While based in Wengen, Drew and I decided to visit Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch is set above the largest glacier in the Alps, between two 4,000 meter peaks, Jungfrau and Mönch. It is also home to the highest railway station in Europe at an elevation of 11,332 feet.
Visiting Jungfraujoch is both a commitment of time and money. We had the Swiss Travel Pass, so we received a 25% off discount on the round trip train ticket from Wengen to Jungfraujoch. Admission to Jungfraujoch is 91 CHF and the round trip train ride is equally as expensive–plan accordingly! The good news is that visiting Jungfraujoch will take most of the day, so you will definitely get your money’s worth.
After completing a morning hike, Drew and I took the train up to Jungfraujoch. The train ride will take about an hour and a half from Wengen, but the views are beautiful. Once you enter the tunnel, you will be inside for about thirty minutes.
Once you arrive at Jungfraujoch – the Top of Europe, there’s no shortage of things to do. We started at the Sphinx Observation Deck where you can get great views overlooking the Alps and the surrounding mountain villages.
After visiting the Sphinx Observation Deck, we went down a few levels and walked out onto the mountain and played in the snow. The area is roped off and was a little crowded, but it was cool to be out in the middle of the Alps.
One of our favorite parts of the visit was the Ice Palace. The place is pretty big and there are plenty of little pathways and tunnels. However, you have to hit this at the right time because when we first went in it was super crowded, but thinned out later allowing us to really enjoy the space.
Jungfraujoch does have a cafeteria if you get hungry, but the food was pricey and neither of us was thrilled with our meal. But we forgot to pack snacks for our adventure, and a girl’s gotta eat! There’s also a Lindt store where you can sample chocolates and see truffles being made–this place was swarming with people, so we skipped it.
We finished our day by hiking away from the Jungfraujoch facility and out to Mönchsjochhütte. Despite being in the snow, we warmed up pretty fast on the walk out there. We ultimately didn’t make it all the way to Mönchsjochhütte, but you can grab a drink and a bite out there after your 45 minute hike.
Overall, we had fun at Jungfraujoch. The views are incredible and there’s plenty of ways to keep busy once up at the top.
Tips for visiting Jungfraujoch:
- Wear layers! While the mountain is cold, the train is warm and we even found ourselves taking off layers as we hiked in the snow to Mönchsjochhütte.
- Drink a lot of water. You will be at a much higher altitude than you are used to, so take it easy and hydrate.
- Prepare for crowds. This was the most touristy spot we visited during our week in Switzerland, but we didn’t let the crowds detract from our fun.
- Bring snacks. If you don’t want to splurge on meals up there, then pack a few snacks. The round trip train ride is almost 3 hours, plus all of the time you’ll spend seeing and doing things up there–you’re going to need sustenance!
- Wear sunscreen. The snow will reflect the sun onto you, so it’s very easy to get burned. We did not wear sunscreen and we regretted it. We had pink noses and cheeks for the rest of the trip!