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From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

1. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

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Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

2. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a 1-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

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From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

3. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

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From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

4. From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

See the sights of Mount Pilatus at your own pace with a self-guided tour from Lucerne. Journey along the famous "golden round trip" and travel by lake boat, cogwheel train, aerial gondola, and bus. Start the journey with a lake cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then hop on the world's steepest cogwheel train, Pilatus Railway, to reach Mount Pilatus (May to November only). Spend some time taking in the views before traveling back down the mountain in an aerial gondola to Kriens. Finish the journey with a bus ride back to Lucerne. Enjoy a fully customizable itinerary that allows you to stop and enjoy the views at any of the stops for as long as you wish. You'll receive one simple email with all the instructions and tickets required for your journey.

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From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

5. From Zurich or Lucerne: 2-Day Jungfraujoch Tour

Discover a paradise of snow and ice in the amazing Bernese Oberland. Ride the cable car and cogwheel train to the top of Europe, and spend the night in your choice of Interlaken or Grindelwald. Day 1: Zurich or Lucerne - Bernese Oberland Relax on the scenic coach journey from Zurich or Lucerne and travel through one of Switzerland's most attractive Alpine destinations. Head to the magnificent Jungfrau region and spend the afternoon and night in Interlaken or Grindelwald on arrival. Option 1: Interlaken: Located between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is the region's shopping paradise. Use your free time to go on a cruise, ride the funicular to Harder Kulm or let off some steam at the Jungfrau Park theme park. Option 2: Grindelwald: Nestled in an impressive Alpine landscape, Grindelwald is a paradise for nature lovers. Hike the well-prepared trails and enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains. Savor authentic local food and folk music in the evening. Day 2: Bernese Oberland - Zurich Board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. From there, exchange to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Arrive at the summit and immerse yourself in a wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace for panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and Europe’s longest glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace at the heart of the glacier. Make your way back to Zurich or Lucerne via peaceful resorts such as Wengen.

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From Lucerne: Titlis Glacier Day Tour with Private Guide

6. From Lucerne: Titlis Glacier Day Tour with Private Guide

Meet your guide at the hotel and make your way together to the train station in Luzerne. Take a 45-minute train to Engelberg, a small village at the end of the valley, known for its winter tourism industry. Take a 10-minute walk to the gondola station and board a 6-seat gondola. Enjoy a 20-minute scenic gondola ride as you glide above meadows, trees, and the silent landscape. Stop at the middle station called 'Stand' from where you will change onto a rotating gondola which will take you to the final destination in 5 minutes. During the journey, the gondola rotates by 360 degrees to ensure you get fantastic aerial views.  Once you've arrived at the top of Mount Titlis, begin the sightseeing tour by visiting the terraces, where there is snow all year round at 9980 ft above sea level. Enjoy the fantast panoramas of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. After exploring the terraces, visit the highest suspension bridge in Europe. Cross the 100-meter long bridge, which is 1640 ft off the ground. On the other side, the entrance to the glacier cave awaits you. Spend some time exploring the incredible tunnel system on a 150-meter-long walkway which descends below the surface of the glacier.  Return to the main building and take the opportunity to have lunch in the panoramic restaurant. Enjoy local dishes, while you're admiring views of the surrounding mountains. After lunch, the rest of the day is up to you. Take the chance to enjoy the silence on the terraces or ride a chair lift to the snow park for some wintry action. When you have finished discovering Mount Titlis, your guide will escort you back to Lucerne via the same route. There is the opportunity to stop in Engelberg for a short walk on the way back if you would like. 

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From Zurich: Full-Day Mount Stanserhorn Discovery Tour

7. From Zurich: Full-Day Mount Stanserhorn Discovery Tour

On this full-day tour you will discover the magnificent Mount Stanserhorn in the heart of the stunning Swiss countryside. From Zürich you will be taken on a scenic coach journey to Lucerne through the beautiful countryside via the Albis Pass and along the shores of the Lake Lucerne. On a short tour of the city you will take a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Lake Lucerne (depending on traffic conditions) and see the main sights of this charming town. Enjoy some time at leisure to explore the Old Town before continuing on to Stans, where you will board the vintage funicular train for an unforgettable ride through blooming meadows to the valley station of the world’s first CabriO cable car. This latest master piece of Swiss engineering is a unique open top aerial cable car which takes you up to Mount Stanserhorn (6,230 feet/1,900 meters). The unimpaired view from the roofless upper deck of the gondola is truly memorable. On the top of the mountain, a magnificent panoramic view over ten lakes, 100 kilometers of the Alpine mountain range and three countries awaits you. Take the short hike to the peak and visit the marmot park to watch these cute animals play, and have the option of sampling a typically Swiss dish in the revolving Rondorama restaurant. After descending to Stans, you will take the public train back to Lucerne for some additional time in this lovely city before taking the coach back to Zurich in the evening.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 256 reviews

Absolutely fantastic. The scenery was breathtaking and the tour coordinated well with a mix of cable car and train rides up/down the mountain. At the top there is plenty of activities to see with the ice palace and loads of great photo opportunities The tour guides Katrin & Ping kept everyone well informed Only slight put off was that we spent 1 hour in Interlakken on the way there when a 15min break would have done which would have given more time on the mountain and maybe given time have to do some walking

Jorge was great! He ensured that his instructions were clear and well followed to ensure smooth journey. He not only shared about the tour, he also shared about Switzerland cultures and lifestyles which gave us an overview how the locals live. Very interesting tour indeed!

Our tour guide, Katherine, was excellent. I’ve learned a lot about Switzerland because of her. Thanks, Katherine.

Angelica was an awesome tour guide. I had a great time, and I highly recommend this trip to everyone

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the whole trip was very organized