The Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: 4 Things to Do in the Happiest Country in the World

The Jungfraujoch, Switzerland: 4 Things to Do in the Happiest Country in the World

Officially, Switzerland is known as the happiest country on the planet. This is in accordance with the World Happiness Report, which is a survey that reveals the global ranking of happiness in more than 150 countries. You might be asking, what is the reason behind every Swiss being so happy in their own country? Well, besides the perception of its citizens that their government is corrupt-free, the longevity of its citizens is notable. And in addition to that list, the Swiss outdoors!

There are a multitude of things to do that is unique and can only be found in this country. From breathtaking views, delectable cheese, and even enjoying its luxurious chocolates while lounging in your chalet in Switzerland. And to make your travel hassle-free, we have listed four picture worthy attractions to visit in this wealthy and happy nation, specifically in The Jungfraujoch.

The Jungfraujoch

The Jungfraujoch is a high-altitude attraction and viewpoint. Standing at an altitude of exactly 3,454  meters, this is surely one of the locations every traveller should never miss to visit. It is situated in between the notable mountains Mönch and Jungfrau, in the middle of “Jungfrau – Aletsch –  Bietschhorn,” a UNESCO Natural World Heritage property. Having the train station that is the highest one in Europe, the cogwheel train is the only option to get there.
Because of the height of the attraction, anyone can experience light altitude sickness from about  2000 meters. Visitors with small children aged two and below, pregnant women, and persons in poor health condition are advised to check with their physicians regarding altitude conditions.  Anyhow, staying at a high altitude for just only a few hours is no problem. Also, there are times that clouds may cover the view, so it is best to check the weather forecast first. There’s no point in taking a two-hour trip going up if it is covered in clouds. Needless to say, multiple thinner layers must be worn so that you can adapt to the varying temperatures all throughout the day.  Sometimes, it can be very breezy at the top, therefore, it is a must to just bring gloves, sunglasses,  durable shoes, and perhaps a winter sports hat. The travel time going up to the Jungfraujoch needs to have at least two hours to maximize the area. Depending on your departure time and pace, it is either a whole day trip or half a day trip.

Jungfraujoch

 Sphinx Observatory

A lift takes you 117 meters more to the Sphinx observatory – an astronomical observatory positioned above the Jungfraujoch. Visitors can enjoy a 360° view here, both from its terrace and from the ease of a building which has panoramic windows. The observatory is named after the  Sphinx, a rocky peak on which it is situated. It is one of the highest observatories in the world,  standing at a height of more than 3,500 meters above sea level. Some of the visitors indicated that the view of the Swiss Alps from the observatory is excellent, it just needs to have the perfect weather to fully enjoy the experience.

 

The Ice Palace

There is an Ice Palace with many ice sculptures to appreciate as well. Kids will surely have the time of their lives when they see an eagle, penguin, or bear as if they had just been frozen or turned to ice. Mountain escorts and guides created the corridors and halls in the 1930s using picks and saws.  Today, artists with a great deal of talent create the ice sculptures. Visitors will discover their works of art in corners and cracks once they embark on a mirror-smooth trip through Frosty’s world,  where the ice melts even at minus three Celsius.
There is a 250-meter long corridor in between Ice Palace and Sphinx Hall called the Alpine  Sensation. Besides the frosty temperatures, knowing the sacrifices made by the miners – there are  30 memorial tablets that bear witness to this – to build the Jungfraujoch to the railway will surely give a thrill down the spine of whoever enters the place. Hearing some music playing on the way will also make your hair raise as it commemorates the beginning of the Jungfraubahn, adding up some images from the time of the tourism visionaries. At the end of the experience, visitors can  pose for a photo op in front of the giant snow globe and say “We made it!”

 

Chocolate

Last July 17, 2014, Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, located at the Jungfraujoch was opened by none other than its brand ambassador, Roger Federer – the Tennis Superstar whom everyone adores.  This themed chocolate shop gives its visitors a wide range of the best Lindt chocolates. Some might even truly consider this chocolate heaven, especially when you consider the location.  Rodolphe Lindt would never be happier knowing that his popular confectionery has its place at the Jungfraujoch. Learn about how the solid cocoa-sugar blend was transformed into a delicately melting crème. You can also see how it is made, and experience the moment Rodolphe Lindt discovered his own brand of chocolate out of frustration. Work on your chocolates and turn  Lindt’s self-made mixing machine where guests will learn from a virtual Lindt Maître Chocolatier how a chocolate bar is made. You can also visit the nearby Master Chocolatiers store that gives visitors an interesting understanding of their process. Needless to say, you can buy chocolates here as well.

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