The Top of Europe: Jungfrau, Switzerland

Jungfraujoch is the highest point in Europe and home to the highest-lying railway station in Europe at 3,454 meter altitude.

It also hosts Europe’s highest-lying post office with own postcode (3801). I was able to take this Jungrfrau Express to this station and observation center and what a joy it was!

You can grab the train from Interlaken, Grindelwald or Wengen, in Switzerland, and start by taking a unique, modern cogwheel railway to Kleine Scheidegg, 6762 feet up. From there, the Jungfrau railway climbs to the Eiger Glacier station, well known for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels. Then continue through the Eiger tunnel, only stopping to enjoy spectacular vistas on the way to the highest railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch, over 11,000 feet up, and called the Top of Europe. Switzerland’s most breathtaking scenery awaits.

My trip started from Grindelgrund Ost station, which was just a short walk away from the hostel I was staying at. This hostel was amazing and had amazing views of Jungfrau from the valley. Great staff and full of travelers and backpackers from all over the world. If you get a chance, I highly recommend staying here.

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Unfortunately because of my mishap in Rome (sprained knee), I couldn’t go snowboarding, so I decided to just expose myself to the freezing temperature for a few minutes; it was actually quite sunny and I found myself actually hot taking photos.  Of course, the snow was cold, but the cool breeze was refreshing while the summer sun beamed off the smooth white snow. After the photos atop the glacier, I went down into the Ice Palace, an enormous ice cavern, was filled with crystal like sculptures carved out of ice. It was absolutely freezing (duh!) inside the cavern.

In the end, with my injury I missed out on the opportunity to snowboard and participate in the snow activities, but the panoramic scenes from the top of the glacier were a treat in the end. In the Visitor Center, you are able to get a cool “passport stamp” of your journey! A cool keepsake to have.

The return journey took me back via the cosmopolitan village of Grindelwald, the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger North Face and the Wetterhorn.

Jungfrau is an experience not to be missed for sure!

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