The Jungfraujoch is the lowest point on the Bernese Alps mountain ridge between Mönch and Jungfrau at an elevation of 3,471 meters or 11,388 ft.
The Jungfraujoch railway station, the mountain station of Jungfraubahn is located at an elevation of 3,454 meters or 11,333 ft and is classed as the highest railway station in Europe.
The Jungfraujoch is often referred to as “The Top of Europe“.
The Jungfraujoch can only be reached through a 7.3 km long railway tunnel.
This unique round-trip by modern cogwheel railway takes you first to Kleine Scheidegg, altitude 2061 metres, at the foot of the notorious Eiger North Wall.
From here the Jungfrau Railway climbs to the station at Eigergletscher , well known for its mountain restaurant and polar dog kennels.
The trip continues through the Eiger tunnel to the stations at Eigerwand and Eismeer, with a five minute halt at each.
Enjoy spectacular sightseeing through large observation windows hewn from solid Alpine rock. And then the arrival on the Jungfraujoch, in the heart of a glorious glacier world on the very roof of Europe!
Superb views extend as far as the summits of the Vosges Mountains in France and the Black Forest in Germany.
The Great Aletsch Glacier, at 22 km the longest ice-stream in the Alps, begins on the Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe. www.swisspasses.com
This tunnel took 16 years to build, with construction starting on July 27, 1896.
Attractions on the Jungfraujoch include:
- Ice Palace
- Ice Gateway
- Sphinx observation terrace
- Plateau with hikes in the eternal snow
- “Top of Europe” Glacier Restaurant
- Summer ski & snowboard park
- High Alpine Research Exhibition
Cog Railway or Rack Railway
A Cog railway is designed to operate on steep slopes and uses a center cogwheel on the power unit that engages with a middle cogged rail that provides traction, and stops any slipping.
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