At well over 11,000 feet, the train station known as the Jungfraujoch is the highest station of its kind in Europe. Built to increase accessibility and tourism to Jungfrau (the third-highest peak in the Bernese Alps), the station is unlike any other. Within, a large complex of tunnels connects a hotel, two restaurants, an observatory, a research station, a small cinema, a ski school and a collection of elaborate ice sculptures. There is also a flat, snow-covered outdoor area where visitors can take the mountain air and gaze at the surrounding peaks, valleys and other beautiful scenery.
The mountain itself is one of the most striking in the region. With a peak that is known as “the Sphinx” and the extreme steepness of the mountain’s north face, Jungfrau has long had a reputation for inaccessibility among climbers.
If you want to make a proper alpine tour of the region, it can be worthwhile to stay a night in Interlaken on your way to the Jungfraujoch. You can pass a night at the 150-year old Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel and take in awesome views of the mountain in the morning before setting out on the next stage of your adventure. Another excellent place to pass an evening nearby is the village of Kandersteg, which is a choice jumping-off point for exploring the nearby network of pisted hiking paths and is one of the most popular and accessible cross-country skiing areas in the country.
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