Sphinx Observatory

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Sphinx Observatory
Sphinx Observatory.jpg
Location Bern/Valais, Switzerland
Coordinates 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500Coordinates: 46°32′51″N 7°59′6″E / 46.54750°N 7.98500°E / 46.54750; 7.98500
Altitude 3,571 m (11,716 ft)
Established 1937
Website www.hfsjg.ch
Astronomical dome 76 cm[1]
Commons page Related media on Wikimedia Commons

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 kilometres.

In popular media[edit]

The observatory can be seen in the movies The Grand Budapest Hotel and Krrish 3. It is also briefly seen in the trailer for Steep (video game).[2]


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