Touring the TOP OF EUROPE…
Jungfraujoch is an actually the rail station to take you to the summit of Jungfrau. However, many people will just use the term Jungfraujoch to talk about the entire journey to the top of the mountain. Jungfrau is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the northern canton of Bern and the southern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. At 13,642 ft above sea level, you can get quite a bit of altitude sickness from the journey but totally worth it!
The best way to get to Jungfrau is by staying in Lucerne, Switzerland. From here you can take one of many tours offered to help you get to the Top of Europe. You can start out in a motorcoach which will whisk you off to the
Lauterbrunnen rail station. Here you will board the rare cogwheel train on a 50-minute ride to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest-altitude railway station sitting 11,333 feet above sea level. Along the way, travel through the breathtaking mountain pass of Kleine Scheidegg, situated beneath the famous Eiger North Face.
The best place to view the Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest glacier is at the Sphinx observatory. At the observatory you can enjoy panoramic views of the mountains as far as you can see, on a clear day of course. If you are there on a day with windy conditions, you may not be able to see your hand in front of your face, see picture.
You will also want to see the “Ice Palace.” An ice maze full of fun ice sculptures. Just be careful where you are walking as it can be quite slippery. You will also want to make sure to wear a nice heavy jacket as it is cold in there.
Once you are done at the observatory you can take the subway train back down to the Lauterbrunnen rail station where you can enjoy a train ride down to see the unique and iconic town of Grindelwald. Overall, this tour will take you a good eight to ten hours, but on a clear day the pictures that you will take and the memories that you will make are priceless.
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