About Brienzer Rothorn steam train
Available: June to October.
Bernese Oberland Regional Pass: FREE
Half Fare Card: 55 Sfr from Interlaken
Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount from Brienz
The Brienzer Rothorn nostalgic cog railway line has been chugging its way from the Berner Oberland village of Brienz to the Brienzer Rothorn since 1892. With three generations of steam locomotives, it is the only steam powered cogwheel railway system to provide daily steam train services during the entire summer season. The summit has fantastic views from 2,350m, taking in an amazing panorama of 693 mountain peaks.
A truly unique and certainly a high point of any holiday. The Express train stops at the half way point 'Planalp' where your driver and onboard fireman will cook and serve you sausages from the locomotive's original steam kettle. The conductor will serve you their patent 'rack rail' bread and included in the price is a bottle of soft drink. Departures are from Brienz at 10.00. As spaces are limited it is highly recommended to pre-book your seats (up to 14 days in advance). Prices are on request. Available Wednesdays from early June.
Steam locomotive footplate rides
Make that childhood dream come true and ride the footplate of a steam locomotive on a Swiss mountain railway! The experience is a half a day and your visit is accompanied by one of their qualified guides which also includes being shown how the locomotive is prepared. Safety and operations are explained and any of your questions will be answered. The highlight of the course is a one hour footplate ride up to the Rothorn Kulm. Reservable up to 14 days in advance and there are two departures from Brienz available daily at 08.30 & 09.30 from June to October. Prices are on request.
At the summit you will find the Rothorn Kulm mountain restaurant and hotel with its grand panorama terrace and breathtaking views over the Berner Oberland. It is a non smoking restaurant and is wheelchair accessible. The restaurant offers sumptuous breakfasts, hearty lunches and romantic à la carte evening dinners. In addition the open terrace is a wonderful way to watch sunrises and sunsets over the Bernese Alps and is the perfect backdrop to any memorable meal or occasion.
There are six hiking trails - please see the map in the 'more photos' gallery.
1st route: Brienzer Rothorn station 2,244m - Arnihaaggen 2,207m - Schönbüel 2,011m. Walking time 2hr 15min
2nd route: Brienzer Rothorn 2,244m - Brünig Pass 1,022m. Walking time 4hr 30min
3rd route: Brienzer Rothorn 2,244m - Planalp 1,341m - Brienz 566m. Walking time 3hr 30 min
4th route: Brienzer Rothorn 2,244m - Chrutenpass 2,102m - Planalp 1,341m. Walking time 2 hrs
5th route: Planalp 1,341m - Mettli - Brienz 566m. Walking time 1hr 50min
6th route: Planalp 1,341m - Schwanden 659m - Ballenberg 634m. Walking time 2 hrs
There is a direct train service from Lucerne to Interlaken and Brienz. From Interlaken Ost you can take the boat all the way to Brienz. This relaxing journey, which takes approximately 1 hour is recommended for its beautiful views. The Brienzer Rothorn Railway station is directly opposite the boat station in Brienz.