I was so excited when I woke up early morning and open weather forecast for Jungfraujoch and it showed we would have for 10 hours. I immediately wake everyone up and said we need to hurry and pack for going to Jungfraujoch.
It is important to check out weather forecast the day before and early in the morning to decide on where to go
It was really weird to bring some winter clothes when packing for a summer trip but knowing we wanted to go to Jungfraujoch we packed the necessity: sweater, uniqlo ultra light down jacket which doesn’t take up too much space in a suitcase and gloves for Achita.
We got in before 8.30 to Grindelwald Grund and queue in the ticket counter. The lady said we have to get seat reservation because it is going to be full. We can only go up to Jungfraujoch according to the time in our ticket and because we reserve seats back we also have to go down at the specific time. So we got the 10am train for Kleine Scheidegg and schedule to go down at 3pm.
We got 30 minutes to stroll around Kleine Scheidegg and took pictures. A lot of people use Kleine Scheidegg as a base start for hiking as well. There was a nice route going down. Kleine Scheidegg itself is already 2000m above ground. So the train to Jungfraujoch will take us up to another 1466m
When the train comes, people in group tour boarded first and followed by people with seat reservation and lastly by people with free seats.
We stopped twice at the sign of Eiger mountain and at the tunnel where we can came out and see the glacier from the glass window
It was a 30 minutes ride from KS to Jungfraujoch and the half part was inside the tunnel
When we reached Jungfraujoch we followed the tunnel and then we are free to visit each areas as we like. We went straight to the observation tower for outside pictures
Then we went down and go to the snow fun park. This park is only open in summer when weather permits.
We got so excited seeing so much snow especially both kiddos never seen snow before. Achita initially was afraid to walk on the snow but she got the hang of it and did too many stops to make snow balls
DH and Fabio walked ahead to the Monchsjoch Hut and took really awesome pictures while Achita and I went to the park to play sledging. Later DH and Fabio joined us and they got the special snow vehicle. Fabio and Achita also had fun throwing snow balls and lying on the snow
It was a tiring day out in the snow. After lunch Achita fell asleep in her stroller. I strolled around inside before we had to go back. There is other attractions like alpine sensation, ice palace and shopping area
Back from Jungfraujoch we walked around Grindelwald, went for dinner and Achita also found a playground near the train station.
Our trip to Jungfraujoch is probably the highlight of our trip especially the kids as it was their first experience playing with snow.
Tips on Jungfraujoch:
Jungfraujoch ticket is very expensive and It was one of the reason I bought the half fare pass as it gives 50% discount. The swiss travel pass only give 25% discount. Plus kids are free so it is actually a pretty good deal for family. It is very important to always watch the weather forecast of the area because if you went up and there was a snow storm (which also happen during summer) you couldn’t go outside and there was nothing to see. It is too expensive for a bad weather. Another reason I stayed in Jungfrau area for few days apart from the view so we can go up at the right time. Going to the mountain is somewhat similar to going for beach holiday in an island. Weather and sun is two critical factors 🙂