Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich. On this day trip to the stunning Swiss Alps from Zurich, ride a cogwheel train to the UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, also known as the Top of Europe. Travel through the Bernese Oberland by scenic coach, then take a train to Europe’s highest railway station at 11,333 feet (3,454 meters). Views of the Aletsch Glacier and the snow-covered Alpine peaks toward France and Italy can be had from the Sphinx Observatory.
- Full-day trip from Zurich to Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Peak of Europe”
- Take a scenic drive through the stunning Bernese Oberland in Switzerland.
- Pass through the Swiss Alps on a cogwheel railway between Lauterbrunnen and Jungfraujoch
- Experience Europe’s highest train station’s jaw-dropping Alpine view
- Take a tour of the Ice Palace and experience what it’s like to be inside a glacier.
Start your day trip from Zurich’s central bus terminal and travel south by coach. You can take a cogwheel train from Lauterbrunnen, located in the UNESCO-listed Alpine wilderness of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland, to Europe’s highest train station at 3000 meters.
The Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass in the Bernese Alps is the setting for the train’s 50-minute journey. Arriving at Jungfraujoch, you’ll disembark at the Top of Europe’s 11,333-foot elevation and head to the Alpine Sensation, a round-tour subway that opened in celebration of the Jungfrau Railway’s 100th anniversary.
Stop at the Sphinx Observatory for sweeping views of Europe’s longest glacier, the Aletsch Glacier, and take a glacier walk at Ice Palace. From the observation decks, take in a 360-degree view of this ice and snow-covered winter wonderland.
On a clear day, neighboring Italy and France’s mountain ranges can be seen in the distance. Before taking the cogwheel train back to Lauterbrunnen and your coach, you can buy a snack or warm drink at the on-site restaurant (at your own expense). Take it easy on the way back to Zurich, where you’ll catch a bus in the evening.
Board a coach at the central Zurich bus terminal and savor the scenery as you drive approx. 90 minutes south through Switzerland’s beautiful Bernese Oberland to Interlaken.
Arrive in Interlaken and enjoy some limited time before boarding the bus again. Continue with a short drive to Lauterbrunnen.
In Lauterbrunnen, you’ll hop on a cogwheel train for a ride up the Alps via the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass.
Climb up, up, up, savoring views of the towering mountains around you, until you reach Jungfraujoch. You’re officially at the highest train station in Europe, at an elevation of 11,333 feet (3,454 meters)! At the Top of Europe, experience a breathtaking panorama of the Swiss Alps enveloped in eternal snow and ice.
Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
Overlook the Aletsch Glacier (Europe’s longest glacier) from the sweeping Sphinx Observatory and spot the snow-capped peaks of neighboring France and Italy beyond. Grab a drink or a bite to eat at the panoramic restaurant if you wish.
Ice Palace – Jungfraujoch
Walk through the heart of a glacier in the Ice Palace. Pass By: Grindelwald After your time at Jungfraujoch, ride the cogwheel train down to Grindelwald Grund, where your coach awaits the drive back to Zurich.
Arrive at the bus terminal Sihlquai in the evening.
The Jungfraujoch is a saddle that connects the Jungfrau and the Mönch, two Bernese Alps 4000ers. Situated at an altitude of 3,463 meters above sea level, the Sphinx dominates the landscape.