From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe
- Duration: 12 hours
Jurga Rubinovaite is an avid traveler, photographer, and chief adventure planner behind the popular family travel blog Full Suitcase. On her blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Jungfraujoch.
When visiting Jungfaujoch - Top of Europe, you really should do everything that's available/ open. Absolute musts are the Sphinx Observation Deck with amazing views of Aletsch Glacier, Ice Palace, and Glacier Plateau. Alpine Sensation and Jungfrau Panorama film experience are also great and can be done the whole year round. If visiting in summer, you can also do some snow tubing or hike to Mönchsjoch Hut.
Traveling to Jungfraujoch by train, you'll pass some amazing places nearby. Be sure to visit Kleine Scheidegg and either Wengen or Grindelwald towns. In summer, you could also do some hiking in the area. One of the most famous hikes is Eiger North Face Trail. Less challenging and probably even more rewarding is the Panorama Trail between Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.
Count at least 2-3 hours for the experiences at Jungfraujoch (more if you have lunch at the restaurant, go hiking, or similar). However, the journey to Jungfraujoch by train also takes a long time and you'll also want to visit some places along the way, so you should plan an entire day for your visit to Jungfraujoch.
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe is a year-round destination and offers a wonderful experience at any time of the year. At an elevation of 3.454 m (over 11.000 ft), there is always snow at the top. In summer, you can take a hike to Mönchsjoch Hut or enjoy some activities at the Snow Park, so there's a bit more to do at Jungfraujoch than in winter. But the views and all the other experiences are great in any season. Also on a rainy day, you're often above the clouds here, which can be a very unique experience in itself.
Most people visit Jungfraujoch as a day trip from one of the bigger towns in Switzerland, so you don't absolutely have to stay nearby. However, if you have a few days extra, we highly recommend staying in Wengen or in Grindelwald and taking the time to explore this beautiful part of the Bernese Oberland region deeper.
There are countless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities near Jungfraujoch. In winter, you can go skiing in the Wengen - Männlichen - Grindelwald area. And in summer, there are countless hiking possibilities around Kleine Scheidegg, which is the train station where you board the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. So since you are stopping here anyway, it's one of the best areas to do some hiking as well. The nearby Grindelwald-First area is an outdoor destination in itself, but - ideally - you plan a separate day for it.
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Aside from the places we visited, it was the people we met along the journey that made this wonderful experience more memorable. Special thanks to Eduardo & Ximena for a wonderful and very informative tour. Ms. Amanda from the "Best of Switzerland" office was amazing for providing me guidelines when I experienced a minor hiccup while on tour. The local partner handled all my concerns with utmost professionalism and kindness. I highly recommend this tour to everyone visiting Switzerland. Again, my sincerest Thank you to all the people who made our day tour special.
It was a life time experience to visit Jungfraujoch. When we started from Zurich as early as 8AM we were worried about the weather which was totally unpredictable but when we reached the summit it was a wonderful experience. There was clear sun shine. The glacier was clearly visible . The visit yo sphinx, platue , Ice palace, glacier will never be forgotten. We enjoyed the cable car ride .it is worth mentioning that the Guide was fully conversant with the history of the areas which made our visit completely hassle free and thoroughly enjoyable.
An amazing trip and well worth the money, I would recommend this to anyone. The guide was great, the coach ride so much easier than figuring out all the trains and connections yourself. Like all of Switzerland, the scenery is breathtaking but the food is appalling! Tip, buy a sandwich at the Grindewald station as the food in the restaurants at the top is awful and very expensive.
We had an amazing tour.. we would like to appreciate our guide Mr Gorge.. everything was minutely explained and he also helped us with understanding the culture history and so on This made it easy for us Thanks.. will highly recommend this tour
Really enjoyed the day trip though it was a long day. Spectacular scenery. The tour guides were excellent