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Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe and Beyond

For many first-time visitors to Switzerland, Jungfraujoch is a must-see destination. This guide provides essential information for traveling from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, including Jungfraujoch tickets, highlights, and tips for experiencing the unique Jungfraujoch weather. Think beyond just reaching the top; the journey itself offers stunning scenery, and there are many activities to enjoy around Kleine Scheidegg.

Jungfraujoch holds the record for being Europe’s highest railway line, earning its nickname the ‘Top of Europe‘. Situated in the stunning Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage site), this line runs from Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland up to the pass between the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks. Dive into this guide to get the lowdown on this railway, an incredible engineering feat. For more details about the construction and history of the Jungfrau railway station, visit Jungfrau Railway Construction.

Majestic view of Jungfraujoch, a popular destination for Mountain Excursions Swiss Travel Pass.
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Aerial view of Jungfraujoch, showcasing the Jungfrau railway station, Sphinx Observatory, and surrounding alpine scenery in the Swiss Alps.
Aerial view of Jungfraujoch, highlighting the Jungfrau railway station and Sphinx Observatory. Experience the beauty of the Top of Europe with activities accessible via the Swiss Travel Pass.

Getting to Jungfraujoch

Starting Point: Interlaken Ost

Your journey begins at Interlaken Ost. From here, you have two main routes:

  1. Grindelwald Route:

    • Take the Bernese Oberland Railway to Grindelwald Terminal.
    • From Grindelwald, hop on the state-of-the-art Eiger Express tricable gondola. This modern marvel will take you to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes, significantly reducing travel time.
    • Transfer to the Jungfrau Railway at Eiger Glacier for the final ascent to Jungfraujoch.
  2. Lauterbrunnen Route:

    • Take the Bernese Oberland Railway to Lauterbrunnen.
    • Continue on the Wengernalp Railway to Kleine Scheidegg.
    • Board the Jungfrau Railway to reach Jungfraujoch.

Ticket Information

Jungfraujoch tickets are round-trip and cost approximately CHF 210. If you hold a Swiss Travel Pass, you can benefit from a 25% discount. The round-trip ticket allows you to go up via the Eiger Express from Grindelwald Terminal and descend by the cogwheel train, ending your day exploring Lauterbrunnen or Wengen. For more details and to purchase your Swiss Travel Pass, visit our Swiss Travel Pass page.

Aerial view of the Eiger Express tricable gondola transporting passengers from Grindelwald Terminal to Eiger Glacier station.
Take the Eiger Express from Grindelwald Terminal to Eiger Glacier station for a quick ascent to Jungfraujoch. This state-of-the-art gondola is part of the round-trip ticket option, allowing you to mix your journey with the traditional cogwheel train.
Traditional cogwheel train climbing the steep tracks to Jungfraujoch, surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
Travel to Jungfraujoch via the traditional cogwheel train from Kleine Scheidegg. Combine this with the Eiger Express for a diverse experience, both included in the round-trip ticket. Enjoy the scenic ascent or descent with stunning alpine views.

Attractions at Jungfraujoch

Key Highlights

At Jungfraujoch, explore:

  • Ice Palace: A wonderland of ice sculptures, showcasing intricate designs carved from the glacial ice.
  • Sphinx Observatory: Offering panoramic views of the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps, and the surrounding peaks.
  • Alpine Sensation: A multimedia exhibition that celebrates the history of the Jungfrau railway station and the visionaries who made it possible.


Eiger Glacier Station

The Eiger Glacier (or Eiger Gletscher) station is a crucial stop on the way to Jungfraujoch. Here, you can marvel at the stunning views of the Eiger’s north face and the surrounding alpine landscape. The station itself serves as a gateway to various hiking trails and winter sports activities, making it a perfect spot for both adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts.

Eiger Glacier station with the Eiger mountain in the background, connecting to the Jungfrau Railway.
Stop at Eiger Glacier station for panoramic views and easy transfers between the Eiger Express and Jungfrau Railway. This hub connects you to various hiking trails and winter activities, enhancing your Jungfraujoch adventure.
Aerial view of Jungfraujoch, featuring the Jungfrau railway station, Sphinx Observatory, and surrounding snow-covered peaks.
Experience the breathtaking Top of Europe with an aerial view of Jungfraujoch, showcasing the Jungfrau railway station and Sphinx Observatory. This iconic destination is accessible via the Swiss Travel Pass, offering unparalleled alpine vistas.
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Beyond Jungfraujoch

Summer Activities

During summer, enjoy hiking down from Eiger Gletscher to Kleine Scheidegg. This trail offers stunning views and a chance to maximize your Swiss Travel Pass.

Jungfrau Eiger Walk

Admire the formidable Eiger north face on the Jungfrau Eiger Walk. This 2.5-kilometer trail from Eiger Glacier station to Kleine Scheidegg (or vice versa) is suitable for inexperienced hikers. Along the way, informative stations provide insights into the area’s rich history, including tales of triumph and tragedy. It’s a journey back in time with breathtaking views of the Alps.

For another exciting hike, explore the route from Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg. This trail offers panoramic views and is perfect for a leisurely walk, showcasing the beauty of the Swiss Alps. For more detailed hiking trails, visit our Jungfrau Hiking Trails.

Winter Activities

In winter, Jungfraujoch transforms into a winter wonderland. Enjoy skiing and sledding on well-maintained slopes. The area offers guided snowshoe tours and ice climbing for those seeking more adventure. Sledging is particularly popular from Eiger Glacier and Kleine Scheidegg, providing a thrilling descent with spectacular views.

Map of the Jungfrau Railway showing routes from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, including stops at Grindelwald Terminal, Eiger Glacier station, and Kleine Scheidegg, highlighting hiking trails and winter activities.
Explore the Jungfrau Railway map detailing routes from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch. Discover the scenic summer hikes like the Jungfrau Eiger Walk from Eiger Glacier station to Kleine Scheidegg. In winter, enjoy skiing and sledding from Eiger Glacier, maximizing your Swiss Travel Pass benefits.

Weather at Jungfraujoch

The Jungfraujoch weather can be quite unpredictable. Temperatures remain cold throughout the year, often dropping below freezing, even in summer. Dress in layers and be prepared for sudden changes. Check the weather forecast before your trip to ensure clear skies for the best views.

Experience Jungfraujoch to the Fullest

A visit to Jungfraujoch, Switzerland is a journey through history, natural beauty, and adventure. Plan your trip from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, secure your Jungfraujoch tickets, and be prepared for the varying Jungfraujoch weather. Enjoy not only the views but also the many activities and hiking opportunities that await you at the Top of Europe and beyond. Maximize your visit with a Swiss Travel Pass, which offers a 25% discount on Jungfraujoch tickets. For more details and to purchase your Swiss Travel Pass, visit our Swiss Travel Pass page.

Secure your adventure and explore the breathtaking Jungfrau today! For more details and to book your mountain excursions, including trips to Jungfraujoch, visit our dedicated Mountain Excursions page.

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