Jungfraujoch: Journey to the Top of Europe

in Sightseeing

The incredibly beautiful Jungfraujoch, Switzerland – Photo: aranha

Where are you going for your next European exploration? Jungfraujoch (located in Switzerland) has been a classic tourist destination throughout the 20th century receiving a constant stream of visitors every year.

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The Jungfraujoch is the saddle between two of the highest peaks in the Bernese Alps, the lowest point on the mountain ridge between the Mönch and the Jungfrau. There, at 3,471 metres, the air is thin and the temperature is below freezing even in the summer-time. Residents include the Sphinx Observatory, Europe’s highest radio relay station (the Richtfunkstation Jungfraujoch) and a research station for the Global Atmosphere Watch.

While not many will actually want to take up residence in these freezing heights, making a day trip is a very popular and enjoyable experience. The Jungfrau Railway Network (the only way to reach Jungfraujoch) was a sensation from the moment it was finished in 1912 and the trip remained a classic tourist activity throughout the 20th century. The Jungfraubahn still pulls in crowds every year and a big number of tourists arrive at Interlaken just to travel its tracks.

Why you should visit Jungfraujoch

Hopping onto the Jungfraubahn (the railway that extends from Interlaken to its final destination at Jungfraujoch) is expensive and not exactly glamorous: the trains are sturdy and elegant but not particularly regal nor are they an example of the latest train technology known to man. The environment certainly picks up most of the weight here. Showcasing some breathtaking outdoor scenery, the tracks twist through mountain pastures before venturing deep into the Eiger for a 7km trip through the heart of the rock before emerging at the Jungfraujoch.

It is not a long trip, only 50 minutes going up and 35 coming down, but it illustrates the man-made miracle of reaching the extreme heights of the Alps. As the cogs turn and push the train carts upwards and onwards, the temperature plummets and the air gets thinner. It is a barren and desolate postcard, a place of a dangerous beauty that makes for a unique experience you can’t reproduce anywhere else.

It is because of this unique quality that we recommend that, if at all possible, you step onto that railway and visit the “Top of Europe.” You should go to Jungfraujoch because it doesn’t want you there. You should go because the mere fact that you can go is the result of extreme human accomplishment. It is also beautiful beyond belief, which is definitely a bonus.

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