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Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

1. Jungfraujoch: Roundtrip to the Top of Europe by Train

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe is the best place in Europe to discover a world of snow and ice. The cogwheel railway travels to Europe’s highest railway station every day of the year. The view and adventure platform at 3454 meters above sea level unites in a place that fascinates people of the Alps: a majestic backdrop of ice, snow and rock with breathtaking far-sightedness. You can exchange the voucher for a ticket at Interlaken Ost, Jungfraujoch or Lauterbrunnen train stations or travel the other way around. The train departs every 30 minutes and the departure time is freely selectable. Once at the top, simply follow the signs to the tour and you will not miss any highlights. To do the tour it takes you aproximately 1 to 2 hours. There are also restaurants on the Top of Europe and even a Snow Fun Park in summer, so calculate 6 to 8 hours for the whole trip.

From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

2. From Interlaken: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Begin your excursion with a coach journey from Interlaken to the mountain resort of Grindelwald. Board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular ride to the Eiger Glacier. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. When you reach the top, marvel at the high-alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow, and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, neighboring countries, and the Aletsch Glacier. Walk through the tunnels of the Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Restaurants are available for meals and refreshments. During the descent, pass the holiday resort Wengen and stop at Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits for your return trip to Interlaken.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

3. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

Jungfrau: Round-Trip Rail Ticket with Ice Palace Entry

4. Jungfrau: Round-Trip Rail Ticket with Ice Palace Entry

Jungfraujoch is a must-see destination when traveling to Switzerland. Admire views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau as you travel by rail to Europe's highest train station. Your ticket also includes entrance to the Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, and Sphinx Observatory. Take either the traditional route or the new Eiger Express. The new Eiger Express tricable gondola will take you from Grindelwald to the Eiger Glacier station in just 15 minutes. Jungfraujoch has some of the coldest weather in Switzerland and the mountains are covered in snow year-round. Whether you plan to visit in February, June, or December, Jungfrau’s snowy scenes will not disappoint. There are more than just majestic views on offer. Check out attractions and activities including the Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation, and Sphinx Observatory.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

5. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

Zurich: Day Trip to Interlaken and Jungfrau

6. Zurich: Day Trip to Interlaken and Jungfrau

Venture to the top of the highest glacier in Europe and behold panoramic views of the terrain that surrounds you. Enjoy an outing in the village of Interlaken, visit the Sphinx observatory, and ride a train that will elevate you 3454 meters to the zenith of Jungfrau. Start your adventure at the Zurich Central bus station and hop aboard your air-conditioned bus. Enjoy a short and scenic drive to your first destination, Interlaken. After a quick stop in Interlaken, board the Jungfrau rack train from Lauterbrunnen. Take in gorgeous views and ascend 3454 meters. Arrive at the top and depart from the highest altitude railway station in Europe. Take in views of the surrounding terrain from the zenith of the highest glacier in Europe. Visit the Sphinx observatory which provides you with some of the best views you can get of the two most famous peaks, Eiger and Mönch. Wander into the heart of the glacier and walk through the ice tunnel to experience the “Alpine Sensation” that traces the history of the Jungfrau. Once you get back from the top of the glacier, enjoy free time in Interlaken before taking a pleasant bus ride back to your starting point.

Jungfraujoch: Private Top of Europe Tour from Interlaken

7. Jungfraujoch: Private Top of Europe Tour from Interlaken

Discover Jungfraujoch, known as the "Top of Europe" in the Bernese Alps, connecting the two four-thousand peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466 meters (11,371 ft) above sea level. Meet your guide at your hotel and board a local train to Lauterbrunnen, a small village at the end of the valley. Ride the cogwheel railway from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg, passing Wengen, a small alpine town known for winter sports.  At Keine Scheidegg, change onto the Jungfrau railway, which will take you to the top of the mountain. During the ride, the train will make a scenic stop in the middle of the tunnel, where you will have the opportunity to get off the train for 5 minutes.  Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch at 11333 ft above sea level, take a 1-hour walking tour through the tunnel system. If the weather conditions are good, you may be able to see the Black Forest in Germany from the terrace.  Continue through the ice cave to the plateau, a lovely outdoor spot covered in snow. Finish the walking tour by passing through a small exhibition about chocolate making in Switzerland. Stop for lunch at 1 of the 3 restaurants in Jungfraujoch - your guide will be happy to assist you or join you for lunch.  After lunch, take in the views and enjoy the mountain air, before you head back to the Jungfrau railway for the descent to Kleine Scheidegg, and back to Interlaken.

Zurich: Bus and Train Day Trip Through Kleine Scheidegg Pass

8. Zurich: Bus and Train Day Trip Through Kleine Scheidegg Pass

Discover the stunning alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland on this guided day trip from Zurich. Enjoy a spacious coach ride to the traditional resort town of Interlaken, before heading to Lauterbrunnen to catch a cogwheel train to the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass.  Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Interlaken where you can take a short walk where you can see the town's old timber houses before resuming to Lauterbrunnen. Embark on a journey to 2061 meters above sea level on the cogwheel train. Take in breathtaking views of the majestic peaks of the Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains and the spectacular north face of Mount Eiger.  Experience the sensational alpine environment to the fullest during your free time on the pass. Have the option of taking a hike, visiting the Jungfrau Eiger Walk (open late June to October), or find a restaurant where you can purchase some regional alpine dishes. Make your way back town the mountain on a train ride down the northwest slope of mount Eiger to the charming alpine village of Grindelwald. In the late afternoon, meet with your tour guide and travel back to the Zurich HB train station on the bus. 

From Interlaken: Jungfraujoch Self-Guided Tour

9. From Interlaken: Jungfraujoch Self-Guided Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour as you travel the classic "round trip" from Interlaken to Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe, Lauterbrunnen, and returning via Grindelwald. With detailed instructions, you'll travel according to your own preferences, stopping wherever you want (Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch) and enjoying the views at a specific point for as long as you prefer. You'll get the travel booklet and all necessary personalized tickets by e-mail after your booking.

From Zürich: Small Group Tour of Jungfraujoch with Guide

10. From Zürich: Small Group Tour of Jungfraujoch with Guide

Travel to Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Alps with this group tour from Zürich. Enter a world of glaciers, snow, and peaks at Europe's highest railway station at an altitude of 3,466 meters (11,371 feet) above sea level. Begin by taking a train to from Zürich to Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, where the Jungfrau railway line starts. Enjoy the view as you go through constantly changing landscapes on your way to the UNESCO world heritage site of Jungfraujoch. Follow your guide to the the Sphinx terrace which is the second highest observation deck in Switzerland. Tour the viewing platform, the miner memorial at the Alpine Sensation exhibition, and the sparkling Ice cave.

Frequently asked questions about Jungfraujoch

What are other attractions than Jungfraujoch that are worth visiting in Lauterbrunnen?

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How can I visit Jungfraujoch?

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Entrance to Jungfraujoch is free, and you do not need a ticket or pre-booking to visit.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Jungfraujoch

Jurga Rubinovaite is an avid traveler, photographer, and chief adventure planner behind the popular family travel blog Full Suitcase. On her blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Jungfraujoch.

What should I do on my first trip to Jungfraujoch?

When visiting Jungfaujoch - Top of Europe, you really should do everything that's available/ open. Absolute musts are the Sphinx Observation Deck with amazing views of Aletsch Glacier, Ice Palace, and Glacier Plateau. Alpine Sensation and Jungfrau Panorama film experience are also great and can be done the whole year round. If visiting in summer, you can also do some snow tubing or hike to Mönchsjoch Hut.

What are some nice things to do nearby?

Traveling to Jungfraujoch by train, you'll pass some amazing places nearby. Be sure to visit Kleine Scheidegg and either Wengen or Grindelwald towns. In summer, you could also do some hiking in the area. One of the most famous hikes is Eiger North Face Trail. Less challenging and probably even more rewarding is the Panorama Trail between Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.

How much time should I spend in Jungfraujoch?

Count at least 2-3 hours for the experiences at Jungfraujoch (more if you have lunch at the restaurant, go hiking, or similar). However, the journey to Jungfraujoch by train also takes a long time and you'll also want to visit some places along the way, so you should plan an entire day for your visit to Jungfraujoch.

What are the best months to visit Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe is a year-round destination and offers a wonderful experience at any time of the year. At an elevation of 3.454 m (over 11.000 ft), there is always snow at the top. In summer, you can take a hike to Mönchsjoch Hut or enjoy some activities at the Snow Park, so there's a bit more to do at Jungfraujoch than in winter. But the views and all the other experiences are great in any season. Also on a rainy day, you're often above the clouds here, which can be a very unique experience in itself.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Jungfraujoch? 

Most people visit Jungfraujoch as a day trip from one of the bigger towns in Switzerland, so you don't absolutely have to stay nearby. However, if you have a few days extra, we highly recommend staying in Wengen or in Grindelwald and taking the time to explore this beautiful part of the Bernese Oberland region deeper.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Jungfraujoch?

There are countless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities near Jungfraujoch. In winter, you can go skiing in the Wengen - Männlichen - Grindelwald area. And in summer, there are countless hiking possibilities around Kleine Scheidegg, which is the train station where you board the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. So since you are stopping here anyway, it's one of the best areas to do some hiking as well. The nearby Grindelwald-First area is an outdoor destination in itself, but - ideally - you plan a separate day for it.

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What people are saying about Jungfraujoch

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,066 reviews

Excellent tour. Everything went right on time and there was a good amount of time to enjoy each location. Good combination of guided and time on your own. Having the whole package of transportation plus all the tickets made it so convenient. The bus trip there was very comfortable.

We had the most incredible experience. Our tour guides and driver were wonderful. The trip itself was beyond incredible. A once in a lifetime experience that everyone should have. Thank you for such an excellent adventure.

A beautiful experience! I loved everything from start to finish!! I would repeat myself without thinking, both the guide and the driver very cordial and attentive to each of the tourists who were on the excursion.

Really beautiful experience. The tour guide was absolutely friendly and welcoming. The views and scenery are just awesome!!!

The scenery is simply fantastic, there's nowhere else like it.