Soaring above the Bernese Alps, the perennially snow-dusted Jungfrau is one of Switzerland’s most emblematic mountains. Forming the postcard backdrop to Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland, the Jungfrau and neighboring Eiger summit were famously inaccessible until the construction of the Jungfraujoch cog railway.
The mountain meadows are ablaze with Alpine wildflowers in spring and summer, when hiking, climbing and mountain biking attracts adrenaline junkies from around the world. For more restful recreation, the region is famous for its wellness retreats and pampering treatments at luxury spas. In winter it’s time to hit the slopes for cross-country skiing, wintertime hiking and tobogganing at heights of 4,000 meters (13,120 feet).
No trip to the region is complete with a journey aboard the Jungfraujoch cog railway, a unique way to get around these breathtakingly beautiful Alpine regions.
The tour bus was 15 minutes late coming from Zurich with an almost full bus. People kindly moved so we could sit together. Everything went better after that. Kid, our guide, was excellent at keeping us together and helping us see the beautiful sights. It was was amazing to walk inside the glacier and to be at the top of Europe.
The sight from the Sphinx tower is astounding! You simply need to be there to believe it! The train ride to the top is awesome! Our guide, Kid (yes, that was his name), was awesome and he paid a lot of attention to each and every member in the group. With him as the tour guide, the trip was really enjoyable. Make sure you take an extra pair of cells or replacement battery as you will need one due to the various photo-worthy areas that you will see throughout the day! This is a must-do if you are visiting the Lucerne, Interlaken or Zurich!
Fantastic! We got really lucky with the weather. Our tour guide was great! Even on the bus, he told us exactly when to get our cameras ready for impressive views. Energetic and enthusiastic, he made sure we got a terrific experience. He clearly loves his work!
The Jungfrau Railway takes you from Interlaken to the foot of the Eiger at Kleine Scheidegg and on to the Jungfraujoch–Top of Europe mountain-top station, 3,454 meters (11,339 feet) above sea level. The world’s highest railway, the Jungfraujoch celebrates 100 years of mountain-top train travel in 2012.
This once-in-a-lifetime, 2.5-hour one-way train journey includes heart-stopping glimpses of snowy white glaciers and deep valleys below, from "windows" carved into the rock. Interlaken is linked to Lucerne, Grindelwald, Mürren and Wengen by Swiss Rail trains.
Cable cars and gondolas swing out across the valleys connecting other ski routes and scenic viewpoints. Grindelwald in particular is a cable car hot spot, including the stunning Grindelwald–Männlichen gondola, the gondola to Mt. First and the cable car to Pfingstegg. Cable cars also link Wengen and Männlichen, and Gimmelwald to Piz Gloria via the famous Schilthornbahn.