Top of Europe

Swizterland: part 5. Last but not the least.


If you’re visiting the Swiss Alps but you only have one day of clear weather, make sure you use it to take a trip up to the Jungfraujoch. At 3,471 m, the Jungfraujoch is a mountain pass situated between the Mönch and the Jungfrau, in the Bernese Alps. 17 metres below is the Jungfraujoch railway station, the highest railway station in Europe. The station is accessed by the 9 kilometre rack railway, the Jungfraubahn, which is boarded at Kleine Scheidegg. Along the way the train will make short stops at Eigerwand and Eismeer for people to disembark and admire the view through the large windows of the tunnel. The only problem is in winter, these windows are almost completely covered with ice so you can’t see through clearly.

Kleine Scheidegg

View from Eismeer

From the Jungfraujoch station take the elevator up to the Sphinx Observatory deck, 3,571 metres above sea level. Here enjoy the wonderful “up close and personal” views of the Jungfrau, the Mönch and the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps. If you visit during winter make sure you rug up well. If you’re lucky the temperature will get up to -10 degrees by midday.

The Jungfrau

The Aletsch Glacier

The Sphinx Observatory

The Jungfrau is the third-highest mountain in the Bernese Alps and together with the Mönch and the Eiger, forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland. This is one the most significant sights of Switzerland.

At the Jungfraujoch there are a numbers of restaurants and an Ice Palace. Honestly I was a little disappointed by the Ice Palace as it was just some slippery tunnels with a few penguins carved from ice.

Overall, I highly recommend a visit to the “Top of Europe”.




2 Responses to “Top of Europe”
  1. gtonthenet says:

    Great photos – One place I’d really like to visit

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