What is the Jungfraujoch
Jungfraujoch is a viewing point in the Bernese Alps, at an altitude of 3,454 m. You can reach it via cable car and cogwheel train and it is the highest train station in Europe. Jungfraujoch sits in between the mountains Mönch and Jungfrau, in the heart of the UNESCO Natural World Heritage property “Jungfrau – Aletsch – Bietschhorn”. The views from Jungfraujoch are absolutely amazing, and so is the trip up there.
There are 3 ways to travel to Jungfraujoch:
- By train from Lauterbrunnen-Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch
- By train from Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch
- By Gondola from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher (‘Eiger Glacier’) and follow with cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch
As we were basing ourselves in Grindelwald, we were going to travel to Jungfraujoch from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg.
I was so excited when I woke up early morning and opened weather forecast for Jungfraujoch and it showed that we would have clear sky for 10 hours. I immediately woke everyone up to hurry and pack for going to Jungfraujoch.
It is very important to always check weather forecast the day before and early in the morning to decide on where to go
It was really weird to pack for winter clothes when you go on a summer trip. However 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 8.30am to Grindelwald Grund and queue in the ticket counter. The lady said we have to get seat reservation because it was going to be full. We could only go up to Jungfraujoch according to the time in our ticket and because we reserved 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 visit Kleine Scheidegg as a base start for hiking as well. There was a nice route going down. Kleine Scheidegg itself was already 2000m above ground. So the train to Jungfraujoch would 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 could came out and saw the glacier from the glass window
It was a 30 minutes ride from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch and the half part was inside the tunnel.
When we reached Jungfraujoch we followed the tunnel and then we were free to visit each areas as we like. We went straight to the observation tower for outside pictures. It was sunny outside and we have a clear view of the mountain.
From the observation tower, we went down to the snow fun park as Achita and Fabio wanted to play with snow. This park was only open in summer when the weather permits.
We got so excited seeing so much snow in the area, especially both Fabio and Achita have never seen snow before. Achita initially was afraid to walk on the snow but once she got the hang of it, she took too many stops to make snow balls 😆
Hubby and Fabio walked ahead to the Monchsjoch Hut and took stunning pictures while Achita and I went to the park to play sledging. Later Hubbie 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 and after so many sliding down, Achita finally agreed to stop and we went back inside to have lunch. After lunch Achita fell asleep in her stroller. I strolled around inside to see other attractions like alpine sensation, ice palace and shopping area.
Back from Jungfraujoch, we walked around Grindelwald, went for dinner in the town 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 very good deal for family. It is very important to always watch the weather forecast of the area because if you go up and there is a snow storm up there (which also happen during summer) you can’t go outside and there is 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 is so that 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 are always the two critical factors for a spectacular view 😊