The Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters above sea level, along with the Matterhorn, is considered the absolute “cream of the crop” for any visit to Switzerland. Here, you will experience the magical glacier world of the high Alps, a wonderland of ice, snow, and rock. It’s a completely different world full of mystique, scarcely describable—a world that one must experience firsthand. From the Sphinx Terrace on the Jungfraujoch, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the mightiest glacier in the Alps: 22 km long, 900 m thick, 12 billion tons of ice.
Note: The excursion to the Jungfraujoch is part of our Luxury Tours Switzerland.
The Jungfraujoch is a connecting ridge between the Jungfrau and Mönch mountains. It is located in the Bernese Alps, on the border between the cantons of Bern and Valais. The Jungfrau region is known for its spectacular, breathtaking beauty, including majestic mountains, deep valleys, crystal-clear lakes and impressive glaciers.
Die drei majestätischen Gipfel Jungfrau – Mönch – Eiger dominieren die magische Bergwelt aus Eis, Schnee und Fels. Der Jungfrau-Gipfel mit einer Höhe von 4’158 Metern ist der höchste, der Mönch mit 4’107 Metern etwas niedriger, während der Eiger-Gipfel auf eine Höhe von 3’970 Metern kommt. Jährlich reisen über eine Million Gäste aus der ganzen Welt auf das Jungfraujoch.
Trip to the Jungfraujoch – pure adventure
Even the journey to the Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters is a special experience in itself. Visitors can take the train from Interlaken Ost via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen to Wengen as far as Kleine Scheidegg. There you can change to the Jungfrau Railway, which opened in 1912 and runs up to the Jungfraujoch.
Another option is to take the new “Eiger Express” aerial cableway from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier. The Jungfrau Railway then takes you up to the Jungfraujoch.
With Eiger Express to the Jungfraujoch in 1.5 h
The Eiger Express opened on December 5, 2020 and allows you to travel from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch in just one and a half hours. From the terminal in Grindelwald, the world’s most modern 3S cableway takes you directly to the Eiger Glacier in 15 minutes.
The 3S technology enables a higher transport capacity, greater spans and higher speeds compared to conventional cable car systems.
With a direct transfer to the Jungfrau Railway at the Eigergletscher station, you can reach the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe 47 minutes faster. This gives you more time up on the Jungfraujoch to enjoy the panorama and the adventure world.
The Jungfrau Railway has been running for over 100 years to the highest mountain station in Europe, Jungfraujoch, in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch”.
From Kleine Scheidegg, a 9-kilometre-long railroad line, 7 kilometers of which are in a mountain tunnel, leads to the world-famous Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters. The tunnel from the Eigergletscher station was built between 1896 and 1912 – a brilliant achievement at the time.
Spectacular view of the north face of the Eiger
In the middle of the route towards the Jungfraujoch, the cogwheel railroad stops at the “Stollenloch” for 10 minutes, giving you a spectacular view of the north face of the Eiger and the glacier world through the window. This is a different world. One that you have to experience. Glacier experience up close doesn’t get any better than this…
Sightseeing Tour auf 3’454 m Höhe
The sights on the Jungfraujoch are unique: the Sphinx viewing terrace, the Ice Palace, the Ice Gateway, walking trails in the eternal snow and an alpine research exhibition in summer.
The most popular viewpoint is the Sphinx, which offers a 360-degree panoramic view. The ultra-fast passenger lift takes visitors 108 meters up to the viewing platform within 25 seconds.
Once at the top, you can enjoy the fantastic high alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock, the Eiger – Mönch – Jungfrau and all the Swiss mountains as well as the Aletsch glacier…
The Sphinx Observatory is an international research station. It is located on the Sphinx rocky peak, which stands at 3,571 meters above sea level.
With the concession to build the Jungfrau Railway in 1894, the founder, Adolf Guyer-Zeller, promised to set up a research station on the Jungfraujoch. On July 4, 1931, it was occupied by 13 researchers in meteorology, geology, glaciology, astronomy, radiation research, physiology and medicine.
UNESCO World Heritage Site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch”
The Aletsch Glacier, on the east side of the Jungfraujoch, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch”. It is the largest and longest glacier in the European Alps in terms of area, with a length of 22 kilometers and an area of 78 km2.
At the Konkordiaplatz at 2,830 meters, a 6 km2 large ice surface, three mighty firn streams flow together: The Grosse Aletschfirn from the west, the Jungfraufirn from the northwest and the Ewigschneefeld / Unterer Grindelwaldgletscher from the north.
Highest railroad station and post office in Europe
The Jungfraujoch at 3,454 meters is also home to the highest railroad station in Europe with the highest post office in Europe with its own zip code (3801). Hence the nickname “Top of Europe”.
You can also enjoy a fantastic view of the Aletsch Glacier, which at 22 kilometers is the longest glacier in the Alps. A groomed footpath leads from the Jungfraujoch to the Mönchsjochhütte. Depending on the weather conditions, the hike takes around 1.5 hours.
There is a visitor center on the Jungfraujoch with an exhibition on the history of alpinism and the creation of the Jungfrau Railway. On a 45-minute walk through the ice palace on mirror-smooth ice, you will discover magical ice sculptures such as eagles, bears and penguins. There are also various restaurants and stores.
Important information: A stay on the Jungfraujoch at an altitude of 3,454 meters above sea level is a challenge for the human body. The air is thinner due to the altitude and the weather can change quickly. It is highly recommended that you prepare for your stay and take warm clothing, suitable footwear, sun protection and water with you.
Video Bernese Oberland, Switzerland: The Jungfraujoch Station
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In Switzerland’s Berner Oberland region, a train takes visitors through mountain tunnels up to the highest railway station in Europe: the Jungfraujoch. At more than 11,000 feet, spectacular views of the Aletsch Glacier and majestic alpine peaks await, along with hiking paths, ice tunnels, and shops and restaurants. More info about travel to Switzerland: https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/swi
Video Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe
Icy air brushes your face, snow crunches under your feet, and the panorama almost takes your breath away…
Video Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe with the new Eiger Express
With the world’s most modern tricable gondola, the “Eiger Express”, you can reach the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe 47 minutes faster…