About the Jungfrau region
Picking the most beautiful region of Switzerland is impossible, but the Jungfrau region most definitely deserves a top ranking. Do not skip this region if you're a first time visitor!
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The Jungfrau region truly is picture perfect. See it here.
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What is the Jungfrau region?
The Jungfrau region begins in Interlaken, the largest town in the region. Interlaken is easy to reach by train and car. The Jungfrau region stretches out to the Jungfrau mountain range in the south, which is a UNESCO World Heritage area. There's a lot of beautiful alpine nature and several little villages. Many people consider the Jungfrau region as a "must see" in Switzerland.
Where to stay?
There are several options:
- Interlaken is the largest town, located between the beautiful Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. It's not particularly picturesque, but it is practical as there are many hotels, shops and restaurants. Also you can easily travel to the Jungfrau region and other areas in the Bernese Oberland from here. Hiking options directly from town are limited;
- Grindelwald, at the base of the Eiger, is the largest town after Interlaken. It can be touristy at times. The town offers easy access to Jungfraujoch and lots of hiking trails;
- Wengen is a car-free village on a plateau, with beatiful mountain views, easy access to Jungfraujoch and lots of hiking trails;
- Mürren is a car-free village on a plateau, with great views over the Lauterburnnen valley, easy access to the Schilthorn and quite some hiking trails. Traveling to other parts of the region takes a bit longer;
- Lauterbrunnen, down in the Lauterbrunnen valley with tens of waterfalls, is small but centrally located. You can easily reach Wengen and Mürren from here;
- Wilderswil is located just south of Interlaken. It's smaller, but also prettier than Interlaken. With several supermarkets, hotels and restaurants if offers all basics for a great stay. Moreover, there are perfect connections to Interlaken and the rest of the Jungfrau region;
- Gimmelwald is a tiny car-free settlement near Mürren. There aren't many facilities. We don't recommend staying there unless your main objective is to relax and enjoy the wonderful views, and if you don't mind traveling a bit more for sightseeing and shopping;
- Stechelberg is tiny as well and is located somewhat isolated at the end of the Lauterbrunnen valley. It can be reached from Lauterbrunnen by bus or by car.
If there's anything like 'perfect scenery', we think the Jungfrau region has it. The combination of sunny valleys, waterfalls, massive steep rock walls and snow capped peaks is just picture perfect. Take your time to explore this region. Although the area is small and you can make a round trip in a day, weather in the mountains dictates your plans. It's well worth it to wait for a clear day to see the mountains in their full glory.
TOWNS IN THIS REGION
Interlaken is the central town in the Bernese Oberland, and the gate to the famous Jungfrau region. It's an ideal base if you want to explore the entire Bernese Oberland.
Grindelwald, at the base of the mighty Eiger North face and the Wetterhorn, is literally situated amidst the Bernese Alps. It's a hikers' paradise!
Wengen is a car-free alpine village surrounded by hiking trails and ski slopes. It's a perfect base for excursions to Jungfraujoch, Kleine Scheidegg and Männlichen.
Mürren is a car-free alpine village, perfect for hiking and winter sports. There's a spectacular view on many mountains like the famous Eiger Northface, the Mönch and Breithorn. An excursion to the Schilthorn is easy from here.
Lauterbrunnen is surrounded by mountains, cliffs and waterfalls. It's a small centrally located village, convenient for excursions in the Jungfrau region. Interlaken, Mürren and Wengen are within easy reach.