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Jungfraujoch | The railway, things to do and brief history

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What is the Jungfrau Railway?

Did you know Jungfraujoch holds the record for being Europe's highest railway line? That's probably why it's nicknamed the 'Top of Europe'. Situated in the stunning Jungfrau-Aletsch region of the Swiss Alps (a UNESCO World Natural Heritage spot), this line runs from Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland right up to the pass between the Jungfrau and Mönch peaks. Dive into this guide to get the lowdown on this railway, an incredible engineering feat.

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Highlights of the Junfraujoch train ride

Riding the Highest Railway Line in Europe

Ride the highest railway line in Europe

As the train ascends through the Swiss Alps, the panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and pristine glaciers are simply mesmerizing. What’s equally amazing is the cogwheel train itself — which is designed to climb steep surfaces.

Passing Through the Jungfrau Tunnel

Pass through the Jungfrau tunnel

The railway passes through the 7 km-long tunnel starting from Kleine Scheidegg station up to Jungfraujoch.  It was built over a century ago and helps protect the line from snow and extreme weather.

Midway Stop at Eismeer station

Halt midway at Eismeer station

During its ascent to the summit, the train briefly stops to allow passengers to enjoy the stunning views from the midway station — the Eismeer Station. It has a unique combination of being both an open-air observation platform and a fully enclosed train stop.

History of Jungfraujoch in a nutshell

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Initial plans

The early plan to construct a mountain railway in the 1860s was not financially viable. In 1893. Swiss industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller ideated a railway track through a tunnel connecting Kleine Scheidegg to the summit of the Jungfrau.

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Construction

The construction began in 1896 and in two years the Eigergletscher railway station was opened at the foot of Mount Eiger. In 1899, the construction stalled for a few months due to a strike that followed an on-site explosion, but it resumed after.

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Renovations

Following yet another explosion at the the Eigerwand Station in 1908, the railway was finally completed on February 21, 1912, after 16 years of construction.

Who built the Jungfraujoch railway?

Adolf Guyer-Zeller was a Swiss entrepreneur born in 1839. A man of wide interests, he dabbled in businesses spanning cotton, banking and paper making. In the 1870s, he became increasingly engaged in railway affairs, notably with the Nord-ost Bahn (NOB, north-eastern railway). In 1894, Guyer-Zeller assumed the role of President. Consequently, he earned the title Eisenbahnkönig, or the "railway king."

Adolf Guyer-Zeller is best known for initiating the construction of the Jungfrau Railway, which remains the highest railway in Europe to date.




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From Grindelwald: Round-Trip Train Tickets to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
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Frequently asked questions about the Jungfraujoch railway

What is the Jungfraujoch railway?

The Jungfrau railway is the highest railway line in Europe. It is a 9km long line that passes through the Jungfrau Tunnel connecting Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch — the top most accessible point in Europe.

What is the Jungfrau Railway famous for?

A trip to Switzerland is incomplete without visiting Jungfraujoch, as the journey promises panoramic alpine views, clear air, and breathtaking natural beauty. The railway is also a testament to engineering skill that dates back to a century, as it meant the cutting through of glacial rock to build the railway tunnel.

Where is the Jungfrau Railway located?

The Jungfrau Railway is located in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, connecting Kleine Scheidegg in the Bernese Oberland to the Jungfraujoch, which is the highest railway station in Europe.

What are Jungfraujoch timings?

Jungfraujoch opening hours vary according to the season. However, Trains to Jungfraujoch generally leave from Eiger Glacier station or Kleine Scheidegg after 8 AM. Trains depart from Jungfraujoch back down before 6 PM.

What can I do at Jungfraujoch?

You can enjoy scenic views from the Sphinx Observatory or the Glacial Plateau, go hiking to Monchsjutte hut, eat chocolate at the highest Lindt store in the world, see ice sculptures at Ice Palace, go skiing at Snow Fun Park and more.

Who built the Jungfraujoch Railway?

The Swiss industrialist Adolf Guyer-Zeller began building the Jungfraujoch railway from 1896. The project was completed 16 years later in 1912.

How do I book tickets for Jungfraujoch Railway?

You can buy tickets for Jungfraujoch Railway from any of the stations en route. It is recommended to buy them online instead, to avoid waiting in long ticketing queues at the station.

What is the best time to visit Jungfraujoch?

The best time to visit Jungfraujoch depends on what you’d like to do. If you prefer warmer weather and opportunities to engage in outdoor activities like hiking, etc. summer is the best time to visit. If you prefer to engage in snow-related activities, winter is the best time to visit. Rest assured, Jungfraujoch is exciting for guests who visit at any time of the year.

Is Jungfraujoch wheelchair accessible?

Yes, Jungfraujoch is fully wheelchair accessible.

Are there dining options available at Jungfraujoch?

Yes, there are several eateries available at Jungfraujoch like Crystal a-la-carte restaurant, Restaurant Bollywood, Atlesch self-service restaurant, etc.

Is photography permitted at Jungfraujoch?

Yes, photography is permitted at Jungfraujoch.

Is there a dress code for visiting Jungfraujoch?

While there is no dress code while visiting Jungfraujoch, dressing in layers is recommended.

What other attractions are near Jungfraujoch?

Nearby attractions include Interlaken, Grindelwald First and Lauterbrunnen.