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Ever been to the Jungfraujoch ("Top of Europe")? Worth it?

Ever been to the Jungfraujoch ("Top of Europe")? Worth it?

Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 04:01 PM
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Was there in August with our two teenagers. We bought a Century Pass in Lauterbrunned that included Jungfrau and everything else but Schilthorn. I don't think you should visit the BO area and not visit Jungfrau. It really was the highlight for our teenagers. They ziplined, sledded, and generally had a great time. I think we up there about 3/4 hours before heading back down. Make sure you go on a clear and preferably warm day and were a jacket even in August it was needed.
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Old Sep 23rd, 2012, 07:17 PM
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We were there last month. It is a beautiful mountain. As to the value for the money, driving through the Furkapass and the $7 admission fee to hike the glacier at the summit, relative to $123 train ride to Jungfrau from Lauterbrunnen gives me some serious pause... I agree with Ingo. There are a LOT of phenomenal mountain views in Switzerland and elsewhere in the Alps that you can see at a fraction of the cost when you can reach them by car or regular train..
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 01:20 AM
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Let's compare apples to apples, i. e. mountain experiences to mountain experiences. The round trip fares from the closest village to the mountain top are:
Wengen - Jungfraujoch 157 CHF
Zermatt - Klein Matterhorn 99 CHF
Zermatt - Gornergrat 80 CHF
Engelberg - Titlis 86 CHF
Saas Fee - Allalin 69 CHF
Silvaplana - Corvatsch 50 CHF

Not to mention other countries:
Chamonix - Aiguille du Midi 45.60 Euro (about 55 CHF)
Stubai glacier 25 Euro (about 30 CHF, plus bus from Neustift)
Kitzsteinhorn 31 Euro (about 37 CHF, plus bus from Kaprun)

Jungfraujoch is more than 50% more expensive than the 2nd most expensive trip, and about 3 times as much as many other mountain/glacier tops.

Very subjective, as said above.
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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The Jungfrau is the Jungfrau and if you do not do it you will always wonder what you missed and which many folk rave about once there. Bite the bullet IMO and go for it. You can cut the cost a bit if you want to hike down from Kleine Schidegg to say Wengen (if you have a Swiss Pass or other travel card that is).
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 10:57 AM
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I agree. You are so close, why not just do it. Cut back somewhere else but not with this spectacular trip.
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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I loved the trip to the Jungfraujoch. We took the train from Grindelwald and changed trains at Kleine Scheidegg. The trip from Grindelwald was beautiful. On the way back we went down the other way to Lauterbrunnen; that trip was beautiful too.

It was beautiful even though it was cloudy (mid-September). I would highly recommend it.
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Old Sep 24th, 2012, 06:54 PM
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After all the comments - well, I'm just as confused a ever.

I guess I'll decide once we'e actually there.

But, thanks everyone!
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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I guess I'll decide once we'e actually there.>

and the weather could well dictate your choice - clouds and rain can set in on the Berner Oberland anytime of year - sometimes for days and paying all that loot to do Jungfraujoch in mist or rain is a waste of time and money. But if going and you see a clear or good day hop on it - the next day may well be funky.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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I will also be with other people, so we will all have to decide. Ah, group decisions!
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Why don't you just go to Glacier National Park in Montana and do the Grinnell Glacier hike.

And while you're there you may see some moose, deer, mountain goats, big horn and possibly a grizzly or two.

Just kidding.

You have to do what you're most comfortable doing. If you're the kind of persdon who will always wonder if you missed the event of a lifetime then do it.

Otherwise go up the Schilthorn, have a great view on the way up and while there.

I remember years ago when we went up the Schilthorn we had lunch in the revolving restaurant. My wife put het purge on the ledge and a half hour later I had to walk all around the restaurant looking for her purse. Of course, it was still there.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Did both the Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, plus stayed overnight at Kleine Scheidegg. Had great weather at the Schilthorn and at Kleine Scheidegg; clouded over at Jungfraujoch. Would STILL not have missed it for the world.

Was a big fan of "The Eiger Sanction" scenes, so everything was great as far as I was concerned. I just could not believe I was THERE. I hated the fact that the 2008 German movie "Nordwand" (North Face) later sort of ruined my happy memories, but at least I knew EXACTLY where they were trying to help the climber reach the tunnel window.

I kept saying to my husband, "Wow, this is really Switzerland!"
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 07:05 PM
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Was worth the cost to us. So glad we did not miss it as the view was great. I am not the kind of traveller that would go to the Empire State Building, look at it from the sidewalk and say 'that was awesome'. Some folks are but if I am going to the time and expense of getting to the BO leaving out one of the main attractions isn't an option.
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Old Sep 25th, 2012, 08:29 PM
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I think it's worth it! Nearly fifty years on, I still remember my ride to the top of the Jungfrau, in the early sixties. I was a young Aussie,on my first overseas trip. Grindelwald and Kleine Scheidegg were such picturesque villages, there were three Alpenhorn players, with wonderful melodies echoing across the valley, the sky at the top was navy blue, I'd never even imagined an ice sculpture, and I had a go at skiing at the top. Since then, I've seen a lot more pointy mountains and views, but this experience will remain with me for ever.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 08:19 AM
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Again getting to the Schilthorn - the journey there from Lauterbrunnen to me is the best part of the whole experience - taking the absolutely thrilling aerial cable way from Lauterbrunnen straight up the cliffs a few thousand feet to Grutschalp and then taking the tiny toylike train along the cliff's edge with scintillating views over the glacier-girdled Jungfrau Massif right across the narrow Lauterbrunnen Valley to Murren.

Walking thru sedate swank Murren to the station of the aerial cableway to the Schilthorn - said to be the longest in the Alps is another thrill

And then Schilthorn and Piz Gloria themselves - great experience being out in the middle of nothing but snow-capped peaks for miles around and neat views down over Interlaken and its lakes and 360-degree vistas to kill for.

Then taking the cable way back to Murren and on down to Gimmelwald, a totally unique place - small farming hamlet literally out in the middle of nothing but fantastic views of the Eiger and Jungfrau summits

And from Gimmelwald taking what to me is the most awesome aerial cable car plunge in the Alps - a gondola that seems literally to plunge down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley far below - to Stechleberg where a postal bus whisks you back to Lauterbrunnenn. (With a Swiss Pass all those transports are free except Murren to Schilthorn which is 50% off - so if having a Swiss Flexipass you may want to use one of your 100% covered days on this wonderful excursion.

Not saying to chose Schilthorn over Jungfraujoch but getting to Schilthorn is much more awesome and varied in appeal than the train in a tunnen to the Jungfraujoch (those trains from Wengen or Grindelwald to Kl Schiedegg is awesome - from Kl Schiedegg to Jungfraujoch however is mainly in tunnel.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 09:16 AM
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Alessandra -
I have climbed the Eiger so I understand your fascination with The Eiger Sanction, and Nordwand. I found both pretty realistic.

Did not climb the nordwand - the typical climb is from the first station there is a door out to the glacier (its locked unless you are a guide).

After the summit, you do a traverse across to the Monchsjoch hut, then its a short climb to the Jungfraujoch.

So I have been to the Jungfraujock but I climbed there - so I guess thats one way to save on the cost

I did take the train down though...
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 10:49 AM
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So I have been to the Jungfraujock but I climbed there - so I guess thats one way to save on the cost>

well whilst it seems impossible for the average hiker to hike down from the Jungfraujoch itself - the first station up from Kl Schiedegg is easily possible to walk down from and I have done that and also from Kl Schiedegg to Wengen is an easy stroll - cutting some of the prodigious cost off the ticket perhaps (unless round trips are about the same as two one-ways, I have not looked.
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Old Sep 26th, 2012, 06:15 PM
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PalenQ - Your description of your Schilthorn adventure sounds great.
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