On the Top of Europe: A visit to the Jungfraujoch puts a jewel in the crown of any visit to Switzerland.
For more than 100 years, the Jungfrau railway has been making its journey to Europe’s highest-altitude railway station at 3454 metres a.s.l. – right at the heart of the UNESCO heritage site “Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch”. All through the year, the cog railway runs steeply up through a tunnel to the Jungfraujoch from Kleine Scheidegg.
The tunnel leading up from the station Eigergletscher is seven kilometres in length and was built between 1896 and 1912. One stop within the tunnel offers spectacular views onto the glacier world outside through windows in the Eiger North Face. On the summit, visitors are greeted by a high-Alpine wonder world made of ice, snow and rocks. All of this can be marvelled at from the viewing platforms “Sphinx” and “Plateau” on the Aletsch glacier or from the “Ice Palace”.
NEW FROM 2020: With the opening of the "Eiger Express" on 5 December 2020, the Jungfrau Railways' V-Bahn project was completed, enabling the journey from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch in just one and a half hours. From the terminal in Grindelwald, a 3S cableway takes you directly to the station Eigergletscher (Eiger Glacier) in 15 minutes. Once at the top, there is even more time to enjoy the panorama and the adventure world. More about the V-Bahn
|Altitude:||3454 m a.s.l.|
By Wengernalp Railway via Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, change to Jungfrau Railway up to Jungfraujoch
By aerial cableway "Eiger Express" from Grindelwald Terminal to station Eigergletscher. Change to Jungfrau Railway up to Jungfraujoch.
|Travel duration to summit:||2 h 10 min (by train via Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen – Kleine Scheidegg) resp. 1 h 30 min (by aerial cableway via Grindelwald – Eigergletscher)|
|Attractions:||Nine kilometres of train track from Kleine Scheidegg, close to 1400 metres in altitude, a little over seven kilometres within the mountain tunnel; Ice Palace, Ice Gateway, Sphinx viewing platform, walks in the eternal snow, Alpine research exhibition in summer|
|Culinary aspects:||Restaurant Crystal (110 seats; Swiss and international cuisine), restaurant Bollywood (80 seats; Indian cuisine), self-service restaurant Aletsch (150 seats)|
|Specials:||Europe’s highest-altitude station at 3454 m a.s.l., Europe’s highest-altitude post office with its own area code (3801), Aletsch glacier – at 23 kilometres the longest Alpine glacier
|Hiking tip:||The Eiger Trail goes within touching distance of the north face of the Eiger. It takes about two hours over steep Alpine meadows and scree along the foot of the imposing north face of the Eiger.|
|Reservation:||Seat reservations for train or aerial cableway are available here|
|Swiss Travel Pass / GA||
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Fascinating and comprehensive information around the Jungfraujoch, featuring highlights and relevant facts and figures, can be downloaded here: