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Why You Should Visit Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

Spectacular views are the norm from the "Top of Europe."

Switzerland's Jungfraujoch looms over passing train in foreground, picture
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Photo: Steven Van Aerschot / Alamy
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The majestic Jungfraujoch mountain pass looms over a passing train.

Step off the train at Jungfraujoch mountain pass, and you'll find yourself deep in the heart of the Alps. The train station here, some 15 miles from Interlaken, Switzerland, is carved into solid rock 11,330 feet above sea level. Completed in 1912, the railway snakes through more than four miles of tunnel on the half-hour trip from Kleine Scheidegg to the "Top of Europe." From the station, a passageway leads to the sleek slopeside building with great glass windows. Gaze out, and you'll see the Alps unfold in every direction, a serene landscape of snowcapped summits and billowy clouds rendered in blue and white.

An elevator bored into the mountain can whisk you to even greater heights at the Sphinx Observatory, a weather research station. Once you arrive, step out onto the open platform to feel the cold, clear air on your cheeks and admire soaring views of the surrounding peaks. Even in summer, winter worshippers play at the nearby Snow Fun Park, skiing, snowboarding, and gliding on inner tubes down gentle slopes. Some 1 million people will visit Jungfraujoch in 2018, cementing its reputation as one of Switzerland's top tourist destinations. Sitting pretty at the crown of the Swiss Alps, this magnificent spot will always beckon those looking for lofty adventures.

This article was first published in Summer 2018. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.