Jungfrau is one amongst the most visited summit of the Swiss Alps. The name Jungfrau means “Young Lady ” in English.
The peak is accessible only through train. Although one can go hiking till the foot of Jungfrau. The train goes to Jungfraujoch railway station which is build at a height of 3,454 metres. It is the highest station across the whole of Europe.
The train ride offers a panoramic view throughout the journey. It’s one amongst the costliest train rides but it is worth all the money. It’s such a teaser, that it is difficult to contain the excitement of finally reaching Jungfrau. The thought that often comes to mind is ” if this is so beautiful, how will be the views from Jungfrau- Top of Europe.”
My husband and I had visited Jungfrau in the first week of September. I was staying in Lucerne nad had taken a day trip from there.
Our route was :
Luzern –> Olten –> Interlaken Ost –> Lauterbrunnen –> Kleine Scheidegg –> Jungfraujoch
One can also reach Kleine Sheidegg via Grindelwald instead of Lauterbrunnen.
We had purchased a Swiss Pass. Till Interaken Ost the fare was covered under Swiss Pass.
From Interlaken Ost till Jungfraujoch, you need to purchase separate ticket. We got a discount on the ticket as we had the Swiss Pass. The journey is chargeable because it is undertaken in the special panoramic cog trains.
From Interlaken Ost, it takes approximately about 2.5 hours to reach Jungfrau.
The train journey from Lauterbrunnen onwards is a pleasant one. It gets more exciting after switching the train in Kleine Scheidegg. When we leave from Kleine Scheidegg, the trains stops at 2-3 places on the ascent. Huge windows are fitted in the tunnels to provide panoramic view to the passengers. But he journey in worth the wait.
On reaching Jungfrau, I felt like a little child. I wanted to run here and there all at once. I wanted to be in all the places at once.
Jungfrau is not just a snow plateau. It has a lot to offer. We did the following attractions of Jungfrau:
The ice palace was a unique experience in itself. It has beautiful structures and sculptures made out of ice too good to be true.
It’s fun walking in the snow, feeling the cold fresh air on your face and absorbing in the beauty of the Swiss Alps. The views of the mountain range are amazing. Words fall short to describe the beauty. But a picture is worth a thousand words 🙂
We were lucky to experience a short snowfall as well. Is was the first ever snowfall for me :-). We could see the snowstorm approaching us from a good distance.
(Me enjoying the snow, it was very fine and hence not visible in the photo)
Snow Games and Fun
The games are not included in the fare and you have to pay for it separately. It was fun sleighing in the snow and doing the glacier walk.
(Me ready for the slide)
The view from the Sphinx is breath-taking. Unfortunately could not take any pictures. It was so windy and cold that it was impossible to take our hads out from our pockets
Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven
Who does not crave for Swiss Chocolate. For all chocolate lovers its heaven . i felt as if i could stay in the shop forever. This shop is run by the Swiss Government and the chocolates here are cheaper as compared to Lindt Chocolates in other stores. So grab not a handful but a pocket full 🙂
I would suggest spending a minimum of 4 hours at Jungrau itself, in order to have a full Swiss Alps Experience.
On our return journey we stopped at Grindewald for a while. Grindelwald is a small swiss village at the foot of Jungfrau and it’s worth a visit.
Within half an hour of our reaching Grindelwald, it started raining heavily, so we could not explore much of it. We were a bit unlucky there.
Restaurants are present at the top to cater to your hunger needs. It is advisable to order or carry food which can be consumed in lesser time . A long dine in is not a feasible option if you want to cover Grindelwald as well.
All in all it was an experience for a lifetime 🙂
Certain points to remember while going in Snow:
- Always wear shoes which will provide sufficient friction. If the soul of the shoes/ boots is smooth then it skids on hard snow.
- Always take goggles with you when going in snow because snow reflects light and it some times becomes difficult to see clearly without sun-glasses.
- Always keep gloves, caps and scarfs handy. The weather can change anytime on the summit.