The Jungfrau region is where Switzerland really shows off. Located just south of Bern, the area is a mesmerizing blend of snow-capped peaks, blindingly blue lakes, and the cutest of alpine villages. But, like almost everything in Switzerland, exploring here can put quite the dent in your wallet. Luckily, there’s a way to save big bucks on the best sights thanks to the Jungfrau Travel Pass.
What’s the Jungfrau Travel Pass?
This three- to eight-day transport ticket gives you huge discounts on a whole host of alpine awesomeness, including mountain funiculars and gondola rides (read: cable cars). To activate your pass, just exchange your voucher for the ticket at any train station in the region. You’re then free to hop on any form of transport on any route that’s included in the pass. Exploring peaks has never been so easy — and cheap!
To get you in the mood, we’ve created the perfect five-day itinerary to make the most of your ticket.
Day 1: Take it easy in Interlaken
Interlaken’s the starting point for most alpine adventures in the Jungfrau Region. The mountains can wait, as today is all about checking out this famous resort town. First up, stroll alongside the turquoise water of the River Aare. There, you can board an age-old paddle steamer and cruise around the mountain-lined Lake Brienz. It’s the perfect introduction to the beautiful scenery of the Jungfrau region.
Once back on dry land in Interlaken, you’re just a short walk from the Harderbahn. Dating back to 1908, this gravity-defying funicular whisks you to the summit of Harder Kulm in only eight minutes. From the top, you’re greeted with stunning views of Interlaken, Lake Thun, Lake Brienz, and the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains. Add an extra dose of wow to the experience by heading here at sunset.
Day 2: Visit the Top of Adventure
The mountains are calling! Start day two of your Jungfrau Travel Pass adventure with a scenic train ride from Interlaken to Grindelwald. You’ll quickly realize why this picture-perfect village is on everyone’s Swiss bucket list. As soon as you step off the train, you’re greeted with cuter-than-cute chalets and a highly snappable mountain backdrop.
Meander your way through the village to Firstbahn. There, you can take a gondola takes you up 3,608 feet (1,100 meters) to the summit of First. Billed as the “Top of Adventure,” First is home to plenty of activities to keep thrillseekers happy. From head-rushing zip lines to a vertigo-inducing cliff walk, First has it all. Hikers are also in their element at the summit. From there, travelers can trek to the Bachalpsee, a gorgeous glacial lake. It can be reached in around an hour, depending on how many times you stop to photograph the scenery!
Day 3: Explore a waterfall wonderland
Today’s all about picture-perfect alpine towns and cascading waterfalls. Hop on a train in Interlaken, and within 30 minutes you’ll be snapping your way around the super ‘grammable village of Lauterbrunnen. Chances are you’ve seen pics on social media of Lauterbrunnen’s dust-like Staubbach Falls (arguably the most famous of the valley’s 72 waterfalls), but it’s even more impressive up close.
For more waterfall awesomeness, head across the valley to the Trümmelbach Falls. Here, you’ll find ten powerful glacial waterfalls roaring through the inside of a mountain. It’s quite a sight. Back in Lauterbrunnen, you’re just a short gondola or train ride away from the car-free villages of Wengen and Mürren, which sit overlooking mountain peaks and the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Day 4: Travel back to the 19th century
Live life in the slow lane for the day with a trip to Schynige Platte. The route from Wilderswil to the summit of Schynige is only 4.5 miles (7.25 km), but the 19th-century train takes 70 minutes to reach the top. You sure won’t be complaining about the slow pace, however. The journey is one of the most scenic in the region and comes with views of Lake Brienz, Lake Thun, and heaps of mountains, including the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau.
Once at the summit, you’re spoiled for things to do. Hike through alpine meadows that burst with color, see over 650 plant species in the peak’s Botanical Alpine Garden, or just kick back and snap the views from the restaurant. If you visit in the summertime, you’ll also get to enjoy traditional Swiss music, as alphorn players belt out tunes between 11 AM and 2 PM daily.
Day 5: Journey to Europe’s highest railway station
The star of the region is undoubtedly the Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe. Standing at a staggering 11,332 feet (3,454 meters) above sea level, the station really has to be seen to be believed. The whole route from Interlaken is an astonishing feat of engineering that clings to the edge of cliffs and even cuts through the Eiger.
Your Jungfrau Travel Pass covers a large chunk of the two-hour journey. But, you’ll need an additional ticket for the final leg of the trip from Eigergletscher to the Jungfraujoch. Your travel pass does secure you a large discount, however. Once you arrive at the station, you’re free to explore a wintery world, which includes an ice palace, golf hole, and unbeatable views of the Aletsch Glacier and beyond.
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