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Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway

The Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway is notable for a number of reasons. To name a few, it is powered almost entirely by steam engines, it is one of the steepest railways in Switzerland and, of course, it passes some truly wonderful scenery on its route from Brienz to the peak of Rothorn Mountain.

Our journey on the narrow-gauge line begins in the lakeside town of Brienz. Immediately after departure, Brienz-Rothorn Mountain Railway begins its steep ascent up the mountain. The rack-and-pinion line traverses a number of bridges, crossing the steep, stony mountain trails as it continues to climb. For much of the route the glittering waters of Lake Brienz can be seen, and as we climb further, the view becomes yet more dramatic.

We continue through the undulating greenery, with views out to the surrounding jagged peaks. Before long, we reach the first of three passing loops for oncoming locomotives, before travelling through woodland and a series of tunnels hewn from the rock. We then arrive at the second passing loop; here some of the older steam engines pause to take on water. Finally we reach the line's terminus at the summit of Rothorn, 7,362ft above sea level, and four-and-a-half miles away from our starting point in Brienz.

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Jungfrau Express Five-Star All Inclusive
5/Jul
C Page
5 stars
“Despite minor hiccups this was a fantastic holiday and still worth five stars. We were accompanied by a brilliant tour manager. Highlights for us were the Rothorn railway day and Schynige Platte trip, plus free day trip on the Eiger Gletscher cable car. Scenically unsurpassed and wildflowers spectacular. Colin and Maureen Page, East Sussex.
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Mountaintops of Switzerland
3/Jul
Dr James O'loughlin
4 stars
“Good apart from Strasbourg hotel.
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Wengen and the Jungfrau Express
2/Jul
TIGERLYN08
4 stars
“Excellent trip when we finally arrived although 2 days travelling was very but think tiring and think the 3rd day should have been free to explore and get our bearings before heading off on various excursions. The trip to the hillside farm was not as described or expected, maybe this should be not be included in the trip. The scenery was spectacular helped a lot by the great weather we had. The Tour Manager was great, kept everyone informed of what was happening and when. Think the brochure/website should re-iterate this trip is not suitable for people with mobility issues as it involves a lot of changing trains and climbing
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