On the journey to Jungfraujoch, famous mountain col in the Swiss Alps, you will experience the beauty of the highest railway station in Europe, which is located 3.454 meters (11.332 ft) above sea level.
Our journey started in Lauterbrunnen where we parked the car in the parking garage. From here, we bought a »good morning ticket« for the train to Jungfraujoch (regular price for a return ticket app. 184 CHF / 175 EUR / 198 USD), we paid 135 CHF (129 EUR or 146 USD) for our return »good morning ticket«. This ticket is only valid for the uphill journey early in the morning and the latest possible descent from Jungfraujoch at 13.00h.
At Lauterbrunnen railway station you have to catch the first train which takes you to Kleine Scheidegg railway station. At Kleine Scheidegg you have to change to the Jungfraujoch cogwheel railway, which takes you through the Eiger and Mönch mountains to the highest railway station in Europe, inaugurated in 1912.
The train stops at the Eismeer and Eigerwand intermediate stations where visitors can enjoy the wonderful views. The journey itself is slow but a very captivating experience. When you arrive at the top you can see an Alpine wonderland of ice and snow, which you can admire from the Sphinx viewing platform. We also enjoyed visiting the Ice Palace where you can find beautiful sculptures carved out of ice by hand, ice axe and saw.
We visited Jungfraujoch in August, in the middle of summer. Although there were summer temperatures in Lauterbrunnen where we started our journey, the temperature on Jungfraujoch was around, or even below zero degrees Celsius. For this reason, make sure you take winter clothes and shoes with you if you want to visit the ‘Top of Europe’ because you will need them just as much as your snow sunglasses.
This train journey to Jungfraujoch in the Swiss Alps is rather expensive, like everything in Switzerland, but it is an amazing experience, a view worth seeing and an absolute must do, if you are in Switzerland.