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Zip-lining on Jungfrau

Hi, has anyone done the zip-lining or other activities on the Jungfrau? Can you share your experiences? Dumb question but how do you get back up to the top of the mountain if you want to do some other things? Thanks!

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Sam, thanks for responding. I think we're looking at the same site (https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/). There is a video at the bottom of the page, "The Highlight of Any Trip to Switzerland". At about 2:40 min it shows the "Sphinx Lift" where there appears to be sled riding and zip-lining activities. Also, at this link (https://www.jungfrau.ch/en-gb/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe/) it references the Snow Fun Park. This will be our first time to the Jungfrau and we don't want to miss anything.

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Donna,

Be sure to check the weather on the day you travel to the Jungfraujoch. If it's fogged in with a fierce blizzard, you won't be able to do any adventure activities. Also, keep in mind that the top is about 12,000 feet so you may be operating at a much slower speed than normal.

For other adventure activities, you could consider Paragliding from MΓΌrren. A bit expensive but a lot of fun!

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You'll exit the Sphynx at the snow level to go outside and do the activities. They're all very close and easily walkable. The zip line begins at the exit of the Sphynx. Once you're outside you'll immediately climb the metal stairs to the top of the landing where the zipline begins. From there it zips you "over" the area where the sledding is. It deposits you into a snow bank not too far past the sledding and easily walkable back to the sledding area or back to the beginning of the zipline.

When you get there do try to strike up a conversation with one of the employees/attendants who are usually very friendly and full of information. We've been there several times but on the most recent visit June 2017 one of the employees pointed out where the Sphynx exit "used to be" which we saw was about 20-30 feet ABOVE the current exit. That's where the snow/ice "used to be". That much of it has melted away. Talk about an eye-opener!

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We were there this past summer on a glorious 90 degree day! We sat on the deck chairs and watched the zip liners. The zip line is not that long so if you opt to do the tubing/sledding this is what we discovered: The tubing/sledding is in the same location but you have to walk down a little further and pay at the second booth. It was 20 CHF and you could have as many turns as you wanted (I think the zip line was about the same price). The problem was it was very busy that day, and once we had paid, we were left to find a tube/sled on our own. We had to wait until someone was ready to give up their tube/sled which was at least 20 minutes or more. We finally found a sled and then only went down twice! It is hard work pulling the sled back up the hill even though there is a conveyor belt. The belt often stopped and just didn't work well. At that altitude your tire very easily.

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Hi, we're back from Switzerland and had a wonderful time. We went to the top of the Jungfrau on Oct 9. The weather was cold but absolutely clear and beautiful - we took some great photos! We watched several people do the zip-lining but we ultimately chickened out. At the end of the zip line it appeared that the person was dragged over the ice for about 20 feet, tumbling head over heels. We just didn't want to take the chance of ending up with a sprained ankle or broken bones, especially with 2 more weeks of the trip ahead of us. We enjoyed the train trip and beautiful scenery. It was a great day and one of the best of our entire vacation.

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Donna,

It's nice to hear that you had such a wonderful trip! I always enjoy getting back to that area.

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I was at Jungfrau in early October, too, and watched people hit the snow/ice at the end of the zip line really hard with kind of a sickening thump.

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I did the zip line four years ago, when I was 60. It was in July. It was not scary at all (except waiting for it) and I watched the people ahead of me so I knew how to land. It was my first time doing this, and it was fun. Go for it!

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As an addition to the activities in the area - we just got back from Murren where we stayed 2 nights in late mid December. There was LOTS of new powdery snow. Yes there were lots of people on skis but there are also lots of people on sleds. You can sled from the top of Almendhubel all the way down to Murren and then continue on down to Gimmelwald. What great fun! I've been to Murren quite a lot in Summer, but this was my first winter adventure.

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Tim, that sounds wonderful! There are a few places I want to return to again and again and Murren is at the top of the list. I bet it’s beautiful in the winter.