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I was standing at 13,642 feet above sea level, and staring out at the panorama of an alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. The peaks of Swiss alps rose through the sea of clouds in front of me, and glacial valleys covered in the purest white snow lay out ahead.

I was standing at the top of Europe atop the summit of Jungfrau; easily my favorite Ice Cold Adventure to date!

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Photos From the Top of Europe:

Jungfrau

 

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At the top of Europe!

Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps rising through the clouds.

Gorgeous valleys

The view over stunning glacial valleys.

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The clouds rolling in over the mountain.

Hiking

Hiking atop Jungfrau

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Intimidating peaks rising through the cloud cover

Jungfrau is reached via train from Europe’s highest train station, and the train journey to the top is part of the experience. Cogwheel trains take you from Interlaken at an altitude of 570 m all the way up across several climate zones to the Jungfraujoch (summit) at 3454 m. There are two routes to get there, one via Lauterbrunnen and one via Grindelwald.

It’s not a cheap excursion, (between $160-$250 depending on which rail pass you purchase) but is very unique and definitely worth the money.

Train tickets are available at any Swiss rail station. Make sure you have a rail pass as the tickets are quite expensive without.

Jungfraujoch Railway.

Jungfraujoch Railway. Photo CC by Rennett Stowe

Once at the top, there is an observatory offering 360° panoramic views, ice cave with many ice sculptures to admire, multiple restaurants, and accessibility to go out in the snow and enjoy the view of the Grosser Aletsch glacier and the surrounding mountains.

Those who travel in summer can pay extra for sledging, skiing or snowboarding in the Snow Fun Park, and chocolate lovers will enjoy Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, where you can learn about the history of chocolate and how it’s made. You can’t visit Switzerland and not indulge in chocolate!

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Meg Jerrard is an Australian Journalist who has been travelling and blogging around the world for the last 7 years to inspire others to embark on their own worldwide adventure!  Her husband Mike is an American travel photographer, and together they have made the world their home.

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    22 Comments

  1. That is AMAZING, Megan! I understand that it’s not cheap to get here but I bet the experience as worth it :)

    Would love to go high up north in Europe before winter ends but we’ll see.

    • The cost is definitely worthwhile in this instance – I hope you do have the opportunity to take the train ride to the top! Beautiful views which you’ll never forget!

  2. An amazing experience, you’ve just gotta bundle up :) I love how the mountains look – very magical!

    • Yes, warm clothes are definitely a necessity!!

  3. Hate the cold but these pictures are gorgeous. Love them!

    • Lol Mike isn’t a fan of the cold either but I rug him up and he braves it for the views :D

  4. I am definitely not a fan of the cold but this looks like a wonderful journey! The photos of the Swiss Alps are beautiful.

    • This one is an experience worth braving the cold for :D Plus, that’s why we have gloves and scarves and lots of cute jackets :D I hope you have the chance to visit at some stage – it truly is one of the most magical places in Europe!

  5. Oh wow, that is beautiful! Brings back memories of skiing in the Swiss Alps back in 1998! What an amazing experience!

    • Wow I imagine that would have been an amazing experience! I’ve never been skiing yet but would love to do a beginners course somewhere and learn – I imagine the Swiss Alps would probably be a pretty fabulous place for that!

  6. I have a love and hate relationship with Switzerland. Love it for the sceneries, hate it for how much it can cost to travel within Switzerland, which is a bomb! :( Jungfrau and a ride on Jungfraujoch train is certainly in the list for the next trip to Switzerland.

    • It’s definitely an expensive country to travel through – and I think actually a few days ago their dollar went through the roof making it a little more costly for everyone.

      But it truly is one of the most magical places in the world, and if you can save up for the cost of a trip, it’s always worth every cent :)

  7. I’ve been up to Jungfrau about 4 years ago now! I remember getting to the top and being so excited and running everywhere but then almost collapsed because the air was so thin! Beautiful photos, Meg!

    • The air is definitely thin up there! Funny how you don’t think it will affect you that much but it really does quite a bit! Definitely advice to take it slow once at the top and not exert too much energy with the altitude :)

      Thansk Alli – so glad you enjoyed the photos :)

  8. I love the Alps, definitely some of the prettiest views in EUrope.

    • Thanks Mary! One of the most spectacular views I’ve seen on our travels to date!

  9. Stunning views, Meg! I thought the lookout from the top of Mount Pilatus was beautiful enough, but wow! Then again, this is even pricier than Pilatus, which I thought was expensive as it was ;) Another reason for me to head back to Switzerland though – I do miss it…

    • Thanks Chris! I did this trip when I was traveling solo on my gap year, and as an 18 year old it was definitely expensive, and the cost was the reason none of the other travelers in my hostel went to the top.

      But I’m so glad I spent the money because it was just one of those worthwhile things to do while you’re in the country and have the opportunity :) Highly recommend!

  10. Been there! Well, almost…we went all the way up to Kleine Schneidegg where the Eiger is. We’re Canadian and figured we’d seen enough snow up to that point…
    Frank (bbqboy)

    • Lol probably true – I’m from Australia so we have a decent lack of snow where I grew up! Glad you at least got half of the experience :)

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