After days on end in big cities, we were excited to head to the mountains and spend some time in the Swiss Alps. The views began before we even set foot off the train.
We stayed in Wengen (pronounced VEHN-gehn), a car-free Swiss Alpine village in the Bernese Oberland region. This area is widely considered the most scenic in all of Switzerland. We stayed in the heart of Wengen, in a studio that we found through Airbnb. We had picked the place because of the balcony and the views. And wow, the views did not disappoint.
We checked the weather forecast and saw that the best weather would likely be the next day, so we decided to book train tickets to the Top of Europe, Jungfrajoch. It’s pronounced Yong-frau-YACH…it only took me about 10 tries to sort of say it right. Anyway, it’s an expensive trip, so best to check the weather first, for a clear day. We decided to buy a 3-day Jungfrau Travel Pass, which provides unlimited travel in the region. The cost of the pass plus the connecting ticket to Jungfraujoch cost roughly $250 USD per person. Did I mention that Switzerland is expensive? At least we got our money’s worth with the travel pass as we took trains and cable cars all over the place. On a side note…this area of Switzerland would be a great place to visit for those that love the great outdoors, but don’t hike. There are incredible views from all the many trains and cable cars.
The next morning, we took the first train to Jungfrajoch (less crowds and early bird ticket pricing). The Jungfrau Railway was finished in 1912. It’s 5.6 miles long and runs almost entirely through the Jungfrau Tunnel, built into the Eiger and Monch mountains.
When you get to the top and step off the train, you’re at over 11,000 feet elevation, and surrounded by Switzerland’s most breathtaking scenery. It feels as though you have been transported into another world.
The hike to the hut and back takes about 1.5 hours round trip. Afterwards, we checked out the rest of Jungfrajoch.
There’s even an Ice Palace at this place. Mountain guides created the aisles and halls in the 1930s with picks and saws in the middle of the Jungfraufirn (part of the Aletsch Glacier).
From Jungfraujoch, we took the train down to the Eigergletscher Station. From there, we hiked down to Alpiglen. It was incredibly scenic.
From Alpiglen, we took the train to Grindelwald. Then from Grindelwald, we took the cable car to Männlichen. It was a beautiful day and we soaked in all the views.
At Männlichen, there is a park with all sorts of activities that we checked out.
After our time at Männlichen, we took the last cable car of the day down to Wengen.
We arrived back in Wengen with tired legs and full hearts. This was one of those days to cherish for a lifetime.