Take a Memorable Jungfrau Rail Ride to the Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch is a magical UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Top of Europe is a heightened building positioned, in the Swiss canton of Valais. At an elevation of 3.4K metres above sea level, it faces the perpetual snows of the Aletsch Glacier. Jungfraujoch, the montura in the Bernese Alps, unites Jungfrau and Mönch. From here, you can watch glacier lakes bathe beneath natural sunlight. While you soak the sumptuous views, the icy cold breeze will brush against your face and other uncovered body parts. Being here means, touring a different era altogether. It’s hard to not think about the ice age and how we evolved past that era. Jungfrau-Bahn is a spectacular journey through the Eiger and Mönch mountains in Switzerland. It ends with you getting to enjoy a unique alpine landscape from the Sphinx terrace. Let us show you, ways of planning this trip.

Switzerland Railway

Jungfrau Via Jungfraujoch Railway

Commence your journey at Interlaken Ost station. Following, proceed to Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald via the Bernese Oberland Railway. (This will take nearly two hours) Next, take the Wengernalp cable car and travel to Kleine Scheidegg. From here, ride the Jungfrau railway to Jungfraujoch. Enroute, submerse yourself in spectacular views. It’s for these splendid sightings, is why rail Europe always leaves you feeling on top of the world. The Jungfrau railway escalates to the Eiger Glacier station. From here, you can spot the mountain restaurant and the polar dog kennels. Your “Top of Europe,” tour will cover a 2-way trip to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen. Plus brief photo stops at Eiger Glacier Station, the Great Ice Palace, Aletsch Glacier, Ice Gateway, high alpine research exhibitions and Sphinx observation terrace and so on.

Jungfrau Railway Station and Beyond

Jungfrau is the highest railway station in Europe. It is dwelling eleven thousand feet above sea level, close to the mountains of Eiger, Jungfrau and Mönch. A wide 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 into the mountains. Upon reaching the peak, you will be received, by an alpine wonder. The lift to the Sphinx summit features an open-view platform allowing you to uninterruptedly-glance above the Aletsch Glacier and other snow peaks. For over a hundred years, Jungfrau Railway has been making trips to Europe’s highest-altitude point. While here, tour the Sphinx Observatory, and the enchanting Ice Palace. This palace is a sequence of ice caverns, beneath the glacier and the Alpine. It depicts the tourist development of the alps and the history of the Jungfrau Railway.

Switzerland Lake view

This UNESCO heritage site is in the centre of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. The outdoor-terrace is almost frozen, hence wear a headgear, woollens, and gloves. At this site, you will discover a lot of historical information. The most interesting of all is the exhibition that demonstrates how this railway was made, within the ice caves. Tour the caves to spot ‘man-made’ ice sculptures. Be careful as you walk – for the floor has no mats or flooring and is generally very slippery.

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. There is no crowding obstacle until, June end, however, trains are jam-packed in August. The management adds extra-cars for the large tour groups. They have to be reserved, in advance.

  3. After a sensational-tour of the alpines, ice palace, ice gateway and glacier plateau; you can enjoy a delicious cheese fondue in the Crystal restaurant at Jungfraujoch. Restaurant Crystal has 110 seats and offers Swiss and international cuisine. Alternatively, restaurant Bollywood has 80 seats and offers Indian cuisine. There’s also Aletsch, the self-service restaurant with 150 seats.


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6 thoughts on “Take a Memorable Jungfrau Rail Ride to the Top of Europe

  1. Europe is one place I would love to explore at leisure ….. and Switzerland does not fail to tug my heartstrings! I simply enjoyed the pictures you have shared along with the details. Your travel tips of not to book tickets before is certainly a good and helpful one …. Happy Travelling Veidehi 🙂

  2. Very nice and useful information. Eiger glacial station reminded me of the movie Igor Sanction. Is this the same peak? Wish I would visit someday.

  3. Beautiful captures of Jungfrau, we love how the landscape changes from lush green to snow white…

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