Jungfraujoch in Switzerland is the highest altitude train station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level. When we planned our trip to Switzerland earlier this year I was in two minds about going to Jungfraujoch. First off I hadn’t really heard of it and had no idea what to expect. Secondly it was an entire day trip and only being in Switzerland for 7 days made it a tough choice.
I ended up giving in and I am so glad I did. The views were breathtaking, the train ride scenic and we even got to do a bit of a hike adding to the Swiss adventure.
Getting to Jungfraujoch
We were staying in Interlaken when we headed up and I would suggest being in that area if you are planning to go to Jungfraujoch. You take a train from the Interlaken Ost station to Lauterbrunnen and then up to Grindelwald where you can take the Jungfrau train all the way to the top. It took us about an hour and a half to get to Jungfraujoch so go as soon as it opens in the morning. There are loads of tourist, even in off season. The train ride is extremely beautiful and there is a 5 min stop as you start heading into the mountain where you can hop off and see Eismeer.
Tickets for Jungfraujoch
Its quite an expensive trip with tickets starting at around $90 per person but that includes the scenic train ride from Grindelwald as well as entry. If you have a swiss travel pass you can also get discount so be sure to check that out! Buy your tickets online to avoid standing in lines the morning of your trip as well. It definitely takes some of the stress away.
Visit the Sphinx Observatory
Before you do anything else take the lift up 108 metres to the Sphinx Observatory and marvel at the mountain views from the top of this international research station. It gets fuller the later it gets so if you want to be able to actually see go early!
Hike to the Monchsjochhutte
The activity we enjoyed most was hiking to the Monchsjochhutte. The trail goes through the beautiful alpine glacier world with incredible views of Jungfrau and Aletsch. The hike is marked as being 45min but we took a bit longer with all the photo oppurtunities. We also struggled a bit with the altitude as we are not used to it. Keep in mind to wear proper hiking boots if you are thinking about doing this hike. Also stay on the path as there are loads of crevices under the snow.
When you get to the hut enjoy a cold beer, a hot chocolate or something to eat. If you just want a drink take cash as they dont accept card payments for smaller amounts.
What to wear
Layering is key everywhere in Switzerland. We went in Spring and although it was icy in the morning we soon got super hot while inside the train and also while hiking. I wore a tank top with a down jacket and a waterproof jacket as well as a scarf. When I got too hot I just took the down jacket off and stuck it in my backpack. Waterproof shoes are a must although I saw loads of random tourist with freezing feet ( I would assume )
Where to eat
Like all tourist areas the restaurants at Jungfraujoch are expensive ( also Switzerland in general ) We ended up eating at the hut that we hiked to because we ordered beers and had to spend a certain amount to be able to pay by card. I would suggest if you want to save money to either pack a picnic or eat a lot at breakfast and pack some snacks. The restaurants aren’t wow so you are better off saving your money and spending it on something else.
What else can you do on at Jungfraujoch
If you are a chocolate lover you can visit the Lindt Studio ( especially great if you have kids ) and indulge in some chocolate. If you go in Summer the Snow Fun Park will be open where you can ski and do other outdoor activities. Another awesome Summer activity that we missed out on is the Aletsch glacier hike, which is a two day tour.
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