What a delight for train lovers with all these alpine railways. During your journey you will enjoy the great landscape, you just need to choose your destination...
The Bernese Oberland Railway (BOB) linked Interlaken Ost railway station to Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen. A modern, straight-track shuttle service is operated with two train compositions usually coupled together to travel to Zweilütschinen where they are then split. One train travels to Grindelwald in 35 minutes, the other to Lauterbrunnen in 20 minutes.
The Wengernalp Railway is a cogwheel railway which links Lauterbrunnen, Wengen (a traffic-free village) to Kleine Scheidegg in 45 minutes and on the other side Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald in 30 minutes. Kleine Scheidegg railway station at 2,061m offer train services to JungfrauJoch, Grindelwald, Wengen/Lauterbrunnen and the local skiing area in Winter.
The Jungfrau Railway is the only Swiss private railway company which is profitable... you could easily understand this fact by the unique offer and price ;-) Since 1912, this first mountain railways operates all year-round from Kleine Scheidegg to the European highest railway station Jungfraujoch (3,454m). You will travel in the heart of the Eiger and Mönch through a 7km long tunnel, two intermediate stations, Eigerwand and Eismeer, will offer you panoramic views thanks to windows carved in the rocks. After a 50minutes train trip you will reach the top and enjoy a sunny and snowy experience ;-)
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A train trip to Jungfraujoch station is not exactly a cheap journey, but it's definitely an unforgettable experience.
The wonders begin almost as soon as we leave the train station in Interlaken, and the train runs through the Alps, and we can see the beautiful landscape of the huge mountains, sometimes sprinkled with small villages, houses and animals.
The wonders continue when we reach our destination and step out of the train and into the Jungfraujoch station, entirely carved inside the rock.
We lost the notion of time, as we walk through the palace of ice, look at the exhibitions and, when reaching the observatory, the views of the top of the Jungfrau, the Eiger and the Aletsch Glacier, are overwhelming.
Having only a couple of days in Interlaken, we kept waiting for the weather to clear enough to go to Jungfrau. After the previous day at Schilthorn with no visibility, we woke up to – disappointingly – weather that was worse!
We decided to go to Jungfraujoch (the highest railway station in Europe) anyway and hoped that the weather would clear up in the 2 ½ hours it would take to reach the “Top of Europe”.
We took 2 trains - from Interlaken West to Interlaken Ost (East) to Lauterbrunnen. From there we took another train to Kleine Scheidegg where we switched for the last train – a cog train – that made the final leg of the trip.
Finally we were at the top – 3,454 metres (11,333 feet). On a clear day you would be able to see Eiger and several other mountains. Unfortunately all we saw that day was white, white, white – as in snow.
Outside the temperature was -8 degrees (C) with winds of 38 kph+. We were both dressed for it but it was still absolutely freezing!! We went inside to the slippery Ice Palace where the hallway is made of ice, there are ice statues, ice chairs, etc.
Then seeing the sign for the Indian restaurant was just too much!! Yes, we did go in and have the (not so good!) buffet in a restaurant decorated with Bollywood posters.
After spending a couple of hours up top, we started the trip down. As we got about halfway down there was a little break in the weather and by the time we reached Interlaken the snow and cold were just a memory.
Yes, this trip is expensive. But if you have limited time in Interlaken (or don't think you'll be back!), it's still a lot of fun. We were glad we did it.
If u want to go up to the Peek, there are a special train, it took about 2 hours (80 €) to go up, and this is the small station at the foot of the hill.
My friends didn't want to go up, so we just took a nice walk. We found a museum of quartz for 6 €. Not bad. It took us one hour to go in and out, about 800 m (see pic 4).
The trip to jungfraujoch is wonderful and you can visit the highest train station in Europe and see wonderful views. You can buy the ticket at Interlaken Ost station for 125, but if you have a Eurail pass you have a discount of 25%.
The train leaves the station at least one time a hour, and 2 times during the high season. It takes around 2 hours and a half to get to the top and during this time you will see very beautiful vilages and pass through a tunel, where you will stop at 2 stations inside the rock. You also can go up one way and then come down on the other way, since you have 2 ways, one through Grindelwald and other through Lauterbrunen.
At the top you have several attractions, and you can't miss the Ice Palace and the observatory. You also have to go outside to see the snow and take some pictures. It's incredible!!!
If you are planning to visit Interlaken,you must visit Jungfraujoch...Top of the Europe!!
It's a circle route by train.You can choose Grindelwald track for one way..and while coming down you can choose Lauterbrunnen track...it's so beautiful. On Jungfrau,you could see Eiger,Monch,Jungfrau peaks.You can go to observatory...enjoy on a snowy plateu!!You feel like you are enjoying in a paradise!!
You can go there by Jungfraubahn.The train departs from Interlaken[Ost]. Train ticket costs around 115 euro for round trip for second class.If you have Eurail pass,you will get some consation.Its a full day tour.
Make sure to take the time to visit the ice sculptures and the museum, Also make sure to be on the first train @ 6:20 am it saves you $ and it is less crowded. It cost about $125 us each to take the train to the top.
The highest railway station in the world. When you get off the train at the station follow your map and go straight to the elevator and right to the lookout on top before it gets crowded with tooooooo many people.
During perfect weather-conditions, THIS is the place to be : The Jungfrau-Plateau is a place, where you may get outside and have a great view of the surrounding mountains and the Grosse Aletschgletscher. The Plateau is a rather flat area, BUT it is also quite windy there and so it is icy and quite slippery even during the summer. There is the swiss flag in the centre and a fence made by ropes marks the area, that you are allowed to walk. That rope-fence is your only chance to get some hold, when walking - it might make sense to have good mountain-boots and/or walking-sticks there !
I was there end of october, in great sunshine and a part of the snow was soft, BUT at certain places it was really icy and dangerous !
Do NOT expect to be able to look down to Interlaken, you may just see the mountains behind of it in the panorama.
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click here for a 360 degree-panorama from the Jungfrau-Plateau!
Jungfraujoch is certainly the major attraction of Interlaken and the reason, why millions of tourists are coming there every year. The Jungfraubahn takes you up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train-station in Europe - it is also called "Top of Europe" This train is the most expensive in Switzerland and going up there makes ONLY sense in perfect weather-conditions !! The trainstation is built inside the mountain and so the trains may run all year long.
From the station you may walk through various tunnels to the points of interest :
1)The Sphinx-viewpoint in a height of 3571 meters. There is a cocktail-lounge and a shop for clocks and a terrace for visitors around all of the building.
2)The Ice-palace with various ice-sculptures
3)a small museum of the Jungfraubahn
4)various restaurants, gift-shops and an e-mail-terminal
5)the gate to the glacier, where you may hike to Moenchsjochhuette, go skiing or ride with the sledge-dogs.
The Jungfraujoch is one of the most famous mountains area in Switzerland.
The height mountain is Jungfrau (4158 m) and there are also to other famous peaks called Eiger (3970 m) and Monch (4107 m).
The view from here can be amazing if you are on a perfect day and not in a storm like i was.
To climb the top of the mountain you can take a 2.5 hours train ride from Interlaken and you switch 3 trains on your way.
Probably one of the most popular activies from Interlaken is the excursion to the Jungfrau, the highest publicly accessible point in Europe. It will cost about 140 CHF for a return trip, and the trip consists of 3 trains on the way there and 3 trains on the way back. Each way takes about 2:30 to get their, however the scenery on the trip is absolutely breathtaking so time will go very quickly! Once at the top, there is a whole complex built in the mountain, containing a viewing platform, resturants, gift shops, and ice palace, and also an exit outside onto the glacier. The views from here, on a clear day, are second to none. It is some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen in my life!
A very important tip is to not look up at the sky to decide whether to go or not. Ask at the tourist information centre what the weather will be like on the day you are planning to go. Also they have a live camera of what it looks like on Jungfraujoch, which is very helpful. I wouldn't recommend going if the sky is not clear blue, as it is a lot of money at stake. However if it is a nice day, it will be an experience you won't soon forget.
Interlaken is the starting point for visiting places like Jungfrau and Grindelwald. The journey from Interlaken to Jungfrau is breathtaking as you take a light rail first, followed by a funicular upto a mountain station where you connect to another train that takes you around the mountain to another location. From there you take yet another train to reach the station at Jungfrau.
It is a bit eerie when you arrive at the station because no daylight is to be seen but it is also thrilling and exciting, expectations are high....
Travellers from all nationalities come and go here as in any "normal" railway station!
Yet there is a difference: everything here is more relaxed and when looking around you will see happy, smiling faces and, let's be true: we don't see these at "normal" railway stations, do we??
But work didn't end here............read in my next tip and let yourself be taken by surprise!
This photo I took while I was walking inside the huge buildings.....snow/ice against the window panes which gave a special sort of light inside.
Although $219.00 USD each it was an experience of a lifetime. Took the train out of Interlaken Ost train station and climbed partially up. Switched to a cog rail train and went up the almost 12,000 feet to the top. There was no visibility on the top, but the views of villages, fall leaves, snow and distant mountains climbing up was worth the trip. Round trip took about 4 hours. We actually only stayed on top for 30 minutes. I'm sure if the visibility was good we would have stayed longer.