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From Grindelwald: Round-Trip Train Tickets to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
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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.

Sphinx Observatory quick facts

  • Official name: Sphinx Observatory
  • Address: Jungfraujoch, 3801 Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
  • Year of opening: 1937
  • Timings: Railway timings i.e. after 8 AM and before 6 PM

Why visit the Sphinx Observatory?

  • One of the world's highest observatories: Seated so high up, it's no surprise that Sphinx Obervatory is one of the world's highest observatories, fitted with a telescope that aids research and discovery.
  • Extensive views: While the observatory itself isn't accessible, the public viewing deck is situated next to the observatory. On one side, the Mittelland stretches out and provides views of the Black Forest and the Vosges, and on the other, the Aletsch Glacier with its 4000 m peaks around it comes into view.
  • Science and research: Besides offering breathtaking views, the observatory is the site of astronomical, geological and glaciological research (however, the laboratories cannot be accessed by the public). Over the years, the laboratory has its own electricity, internet and water connections.
  • The name is Bond, James Bond: The 1969 James Bond Movie Her Majesty's Secret Service was shot against the backdrop of this observatory. Even Bollywood movies like The Hero: Love Story of a Spy featured this iconic landmark.

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Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory

The Sphinx observation deck is accessible to wheelchair users.

Frequently asked questions about the Sphinx Observatory

What is the Sphinx Observatory?

The Sphinx Observatory is a high-altitude astronomical observatory in Switzerland, located above the Jungfraujoch railway station.

Where is the Sphinx Observatory located?

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.

How do I get to the Sphinx Observatory?

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.

How high is the Sphinx Observatory?

The Sphinx Observatory is 3571 m above sea level.

What can I do at the Sphinx Observatory?

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.

When is Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory open?

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.

How do I book tickets to the Sphinx Observatory?

When you buy tickets to Jungfraujoch, access to the Sphinx Observatory is included. Booking tickets online is highly recommended.