An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

///An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe

Get ready for an epic day trip above the clouds of the Berner Oberland to Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe. 

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for the kind words and support about yesterdays post.  I still can’t believe I’m dealing with this, but you guys are amazing and always make me feel better. 

One of the most memorable days on my trip to Switzerland was my day trip to Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe.   I did this in the middle of my time in the beautiful Murren, but I had enough pictures to make it a post of its own.  Plus, it was pretty enough to justify its own time to shine.  If you are just joining me, feel free to catch up here with the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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Junfraujoch, the Top of Europe

The Berner Oberland is a stunning part of the Swiss Alps where green meadows are flanked by stark white-capped snowy mountains.  It’s the home of many cute alpine villages including the one I stayed in, Murren.  One of the biggest tourist attractions in the area is going to Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe, where there is snow and glaciers year round.  The journey involves taking a train through the Eiger Mountain to the saddle of Jungfrau and Monch mountains at 11,333 feet.  While it’s not technically the highest point in Europe it is the highest train station… so it’s probably the tallest point I’ll ever get to!

The day started off by taking the train and gondola down from Murren and then picking up the larger Jungfraujoch train in the valley of Lauterbrunnen.  Once again just getting to the destination was just as fun.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

The Hubs and I changed trains again and started to gain some elevation.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

The train then went into a tunnel that took us through the Eiger mountain.  It seemed like such a feat to build a rail line like this, but I was dumbfounded to learn that it was constructed in late 1800’s and finished in 1912.

After several hours we get out of the train and are at the tunnel at the top of the mountain.  Since the elevation is so high, the air feels heavy. I have asthma I have to move pretty slow to keep from feeling faint.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

We leave the tunnel and find ourselves in a building with a restaurant, shops and bathrooms.

But our attention is quickly drawn outdoors to the views.  Holy SNOW in June!

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

That is actually a glacier in between the mountains too.

There is a platform to walk around and take photos.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

It’s cold and windy… but oh so magical.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

The mountains are so close you feel like you can touch them.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

After spending some time on the platform we go back in the building and follow the crowd through the ice palace.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

They had some cute ice sculptures, but after seeing nature show off outside it wasn’t that interesting.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

Past the ice palace is an exit that took us right out onto the mountain and snow.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

This was even cooler because I felt like I was a real adventurer.  I was telling myself here… DON’T SLIP!

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

It literally felt like we were on top of the world!

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

The sun was just warm enough and we stayed outside as long as we could before we got too cold.  It takes a bit of effort to get here, but it was worth the work.  I can’t ever imagine seeing something as crazy as this again.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

After taking ALL THE PICTURES we went back inside and stumbled on another swiss treat… the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven.  It was as cheesy and ridiculous as it sounds, but they did have some amazing chocolates.  There is nothing like real Swiss chocolate.  It really is in a class of its own.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

We picked out a few favorites and had a snack before catching our scheduled train back down the mountain.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

On our way down we decided to stop in another well-known mountain village, Wengen.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

It is a little larger and more developed than where we stayed, Murren… but still really cute and charming.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

They had a few more hotel, restaurant and shopping options…

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

… but I still loved the quaint feeling of Murren.

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

You can’t deny these awe-inspiring views though!

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

To cap off our perfect day we relaxed at a local restaurant with a Spritz…

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

… and a vegetarian swiss specialty – Rosti.  It’s hashbrown, potatoes and fresh vegetables topped with cheese.  It was so good!

An Epic Day Trip to Jungfraujoch Top of Europe / Running in a Skirt

After dinner we caught the last train back to Murren for the day.  Exhausted… but oh so happy about the trip.

Thoughts about Jungfraujoch, The Top of Europe

While Jungfraujoch isn’t exactly the top of Europe, it is the highest train station, making this destination pretty remarkable.  I had the best time during this entire journey seeing the green pastures turn to a winter wonderland.  The snowy landscape is like something off a post card.  If you can afford it and have the time, it’s a must see for any trip in the area

 

Also check out the rest of my trip including my Switzerland Travel Guide! —>

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7 Comments

  1. Mary Beth Jackson July 27, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Wow! Your photos are so good they don’t look real! What an adventure! You two are definitely making the most of this trip!
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  2. Kristy from Southern In Law July 27, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Chocolate, incredible views and an ice palace? Sounds pretty awesome to me! I REALLY need to convince Jesse that we need to travel throughout Europe!
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  3. [email protected] July 26, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I love living vicariously through your pics of this trip! Such a beautiful place! I hope that your elbow feels better each day.
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  4. Mary Jean Henson July 26, 2017 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Great photos. Enjoyed seeing them. I, too, had a problem with the altitude there. A sudden move and it felt like I would topple over on my face. Like you said, it was worth it all to see such a beautiful country up close.Hope the arm is beginning to feel better.
    Looking forward to the rest of your trip..

  5. Lisa Ballantyne July 26, 2017 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Never seen snow in June, but I do remember when Mt. Pisgah got 60″ on May 7th 1991 (I believe it was 1991 anyway!). Lovely photos Julie!

  6. OH the photos are just stunning!
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  7. Susie @ Suzlyfe July 26, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Chocolate, clouds, and penguin ice sculptures… what more do you need? Oh and those views. I literally cannot get over them!
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