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History, scenery and engineering: a Swiss specialty.

I am a railway enthusiast, and read about this one for years before I could come to Switzerland, and then had to wait for years more for a trip which wasn't in winter. The scenery... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Roderick S
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Melbourne
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

I am a railway enthusiast, and read about this one for years before I could come to Switzerland, and then had to wait for years more for a trip which wasn't in winter. The scenery and engineering are stunning. This is expensive, but no more so than any other Swiss mountain attraction, and passengers do get value for money. I... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Day trip not to be missed by both steam and non-steam enthusiasts. Fantastic journey. Staff very helpful.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you start your journey in from the SBB station in Realp be aware that the steam railway is not visible from here and very inadequately signposted. You will need to take the underpass, then turn right parallel to the SBB lines, over a bridge and then left down to the DFB station, about a 10 minute walk. However, the... More 

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arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You can almost imagine yourself in the Alps in the early 1920's. Chugging up the steep Alps in a narrow gauge steam train was just fun. Loved leaning out the windows and hearing the train whistle. The porters in their period suits were informative, interesting and very personable, especially Johann. This journey was the highlight of our vacation. We took... More 

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Silchester, England
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

You travel back in time on this amazing narrow guage rack assisted steam railway. This is exactly as the traveling public would have had to negotiate the Furka pass in the first half of the last century. The locomotives struggle to haul just 2 or 3 coaches across the pass. As with anything Swiss, the locos and rolling stock are... More 

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Lucerne, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
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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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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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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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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192 reviews
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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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