It shouldn’t come as a surprise that how a small country like Switzerland has captivated the hearts of many, becoming a dream destination for all. In a very special way, Switzerland is one of the most influential cities in the world because of its quaint alpine villages, Ski resorts, hiking trails yet contemporary outlook. A charming country, enduring exceptional diversity and home to a treasure trove of luxury watches and toothsome chocolates. Irrespective of your itinerary and with no possibility of exaggerating its scenic beauty, a voyage to Switzerland will only leave you wanting more. Jungfraujoch is one such intriguing UNESCO World Heritage Site that is sure to elevate your Swiss travel experience.
Overlooking the eternal snow of the Aletsch Glacier, Jungfraujoch, the montura in the Bernese Alps unites Jungfrau with Mönch. At an elevation of 34000 metres above sea level, this European peak is a must-see pinnacle in the Swiss canton of Valais, for it’s here, where you get to admire the excellence of Swiss glaciers immersing under natural sunlight. To me, being here implied travelling back to the ice age as my memory reservatory stumbled some of my favourite scenes from The Youth.
Jimmy dressed as Adolf Hitler, Fred Ballinger convoying a field of cowbells, and Mick Boyle conjuring up on a mountaintop; their luxury vacation in the Swiss Alps sets an eagerly desirable plot beside a trail of neighbourhoods you simply can’t wait to tour. Manoeuvre through the deepest of snowbanks by embarking on a spectacular journey of Jungfrau-Bahn that will have you travel across the Eiger and Mönch mountains in Switzerland. And this trip will end with you getting to enjoy a unique alpine landscape from the Sphinx terrace. Let me show you how to plan a trip to Jungfraujoch, a ridge connecting Jungfrau and the Mönch.
Jungfrau Via Jungfraujoch Railway
Commence your journey at Interlaken Ost station and proceed to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald via the Bernese Oberland Railway. This voyage will take nearly two hours. However, since, in Switzerland, you are endlessly chased, by a series of fabulous landscapes, the time flies by so quickly that it seems like it was only a few minutes. After arriving at Lauterbrunnen, take the Wengernalp cable car and travel to Kleine Scheidegg. From here, take the Jungfrau railway to Jungfraujoch.
The spectacular views and splendid sightings, en route, is what makes the Jungfrau railway the world’s beloved! Always leaves you feeling on top of the world, while it ‘Literally’ takes you there! When Jungfrau railway reaches the Eiger Glacier station, get off the train to explore the mountain restaurant and the polar dog kennels. This ‘Top of Europe’ tour comprises a return journey to Jungfraujoch, from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen. Along the way, you will have the privilege to take brief photo stops at Eiger Glacier Station, the Great Ice Palace, Aletsch Glacier, Ice Gateway, high alpine research exhibitions and Sphinx observation terrace.
Jungfrau Railway Station
Jungfrau, in Switzerland, is located at the highest point in Europe at an elevation of 11,000 feet above sea level. It is close to the mountains of Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. For over 100 years, Jungfrau Railway has been making trips to Europe’s highest-altitude point. A comprehensive network of tunnels connects this railway station to the Top of Europe. The first tunnel was built, between 1896 and 1912, and it leads straight up to the mountains. Be ready to get surprised by an alpine wonder upon reaching the peak. When here, tour the Sphinx Observatory and the entrancing ice palace.
This ice palace is a chain of ice caverns implanted beneath Alpine glaciers and portrays the tourist development of the alps and the history of the Jungfrau Railway. The lift to the Sphinx summit stars an open-view platform that allows you to take an uninterrupted glance at Aletsch Glacier and other snow peaks. The Sphinx Vertex in the centre of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch is a UNESCO heritage site with an almost always frozen outdoor terrace. I highly recommend you to wear suitable headgear, woollens and gloves at all times.
Other than the frosted world of sculptural glamour, this site is also home to surpassing historical information. Each of the ice sculptures is a piece of art. Be wary, so as to not get swept by the slippery ice floor as ice sculptures become your muse. The most interesting is the exhibition that demonstrates how this railway was whittled within the ice caves.
A Few Important Travel Tips:
1. Never buy Jungfraujoch tickets ahead of time. Weather in mountain regions is unpredictable, and you might not want to lose money.
2. It’s not that crowded until June end, however, you may find the trains to be jam-packed in August. In such a case, the railway management adds extra cable cars for large groups. They have to be reserved in advance though!
3. After a sensational tour of the alpines, ice palace, ice gateway and glacier plateau – savour a tasty cheese fondue in the Crystal restaurant at Jungfraujoch. Restaurant Crystal has 110 seats and offers Swiss and international cuisine.
4. Alternatively, you can dine at Restaurant Bollywood that has 80 seats and offers Indian cuisine or at Aletsch, a self-service eatery with 150 seats.