The Brienz Rothorn Railway

A journey back in time

The Brienz Rothorn Railway is the oldest steam cog railway in Switzerland, running daily this summer. Step back in time as you hear the chugging of the engine, and see and smell the rising steam. The train makes it way through leafy forests, alongside steep cliffs and across green alpine meadows.

Get snap happy at the top of Rothorn Kulm with the 360° panoramic views. If you would like to spend longer there, soaking up these beautiful surroundings, dine on the sunny terrace of the restaurant at the top.

Key facts

  • The journey is 7.6km in length
  • Panoramic views from 2,350m above sea level

The Steam Sausage Express

The Steam Sausage Express departs Brienz at 10am every Wednesday morning until 22 October. Stopping at Planalp, passengers will receive a chunk of unique 'Rackrail' bread, a locally produced sausage and a soft drink. The sausage is cooked in the locomotives' steam kettle and served to guests by their driver and


Return from Brienz:
£73 Adult
£37 Adult with Swiss Pass / Swiss half-fare card

Return from Interlaken:
£87 Adult
£44 Adult with Swiss Pass / Swiss half-fare card

Children travel free of charge

Switzerland to Snowdon

Next September a Brienz Rothorn Railway steam locomotive currently operating in Switzerland will travel all the way to North Wales to be united with its sister locomotives at the Snowdon Mountain Railway in Llanberis.

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