Added by on May 8, 2018

A travel guide for riding the train to the Jungfrau in Switzerland and exploring the Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe. The Jungfrau is one of Switzerland’s most visited attractions, and is also home to Europe’s highest elevation train station. It’s an amazing place where you can see glaciers and snow all year round. I begin by giving you an overview of the Jungfrau region itself, then we ride to the Jungfrau on the train from Lauterbrunnen via Wengen and Kleine Scheidegg. Then I explore the various attractions at the top of the Jungfrau at the Jungfraujoch including the Sphinx Platform, the Ice Palace, and the various outside snow play areas. We’ll even take a look at how expensive a cup of instant noodle is up here!

The Jungfrau summit is one of the most famous peaks in the Swiss Alps. It has an elevation of about 4000 meters or 13,000 feet. It used to be fairly difficult to access well, until 1912 when Switzerland built the world’s highest elevation cogwheel railway which takes you up to about 11,000 feet. And once you’re at the top, there’s a lot of neat stuff to do.

The Jungfrau is a pricey attraction. It can be a hundred, to a hundred and fifty Swiss franks depending upon where you’re coming from. But I think it’s really worth it. A lot of people, including Rick Steves say it’s too manufactured for them, but let me tell you, I enjoy this manufactured platform that I can view the amazing view from. Otherwise I’d have to be like an ice climber and climb up this mountain. Which I never would.

If you’re coming to Switzerland the Jungfrau is a must see for the natural beauty and splendor. It is truly amazing. Most trips to the the Jungfrau will start at Interlaken Ost. It’s a station at the bottom of the valley. There’s a few different ways to work your way up to the top ultimately to the Jungfraujoch or the saddle that’s in between the two mountains. In this video I’ll be going up the way by Wengen. You can also go up via Grindelwald. And you can also make it a circle trip. You can go up one way and then down the other.

The beginning of the journey up to the Jungfrau, you take the cogwheel train. It’ll come up from Lauterbrunnen, and it stops in Wengen. And then it goes up to the station where you take the main train to actually go up to the Jungfrau. This train is kinda cool because it’s a cogwheel train. You can actually see there’s a track in the middle of it that has all these spikes on it that has the wheel so this train can be really steep. And I’ll tell you, the train is really loud. And what’s interesting is, the windows you can actually put your hand outside you get fresh air coming in which is really great on a day when it’s probably not too hot.

There’s a really popular travel quote that says, “It’s not the destination. It’s the journey.” And this is one of those trips that it really is the journey. I mean the destination’s cool, but the views on the journey are epic. So enjoy the views on the train ride. Have your camera at the ready.

The different facilities at the Jungfrau are connected via these underground tunnels. You come in and it’s the restaurant complex. The tunnel will take you out to a lot of the outdoor activities. One of the coolest places at the Jungfrau is at the high climate altitude research station. This is the Sphinx Terrace. It’s an altitude of 11,782 feet. From up here you can see snow and what looks like to be a big glacier, in this direction. You can see down into the valley where there’s no snow. You can see the snow tubing and the snow hiking paths. I will say why you’re up here be careful not to drop anything small because it’s open grating and that is a long way down.


You might enjoy watching some more of my series from Switzerland:

Zurich Travel Guide:

Bern Travel Guide:

Murten Travel Guide:

Switzerland’s longest summer toboggan run:

Things I love about Swiss Travel:

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  • Trolleybase 8 months ago

    Another great video Chris, that gives me motivation to visit. More please, well done. We are going to Singapore thanks the help of your video reviews. Always really great and genuine reviews no matter where you go. Cheers and thank you. Phil

  • Eisen J Eisen 8 months ago

    That was beautiful, i don't know if i can walk on ice, any way i'm wishing i can get there at the end of this year.

  • Himanshu Patil 8 months ago

    Could you please help me to guide about what sort of shoes would be fine to wear during this visit..?

  • Jefferson Graham Photowalks 8 months ago

    Great video.

  • Hazel Hearts 8 months ago

    How many minutes in total is the walking please and is it wheelchair friendly? As I'm going with an elderly

  • Darren Lewis 8 months ago

    Another Great Video, Chris ! 🙂

  • m kla 8 months ago

    I didn't go to Jungfrau when I was in Switzerland, so I like this video. It looks a little touristy, but the views, chocolate, and the ice cave was nice. Your reviews really have the traveler in mind, thaaaank uuuuu.

  • Scottman895 Travel 8 months ago

    Jungfrau looks amazing especially with those views at the top! I had no idea about the Ice Palace, but it looks really cool (pun intended)! Although I know it is really popular, it looks like a must-see destination after watching this video. I will definitely have to check it out when I check out Switzerland someday!

  • Ask Switzerland 8 months ago

    Nice Video! 😊 Hope we see each other one day 😊