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The romance of steam: Switzerland's only steam powered rack railway

A nostalgic steam railway adventure high in the Bernese Alps

The Brienz Rothorn Railway has been steaming its’ way up the Rothorn mountain from the charming village of Brienz since 1892. It is the only steam powered railway in the world operating 3 generations of steam locomotives on a daily basis. This service is open 7 days a week for the entire summer season.
The railway climbs a total of 5505 feet during its 4.7 mile length. The journey takes about one hour and encompasses some of the most scenic countryside that Europe has to offer. The line initially meanders between Chalet gardens of Brienz before cutting through the lowland meadows above the village. The route then leads up to the mountain forests and tunnels before bursting out onto the stark glacial terrain of the alpine peaks. The Hotel Restaurant Rothorn Kulm at the summit, provides the traveller with truly breath taking panoramas of Switzerland’s central Alpine Massive.

The panoramic vista at the summit of the Brienzer Rothorn

From the station and restaurant at Rothorn Kulm situated 7362 feet above sea level it is a short walk up the remaining few meters to the very peak of the Brienzer Rothorn. The rewarding views on offer simply have to be seen to be believed. The 360° panorama takes in the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau to the southwest complementing the peaks of the Pilatus, Rigi and Jura to the north.

 

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A varied experience on the Brienzer Rothorn

The summet of the Brienzer Rothorn is a ideal starting point for:
Family excursions 
Group excursions 
Hiking

... and the trains of the Brienz Rothorn Railway are the way to arrive in style!