spend a winter weekend in Jungfrau, Switzerland
Six of the best ski areas in Jungfrau
Regardless of whether you are looking for challenging World Cup runs, activities outside of skiing such as tobogganing, snowshoeing and winter hiking or a lively après-ski scene, the Jungfrau Region has it all.
Only accessible by train, Wengen looks as if it were in heavenly hands: it looks out over the giants of the Jungfrau massif and down into the Lauterbrunnen valley. Experts, who are popular with British travelers because of their fine, moderately difficult terrain, their family appeal and their gentle apres-ski scene, can tackle the Lauberhorn World Cup downhill race course. Reliable snow is of course a plus.
Lauterbrunnen is famous for the rugged splendor of its cliffs, waterfalls and adrenaline sports (ice climbing in winter, BASE jumping in summer). It is located in the valley, but offers you quick access by train or gondola to all major holiday resorts and slopes in the world Jungfrau Region. There is also a generous selection of cafes, restaurants and accommodation.
Grindelwald spreads far along the main street. Although it doesn’t look as pretty as Wengen or Mürren at first glance, it is still charming alpine and the Eiger panorama is unbeatable. The skiing is good (lots of medium-difficulty cruises above the tree line) and gets even better with the arrival of the new Eiger Express. There are also plenty of options for sleeping and eating.
The icing on the cake, the car-free Mürren, is the dream of a winter wonderland with cute wooden chalets, a breathtaking view of the Jungfrau massif and a relaxed atmosphere. Gentle blue and red slopes, hairy black slopes (on the Schilthorn) and non-ski activities such as tobogganing, snowshoeing and winter hiking are part of the impressive standard offer.
Dinky Gimmelwald has what it takes for snow globe scenes in winter – much quieter and less touristy than other resorts. It’s a real escape, but only a snowball’s throw from the slopes in Mürren and Schilthorn. One of the few chalets is the cute and simple Esther’s Guesthouse – book the attic room, choose the group that has a sloping roof for star gazing.
6. Kleine Scheidegg
Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau dominate it above the Kleine Scheidegg, a snow sports resort at 6,761 feet above sea level, where you can slide directly onto some of the most beautiful slopes in the region, not least the Lauberhorn World Cup; The Jungfraujoch is a train ride away. The places where you can stay overnight fill up in a flash in winter. It is therefore advisable to book early.
Top three mountain top restaurants
1. Brandegg mountain restaurant
The north face of the Eiger peers over the shoulder of this mountain tavern, which you can reach on skis (on the Kleine Scheidegg – Grindelwald piste), by toboggan (Eiger Run) or on winter hiking trails. Share platters and apple pie during the day and good old-fashioned classics like hash browns and fondue at night.
2. Kleine Scheidegg mountain restaurant
This mountain support offers a breathtaking view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau from its terrace. The meal includes alpine macaroni with bacon and Grindelwald mountain cheese, as well as goulash. There are pop-ups outside for snacks on the hillside.
3. Mountain inn first
This rustic mountain inn is on the top of First, at 7,220 feet. The patio view is a knockout and the food is decent too. You play regional products in a hearty breakfast, share platters and traditional Swiss dishes such as bachal prösti with fried eggs and raclette cheese.
How it goes
Take the Eurostar to Paris and connect with TGVs that reach major Swiss cities in three to four hours. raileurope.com
The largest transport hub in the Jungfrau Region is Interlaken, two hours from Zurich Airport and one hour from Bern.
Double rooms from £ 235 at the Hotel Eiger; £ 247 at Boutique Hotel Glacier; and £ 117 at Esther’s Guesthouse.
You can find more information at myswitzerland.com
Published in the Winter Sports 2020 supplement, distributed with the Nov / Dec 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveler (UK)
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