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Mount Jungfrau is a mountain in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. It is the third highest mountain in the Alps, after Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa, with an elevation of 4,158 meters (13,642 feet). Jungfrau means "maiden" in German, and the mountain is so named because of its white, snow-capped peaks.

In this explainer, let's learn more about Mount Jungfrau: its features, facts and topography .

Mount Jungfrau vs Jungfraujoch: Are they the same?

While it can be confusing to distinguish Mount Jungfrau from Jungfraujoch, there is a difference between the two. Here's how to tell them apart:

Mount Jungfrau is a 4,158-meter (13,642-ft) peak in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. It's one of the most recognizable mountains in the world, thanks to its distinctive pyramid shape and its prominent position overlooking the Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald valleys.

Jungfraujoch, on the other hand, is a glacier saddle, or ridge, connecting the Jungfrau and the Monch mountains of the Bernese Alps. At a height of 3,463 meters above sea level, the saddle is called the ‘Top of Europe’ and is served by the Jungfrau railway, the highest railway in all of Europe. It runs for 9 kilometers from the Kleine Scheidegg station.

Mount Jungfrau knowledge graph

  • Official name: Mount Jungfrau
  • Location/Address: 3823 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
  • Height: 4158 m
  • Age: 20-40 million years
  • Rock formation: Old granite, schist, gneiss

Interesting facts about Mount Jungfrau

  • Mount Jungfrau is home to the highest railway station in Europe. The Jungfraujoch railway station is located at an elevation of 3,454 meters (11,332 feet), and it is the starting point for a number of hiking trails, including the Top of Europe Trail. The trail leads to the summit of the Jungfrau.
  • The Ice Palace at Jungfraujoch is the highest of its kind in the world.
  • The world’s highest chocolate shop - the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven - is atop Jungfrau mountain.
  • It is also home to Europe's highest post office with its own area code (3081).
  • Mount Jungfrau is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Jungfrau-Aletsch.

What to do at Mount Jungfrau

Only seasoned hikers and mountaineers are advised to attempt climbing Mount Jungfrau's steep rock faces. However, you can take the Jungfraujoch railway and explore the multiple activities available to you at Jungfraujoch. This saddle is situated at a lower altitude, at 3454 m above sea level.


Hike up Mount Jungfrau

Recommended only for experienced hikers/mountaineers, climbing up Mount Jungfrau can be a daunting task that challenges physical fitness. However, there are milder hiking trails to explore from intermediate stations like Kleine Scheidegg, like the Jungfrau-Eiger walk that's open from June to October.

Climb Jungfrau: Routes

These hikes are recommended for people who have previous experience. As both the weather and terrain can be challenging to navigate, climbing Mount Jungfrau is advised to be undertaken only under conditions of good health and fitness.

Standard route: from Monchsjoch Hut

To climb Jungfrau, hikers usually spend a night at Monchsjoch Hut before embarking on the trek early the following day. The route comprises trekking through both snow and rock.

Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Rottal Ridge route: from the southwest

This is a slightly longer and more challenging route. One of the key sections is the Rottalsattel (a steep snow and ice corridor), which offers an airy ridge leading to the summit.

Duration: 6-8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Northeast Ridge

Considered one of the tougher routes, most hikers split their ascent over 3-4 days. You will approach the ridge from below and trek your way to Mount Jungfrau's North Face.

Duration: 3-4 days
Difficulty: High

Climbing Mount Jungfrau: A history

1811: The first documented ascent of the Jungfrau was achieved by the Meyer brothers, marking the dawn of mountaineering in the region.
1862: The north face of Jungfrau was conquered by a team of English climbers and Swiss guides, paving the way for more challenging routes.
1865: The west face, considered the most difficult due to its steepness and exposure, was finally climbed by two Englishmen, further solidifying the mountain's allure for experienced climbers.
1896: Construction of the iconic cogwheel railway began, aiming to provide easier access to the Jungfraujoch.

Frequently asked questions about Mount Jungfrau

What is Mount Jungfrau?

Mount Jungfrau is a mountain peak in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland. Mount Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger are collectively known as the "Big Three" of the Bernese Alps. Standing tall at an impressive height of 4,158 meters (13,642 feet), Jungfrau holds the distinction of being the third highest mountain in the Alps, surpassed only by Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa.

What is the difference between Mount Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch?

Although used interchangeably, there is a difference between Mount Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch. Jungfraujoch is a glacier saddle, 3,454 meters above sea level, connecting the Jungfrau and the Monch mountains of the Bernese Alps. Mount Jungfrau is the mountain itself, into which the Jungfraujoch railway has been carved. The altitude of Mount Jungfrau is 4158 m.

Do I need tickets to visit Mount Jungfrau?

Since Mount Jungfrau is a natural landmark, you don't need to pay to visit it. However, if you are undertaking activities on the mountain like riding the Jungfraujoch railway, going on hikes, etc. you will need to purchase tickets for those experiences.

How do I pronounce Mount Jungfrau?

Jungfrau is pronounced as 'Yoong-frow'.

What is Jungfraujoch famous for?

Jungfraujoch is famous for being the highest accessible railway in Europe. It is also home to the Sphinx Observation Deck, the Ice Palace, the Snow Park, the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven and other sub attractions.

Where is Jungfraujoch?

Jungfraujoch is located on the upper part of the Aletsch Glacier, and is the ridge connecting the Jungfrau and Monch mountains. It's situated on the boundary between the cantons of Bern and Valais, and halfway between the towns of Interlaken and Fiesch.

What are Mount Jungfrau opening hours?

Mount Jungfrauj is open to visitors year round. The Jungfraujoch railway is also open to tourists throughout the year, and the train runs between 8 AM 6 PM daily.

When is the best time to visit Mount Jungfrau?

The best time to visit Mount Jungfrau is between April and May when the weather starts getting warmer. You can go hiking and explore the Alpine outdoors. There are fewer crowds and tickets to experiences are also cheaper.

How much time is needed to visit Mount Jungfrau?

That depends on what you'd like to do on your visit. If you want to ride the railway, a visit to Jungfraujoch would take around 5-6 hours (including travel time). This also accounts for time set aside for exploring all its attractions.

What should I wear when visiting Mount Jungfrau?

Visitors must wear warm clothes, thick jackets, thick socks, comfortable walking shoes with a good grip. Carrying sunglasses is also strongly recommended as the Alpine glares can be harsh.

Is Mount Jungfrau wheelchair accessible?

While the mountain itself isn't wheelchair friendly, the Jungfraujoch railway and all its attractions are wheelchair accessible.