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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Ascend to Europe’s highest point on an exhilarating full-day excursion to the Swiss Alps from Lucerne. With a professional guide, travel by luxury coach through the spectacular scenery of the Bernese Oberland region to Interlaken. After a short visit of Interlaken, ascend the UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass and absorb sweeping mountain vistas on arrival at the ‘Top of Europe’. Explore the frozen witchery of an Ice Palace at the summit and marvel at incredible panoramas of the alpine wonderland from the Sphinx Observatory.
  • Day trip from Lucerne to the top of the breathtaking Swiss Alps
  • Enjoy a spectacular cogwheel train ride from Eiger Glacier Station to Jungfraujoch, one of Europe's highest peaks
  • Soak up winter wonderland views from the Sphinx Observatory and walk through the heart of a glacier in the Ice Palace
  • Your expert multilingual guide will ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience
  • Ride the new state-of-the-art gondola Eiger Express from Grindelwald to Eiger Glacier Station
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide as per description
Cogwheel train ride
Aerial cable car Eiger Express
Alpine Sensation, Sphinx Observation Terrace, Plateau and Ice Palace (weather permitting)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Frankenstrasse 2 , Frankenstrasse 2, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland

Our meeting point is located at Frankenstrasse 2-4, 6003 Lucerne, a side street off Lucerne train station. Please wait there on the side walk.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Depart from a central Lucerne location in a comfortable coach and receive a fascinating introduction the Bernese Oberland’s rich history from your knowledgeable guide. Admire scenic vistas of the Swiss countryside, and then refresh with a hot beverage (own expense) during a brief interlude in Interlaken. 

Travel onward to Grindelwald to climb aboard the new state-of-the-art gondola Eiger Express for a ride to Eiger Glacier Station. Continue your breath-taking journey to Europe’s highest point in a cogwheel train. Scour the scenery for the dramatic peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and feel your adrenaline levels surge as you approach the 11,332-foot (3,454-meter) summit of the Jungfraujoch. 

Marvel at the splintering peaks of the Aletsch Glacier and then ride the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory for incredible panoramas of the frozen Alpine wonderland below. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the Ice Palace, following your guide through the heart of the glacier, and opt to enjoy a fulfilling meal at one of the many restaurants on the mountaintop (own expense). 

Capture final photographs of the incredible views and then descend the mountain on the awaiting train. Re-board your coach in Lauterbrunnen and relax during the drive back to Lucerne.
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Head to Lucerne in the morning to board your luxury coach. Your multilingual guide will accompany you throughout your entire full-day journey. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic drive through Swiss countryside and the Bernese Oberland, a fairy-tale wonderland of white jagged Bernese Alps. The scenery is truly captivating, and it only gets better from here!
Stop At:  
After a 1-hour drive, stop for a short break in the famous town of Interlaken, situated between two lakes to form the main gateway to the region's mountains and lakes.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Continue to the nearby village of Grindelwald to board the gondola Eiger Express of the newly opened V-Cableway for a spectacular ride to the Eiger Glacier station, where you change to the cogwheel train to Jungfraujoch. Stunning views of the world-famous triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau accompany you on the way and the imposing Eiger North Face seems to be within one’s grasp.
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Once on the top, immerse yourself in the fascinating high alpine wonderland of eternal ice, snow and rock. Experience the discovery tour “Alpine Sensation” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway.
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau with the most breathtaking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, the neighbouring countries and the longest glacier of the Alps, the Aletsch Glacier.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Ice Palace - Jungfraujoch
Don't forget to stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace located in the heart of the glacier – a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Lauterbrunnen Village
After your Top of Europe adventure, board the cogwheel train for your descent down the mountains. Pass the holiday resort town of Wengen before arriving in Lauterbrunnen, where the coach awaits you for the return trip to Lucerne.
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Drop off at Frankenstrasse 2 - 4, Lucerne at the end of the day.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • As the Jungfraujoch is covered in snow all year round, we recommend bringing a warm jacket, shoes with a solid rubber sole and sun glasses to experience all indoor and outdoor attractions. Please note that there is no possibility to rent clothes or shoes on top of the Jungfraujoch.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Routing and means of transport may have to be amended during maintenance work and depending on seasonal schedules without prior notice. A minimum stay of 2 hours on the top of Jungfraujoch is always guaranteed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best of Switzerland Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "The only downside to the whole day is the shuttle bus ride there and back, if you get car sick easily this will be rough, as the trip goes over the alps and is very winding at higher speeds." See review

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Our guide was excellent....
, Jul 2022
Our guide was excellent. The weather was beautiful. The views were stunning. We enjoyed our visit very much.
Going to jungfrau. I was...
, Jul 2022
Going to jungfrau. I was disappointed that didn't get to stop at either interlocked or grindenwalk. I thought that was part of the tour
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Adrienne Thank you very much for joining our “Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland” and for reviewing your experience. We are truly sorry to read that the tour programme did not meet your expectations and you were disappointed by not visiting the towns of Interlaken and Grindelwald. While the tour description on Viator/Tripadvisor mentions a short visit of Interlaken, it does not say anything about visiting Grindelwald as we only pass by this village to start the ascent to Jungfraujoch. The tour starts with a 1 ¼ hour drive from Lucerne to Interlaken and in Interlaken we stop for about 45 minutes allowing our guests to grab a bit to eat or soak in the bustling international atmosphere of Interlaken, the duration of the stop depends on traffic conditions. The focus of the tour that you have joined is taking our guests to the Swiss Alps and up to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, the highest train station in Europe and the journey itself to reach Jungfraujoch takes some time but is very diverse and offering great views from the ride on the Eiger Express gondola and the cogwheel train. We hope that you were still able to enjoy a great day in the Swiss Alps and hope to welcome you back on our tours on your next trip to Switzerland. You may then want to join our “Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne” which allows you to explore the towns of Grindelwald and Interlaken individually for 5 hours. Best regards Best of Switzerland Tours
Tour Guide good, Jungfraujoch a Chance
, Jun 2022
Monika was a very nice tour guide and told us information about the area. Great sites to see along the drive. It is a lot of money though and the weather in Switzerland is not very predictable especially at the top of a mountain! So you're taking a chance on that you will have a clear view at the top with good weather. If it is cloudy or has been stormy then not all of the activities would be available to you at the Jungfraujoch. Interlaken is just a short stop to get a coffee and use a restroom. I would visit the Jungfraujoch and Interlaken again but on my own more than likely and not a bus tour.
The most memorable part of our visit to Switzerland!
, Jun 2022
Loved the cable car, loved the Ice Palace, loved being at the Top of Europe! Picture-taking opportunities are endless!
Tour is great! Avoid Crystal Restaurant
, Jun 2022
Our guide (Rebeca) was good; however our experience at the Crystal Restaurant (at the top) was horrible. Personnel was very rude with very bad manners; it seems that they were doing us a favor, it is a very expensive restaurant with a beautiful view and good food, but unfortunately all waiters and host gave us a very bad service.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Camilo, Thank you very much for joining our excursion to the Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe and for sharing your experience! While we will be happy to forward your kind words to your tour guide Rebecca, we are truly sorry to hear that your lunch experience at the Crystal Restaurant hindered you from fully enjoining your day. As lunch is not included in any of our tours, our guests get to decide individually, which of the different restaurants on the summit they would like to have lunch at. Switzerland is known for its high standard of living and the high costs associated with it, which is also reflected in restaurant prices. As obtaining and transporting food and beverages to relatively remote restaurants sitting at 10,000 feet costs, even more, you will find higher prices in mountain restaurants than in the cities. Nevertheless, we regret that you were not satisfied with the service and will be happy to pass on your feedback to the restaurant. We hope that you will still keep very fond memories of your visit to the Jungfraujoch and hope to welcome you back on tour during your next trip to Switzerland! Best regards, Amanda from Best of Switzerland Tours
The trip was very well...
, May 2022
The trip was very well organized and the guides were exceptionally helpful. After a late start (due to traffic), the rest of the day was just a great experience.
All great except unnecessary stop
, May 2022
It was a lot of fun and our guide was great. Only issue was the stop in Interlacken, the stop was only so that we could pick up more people, it was too short to really see anything, but to long to make it a quick stop. I would have rather had the extra time on the mountain. Loved Jungenfrau!
While out on the...
, Apr 2022
While out on the observation deck at the Top of Europe site someone in a "racing" style plane went zipping between the building & the nearest peak - Incredible Also totally enjoyed the glacier tunnel. Enjoyed the entire day
Another off the bucket list
, Apr 2022
Excellent in everyway, Jorge was a great guide and the whole trip was a once in a lifetime experience from beginning to end. I would really recommend this trip if you are going to Switzerland, we were based in Lucerne and the pickup was very convenient just by the station Go and be thrilled
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great day out
, Mar 2022
An amazing experience, we were fortunate to have good weather that day. There are a lot of beautiful views if you can bear the cold so I recommend wearing a few layers and definitely wearing gloves with touch screen capability. I also recommend bringing a packed lunch prior to getting there if you don't want to spend money on the cafe/restaurant as it's not cheap. Overall a great experience and would say it's worth it.
Fernando was amazing as a...
, Jan 2022
Fernando was amazing as a tour guide! We had more than enough time at each stop and overall had a very memorable experience with my friends. Definitely will recommend this to anyone and everyone!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Best tour so far!
, Oct 2021
Our coach was very comfortable and made it very enjoyable viewing the countryside! Manual, our driver was great and very polite. Our guide, Yolanda, was very personable and knowledgeable. Great trip and certainly recommend to do while in Switzerland!
1 traveler found this review helpful
To of the list as well as Europe
, Oct 2021
Superb from start to finish. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly without being pushy. Highly recommended for all travellers to the region
2 travelers found this review helpful
Can't top Europe
, Sep 2020
This trip has so much to it. The cog wheel train ride, the views from the Sphinx observatory, viewing and walking onto a glacier, the ice tunnel, and food and drink at 11,333 feet. It was an incredible experience. Our guide was very informative along the way and added to the trip. The only downside to the whole day is the shuttle bus ride there and back, if you get car sick easily this will be rough, as the trip goes over the alps and is very winding at higher speeds. However, even with that the trip is worth the time and money.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Ranuca H
, Jan 2020
This is a must-do tour. Every aspect of the tour was exceptional from pick up, to the sights, to return. The mountain top was breathtaking.
3 travelers found this review helpful
What a view
, Oct 2019
Edwardo, our guide to Jungfraujoch, was superb. Lots of knowledge, friendly and easy to understand. He handled the large group speaking several languages with ease. But the Jungfraujoch was truly the star of the trip. We had a perfect day, clear blue skies, temperatures in the 1-3C range and a light breeze. For a mid-October day, we could not have wished for more, the views were stunning. Left us overwhelmed. The walk to the snow side was fun as was the Ice Palace walk. The only suggestion is to announce that people can sit anywhere they want on coach on the return trip. Because we got the bus in Lucerne, we rode in the top of the double-decker bus but on the way back found seats on the lower level, easier on our old bodies. But this upset one couple who expected the same seats.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great trip
, May 2019
The whole family enjoyed the trip. The guide was very informative giving us alot of information on the way there.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Experience
, Mar 2019
This was an amazing tour! We were fortunate to have sunny and clear skies which made the experience even better. The views from the Sphinx observatory and the cogwheel trains were spectacular, the tour guide was very informative and helpful, the stop and Interlaken was great and we had plenty of time to see everything we wanted to see.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome trip!! the Highlight of our...
Steve S
, Sep 2018
Awesome trip!! the Highlight of our vacation.
This day trip was amazing and the staff...
Deborah B
, Aug 2018
This day trip was amazing and the staff exceptional! My husband lost his phone out the window on the way down and the staff went above and beyond to find it, which they did. Highly recommend using them.

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