The Jungfraujoch or ‘Top of Europe’ Journey to the highest railway station in Europe is an epic one. Firstly, because the journey itself takes us up from Wengen through a beautiful Alpine landscape and hewn limestone tunnels. Secondly, because its destination is the unique glacier world that is integral to Unesco’s World Heritage site of the Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch.
Consequently an excursion to the Jungfraujoch is a highlight of any stay in the mountain resort of Alpine Wengen. Alpine Holiday Services offers a wide range of desirable accommodation in Wengen, moreover our attention to detail can make your stay a truly epic one.
The Jungfraujoch is a saddle of rock lying between the Mönch and Jungfrau Mountains in the Bernese Oberland. That is to say, it’s part of the iconic Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau chain pictured above. And to build a clearer picture, the Sphinx Observation deck of the Jungfraujoch can be made out to the right of the pines.
Aletsch Glacier from Sphinx, Jungfraujoch
If we now imagine ourselves on the Sphinx Observation deck, looking southwards from the Jungfraujoch, we can appreciate the orientation of this photo, immediately above. Konkordiaplatz lies to the fore. Importantly, as its name suggests, it’s a concordance or meeting of four large glaciers. Surprisingly, at Konkordia the glacier has a speed of about 200 metres per year or 50 cms per day. It represents a snow and ice thickness of over 900m according to a measurement made by ETHZ. To complete this amazing view, magnificent high peaks rise iceberg-like from the sea of white.
If the weather and season allow, get out onto the glacier itself and hike to the Mönchsjoch hut. Not least because to feel like mountaineers and climb in the rarefied air is a life affirming experience. Also refreshments are available at the mountain hut. A fun-filled snow park with zipline and snow sports usually also feature in the summer season. More info at jungfrau.ch/en
Alpine Wengen Resort – Accommodation
Wengen is both a summer and winter resort. Above all, trips to the Jungfraujoch are normally available 365 days a year, weather permitting. Wengen accommodation likewise, is available throughout most of the calendar year. Alpine Holiday Services offers you a broad range of meticulously presented apartments. Whether you prefer a central or pastural location, ease of access or remoteness, Rachel can help you find your ideal accommodation. A gallery of accurate photos is available online at alpineholidayservices.ch and booking with us couldn’t be simpler.