Day 7 : Niesen
At 11:54 we (Me, my mom and sister in law Ariane) left from Thun station by train to Spiez. At Spiez we changed trains and rode to the Mülenen station. From the station it was a short walk to the Niesenbahn office. We bought tickets (for me and mom) to take the Niesenbahn to the top of the mountain while Erik and Ariane decided to walk up.
The Niesen is an interesting mountain because it is shaped in the form of a pyramid. The Niesenbahn funicular was completed in 1910. Next to the funicular is the longest staircase in the world with 11 674 steps. (I only learned of this after returning to South Africa. If I knew I would have taken a better look and maybe a photo.)
At 13:14 the funicular departed. We went up to the middle station, Schwandegg. It took about 14 minutes and we traveled from 693m to 1669m above sea level. At this station we changed to the next funicular and traveled 12 minutes to the top station, Niesen Kulm at 2336m above sea level.
We walked to the viewpoint and at the top of the mountain (2 362m above sea level). Along the path there are information boards with facts about the history, flowers and animals of the mountain. Although it was cloudy and misty the views of the mountains, valleys and Thun Lake were incredible.
|Change to next funicular at|
|The funicular coming up the mountain|
|View from the top|
|View from the top - Thun lake|
At 16:15 we went down with the funicular to Mülenen station and then with the train to Spiez and Thun. We walked back to Ariane’s parents house in Thun because we missed the bus and did not want to wait for the next one. It was very steep roads to the house and we were quite tired when we reached the house.