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“Up the rack” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Brienz Rothorn Bahn

Brienz Rothorn Bahn
Hauptstrasse 149c | 3855 Brienz, Brienz CH-3855, Switzerland
+41 33 952 22 22
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Ranked #3 of 7 Attractions in Brienz
Type: Scenic Railroads, Transportation, Other
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy your trip with the 122 year old steam train trough the beautiful scenery of these wonderful Swiss mountains. After passing the forrest, the graze with cows, you slowly climb up to the Rothorn. On top you have an extraordinary view over more than 100 mountains! Don't forget to visit our restaurant on top which offers you a wide range of typical swiss foods and drinks. Just relax and enjoy your day up on the Rothorn!
Spiez, Switzerland
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“Up the rack”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Well worth a visit for any raliway enthusiast or simply just to get a superb mountain-top view. The journey up lasts an hour, a small but sturdy steam-locomotive pushes the carriages up the hill, most of which is at about 1 in 4! Already going up you have spectacuar views of the lake, at the top there is a 360° panorama of lakes and mountains. There are a couple of restaurants, there is also the possibility of taking a cable car down the other side of the mountain. (to Sörenberg)
You need fairly good weather to get the views and at the top there is little to do except admire them. The excursion is pricey (CHF 84.- full-fare return to the summit), but even so a memorable trip.

Visited September 2013
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“Awesome experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is an excellent idea for a day or half day trip. Take a boat ride from interlacken west to brienz. The lake has excellent turquoise green water that you wiuld not have seen anywhere. Just before the last stop there is a nice waterfall as well. If you wish can get down and walk to the waterfall. Next stop is brienz.

Opposite to the brienz station is the rothorn bahn. It has a steam engine chuk chuk train that takes you to the top if the mountain. It is a 1 hr ride to the top. The view of lake and other mountains from top is breath taking. There are lot of tunnels on the way and gives an amazing experience with slow moving train.

The restaurant on top is good.

Now the amazing part. If you have birthday on that day then all this is free for you. Boat ride in first class and the rothorn bahn train.

The cost of the train to top and back is 84CHF without half fare card. And 42 CHF with half fare card. But is well worth it. Make sure its a clear day.

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Birmingham
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“Great Little Train of Switzerland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

What a fantastic journey. Yes the train was full, seemed better if you left it a little later in the day, but it was worth it. The journey up was just so scenic. There is a good place to get food and drink at the top. Do make sure it is clear up there or it will be disappointing. Great value with swiss rail pass as it is half price. Still expensive though, but on a good day it was magic.

Visited September 2013
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Hamden, Connecticut
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“Nothing like it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The living embodiment of "the little train that could'...in this case, climb a mountain! Most of the trains are powered by steam. Once at the top, the view across the lake to the Eiger, Monch and Jungraus is magnificent. A ridge hike (of some difficulty) to Schoehnbuel rewards the fit traveler, who probably will want to take the cable cars down to Lungern and return to Brienz by train.

Visited August 2013
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“Perfect day out with lake trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Take the boat from Interlaken, then go up the Rothorn on this steam rack railway. The views of the alps and lakes are amazing and you will have a great day out.

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