Brienzer Rothorn

Map Brienzer Rothorn

Ever since 1892, the Brienz Rothorn Railway in Brienz in the Bernese Oberland has been stomping, huffing and puffing towards the Brienzer Rothorn.

In roughly one hour, the small steam locomotives push the merry red panorama coaches from Lake Brienz up to the Brienzer Rothorn. Additionally, an aerial cableway makes its way to the Rothorn from the UNESCO biosphere Entlebuch (Sörenberg). Unlike the steam railway, this line also operates during winter. Whichever way visitors choose to travel up: the panoramic view from the 2,350-metre summit remains positively impressive.

The view over the Bernese Alps, Lake Brienz and the Grimsel area is magnificent – as is the view of Pilatus and Hogant. Summit restaurants and the Mountain Lodge Rothorn Kulm with newly refurbished rooms guarantee a memorable stay with spectacular sunsets and sunrises.

  • Altitude: 2,350 m a.s.l.
  • Arrival: Zentralbahn from Interlaken Ost or Luzern to Brienz, steam cog railway to Brienzer Rothorn. PostBus from Schüpfheim to the valley station Rothornbahn (Sörenberg), aerial cableway to Rothorn
  • Travel duration to summit: app. 60 min
  • Attractions: Almost all trains operate with steam engines, many open coaches
  • Special highlight: Free ride on the steam railway on one’s birthday. “Steam Sausage Express” Wednesdays at 10.00 hrs from June to October
  • Website: Brienzer Rothorn
Food & Beverages

There are two restaurants (mountain station Brienz/steam railway and Sörenberg/aerial cableway)

  • Steam railways to Rothorn Kulm daily from 04 Jun–23 Oct 2022
  • Scheduled steam rides from 08.36 h to 17.40 h (last descent)
  • Limited service to Planalp: 07 May–03 Jun 2022
Holders of the Swiss Travel Pass (Flex) and GA travelcard get a 50% discount.
No discount with Eurail/Interrail.