Five Reasons Why You Should Visit the Jungfrau Region
The Jungfrau Region’s iconic mountain landscape has world-famous alpine peaks, thundering waterfalls, glaciers, and vast flowering meadows with adorable, grazing cows.
And there are plenty of unforgettable activities to enjoy in all seasons. Here are the five main reasons why you should make it part of your Swiss journey:
The Charming Villages.
Start planning your adventure to the Jungfrau Region with finding the village which fits your personality best: This region is home to a number of charming villages – Grindelwald, Wengen, Mürren, Lauterbrunnen, or Haslital. Fortunately, these villages are so close together there will be no need to choose only one to visit. However, you will be asking yourself which one you should visit first!
Grindelwald is perched on the site of the dramatic Mount Eiger, where breathtaking scenery engulfs your view upon every step. The car-free old mountain village of Mürren, is reached by a 20-minute cable car ride over the mountainside. Will you head to Wengen, at the foot of Jungfrau, with its nostalgic timber houses, dispersed holiday chalets and belle époque hotels? Lauterbrunnen has the perfect mix of jagged mountainsides, towering waterfalls, and charming Swiss chalets.
Or the historic Meiringen in the Hasli Valley, where you can follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes?
In summer you can choose from over 500 km of marked walking, hiking and mountain paths. There are hikes for all fitness levels and you’ll be sure to find your way on trails that are well marked. A 50-minute hike from Interlaken takes you to Harder Kulm, where you’ll be rewarded with wonderful views of Interlaken, the twin lakes and mountains beyond.
If you rather start more leisurely, take the cogwheel train up to Schynige Platte, which is a starting point of various hiking tours and mountain trails. Spoiler alert: The Alpine Botanical garden with over 600 species, two thirds of the whole Alpine flora, waits to be discovered.
A two-hour scenic train ride takes you from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch. Once on the Top of Europe – 3,466 meters above sea level – discover the many in and outdoor activities. You can explore the Aletsch Glacier, Europe’s longest glacier, enjoy beautiful panoramic views from the Sphinx Observatory and breath in the pure Alpine air. The Ice Palace, shops with typical Swiss quality products, and restaurants with international menu choices are some of the indoors offerings.
Interlaken and its Two Lakes.
Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, where Interlaken sits in-between, are good places to go for a dip during the summer and escape the heat. Or you can embark on a lake cruise and sail across the calm waters to Thun.
Soak up the rays, take in the views of the surrounding mountains and the castles along the shore. One thing is for sure, the setting could not be more spectacular.
The Jungfrau Region is host to numerous events, some of them tightly connected with history and tradition. The “Chästeilet” for example, when the local farmer split the cheese which has been produced in the high alpine meadows during the summer. Each of the villages organizes a “Chästeilet” Festival in September.
The time-honored festival includes music, a procession of colorfully decorated cattle, and a festive folk fest with regional specialties. Should you visit in winter, make sure it is in January, when Grindelwald hosts the World Snow Festival on the natural ice-rink in the village center.
Also, the Snowpenair is the highest open-air concert in the snow, which will be taking place at Kleine Scheidegg in April, with a backdrop of stunning scenery.
For more information, visit Jungfrau Region Tourism