The Niesen for me is a really iconic mountain. This distinctly triangular mountain always invokes happy memories of holidays spent in Switzerland. In winter it isn’t possible to take the funicular rail to the top, so it was a real treat for our first summer trip to see the world from the top of the Niesen!
The cable car, is really quite steep – 66% gradient in the first portion followed by an eye watering 68% gradient in the second portion. I wouldn’t advise anybody scared of heights or rollercoaster to attempt it. I have to admit it did make me a little nervous and squeamish looking out at the steep track that we were ascending. It didn’t help to have Will leaning into my ear saying “snap snap snap”.
But it is all worth it in the end – the view from the top is spectacular!
Tickets for the Niesenbahn are pricey at 57 CHF per adult return, but if you’re feeling particularly sporty and / or stingy you can always walk it! On the way up in the funicular I saw an old man running to the top, way to make me feel lazy!
With 360 degree views of the alps, from the Neiderhorn, Thunersee and over to Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, we truly felt on top of the world!