Niesen funicular railway

Niesen funicular railway – towards the 360-degree panorama

  • Mülenen

Historical railway experience on the Swiss Pyramid

In only half an hour, the funicular takes you to the top of the pyramid-shaped Niesen. Once you reach the summit, it’s enjoyment time. The Niesen Kulm offers wonderful views of Lake Thun and the peaks of the Bernese Oberland.

The Niesenbahn runs daily from April to mid-November on the pyramid-shaped Niesen. A 15-minute journey on the historical funicular railway from 1910 takes you from the lower station in Mülenen to the middle station in Schwandegg. The journey from the middle to the summit, Niesen Kulm, takes a further 15 minutes. The red Niesenbahn train is pleasantly quiet as it climbs the mountain and, as you climb, the views of the surrounding Alps and Lake Thun become ever more beautiful. If you would like to hear some interesting stories on the trip, the ascent on the “Gschichtefahrt” (story trip) offers you the opportunity to find out more about the wildlife on the Niesen. There is also a “Gschichtefahrt” for children, with stories about the magical millstone and the fox who lives on the Niesen.
Set alongside the funicular is the longest stairway in the world, with 11'674 steps, which is the location of the famous annual Niesen stair run (walking on the stairs is only permitted on the Niesen stair run). Hikers have the option of buying a hiking ticket, which lets you hike part of the way on foot and take the funicular for the rest of the way.

Your highlights at a glance

  • A 30-minute trip to the summit with a 360-degree panorama at 2362 m above sea level
  • Easy and quick to get to by public transport
  • Large car park at the lower station in Mülenen
  • Exclusive venue for parties and business meetings

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

  • Plan your journey to the lower station in Mülenen by train or private vehicle
  • Arrive by public transport: the base station is next to Mülenen railway station
  • Inform yourself in advance about the Niesenbahn’s operating hours and book your ticket online at niesen.ch
  • Ensure that you know the time of the last descent if you are not staying at the mountain lodge
  • Be sure to pack sunscreen and sunglasses
Personal tip
“The trip on the historical funicular railway is an unforgettable experience. As you travel up, you get more and more excited about reaching the peak!

Niesenbahn AG

Heustrichstrasse 12

3711 Mülenen


Phone: +41 33 676 77 11


General information

Monday, 20.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Tuesday, 21.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday, 22.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday, 22.09.2021 16:30 - 19:30
Thursday, 23.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Friday, 24.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Friday, 24.09.2021 16:30 - 19:00
Saturday, 25.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
Saturday, 25.09.2021 16:30 - 19:00
Sunday, 26.09.2021 08:00 - 16:30
17 April – 14 November 2021
Evening trip until 22.55 h:
Friday and Saturday
Wednesday (from July)
Reservation is strongly recommended and possible online at niesen.ch
  • Suitable for any weather
  • for Groups
  • for Class
  • Pet allowed
  • Suitable for the Elderly
  • Suitable for Pushchair
  • for Children of the age of 3-6
  • for Children of the age of 6-10
  • for Children of the age of 10 upwards
Payment Options
  • American Express
  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Mastercard
  • Twint
  • Visa
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Children's Playground (outdoors)
  • Toilet
  • Baby Change
  • Handicapped accessible WC
  • Barrier-free access
Accessibility / Arrival
  • Parking available
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