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“a step back in time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway

Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
, Switzerland
0848 000 144
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manchester
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“a step back in time”
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 as well) and you have a perfect day out.
However, as the railway only runs for about 72 days a year (owing to snow etc) advance booking is absolutely necessary for the full journey trains - so don't just turn up and expect to travel. We booked in April for a trip in September.
Don't forget to take your camera !

Visited September 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Beautiful old steam engine”
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 du Rhone was no longer to be seen. It was a rather ugly sight of sand and rocks unfortunately and it showed us dramatically how the climate had been changing. You can only imagine how it used to be by looking at old picture postcards. The stretch from Glesch to Oberwald was one of the most impressive train trips I ever had. After the lunch, during which we enjoyed local specialties, we took the same stretch back to Realp but it was not boring at all e.g. the Sun was shining differently. The round trip ticket for this particular railway only costs much, e.g. CHF 121.- (in July 2012) for a 2nd class ticket but after the trip I would say, it is really worth paying!.

Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“A taste of the past”
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 there is a cafe serving all kinds of things - sausages, cold drinks, beer, cheese, ice-cream...

To travel on the steam train requires a reservation, and is quite expensive, but this is because it costs so much to run the train and maintain it.

Well worth going on if you are a train enthusiast.

Visited August 2012
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Bern, Switzerland
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“A trip back in time through stunning landscape”
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 two hours, the train makes a buffet stop on the way.

Visited July 2012
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“nice journey”
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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