Panorama trail from Mülenen to the Niesen

Short facts

  • start: Mülenen
  • destination: Niesen Kulm
  • difficult
  • 7,71 km
  • 5 hours
  • 1650 m
  • 2339 m
  • 689 m
  • 60 / 100
  • 80 / 100

best season

A long, challenging mountain hike with an elevation gain of 1,700 metres that takes you from Mülenen, via the Schwandegg midway station and on to the Niesen. For a less strenuous option, complete the first section by train, which reduces elevation gain by 1,000 metres.

From Mülenen base station, which is at 692 metres above sea level, you follow the hiking trail along the tracks of the Niesen funicular railway. The trail winds its way up to Schwandegg midway station at 1,669 metres above sea level, passing mostly through woodland. In summer, the shade from the trees keeps you comfortably cool. If you want to take things a little easier, we recommend covering the first 1,000 metres on the Niesen funicular railway. From Schwandegg midway station, you have two options: you can either choose the direct but slightly steeper trail that takes you up to the Niesen in around 2 hours. Or you can opt for the slightly longer but flatter trail that takes you over the Oberniesen alp to Cheesbödi and on to the Niesen at 2,362 metres above sea level. Upon reaching the top, you can enjoy seasonal and regional delicacies at the Berghaus Niesen Kulm and a sun terrace with spectacular views. The nostalgic Niesen funicular railway then takes you back to the starting point in Mülenen in 30 minutes.


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General information


Mülenen - Schwandegg - Niesen Kulm


At Schwandegg midway station, which stands at 1,669 metres above sea level, the picnic area with table, bench and wood fire pit is the perfect place to stop and rest a while.

Getting there

Via Spiez From Spiez drive in the direction of Frutigen and Kandersteg. After approx. 5 minutes, you will reach Mülenen, where you will see the base station for the Niesen funicular railway on your right-hand side.


Via the Lötschberg Tunnel After driving through Reichenbach, you will soon reach Mülenen; you will find the base station for the Niesen funicular railway on the left-hand side.


At the base station for the Niesen funicular railways there are three car parks with approximately 140 paid parking spaces.

Public transit

The BLS Lötschberger from Bern makes the journey to Mülenen every hour and takes 38 minutes with no changes. Please note: Mülenen station is a request only stop. The base station for the Niesen funicular railway is an easy 200-metre walk from Mülenen station.

Additional Information

Interlaken Tourism
Marktgasse 1
3800 Interlaken
Phone: +41 33 826 53 00
[email protected]



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