It’s an expensive ticket, but the journey to the top of Jungfraujoch is worth it.
You won’t find another place like the magical landscape of Lauterbrunnen hidden away in the Swiss Alps. The starting point for hiking trails, you will also find the Jungfrau railway in this small town which lies beneath a waterfall. Once you’ve explored Lauterbrunnen and it’s many waterfalls, head toward the top of the mountains.
How to get to Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen is easily connected to Interlaken, from where you can purchase your ticket to Jungfraujoch. The city has plenty of accommodation options and all other shops and eateries that you could require. While Switzerland’s beauty does not come cheap, the ticket to Jungfraujoch is worth every dollar.
Try and get your seat on the right-hand side of the scenic train and you will be treated to some fabulous views back down over Lauterbrunnen. The train will wind its way from Lauterbrunnen up the hill into the car-free village of Wengen.
The best view of the valley
Get off the train at Wengen to snap one of the best pictures of Lauterbrunnen straight from the train station. There are also hiking trails here and a couple of cafes.
If you are lucky enough to see the mountains of Klein Schdeigg on a sunny day, it will be an unforgettable sight. From here the train will head through the icy landscape toward a purpose-built tunnel that cuts its way up to Jungfraujoch, and there are a number of scenic views along the way.
The top of Europe
It might not officially be Europe’s highest point, but you will feel like you are at the top of the world at Jungfraujoch. Walk around the viewing platform and enjoy some fantastic views. If you are uncomfortable with heights, the very open-air viewing deck may not be for you. You can also post a letter here from the highest post box!
Snow, snow and more snow
If walking on ice is not your skills, you will struggle to check out some of the ice carvings in the cave. You can also hear outside and get up close to the mountains.
Down the mountain
Heading back down the effects of the altitude may start to wear you down. The sight of a train full of people asleep as you head through the tunnels is very strange. By the time you get back past Kleine Schdeigg everyone should be up and ready to go again. Get back to Lauterbrunnen in time to see the afternoon light and clouds rolling in. If possible, it is best to head up to Jungfraujoch early.