Jungfrau railway

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  1. wanderer

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    Hi
    Thinking of taking the van to Switzerland and catching a train up on the jungfrau railway to view the eiger from the top viewing station . Anybody made this trip and have any tips or advice eg route, campsites, tickets, my van is 3850 lb can i just access all roads or do i have to buy a special box,do i have to book the railway
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  2. AuldCodger

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    Hi,
    You are talking of one of my favourite destinations, would recommend the lovely village of Lungern. http://www.obsee.ch/
    Not the closest of stops to Jungfrau but the site on the shores of the lake is fantastic and the village with bakery, bars, shops etc.and train station is only a few minutes walk away.
    You could purchase Swiss Rail travel passes and tour over a wide area and as you would expect the bus services are excellent.
    Enjoy :thumb:
     
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    Hi we went up the Jungfrau on the train nearly two years ago it is worth every penny of the £75 each it cost us i will find out the site we stayed at and let you know its only a short walk to the station from the site
     
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    We went up about more than 25 years ago, it seemed expensive then at about £40 now its nearer £100. You spend quite a bit of time in a tunnel in the Eiger. Just one word of advice try and arrange a day when you can actually see something at the summit we unfortunately picked a cloudy day! I do remember being very conscious of the thin air at the summit! Well worth the trip.
     
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    Your right about the weather we were there five days and waited till we got up one morning when the sun was shining and up we went :thumb:
     
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    I went about ten years ago. It really is an unforgettable experience with absolutely stunning scenery. We were lucky and the weather was perfect all day and I spent most of the afternoon sitting at the (very popular and busy!) cafe at Kleine Scheidegg, gazing at the Eiger.

    Not cheap......but it's money well spent! We went from Lauterbrunnen and there is a huge campsite just up the road from the station. You don't need to book the railway but do plan your day carefully according to the weather. Also plan to depart early am, around 8 or 8.30 in order to return around 5 or 6pm.

    http://www.camping-jungfrau.ch/ (GPS N 46.58789° E 7.9103°)

    http://www.jungfrau.ch/en/DesktopDefault.aspx/tabid-8/183_read-808/
     
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    We stayed at Lauterbrunnen, Camping Jungfrau, for a week 3 years ago The site was in a beautiful place, but a bit expensive, and noisy because of a helicopter pad just across the river with helicopters coming and going from 8am to 6.30pm. But you could walk to Lauterbrunnen station.

    The weekly rail pass seems expensive but gives you unlimited travel on most trains and cable cars. We thought it well worth it. It gives you a 50% dicount on the Jungfrau mountain railway. The whole experience was stunning, magnificent scenery.
     
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    Hi.
    You will not go far wrong with lauterbrunnen we stopped there about fifteen years ago never went up the mounain but what scenery , also trumblebach falls not to be missed, the area can be seen in various James Bond films.
    Happy travells.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Theres also the Shilthorn worth it if only for the cable car ride unless you feel energetic and want to walk up :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Thanks for all the info , anybody know anything about the toll system in Switzerland
    Wanderer
     
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    We went to Lautenbrau campsite about 5 years ago, agree about the helicopter noise, but its a big site. Try to ask for a pitch away from that area.

    We went up on the Jungfrau railway from there, it you get up extra early I think we caught the 6am or somethinglike that and it was at least 20% cheaper. Plus you get up there before everyone else.

    On the way back down we stopped at Grimvauld (or something like that).

    Switzerland is expensive, but it was one excursion that is a must.

    Pat
     
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    Hi Wanderer,
    This is the site you may want, http://www.stc.co.uk/
    The vignette which is mandatory on Swiss motorways can be purchased on-line ( £27 )
    plus plenty of other info.
    As I mentioned earlier the Swiss Rail Pass is well worth considering if you plan to tour around, quite a few private operators also give a discount on production of a pass.
     
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    Have been staying in this area regularly for years - my tip would be not the site at Lauterbrunnen as down in the valley it can be a bit sunless at times. I would stay at the site in Grindelwald near the Church - there is a lot more going on there and Uncle Tom's Cabin is great for Pizza.
     
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    As your 'van is 3850 kg (I'm sure you didn't mean lb :RollEyes:), you will need to buy paperwork at the border that applies to all vehicles over 3500kg, and unlike the vignette, which is required for motorway use only, is required on ALL roads.

    Don't panic, we found it a relatively easy transaction at the border (customs/immigration), credit card was taken, AND, unless you are there for a long time it will work out cheaper than a vignette.

    I beleive there are two options, purchase a number of consecutive days at a price per day (though there is a minimum price, so it is worthwhile buying at least that number of days) or you can buy a set of 'slots' which need to be filled in with the date before you go on the road for a day. We were only offered the former, but it suited us.

    As for campsites, I would echo the use of one in Grindelwald, which is higher but somewhat more open than Lauterbrunnen, and keeps the sun longer.

    We used the Eigernordwand site some years ago, with a magnificent view of the Eiger North Face. Just as important was that it is a short walk to Grindelwald Grund station for the trip up the Jungfrau.

    Aim for a clear day, many people go up and down quickly, but if it is clear (and it's really only worth going if it is - given the price) you can spend quite a bit of time there. A walk to the Munchsjochhutte for a bowl of soup is a good outing.

    DON'T forget the sunglasses - it's all snow and painful on the eyes when bright.

    Also, when we were there, the first couple of trains in the day were cheaper, and this really worked for us.
     
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    Jungfrau train

    I agree with all the posts above! However beware coming down on the last train from the Jungfraujoch - an elderly member of our party was jostled and almost trampled by a a herd of japenese tourists trying to get onto the train. Another reason for going up early? Dont forget its about as high as you can go in Europe and take plenty of warm clothing - surprising that you see people in shorts and sandals up there on the ice.:thumb:
    Keith
     
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    Nothing to add - an unmissable and unforgettable experience really is worth every penny! :BigGrin:
     
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    Ah i forgot to mention the Japanese a rugby scrum springs to mind but don't let that put you off as everyone says pick the right day and you won't regret going up:thumb:
     

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