Updated on: April 3, 2024

15 spectacular mountain railways in Switzerland

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I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that one of the reasons why you're visiting Switzerland (or planning on doing so) is because we have an absolute ton of mountains.

Literally!

A certain search engine that kindly provides its employees with fancy slides and ping-pong tables tells me there are over 8000 mountain peaks in Switzerland.

Plenty enough for us Swiss to go ahead and build a bunch of insane mountain railways. Cable cars, rack railroads, funiculars, elevators, steam trains... No summit is safe from our ambitious engineers. Which is quite nice because it allows me to introduce you to some of the most spectacular mountain railways in the world.

1. Jungfraujoch in the Bernese Alps (3454 m)

Let's start with budget-killer No. 1, shall we? (Don't worry, more budget-friendly candidates will follow!)

Known as "The Top of Europe," Jungfraujoch is an incredibly popular place that every traveller seems to have on their bucket list. Situated at an altitude of 3454 meters, this summit offers a majestic scenery of eternal ice, snow fields and rocky cliffs. To reach the Jungfraujoch, you can start your journey in Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen or Grindelwald.

The most popular and also fastest way up is to take the train from Interlaken to Grindelwald. At Grindelwald Terminal, transfer to the modern Eiger Express with its panoramic gondolas to Eigergletscher, where the cogwheel train takes you all the way through the Eiger mountain to  Jungfraujoch.

As you ride through the Eiger, you'll have the opportunity to briefly get off at the station "Eismeer", which translates to "ice sea", and take a good look at the glacier. At Jungfraujoch, you can take in the view over Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in the Alps, and mock around in the snow all year round.

  • Travel time: 1:37 hours (Interlaken - Grindelwald - Eigergletscher - Jungfraujoch)
  • Recommended minimum time: Plan at least half a day for this trip. I recommend spending 2-3 hours at the top. If not more. This trip is expensive, so stay as long as your time budget allows.
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Highly recommended, especially during high season
  • Price return ticket without discount: > 200 CHF
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass: free ride up to Eigergletscher, seasonally varying discounts for the last leg from Eigergletscher to Jungfraujoch
  • Berner Oberland Pass: free ride up to Eigergletscher station, 50% discount from there to Jungfraujoch
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 25% discount from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen (free rides between Interlaken and Grindelwald / Lauterbrunnen)
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 25% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount from Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen (free rides between Interlaken and Grindelwald / Lauterbrunnen)
  • My tip for you: During summer, you can hike to Mönchsjochhütte. This walk takes around 45 minutes one way and leads you away from the big crowds at Jungfraujoch, awaiting you with some more spectacular views. Don't be surprised if you notice your heart throbbing in your throat after two minutes. The high altitude has this effect on the human body.

2. Gornergrat in Zermatt (3089 m)

Moving on to another celebrity in the Swiss alpine cast. If you want to see the famous Matterhorn from up close, there's no way around heading up to Gornergrat. Sitting at 3089 metres, it's perfectly positioned to see this iconic peak that has set up camp on the Swiss-Italian border.

The half-hour ride on this ridiculously steep cogwheel railway from Zermatt is as exciting as it is memorable. With a climb of 1469 meters, the Gornergrat Railway holds the record for being Europe's highest open-air cogwheel railway. For the best views of the Matterhorn, try grabbing a seat on the right-hand side of the train as you go up.

  • Travel time: 38 minutes (Zermatt - Gornergrat)
  • Recommended minimum time: 3 hours
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: between 90 and 130 CHF (depending on the season)
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: If you have time, try and include a hike to the mountain lake called Riffelsee. You can reach it from the station Riffelberg. It's an easy, short hike to a lake that perfectly reflects the Matterhorn on a clear day.

3. Brienzer Rothorn in Brienz (2244 m)

Brienzer Rothorn is the highest point of the Canton of Lucerne and is accessible from two sides. By cable car from Sörenberg and - the option we're going to talk about here - by Switzerland's oldest steam-powered, open-air cogwheel train. That sounds way more exciting than the cable car, doesn't it?

Sorry Sörenberg...😏

Starting in Brienz, this railway takes you from Lake Brienz to the summit in one hour. The ascent from 566 meters to 2244 meters above sea level offers incredible views over Lake Brienz and hundreds of mountain peaks. Rumour has it you can see 390 peaks on a clear, sunny day from the top of Brienzer Rothorn. Please let me know if your count differs from that number.

Prepare yourself for a (hopefully not lasting) tinnitus by the time you reach the top as the rattling sound of the carriage is quite loud. But it's all part of the experience and you won't regret your choice. 

  • Travel time: 1 hour (Brienz - Brienzer Rothorn)
  • Recommended minimum time: Plan at least 3-4 hours for the whole trip to allow yourself enough time for hiking and counting those 390 peaks.
  • Schedule: Operating only in summer (June to October)
  • Seat reservation: Not required, but very, very highly recommended as this trip is crazy popular and the capacity of the train isn't huge. I recommend booking your ticket ahead of time to secure your spot. Especially in July and August.
  • Price return ticket without discount: 96 CHF
  • Berner Oberland Pass: free (not including seat reservation)
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: If you sit on the left when going up, you get a better view of Lake Brienz.

4. Mount Pilatus near Lucerne (2128 m)

If you're headed up to Mount Pilatus, you'll be travelling on the world's steepest cogwheel train, which starts in Alpnachstad near Lucerne. It reaches a 48% incline at its steepest section, which is crazy if you consider that it's been going up and down these tracks since 1889. Of course, the trains have been renewed in the meantime. But the steepness remains the same.

Another way to reach Mount Pilatus is by gondola from Kriens. First, the small panoramic cable car takes you to Fränkmüntegg, where you'll need to transfer to the "Dragon Ride". This fancy-looking gondola has room for 55 people and lets you enjoy the view through its massive windows that go all the way to the floor.

Since there are two different ways to get to Mount Pilatus, I recommend you combine your options to make the most of your trip. Travel up by cogwheel and down by gondola or vice versa. The ticket is valid for both legs.

If you like, you can throw a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne into the mix. This is what is called "The Golden Round Trip".

And golden it is!

On the first leg, you travel from Lucerne to Alpnachstad by boat. From there, you catch the cogwheel train (steepest one in the world, remember?) up to Mount Pilatus. Once you've seen enough, catch the gondolas back down to Kriens and travel back to Lucerne by bus. 

  • Travel time: 50 minutes (Lucerne - Alpnachstad (cogwheel) - Pilatus Kulm), 70 minutes (Lucerne - Kriens (gondolas) - Pilatus Kulm)
  • Recommended minimum time: Plan at least 4 hours for the whole trip to allow yourself enough time for hiking, exploring the interactive Dragon World and enjoying the view. If you plan on doing the Golden Round Trip, factor in more time as the boat takes almost an hour and a half to get from Lucerne to Alpnachstad. If you can, try making a full day trip out of it...
  • Schedule: The gondolas operate all year round, except during two brief revision sessions in spring and autumn. The cogwheel train only operates between May and November. So the Golden Round Trip is only available during that period.
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 78 CHF (Golden Round Trip: 114 CHF)
  • Tell Pass: free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount (In case of Golden Round Trip: free to get to Alpnachstad or Kriens by boat / bus / train)
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 50% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount (In case of Golden Round Trip: free to get to Alpnachstad or Kriens by boat / bus / train)
  • My tip for you: If you have enough time, I highly recommend doing the Golden Round Trip. With this trip, you get the full experience with a scenic boat ride on Lake Lucerne, the world's steepest cogwheel train as well as the two fancy gondolas. 

5. Stoos in the Canton of Schwyz (1300 m)

We've had the steepest cogwheel railway, now let's move on to the world's steepest funicular.

The Stoos funicular has to be one of my favourites. It's an absolute piece of Swiss engineering art. Granted, all the others on this list are, too... But this one has won me over with its fancy, futuristic barrel-shaped coaches that rotate to keep passengers level as they ascend the steep incline to Stoos.

At its steepest point, the incline is 110% or 47 degrees. In order not to throw everyone off their feet, the wagons rotate along with the incline so you won't even feel that you're going up this r-i-d-i-c-u-l-o-u-s-l-y steep hill.

Once you've reached the top, there are two more chair lifts taking you up to Klingenstock or Fronalpstock. These two mountain peaks are connected by an incredibly beautiful and scenic burr hike. Just in case you're up for a bit of an adventure.

  • Travel time: 7 minutes (Schwyz Stoosbahn - Stoos), 1:40 hours (Lucerne - Schwyz - Stoos)
  • Recommended minimum time: This can be quite a short trip if you're in the area. If you're short on time, 1-2 two hours is fine.
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 23.20 CHF
  • Tell Pass: free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: free
  • My tip for you: I can highly recommend doing the burr hike from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock if you're not afraid of heights. It's such an amazing walk with views that let you forget everything else.

6. Schynige Platte in the Bernese Oberland (2076 m)

Let's take a break from the steepest, oldest, craziest and whatever else railways we've had so far. And move on to an incredibly idyllic, cute and nostalgic little cogwheel train near Interlaken.

The Schynige Platte is a scenic mountain that offers panoramic views of the Bernese Alps, including the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. The cogwheel train to Schynige Platte still uses original Belle Époque carriages, adding a touch of nostalgia to your journey.

As you travel from Wilderswil to the summit, you'll pass through forests, alpine meadows and herds of grazing cows. One of the highlights of Schynige Platte is the alpine herb garden, which contains over 700 native plant species. Admission to the herb garden is included in the train ticket.

  • Travel time: 52 minutes (Wilderswil - Schynige Platte)
  • Recommended minimum time: Allow at least half a day for this trip. The alpine garden and hiking trails are well worth a few hours of exploration.
  • Schedule: Operating only in summer (June to October)
  • Seat reservation: Not possible, but arriving early during peak season is advisable to secure a spot
  • Price return ticket without discount: 64 CHF
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass: free
  • Berner Oberland Pass: free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 25% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: There's a really cool hike you can do from Schynige Platte to Grindelwald First. It takes around 6 hours and will fill up your photo feed in no time.

7. Rochers-de-Naye near Lake Geneva (2042 m)

Located near Montreux, Rochers-de-Naye is a mountain top that offers panoramic views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding area. The cogwheel railway from Montreux takes you on a less-than-an-hour ride through neighbourhoods and forests before the views open up.

An interesting moment during the journey is when Lake Geneva seemingly "moves" from right to left and back to the right as you pass through tunnels. At the top of Rochers-de-Naye, you can explore hiking trails, visit the alpine garden and spot rare flowers.

What you probably didn't know is that Santa Claus lives up on Rochers-de-Naye! Yep, no kidding. He's been living there for over 20 years now, which is why it gets quite busy around here during the Christmas season. 

  • Travel time: 48 minutes (Montreux to Rochers-de-Naye)
  • Recommended minimum time: 3 hours
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Not required
  • Price return ticket without discount: 72.80 CHF
  • Regional Pass "Léman-Alpes": free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount

8. Mount Rigi - Queen of the Mountains (1798 m)

Often referred to as the "Queen of the Mountains", Mount Rigi is home to Europe's oldest cogwheel railway. The Vitznau - Rigi Kulm cogwheel railway has been operating since 1871 and offers a scenic journey from the shores of Lake Lucerne to the summit in just half an hour.

The summit of Mount Rigi provides breathtaking views of the surrounding lakes and mountains. There's a thermal spa up there, tons of hiking trails, restaurants and photo ops. Anything your heart desires.

There are actually several ways to reach the top of the Queen. Apart from Vitznau, cogwheel railways and cable cars also operate from Arth-Goldau and Weggis. This makes the Rigi a perfect mountain top to visit on a round trip. For example starting in Lucerne by boat to Vitznau, then by cogwheel railway to the top and down by another cogwheel railway to Arth-Goldau, where the train takes you back to Lucerne. Just to give you some ideas. 

  • Travel time: 32 minutes (cogwheel Vitznau to Rigi Kulm), 44 minutes (cogwheel Arth-Goldau to Rigi Kulm), 27 minutes (cable car Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad)
  • Recommended minimum time: You can easily spend a full day travelling to and visiting Rigi. Especially if you catch the boat across Lake Lucerne to get there. But if you're short on time, half a day will do as well.
  • Schedule: Operating all year round (cable cars are closed for revision twice a year)
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 78 CHF
  • Tell Passfree
  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 50% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: free
  • My tip for you: Get your hands on an SBB Saver Day Pass and combine your trip to Mount Rigi with a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne. The boat and the Rigi railways are all included in this ticket.

9. Monte Generoso in Mendrisio (1704 m)

If you're looking for a unique mountain experience in the southern part of Switzerland, Monte Generoso is the place to go. This "generous" peak offers panoramic views of Lake Lugano and the surrounding area. The Monte Generoso steam train, the oldest of its kind in Switzerland, takes you to the summit.

At the top of Monte Generoso, you'll find the Fiore di Pietra building, which translates to "stone flower". It was designed by the world-renowned architect Mario Botta, who was born in Mendrisio just a stone's throw away from this masterpiece. Inside the building, the large windows are like paintings of the Monte Generoso panorama. Oh, and it smells like oak in there, too.

The summit also offers numerous hiking paths, ranging from nature trails to a planetary walk. Keep an eye out for wild horses (yes, wild horses!) and rare flowers along the way.

  • Travel time: 35 minutes (Capolago-Riva S. Vitale - Monte Generoso Vetta)
  • Recommended minimum time: 2 hours (more if you want to go hiking or spend some time inside the Fiore di Pietra)
  • Schedule: Operating (almost) all year round. Between November and March, trains only run on weekends and if the weather is good.
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 54 CHF
  • Ticino Ticket30% discount
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: You're free to get off along the way, which I recommend you do at the train station Bellavista. As the name suggests, the views are quite "Bella" and it's the perfect spot to start your hike or to check out the buffet inside the little station.

10. Harder Kulm in Interlaken (1322 m)

Ok, I have to be honest here. In my opinion, Harder Kulm isn't really up there with all the other big players like Jungfraujoch, Pilatus or Stoos. Which is why I've been going back and forth between mentioning it here or not. But since so many people head to Interlaken when they come to Switzerland and Harder Kulm is right there in your face upon arrival, I figured it's earned its spot in this list.

This viewpoint, also known as "Top of Interlaken", is the perfect place if you're short on time, don't want to spend a fortune or are just looking for a good view over the Jungfrau Region. Harder Kulm is the most accessible mountain top in the Interlaken area and the funicular ride to the viewpoint is quite a cool experience.

The funicular station is located just a short walk from the Interlaken Ost train station. At the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. This includes Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, Niesen, Lake Thun, Lake Brienz and of course Interlaken. The viewing platform gets quite busy but it's worth queueing up to get the perfect shot.

  • Travel time: 10 minutes (Interlaken Ost - Harder Kulm)
  • Recommended minimum time: 1:30 hours
  • Schedule: Not operating in winter (open from April to November)
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 38 CHF
  • Jungfrau Travel Pass: free
  • Berner Oberland Pass: free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 50% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: Harder Kulm is an excellent starting point for one of my favourite hikes. It's a long one, but so worth it. You can hike to Augstmatthorn and back from here. This will take you all day, though. But the views you get over Lake Brienz and the alpine panorama are unparalelled. Of course, you don't have to hike all the way to Augstmatthorn. You can turn around anytime you feel like it. Just make sure you wear good footwear before you head out!

11. Gelmerbahn in the Grimsel world (1860 m)

This one is really cool!

The Gelmerbahn will remind you of a very steep but slow rollercoaster. It's the steepest open-air funicular in Europe and reaches an incline of 106%. Not quite as much as the one in Stoos, but since the carriages don't rotate like they do with the Stoos funicular, you can really feel the steepness while you're going up and down Gelmerbahn.

The ride itself is a heart-pounding adventure, providing panoramic views of the valley below. What once was used to transport construction material is now a popular way to reach the pristine Lake Gelmer. From there, you can hike around the lake in approximately two hours or head up to the mountain hut Gelmerhütte.

  • Travel time: 12 minutes (Handegg - Lake Gelmer)
  • Recommended minimum time: at least half a day (it takes 1:30 hours just to get to the funicular from Interlaken) 
  • Schedule: Operating only in summer (June to October)
  • Seat reservation: Recommended due to high demand (You can reserve your time slot when you book your Gelmerbahn ticket.
  • Price return ticket without discount: 36 CHF
  • Berner Oberland Pass: no discount
  • Swiss Travel Pass: no discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: no discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount

12. Stanserhorn near Lucerne (1898 m)

Have you ever travelled to a mountain top on the upper deck of a gondola? I hadn't either until I visited Stanserhorn. This mountain near Lake Lucerne is unique for its CabriO cable car, the world's first double-decker open-top cable car.

From Stans, a historic funicular takes you to the valley station of the cable car. From there, you can expect a unique and panoramic journey on a gondola that's only been around since 2012. You can either stay inside or climb the spiral staircase to the rooftop. Which I highly recommend you do! Up here, you have the coolest view as you seemingly fly up to Stanserhorn. I enjoyed the ride so much that I would have gone up and down again if I'd had the time.

At Stanserhorn, you're presented with a view over 10 Swiss lakes and hundreds of alpine mountain peaks. There's also a short hiking trail to the very top of the mountain, a small marmot park, a diverse flora and fauna as well as a rotating restaurant that sells some legendary Älplermagronen. If you've never tried this Swiss pasta dish with potatoes, fried onions and lots of cheese, here's the place to do so.

  • Travel time: 24 minutes (Stans - Stanserhorn)
  • Recommended minimum time: 3 hours
  • Schedule: Operating only in summer (April to November)
  • Seat reservation: Not necessary, but it's possible to reserve a time slot for 2 CHF if it's super busy and you want a guaranteed spot at a certain time.
  • Price return ticket without discount: 82 CHF
  • Tell Passfree
  • Swiss Travel Pass: free
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 30% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: free
  • My tip for you: Get your hands on an SBB Saver Day Pass and combine your trip to Stanserhorn with a scenic boat ride across Lake Lucerne. The boat and the Stanserhorn railways are all included in this ticket. So you can jump on a boat in Lucerne, travel to Stansstad, catch the train to Stans and head up the mountain from there.

13. Mount Titlis Rotair (3020 m)

As the name suggests, the journey up to Mount Titlis is quite head spinning.

Literally.

Here, in the heart of Switzerland, you find the world's first revolving cable car. It provides you with a 360-degree view of the surrounding snow-covered landscapes. Trying to figure out the place with the best view in the cable car is a thing of the past with Rotair. Anywhere is great, as you get to see it all while the gondola rotates around its axis once during this 5-minute ride.

Once you reach Mount Titlis, two very cool attractions await you. The Titlis Cliff Walk is Europe's highest suspension bridge and leads you across a 500 m drop on a 100 m long "catwalk". In the Glacier Caves, you walk through the ice on a 150 m long and 10 m wide path. The perfect place to cool down and breathe in some icy air.

  • Travel time: 21 minutes (Engelberg - Titlis)
  • Recommended minimum time: 2:30 hours
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 96 CHF
  • Tell Passfree
  • Berner Oberland Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: 25% discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: On your way up to Mount Titlis, you will pass a place called Trübsee. This area is fantastic to spend some time by the lake, go for a hike or have some fun in the snow during winter in the SnowXpark.

14. Matterhorn Glacier Paradise (3883 m)

If you fancy seeing Switzerland, France and Italy at the same time, there's no way around Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Germany.

From Europe's highest cable car station, you can see Mont Blanc, the highest mountain of the Alps, as well as Gran Paradiso, Italy's highest peak. And, as the name very subtly suggests, the Matterhorn.

But be warned. You won't see this Swiss icon in its commonly known shape. From up here, you'll get to snap photos of it from a different angle. So if you don't recognise the Matterhorn right away, you won't be the only one.

The journey ut to the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise starts in Zermatt. From here, you take a couple of different cable cars until you reach your destination. One of them being the "Crystal-ride". These gondolas are decorated with sparkling Swarovski diamonds and come with a glass floor that miraculously reveals the surroundings below after being cloudy at the beginning of the ride.

  • Travel time: 40 minutes (Zermatt - Matterhorn Glacier Paradise)
  • Recommended minimum time: 3 hours
  • Schedule: Operating all year round
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 95 CHF
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: no discount
  • My tip for you: Did you know that you can go skiing 365 days a year up on Theodul Glacier? Europe's highest and largest summer ski resort offers 21 km of slopes, which are also open in the middle of summer.

15. Niesenbahn - Swiss Pyramid by Lake Thun (2362 m)

Ask a kid to draw you a mountain and they'll show you what Niesen looks like.

There's a good reason why it's called the "Swiss Pyramid". Its triangular, pyramid shape is iconic to the Bernese Oberland and can be seen from afar. From the top, you get some pretty stunning views over Lake Thun and the Alps. In case you're not up for the strenuous hike up to Niesen, you're in for a steep ride on the funicular. It starts in Mülenen near Spiez by Lake Thun.

At the top, a panorama restaurant and walking trails await, offering the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the scenery at your feet. In the afternoon, when the sun starts moving behind the mountain, its triangular shadow covers a big part of the landscape below. Quite a cool thing to see...

  • Travel time: 30 minutes (Mülenen - Niesen)
  • Recommended minimum time: 2 hours
  • Schedule: Operating only in summer (April to November)
  • Seat reservation: Not possible
  • Price return ticket without discount: 59 CHF
  • Berner Oberland Pass: free
  • Swiss Travel Pass: 50% discount
  • Swiss Half Fare Card: 50% discount
  • Interrail / Eurail: no discount
  • SBB Day Passes: 50% discount
  • My tip for you: If you decide to head up to Niesen in the afternoon, you'll get a pretty decent discount. Tickets after 3:30 pm only cost 29.50 CHF return. Just make sure you check the timetable for the last ride down. Oh, and on your birthday, you travel on the Niesenbahn for free. 

And here you have it. My list of 15 spectacular mountain railways in Switzerland. Of course, this list doesn't conclude all the mountain railways there are. There's heaps more to discover. But I believe these candidates show some serious potential to fill up your bucket list beyond its capacity.

If you have any additions to the list, I'm happy to hear your suggestions in the comments.🤓

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