Grand Tour of Switzerland: Niesen photo spot


Point of view

Discover the photo spot on the Niesen overlooking Lake Thun

The Niesen is one of the most famous peaks in the Bernese Oberland – not least because of its iconic pyramid-like shape, its stunning location high above Lake Thun and the longest staircase in the world. An old-time funicular railway dating from 1910 transports visitors to the summit of the Niesen in two stages.

From here, it is just a few steps along an easy path to the viewing platform and the photo spot, where visitors will see the peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the background. A short stroll from the photo spot then brings you to the Berghaus Niesen Kulm restaurant, where culinary delights await.

Your highlights at a glance

  • The Grand Tour of Switzerland is a 1,600 km tourist circuit spanning the country
  • Discover scores of attractions along the way
  • Take a souvenir snap at the Niesen photo spot
  • Savour the views of Lake Thun and the bay of Spiez

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

  • Download the Grand Tour of Switzerland app (iOS/Android)
  • The whole of the route is generally open to cars and motorcycles
  • Parking is available at the base station of the Niesen funicular railway (charges apply)
  • The walk from the summit station to the photo spot takes around 10 minutes
  • Note the seasonal opening times of the Niesen funicular railway



Observe the operating times of the mountain railways


Check the operating times of the mountain railways

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Niesen funicular railway
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