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Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway

Switzerland
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Ranked #17 of 135 attractions in Valais
Type: Scenic Railroads
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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156 reviews 156 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

In 1982, the Furka Oberalp railway replaced some of the most interesting rack railway trackage on this planet with a 14km long tunnel. As this stretch, high in the mountains, was very labour-intensive to maintain due to high snows (the catenary would have to come down for the winter, some bridges were dismantled, etc.) and only operational part of the... More

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

We booked the trip over email a few months back, and paid on the day. We travelled from Realp to Gletsch by steam then changed to diesel down the hill. Only thing to be aware of is the train leaves from a seperate station in Realp which is about 10 minutes walk from the MGB one. We had reserved seats... More

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Charmouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We have made several visits to this wonderful little restored railway service. It lies high in the Swiss Alps between Oberwald and Realp, replacing what was the mainline traffic which now dissappears into a tunnel, missing the superb Furka Pass Scenery. Our first visit caused the Tourist Information Service of Interlaken a great deal of wonderment. We had found something... More

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manchester
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

For anyone who loves scenery or riding behind steam engines this is a real must. The journey from Realp to Oberwald, along the Furka Pass, has it all - excellent scenery - including the Rhone Glacier, spotless engines and carriages and polite, enthusiastic staff. Throw in a stop for refreshments at Furka ( with the opportunity to buy local produce... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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55 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

We had a comfortable journey by Swiss Rail way starting from Zurich Central via Arth-Goldau-Göschenen and to Realp where we got on that beautiful old railway train. The perfectly polished and well oiled old locomotive engine was just a dream for those who are interested in steam engines. The journey up to Gletsch was very impressive but the famous Glacier... More

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London, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Another 'must do' for my train enthusiast husband! It was a lovely trip behind a steam train up into the 'hills' of Furka. It seems very odd that this was once the main line until the tunnel was built between Oberwald and Realp. The trip takes over 2 hours with a stop at Furka - where the trains pass. Here... More

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Bern, Switzerland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
7 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

One of the great steam trains journeys in the world. Crossing the Furka pass in a steam train from the 1920s, while enjoying the alpine scenery and the mountain air. A few practical details: the trains operate only from June to October, advance seat reservation is mandatory (and easily done on the website of the steam railway). The trip takes... More

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geneva
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

you have to make the ride once in your life. cosy railway superbe views.

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Bilbao, Spain
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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

As the old track through the Furka pass top tunnel was substituted by the basis tunnel, I was very sad. However, soon a group of railway enthusiasts founded the "Furka steam railway" and startet to revitalise the old track over the Pass. In the meantime they succeeded to get the whole track in operating order by the help of thousands... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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23 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

The Furka mountain railway was once the center section of the Glacier Express, until it was replaced by a tunnel section some decades back. After some years of deterioration the track was recently restored by volunteers, and now even operates a historic steam train. Both the track and the train were restored with great dedication and care, so that it... More

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