Jungfrau: Switzerland’s secret alpine paradise

Journey beyond Zurich, Bern and Geneva to discover a world of alpine bliss, where indulgence, adventure and unbelievable bucket-list experiences abound. Welcome to Jungfrau. 

On the banks of the Aare River between lakes Thun and Brienz in Switzerland, surrounded by the impressive peaks of Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger, Interlaken deserves its reputation as Europe’s adventure capital. Regardless of whether you visit for an adrenaline rush or wellness, for nature or urban attractions, to be active or take it easy – this is a destination that will take your breath away in more ways than one. 

How to get to Jungfrau 

Although Interlaken is in the heart of nature, the region and its attractions are easily accessible. By train, it’s an hour from Bern; two hours from Lucerne, Basel and Zurich; and three hours from Geneva and Milan. The village is directly linked to the busy network of punctual Swiss trains as well as the national road network. And recently, the GoldenPass Express opened a direct connection from Montreux to Interlaken, the jaw-droppingly beautiful route skirting Lake Geneva, Gstaad and the Simmental Valley, among other scenic highlights. Meanwhile, the new Eiger Express transports guests even faster to Jungfraujoch – the ‘Top of Europe’. The ultra-modern tricable car between Grindelwald and the Eiger Glacier has cut the journey time in more than half and now only takes 15 minutes. 

Visit the Top of Europe

If you want to feel humbled by nature in the best possible way, linger at Jungfraujoch 3,454 metres above sea level. Icy air sweeps over your face, snow crunches underfoot, and the panorama takes your breath away: on one side the Swiss Mittelland; on the other the Aletsch Glacier, lined with 4,000 peaks. At the summit, you can visit the Sphinx Observation Deck via an ultrafast lift that climbs 108 metres in 25 seconds. Then explore the Ice Palace and its treasures: ice sculptures of eagles, penguins and bears, among other glistening gems. This is a vista that you won’t forget in a hurry. 

Read the full guide to visiting Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe © Switzerland Tourism

Go on an epic hike 

The Jungfrau is home to hundreds of kilometres of trails just waiting to be discovered. Among them is the Bachalpsee, which takes you through bucolic alpine meadows where wide-eyed cows graze looking out to a beautiful lake and Bachalpsee. On the Panorama Trail, your backdrop is a jaw-dropping vista of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. At sea level, hike to Giessbach Falls, where a roaring brook tumbles 500 metres into Lake Brienz. If you want to feel the full force of nature, explore the walking trail that leads behind – your view opens up to the surreal sight of the Grandhotel Giessbach and the forests and waters of the hotel’s own nature park. When you purchase the Jungfrau Travel Pass, your ticket to Jungfraujoch is discounted; plus, you get three to eight days of free transportation to other destinations around the region. 

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Lake Bachalpsee near Grindelwald
Lake Bachalpsee © Switzerland Tourism

Experience Grindelwald

All chocolate-box chalets and snow-kissed mountains, Grindelwald looks like it has slipped from the pages of a fairytale. Join a tour to discover the history of this postcard-perfect jungfrau village, while sampling local produce along the way. Try fresh cheese and dairy products, flavoursome meat and sausage creations, and typical Grindelwald baked goods with producers. 

A small chalet museum and church
The museum on Grindelwald © Switzerland Tourism

Indulge at a spa 

Interlaken and the Jungfrau region may attract those who love thrills – paragliding, skiing, canyoning, skydiving and kayaking are all popular pastimes – but it also appeals to those who want to unwind and enjoy a little indulgent pampering. There are all manner of spas across the region to choose from.

perhaps the main path to wellness is all around you. Because being amid nature makes you feel good. We’ve known it for centuries and now science proves it. When you lace up your hiking boots and explore fairytale villages amid lush green fields, the good endorphins will be flowing. And there’s nothing quite like the rush you’ll feel when you reach Jungfraujoch, the top of Europe and a high on any travel itinerary to Switzerland.

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