Source : Jungfrau - Top of Europe website
It's a long way to reach the "Top of Europe" even though technically that spot is not at the top of the mountain. The journey is as much part of the fun as admiring the views at t he "top", and you have a number of choices to piece together your trip.
I chose my full day adventure to start at Grindelwald, where I took in the views at First, then continuing up to Jungfrau, and back down through Wengen to my base near Interlaken. This loop would encompass a number of different segments, each scenic in its own right, and can be done in reverse as well. Switzerland's railways and cable cars are complicated, so do your research beforehand, and only buy the ticket to go up once you are sure the weather forecast is in your favour and the webcam view from the top agrees, too.
Refer to the yellow route on the map for this segment. From Grindelwald, you can pick the quicker Eiger Express gondola or the old railway up to Eigergletscher. I opted for an aerial view, as the gondola only opened in December 2020 and takes just 15 minutes from end to end.
Grindelwald Terminal station is modern and the interchange from the trains is very easy. As you walk towards the cable car, you will find clean washrooms and a small supermarket where you can pick up a quick lunch before connecting to the Eiger Express. The floors are specially padded so you can walk your ski boots along at ease, and many were fully geared to head uphill for an exciting trip down.
The cabins are huge with 26 seats each.
I could see the railway making the same ascent down below.
The tricable car system has 7 support towers spanning over 6.4 km, reducing the impact on the landscape while maintaining stability.
The winter sun doesn't rise too far high in the horizon, and coupled with the tall mountains, the other side remains fairly dark despite being lunch time. Luckily, visibility looked great further up so I was hopeful the expensive ticket would be worth it.
Many skiiers began their descent at Eigergletscher station. I popped out to enjoy the views before continuing up to Jungfraujoch, the final stop. The connection is seamless - the cable cars and trains leave from the same building and there is no need to be exposed to the elements at all.
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