the self-service restaurant Aletsch with 150 seats. Above all, the train journey is stunning and it’s incredible how these tunnels were built through the mountains.