Jungfraujoch- A day trip to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken.
Day 1 in Interlaken, and day 2 was a day trip planned to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken. Read through to know what all we did, and what you can cover while climbing the highest peak in Europe- Jungfraujoch. Majestic Bernese alps, things to see in Jungfraujoch ,beautiful town of Kleine Scheidegg, and Grindelwald.
Interlaken is situated in the valley, surrounded by the Majestic Bernese Alps. From every nook and corner of the town, you can get a peak of the mountains. The peak of Jungfraujoch is also visible from the town . We started our Switzerland holidays, in this beautiful town. Read out details here.
Day 2- Travelling to and Exploring Jungfraujoch
We were in Interlaken to visit the most famous ,and the top peak in Europe- jungfraujoch.Travelling to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken is quite convenient, and takes lesser time, compared to other towns.
Interlaken is situated in the valley, surrounded by the Majestic Bernese Alps. From every nook and corner of the town, you can get a peak of the mountains. The peak of Jungfraujoch is clearly visible from the town .
While we were in interlaken to visit Jungfraujoch, we did not make any bookings in advance as we were not sure about the weather. I would suggest the same to you, to not get the tickets for Jungfraujoch before the travel day, because if the weather is not good, the view from the mountain will be foggy, and not worth spending the amount of money on the tickets.
Though the journey to the peak , on its own is quite majestic, you may or may not be able to have a good view from the peak. It would be better to check the weather forecast, and then plan your journey.
Fortunately the weather on the day we planned to travel was really nice, and the next days forecast was rain ,so we got the ticket to jungfraujoch, that very minute. We took the 10.30 train to jungfraujoch.
The direct train to Jungfraujoch is from Interlaken east (OST). If you are in interlaken west, like we were , you need to go to the Interlaken OST station.Travel from Interlaken west to east is included in the city card, that your hotel provides.
Read here in detail how to make your travel more convenient, and less expensive in Switzerland, and which option of rail card is best for you .
Travelling to Jungfraujoch from Interlaken-
There are two routes to travel to Jungfraujoch-
via Lauterbrunnen, or via Grindelwold.
The best option is to cover both the routes, so that you do not miss on the scenic views of any route.
For that you go via one way, and come back the other way. The train from Grindelwald takes about 30 minutes , and trains from Lauterbrunnen takes about 45 minutes to reach Kleine Scheidegg. Kleine Scheidegg is the place from where you get into a cogwheel train, that takes you to your destination peak- Jungfraujoch.
The train from Kleine Scheidegg goes through the mountains and takes about 35 minutes to reach at the top of the mountain. It stops twice at special viewing points inside a tunnel at Eismeer to allow passengers to get off for a few minutes of sightseeing. Make sure to get down , as the views from this point are too stunning to miss.
We chose to go up via Lauterbrunnen, and to come back down via the Grindelwold. We did not stop in Lauterbrunnen, but if you are taking a halt here, check out this article on what all you can explore while in Lauterbrunnen.
Grindelwold is a pretty quaint town, and we wanted to spend some time there, so we wanted to cover it via our way back, to spend the evening there.
Jungfraujoch- A magical panorama
At Jungfraujoch 3,466 metres above sea level, the minute you step down from the train, you realise you have entered the mesmerising world of the “Frozen”. It is something that i cannot put into words, and you have to literally experience it to know it.
Jungfraujoch offers the most ethereal views of the snow clad alps. The lift to the Sphinx observatory, takes you to the highest point, where you get 360° view , both from the terrace and from the comfort of a building with breathtaking panoramic windows of the entire region.
Do not miss to visit the ice palace, which takes you to ice age, with some amazing ice sculptures to admire. Little ones are going to love this visit to the ice palace. Just be a little wary while walking, it is all ice, and quite slippery . IT IS REAL ICE.
Then there is Alpine Sensation, which is a moving walkway with images, light and music, connecting the hall below the Sphinx observatory to the Ice Palace.
There are a quite a few restaurants ,again with stunning views of the mountains, where you can have a little sit to feed your tummies and your soul.
Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, is another place at Jungfraujoch where we hopped into, to learn about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. And yes , i again bought some chocolates. But don’t bother , if you miss buying chocolates, you will get a number of options to buy chocolates later.Especially Lindt chocolates are available in every grocery store in Switzerland.
Way back from Jungfraujoch- Halt at Kleine Scheidegg
While on our journey back , we stopped for 15 minutes in Kleine Scheidegg, to play with snow.Crazy us! We never miss an opportunity to detour, from our routes. Anything exciting and we have to try it!
Halt at Grindelwald
After our crazy little play in the snow , we headed our way back to the Grindelwald station. The train journey on this route is again spectacular.
Grindelwald is a small little fairytale village surrounded by picturesque alps. We took a nice relaxed stroll on the streets of this village, admiring the pretty wooden houses, and marvellous views. From every street you have captivating views of the mountains, and valleys.
If you have more time to spend in this beautiful village, theres a lot more you can do here. Check out this great article about 15 best things you can do in Grindelwald.
We headed back to our hotel , after a beautiful day in Jungfraujoch, and an exceptional evening in Gridelwald. Looking forward to one more amazing day exploring interlaken , and surrounding areas, before moving on to Lucerne.
Thank you so much for reading this through, and hope you find my experiences helpful in your travel to Jungfraujoch , and other places in Switzerland.
Tell me about your favourite experiences, the food you enjoyed, or your disappointments while you travelled to Jungfraujoch ? Are there any places and activities that you want to recommend.Let me know all of this in the comments.I would love to read your stories, and experiences.
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