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Sphinx Observatory in Switzerland

The Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station at is at 3,454 m (11,333 ft) the highest mountain railway station in Europe.

 
The Sphinx Observatory isn’t the highest astronomical observatory on earth, but it might feel like it to the lucky travelers who visit. To reach the observatory, they take a train up into the Swiss Alps, alight at Europe’s highest railway station, and ascend in an elevator tunneled inside the mountain. Once on top, stargazing is the academic focus, but visitors can take in sweeping views from the Sphinx’s 11,716-foot vantage. On either side are the Jungfrau and the Mönch, both members of the ‘four-thousander’ club—mountains that tower at least 4,000 meters (that’s 13,123 feet) above sea level.







 
The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m (11,716 ft) above mean sea level, it is one of the highest observatories in the world. Accessible to the public, it is also the second highest observation deck in Switzerland. The mountain top has been tunneled to fit an elevator which ascends to the observatory from the Jungfraujoch railway station, the highest such train station in Europe.

The open viewing deck accessible to the public is adjacent to the observatory. It offers views of the Jungfrau, Mönch, and Eiger peaks, all within a few kilometers.

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Sphinx Observatory in Switzerland
The Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station at is at 3,454 m (11,333 ft) the highest mountain railway station in Europe.
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