Tottering precariously above the Jungfraujoch railway in Switzerland sits the Sphinx Observatory, a scientific observatory and research facility. Called the Sphinx Observatory after the rocky summit on which it is located, this high-altitude observatory is one of the world's highest observatories at 3,571 m above mean sea level. Read on to know why this site is a must-see while at Jungfraujoch. It also boasts the second-highest observation deck in Switzerland, which is open to the public.
The Sphinx observation deck is accessible to wheelchair users.
The Sphinx Observatory is a high-altitude astronomical observatory in Switzerland, located above the Jungfraujoch railway station.
The Sphinx Observatory stands atop the Jungfraujoch saddle that connects the Alpine mountains of Jungfrau and Mönch in Switzerland. The address is Jungfraujoch, 3801, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland.
You can reach the Sphinx Observatory by taking the Eiger Express tricable gondola from Grindelwald to Eiger glacier station. From Eiger Glacier, take the cogwheel train up to Jungfraujoch. Alternatively, take the train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch.
The Sphinx Observatory is 3571 m above sea level.
While the observatory itself is not accessible to the general public, the viewing deck adjacent to it is open to visitors. Tourists stand atop the observation deck to enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding 4000 m peaks, and gaze as far as the Black Forest in Germany to the Vosges in France.
The Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory is open throughout the year during railway operating times i.e. after 8 AM and until 6 PM. Exact timings depend on the season. On rare occasions, it can be closed off to visitors on account of the train discontinuing its services. This is usually in the case of poor weather.
When you buy tickets to Jungfraujoch, access to the Sphinx Observatory is included. Booking tickets online is highly recommended.