Places to visit in Switzerland: The Sphinx Observatory

The Sphinx Observatory3

If you find yourself near Berne, you should take the train for a 45 minutes ride to the foot of the alps, and from there get another 3 hour train that will get you to highest land-based structure in Europe, The Sphinx. Located in Jungfraujoch at 3,571 meters above the Sea Level, the observatory has a viewing platform that’s accessible to visitors.


The Sphinx observatory is placed between the cantons of Berne and Valais, in a mountain region that was declared as a protected area of the Swiss Alpine region. As you can see, the scenery is pretty impressive, offering everlasting views. A large part of the Sphinx and overnight accommodations are restricted to the general public, but even so, the trip worth your while.

The center gathers astronomers, physicists, hydrologists and geologists since it is the 14th highest permanent observatory in the World, and one of a kind in Europe. Sphinx is an important element in long-term experiments because it is used as a solar spectrometer for the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics at the University of Liège, Belgium and in the LIDAR experiment for the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

The actual view from the viewing platform:

Sphinx Observatory - The View

Sphinx Observatory - The View 2

The Sphinx Observatory - the view 3


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