A while ago we spent two days in Grindelwald, Switzerland. The Bernese mountains are world famous and the whole region has a very unique feature: the Jungfraujoch.
One of the benefits of living in Zurich is that you can easily go to some of the most fantastic places in Europe within a few hours (meaning: 2 hours) of driving. We started at home on early Sunday morning and arrived a little later in the Bernese Alps. We went straight for a wonderful hike. While the official signs said 4.5 hours it took us almost 6 hours but I was busy taking photos and I’m a really slow hiker. We spent the night at a local hotel and the next day we took the train up to the “Top of Europe”.
Since 1912, the Jungfraujoch has been accessible to tourists by the Jungfrau line, a railway from Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg, running partly underground through a tunnel through the Eiger and Mönch. The Jungfraujoch railway station, at an elevation of 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) is the highest in Europe. It lies east of the saddle, below the Sphinx station, and is connected to the Top of Europe building, which includes several panoramic restaurants and a post office.
That being said it is a really superb experience taking a train to such heights and if you ever get the chance of going there you shouldn’t miss it. It is incredibly expensive but if you have the “HalbTax” – the SBB 50% discount card that is valid for a whole year – you will get half of the price reduced. We both have the HalbTax as we are train-riding fans anyway but if don’t have it this is your chance.
All in all we stayed only one night, we spent like 5 hours in the car within 2 days, we slept only 6 hours and we had sore feet from walking over 800 meters of altitude and we spend way too much money. But it was a great, relaxing weekend away and more than worth it. Like a little holidays.
See my photos from the trip here: