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Jungfraujoch is a slice of heaven on Earth. This snowy dreamland is at 3454m above sea level and as. The name Jungfraujoch translates to “ridge between two peaks,” and just so, it connects the mountains Mönch and Jungfrau. This is Europe's highest train station and the most captivating viewing point in the Bernese Alps. Jungfraujoch is worth all the hype and has always made it to the key highlights of every traveler’s Switzerland trip.

Jungfraujoch can be reached by cable car "Eiger Express" from Grindelwald Terminal to station Eigergletscher or by cogwheel trains via Grindelwald or via Lauterbrunnen-Wengen. Nestled at the heart of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau- Aletsch, a UNESCO natural heritage site, is the most iconic place to visit in Switzerland and a treat for the sore eyes.

As the icy wind brushes through your face and you draw your waterproof jacket closer to your body, from Jungfraujoch you can see the Aletsch Glacier on one side and the Mittelland up to the Vosges on the other.

Jungfraujoch offers a bewitching panoramic view of glacier-lined mountains, and majestic cliffs where you can experience all winter activities be it hiking through the white mountains or the visiting Sphinx observatory, or simply being awestruck by the ice sculptors at the Ice Palace.

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Opening Hours

Jungfraujoch is a glacial pass that welcomes millions of visitors throughout the year.

  • General Timings: 8 am to 4:20 pm every day
  • At 2 pm the last departure to the top takes place and at 4:20 pm the last from the top to the bottom takes place.
  • Recommended Duration: 2 Hours to 5 Hours

Best Time to Visit

January to March is snowy and these winter months are perfect for skiing, ziplining, snowboarding, snow tubing, sledging, and ice skating through the snow-laden terrains. People who prefer these winter activities should visit Jungfraujoch during winter. Someone for whom extreme cold is unbearable, can visit this beautiful place during the summer months – June to September and go hiking and marvel at the alpine scenery.

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Why Visit Jungfraujoch


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  • The Journey to Jungfraujoch: Hop onto the cogwheel trains, the cheapest rides to Jungfraujoch and gaze at the dreamy vistas. The Jungfraujochbahn is a century old railway station.
  • The View at the Top: Marvel at the snowclad terrains with picturesque scenery of Alpine beauty and the most captivating Bernese Alps. Additionally, countries like Germany and Italy can be seen from the observation deck.
  • The Winter Activities at Jungfrajoch: Indulge in a host of winter activities like ice skating, skiing and snowboarding at the Snow Fun Park, visit the Sphinx Observation Deck, Ice Palace, Alpine Sensation and Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven.
  • Experience the Latest Additions: The newest additions are the tricable gondolas, the cable cars that offer bird’s eye view of the surrounding peaks.
  • Things to Do Near Jungfraujoch: Go river rafting or cliff walk, hiking, mountain karting, First Flyer, First Glider at Grindelwald-First.

Best Time to Visit Jungfraujoch


The weather here is cold and quite unpredictable. Winters are chilly but the summers can be cold one moment and very warm the other especially as you ascend once the sun is out. You will be gazing at the clear blue sky in the morning and suddenly by evening, running indoors because of a howling snowstorm. So, checking the weather forecast in advance and dressing in layers is the best bet.

The valleys are warmer but the temperature starts dropping gradually as you ascend, reaching 0° degrees at the top of the snow-clad mountains. As mentioned earlier, the best time to visit Jungfraujoch will vary from person to person depending on what they are planning to explore.

However, May to September is a great time to visit as the temperature is cool between 0-24° C. These are the busiest months, swamped with tourists from all over the world. To avoid the last-minute hassle of booking accommodations and paying a hefty sum of money for tickets, book in advance.

PRO TIP: Remember, a trip to Jungfraujoch trip is an expensive affair but worth the money spent. Carry your winter essentials, water, and some snacks for the way to avoid paying exorbitant prices at the restaurants there. These are some places where you can save a couple of bucks.

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Things to do at Jungfraujoch


1Sphinx Observation Deck

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The Sphinx Observation Deck, perched at the Top of Europe is one of the highest observation decks in the world. Not only does it attract scientists for research but also tourists from all over the globe come and peer through the glass windows of the observatory to get panoramic views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger summits, snowy Alps, lush green valleys, rugged terrains, and the Great Aletsch Glacier. It comprises a weather station, two huge laboratories and a telescope. While this section is restricted for visitors, one can see as far as 11,000 feet below from the open viewing deck, which overlooks Germany and Italy. To reach the observation deck, take an elevator directly from the Jungfraujoch railway station.

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2Ice Palace (Eispalast)

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The Ice Palace is a frosty world. This ice castle has been carved within the Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest glacier, and is the highest-altitude ice palace in the world. It lies 20 meters below the Jungfrau Observation Deck. It is the best place for children as they click pictures with animals like penguins, bears, eagles, and other figures are made out of ice. Each sculpture is carved with such intricacy that the visitors cannot get enough of them. The ice tunnel is slippery and one needs to be careful while walking.

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3Alpine Sensation

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The Alpine Sensation, The Eispalast and Sphinx Observation Deck is connected by a 250 m-long corridor. The Alpine Sensation is a recent attraction, opened in 2012 to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Jungfrau railways. It pays homage to the miners that connected the Jungfraujoch to the Jungfraujoch railway station. This exhibition includes a 250 m-long hall and a 360-degree audiovisual panorama. As the visitors step onto the moving walkway, moving past a 90 m long wall that is adorned with romantic paintings, the most breathtaking vantage of the splendid mountain tops and the entire surrounding areas can be captured.

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4Hike to Mönchsjoch Hut

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This is a 45 minutes hike from Jungfraujoch to Mönchsjoch Hut, the highest-altitude serviced hut in Switzerland which is not available in the winter. As you make your way through the shiny glaciers in the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch region, you will reach Mönchsjochhütte. If the marked trail is taken, then the hike is short and takes around 45 to 60 minutes. This place is snug and cozy where a bed can be reserved at the dormitory. It gets really cold at night so wear layers and you can wake up to an astounding view of Central Switzerland, Eastern Switzerland, and the Valais mountains. If you want to go on this hike, make travel plans in the summer, and do not forget to wear carry hiking boots for a comfortable hike.

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5Snow Park

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The Snow Fun Park welcomes visitors who want to enjoy some winter activities and ice sports line snow tubing, ziplining, skiing, sledging, snowboarding, and the list goes on. Children enjoy the most in Snow Park as they roll on the white sheets. The ticket is expensive, book them in advance to avoid the last-minute hassle.

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6 Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven

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Switzerland’s highest chocolate museum, the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven is an experience shop that helps visitors know about the history of Lindt and how it is made from a virtual Lindt Maître Chocolatier. Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven is located at a height of 3500 meters where tourists get a sneak peek at the production of the famous Lindt chocolates. Apart from this, there are numerous shops selling Swiss souvenirs, candies, snow globes, and other knick-knacks. Great deals for these souvenirs can be found at the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven as compared to the ones in Jungfraujoch.

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Where to Eat at Jungfraujoch


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ALETSCH

With excellent views of the Bernese mountains, Aletsch, is where you can get a taste of traditional dishes, Rugenbräu beer and top-class wine!

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RESTAURANT BOLLYWOOD

Craving for Indian food on top of Europe? Restaurant Bollywood is located right there on the peak for you to get a taste of fulfilling, Indian food!

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CRYSTAL

A restaurant serving traditional Swiss classics to your table, Crystal is another one of your options to dine while at Jungfraujoch! Make sure to try their Eigerspitzli, a specially brewed in-house coffee.

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COFFEE BAR

Along with serving quintessentially British dishes, this restaurant features the most eclectic interiors making it worth the visit. Don't forget to try their Champagne Fish and Chips or the Pulled Beef Soft Shell Tacos.

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SPHINX BAR

Along with serving quintessentially British dishes, this restaurant features the most eclectic interiors making it worth the visit. Don't forget to try their Champagne Fish and Chips or the Pulled Beef Soft Shell Tacos.

Tips to Visit Jungfraujoch


  • Make sure to book your tickets to Jungfraujoch in advance. If you arrive in Switzerland on a day with praticularly pleasant weather, it's highly likely you will not be able to find the tickets.
  • Wear sun-protection. It might be chilly, but the sun stings nonetheless.
  • Wear water-proof shoes if you plan to tread in the snow.
  • Avoid packing liquids in your backpack if you can help it; the air pressure at that attitude can lead to an explosive mess.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and walk slowly around the place initially to allow yourself some time to adjust to the high altitude.
  • There aren't a whole lot of charging points on the summit, so you'll want to keep a powerbank in hand to recharge after all the pictures you're bound to take!

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FAQS


Is Jungfraujoch worth visiting?

Yes, the Jungfraujoch is definitely worth visiting! Not only is it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland, but it also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, the Jungfraujoch is definitely worth a visit!

What is special about Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch is special because it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland. It also offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, the Jungfraujoch is definitely worth a visit!

What are some things to do at Jungfraujoch?

There are plenty of things to do at Jungfraujoch! You can take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain, visit the Ice Palace, or go hiking in the surrounding area.

How much does it cost to go to Jungfraujoch?

The cost of a ticket to Jungfraujoch varies depending on how you choose to travel there. If you take the train from Interlaken, for example, a one-way ticket costs around CHF 60. Alternatively, you can take a cable car from Grindelwald, which costs around CHF 35 for a one-way ticket. You can also book round trip tickets to and from Jungfraujoch with us!

What is the best time to visit Jungfraujoch?

The best time to visit Jungfraujoch is during the summer months, when the weather is warm and the views are at their best. However, keep in mind that this is also the busiest time of year, so you may want to plan your trip in advance.

Is there always snow at Jungfraujoch?

No, there is not always snow at Jungfraujoch. In fact, the amount of snowfall varies greatly from year to year. However, if you're hoping to see some snow, the best time to visit is during the winter months.

What should I wear to Jungfraujoch?

What you wear to Jungfraujoch depends on the time of year you visit. During the summer months, light and comfortable clothing is best. In the winter, however, you'll need to dress warmly, as it can be quite cold at the top of the mountain.

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