Brienz Rothorn Railaway depot tour

Guided tour of the Brienzer Rothorn Railaway depot

  • Brienz

Glimpse behind the scenes of the historic steam train operator

Enjoy a tour of the depot and discover what needs to be done to ensure that the steam locomotives run perfectly each day.
Learn just how much work is required to keep the historical technology of the Brienz Rothorn Railaway running smoothly. Ask the professionals questions about steam technology.

When the Brienz Rothorn Railaway launched its service in 1891 it was a very different time, but its historical technology still performs reliably today. Some hours before departure, a fire is started in the boiler and the locomotive is prepared. Some of the locomotives are completely dismantled, repaired, oiled and carefully reassembled during the winter months. During the railway's operational months in the summer, further inspections and checks are carried on an ongoing basis. When you visit the depot, the steam technology is all around you and can be smelt as well as seen. The smell of soot, oil and coal is always in the air. Watch the locomotive drivers and heaters inspecting the locomotives and preparing them for service. If you would like to find out more about steam technology, a capable guide and the staff of the Brienz Rothorn Railaway will be pleased to answer your questions.

Your highlights on the depot tour

  • Discover first-hand what goes on in a depot
  • Find out interesting facts about the technology and history of the railway
  • Get a glimpse behind the scenes
  • Put questions to the railway staff

To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note

  • The depot is a workshop: Good footwear and appropriate clothing are recommended
  • Guided tours are available all year round on request
  • Duration: approx. one hour
  • Combine the tour with a trip to the Brienzer Rothorn or a tour of the Brienz woodcarving village
Personal tip
“The guided tour around the depot was a fantastic experience.  The staff answered all my questions about steam locomotives and the technology used on the railway – and I even came away with a souvenir photo of me standing in front of locomotive number 2, which was built in 1891, and the railway's staff.”

Brienz Tourismus

Hauptstrasse 143

3855 Brienz


Phone: +41 33 952 80 80


Website: www.brienzersee.ch/en

General information

  • for Groups
  • for Class
Payment Options
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Diners Club
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  • JCB
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
Accessibility / Arrival
  • Parking available

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