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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Jungfraujoch

Jurga Rubinovaite is an avid traveler, photographer, and chief adventure planner behind the popular family travel blog Full Suitcase. On her blog, you can find more information and all the details for planning a trip to Jungfraujoch.

What should I do on my first trip to Jungfraujoch?

When visiting Jungfaujoch - Top of Europe, you really should do everything that's available/ open. Absolute musts are the Sphinx Observation Deck with amazing views of Aletsch Glacier, Ice Palace, and Glacier Plateau. Alpine Sensation and Jungfrau Panorama film experience are also great and can be done the whole year round. If visiting in summer, you can also do some snow tubing or hike to Mönchsjoch Hut.

What are some nice things to do nearby?

Traveling to Jungfraujoch by train, you'll pass some amazing places nearby. Be sure to visit Kleine Scheidegg and either Wengen or Grindelwald towns. In summer, you could also do some hiking in the area. One of the most famous hikes is Eiger North Face Trail. Less challenging and probably even more rewarding is the Panorama Trail between Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.

How much time should I spend in Jungfraujoch?

Count at least 2-3 hours for the experiences at Jungfraujoch (more if you have lunch at the restaurant, go hiking, or similar). However, the journey to Jungfraujoch by train also takes a long time and you'll also want to visit some places along the way, so you should plan an entire day for your visit to Jungfraujoch.

What are the best months to visit Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe is a year-round destination and offers a wonderful experience at any time of the year. At an elevation of 3.454 m (over 11.000 ft), there is always snow at the top. In summer, you can take a hike to Mönchsjoch Hut or enjoy some activities at the Snow Park, so there's a bit more to do at Jungfraujoch than in winter. But the views and all the other experiences are great in any season. Also on a rainy day, you're often above the clouds here, which can be a very unique experience in itself.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Jungfraujoch? 

Most people visit Jungfraujoch as a day trip from one of the bigger towns in Switzerland, so you don't absolutely have to stay nearby. However, if you have a few days extra, we highly recommend staying in Wengen or in Grindelwald and taking the time to explore this beautiful part of the Bernese Oberland region deeper.

What are the best areas for outdoor activities around Jungfraujoch?

There are countless opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities near Jungfraujoch. In winter, you can go skiing in the Wengen - Männlichen - Grindelwald area. And in summer, there are countless hiking possibilities around Kleine Scheidegg, which is the train station where you board the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. So since you are stopping here anyway, it's one of the best areas to do some hiking as well. The nearby Grindelwald-First area is an outdoor destination in itself, but - ideally - you plan a separate day for it.

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What people are saying about Jungfraujoch

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,017 reviews

The coach ride was nice and easy was nice not having to worry about which trains you needed to catch and the price of them but with the Swiss pass the latter wouldn’t of mattered the gondola and the train down had beautiful views and there was small stops on the way to allow for pictures Which was nice would’ve appreciated more time at the top of jungfraujoch to explore and be able to eat we definitely missed out on some things trying to fit the whole tour in although the information received along the way was a nice little touch to make you feel more at home in a foreign country

Absolutely fantastic. The scenery was breathtaking and the tour coordinated well with a mix of cable car and train rides up/down the mountain. At the top there is plenty of activities to see with the ice palace and loads of great photo opportunities The tour guides Katrin & Ping kept everyone well informed Only slight put off was that we spent 1 hour in Interlakken on the way there when a 15min break would have done which would have given more time on the mountain and maybe given time have to do some walking

Our tour guide, Katherine, was excellent. I’ve learned a lot about Switzerland because of her. Thanks, Katherine.

Excelent, the guide was attentive, kind and instructive all the time about everything

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the whole trip was very organized