What to expect when you visit Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

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

  1. By train from Lauterbrunnen-Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch 
  2. By train from Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch
  3. By Gondola from Grindelwald to Eigergletscher (‘Eiger Glacier’) and follow with cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch

As we were basing ourselves in Grindelwald, we would travel to Jungfraujoch from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg. Initially we were thinking of basing ourselves in Interlaken. But when I mapped out how to get to Jungfraujoch, I found that it would be less travel time if we stayed in Grindelwald and we can avoid the peak hours at Jungfraujoch.

I was so excited when I woke up early morning and the weather forecast of Jungfraujoch showed that it would have a 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 our cold gear: 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 on our way back, we also had to go down at the specific time. So we got the 10am train for Kleine Scheidegg and schedule to go down at 3pm. Come to think of it, It is better to just reserve seats on the way to Jungfraujoch and not for the return trip so we are free to leave anytime.

Kleine Scheidegg

Kleine Scheidegg is located above the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys – 2,061m above sea level and nestling at the foot of the towering snow-capped trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. It is a popular meeting point for climbers and hikers from around the world and is open all year round. It has a nice walking trail going down which I really wanted to try if Achita has grown up.

We got 30 minutes to stroll around Kleine Scheidegg and took pictures. Kleine Scheidegg itself was already 2000m above ground. So the train to Jungfraujoch would take us up to another 1466m

Kleine Scheidegg

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

The glacier

It was a 30 minutes ride from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch with a view and the half part was inside the tunnel.

Jungfraujoch

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 had a clear view of the mountain.

Observation Tower

Fabio at the Observation Tower

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.

Snow Fun Park

We got so excited seeing so much snow in the area, especially for Fabio and Achita who have never seen snow before. Achita at first was afraid to walk on the snow but once she got the hang of it, she took too many stops to make snow balls to throw to her brother 😆

Hubby and Fabio walked ahead to the Monchsjoch Hut and took stunning pictures while Achita and I went to the park to sledge. 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

Monchsjoch Hut

Sledging Time

It was a tiring day out in the snow and after so many sliding down and up again dragging our sledge, 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 before we returned to Grindelwald.

We strolled around Grindelwald and had dinner. Achita also managed to find a playground near the train station.

Our trip to Jungfraujoch is the highlight of our trip for the kids as this was their first experience playing with snow.

Tips on Jungfraujoch

  1. Jungfraujoch ticket is very expensive and It was one of the reason I bought the half fare pass as it gives 50% discount. While the swiss travel pass only give 25% discount. Kids are free when they are traveling with adults so it is actually a very good deal for family.
  2. Always check the weather forecast of the area before you went. Don’t buy the ticket in advance. If you go up and then there is a snow storm up there (which also happen during summer), you can’t go outside and you couldn’t see a thing. The cost to get to Jungfraujoch is too expensive for a bad weather.
  3. If you know you want to go to Jungfraujoch, stay in Jungfrau region (Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen) for few days so you can go when the weather is good and you have less travel time.

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