Switzerland Insider

The Jungfrau Region in the Swiss Alps is a place where every view looks like a postcard come to life. If you’re after some of the most incredible sights in Switzerland, I’ve got you covered. In this blog post, I’m going to take you to the top 5 best viewpoints in the Jungfrau Region where the views are so good, they hardly seem real (at least for me). Whenever I travel to these viewpoints I make sure I take my time because I want to enjoy the views. I do this by staying there for a while so I can get used to the peace and quiet of the place, but also because the views look totally different after you have been there a while. That is due to the changing mood and sceneries, but also you will discover many more new things to admire!

Schynige Platte

Going to Schynige Platte feels like stepping right into those classic Swiss postcards. It starts with a ride on an old cogwheel train that slowly takes you up the mountain, showing off the kind of views you’ve probably dreamed about. At the top, you’re greeted with spectacular views of famous peaks like Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. But that’s not even why I go there. I want to have the breathtaking views of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun with Interlaken in between. You can best see this view from one of the viewpoints up there or the ridge hike (so far my favorite one in Switzerland) that connects them. And don’t miss the Alpine Garden – it’s a beautiful spot with more than 650 kinds of plants that call the Swiss Alps home. And if you go in July or August you will see some cows as well!

I recommend to plan about half a day for this adventure with it being the main attraction of the day. Open only in summer and fall.

You can read more about this magical place in my Schynige Platte Travel Guide.

Jungfraujoch

Heading up to Jungfraujoch, also known as the «Top of Europe,» is an experience that’s hard to beat. The train ride there with the Wengernalp Railway to Kleine Scheidegg is something special. After that you change to the Jungfrau Railway to reach Jungfraujoch. Once you’re up there, the views are out of this world, especially looking out over the Aletsch Glacier. There’s also an Ice Palace to explore. This is an adventure as you are basically walking inside the glacier and everywhere there are decorations with ice sculptures. And if you’re in the mood for some fun, the Snow Fun Park has got snow tubing and skiing – only in summer and fall! In my eyes Jungfraujoch should be on your to do list as it’s the main attraction of the region!

I recommend to plan about half a day for this adventure with it being the main attraction of the day. Open year-round.

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Official Site of Jungfraujoch

Grindelwald First

Grindelwald First is the place to be if you’re after adventure with your stunning views. You can zip line across valleys on the First Flyer, or take the First Cliff Walk for a bit of a thrill. There are lots of hiking trails too, ranging from the kind that’ll give you a nice, leisurely afternoon to those that’ll take longer (such as the one to Schynige Platte). Make sure to check out Bachalpsee, a gorgeous lake that’s not too far off. It’s the perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty around you. If you come in winter, you can enjoy the ski slopes around as Grindelwald First has and entire slope system that ranges all the way down to the village of Grindelwald.

I recommend to plan about half a day for this adventure with it being the main attraction of the day. Open year-round with closures for maintenance.

Official Website of Grindelwald First

Männlichen

For a family-friendly day out, Männlichen is fantastic. You can catch a gondola ride from Grindelwald or Wengen that offers incredible views the whole way up. Once you’re there, the Royal Walk to the summit is easy enough for most people (but it’s actually kind of steep and you’ll arrive not feel like the king of the world for the first couple of minutes) and ends at a platform with 360-degree views that’ll make you feel like you’re on top of the world. It’s a great way to see the Swiss Alps in all their glory, especially of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Alternatively you can get here in winter as it’s part of Grindelwald’s ski slopes.

I recommend to plan about half a day for this adventure with it not being the main attraction of the day. If you access from Wengen, it’s a 10 minute cable car ride. Open year-round with closures for maintenance.

Official Website of Männlichen 

Harder Kulm

You can catch a funicular to Harder Kulm right from Interlaken, and it’s a short ride up but with amazing views that get better as you go higher. Once you’re at the top, there’s this incredible viewing platform that looks out over Interlaken, the Swiss town sandwiched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. The scenery is spectacular – you’ve got the lakes, the town, and the mountains all in one panoramic shot. It’s the perfect spot if you want to see the beauty of the Swiss Alps without venturing too far out. Plus, there’s a restaurant up there where you can grab a bite to eat with a view that’s hard to beat.

I recommend to plan about 2 hours for this adventure with it not being the main attraction of the day. You can easily do that after breakfast or in the evening to enjoy the sunset on Lake Thun. Open from April to December.

Official Website of Harder Kulm