Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train - Bernese Oberland

Steam your way to fabulous views

Brienzer Rothorn excursion
About Brienzer Rothorn Steam Train

Available: June-October.

Example travel costs

Bernese Oberland Regional Pass: FREE 

Half Fare Card: 56 Sfr return from Interlaken

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE to Brienz then 50% discount

Guarantee your seat with an 8 Sfr free. 

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.

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'Sausage Express'

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 and Saturdays from early June.


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


From Interlaken Ost, you can take a quick train ride, or a longer lake cruise to Brienz. This relaxing journey, which takes approximately 1 hour is recommended for its beautiful views! From Meiringen and Lucerne, there is a direct train to Brienz. The historic Brienzer Rothorn steam train station is opposite the boat and mainline railway station in Brienz.

We recommend that you arrive half an hour before departure for the steam train.

Please check before travel for maintenance closures. 


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Brienzer Rothorn steam train

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