Niesen – the Swiss Pyramid on Lake Thun

Enjoy the view of the Lake Thun region and the Bernese Alps

Take the nostalgic funicular railway to the 360° panorama on the Niesen. Whether it’s hiking, fine dining, enjoying a refreshing drink with a fantastic view, listening to live music or climbing the longest stairway in the world with its 11'674 steps on the Niesenlauf, the pyramid-shaped mountain has plenty to offer. Children can look forward to a “Gschichtefahrt” (story trip) about the fox who lives on the Niesen and the Niesen Village playground.

Ascend to the 360° panorama

Take the 30-minute trip on the funicular railway to the summit. There are many ways to enjoy the view from the summit at 2362 m above sea level. On the info trail, for example, 12 boards supply interesting information about the Niesen, the funicular railway and the Berghaus. You might even see a paraglider take off from the summit and imagine that feeling of freedom.

Berghaus Niesen Kulm

The Berghaus Niesen Kulm’s spacious terrace is the perfect spot to relax. How about a “Bärgzmorge” (alpine brunch buffet) or a cool drink? Or how about wonderful views of the full moon and enjoying an unforgettable full-moon dinner on the Niesen? Enjoy a five-course surprise menu comprising seasonal and largely regional products. After sunset, the tables are illuminated by candlelight until the large full moon appears in the night sky. You can either stay overnight in the Berghaus Niesen Kulm or take the funicular railway back to the base station.

The Niesen – a children’s paradise

Kinder vergnügen sich auf dem Spielplatz Niesendörfli auf dem Gipfel des Niesens

On the leisurely “Gschichtefahrt” (story trip), children are told the story of the fox who lives on the Niesen or about the local wild animals. When they arrive at the summit, the children are served a delicious afternoon snack, after which they are free to romp around in the Niesen Village playground. Niesen Village is a lovingly designed wooden play village.

Wide-ranging cultural programme

Blick auf das Berghaus Niesen Kulm umgeben von stimmungsvollen Wolken

Some evenings on the Niesen are enlivened by the gentle sounds of guitars, while, interesting readings and lectures take place on others – the Niesen offers a varied cultural programme. The 360° panorama from the viewing platform is particularly spectacular when the day begins to draw to a close and the shadow of the pyramid-shaped Niesen is reflected on Lake Thun. Special celebrations take place on the Niesen on 1 August, the Swiss National Day. The day begins with a brunch buffet in the morning and a barbecue buffet from lunchtime right through until the evening. In the afternoon this festive event is accompanied by traditional music from Switzerland in the form of a Swiss accordion quartet. The Swiss National Day culminates in a bonfire on the Niesen’s summit and a colourful fireworks display.

Hikes on the Niesen

Blick von der gegenüberliegenden Thunerseeseite auf den pyramidenförmigen Niesen

Experience the beauty of nature on foot. Smell the mountain flowers and the fresh air and feel the ground beneath your hiking boots. Numerous hiking trails lead from the Niesen to other mountains or into the valley. For example, you can buy a hiking ticket and choose which three parts you wish to travel by train and which parts you’d like to cover on foot.

Niesen stair run on the world’s longest staircase

The unique Niesen Stairway Run takes place each summer. The running event on the 11'674 steps of the world’s longest staircase starts at 7.30h in the morning. Be part of this special experience!

Your highlights at a glance

  • 360° panorama from the viewing platform

  • Cultural programme at 2362 m above sea level

  • Longest staircase in the world with 11'674 steps

  • Berghaus Niesen Kulm with its sun terrace

  • Niesen Village – the children’s paradise

To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note

  • Operating hours from 18 April 2020 to 15 November 2020

  • Last regular scheduled descent at 17.45h

  • On Wednesdays (from July) Fridays and Saturdays there are evening trips until 22.55h

  • You need to be fit and wear good shoes to hike on the Niesen

  • Sun cream, as you’ll be above the tree line

Personal tip

“I used my hiking ticket to get to the midway station at Schwandegg and then climbed up to the summit on foot. I really like the hiking trail above the tree line with its wonderful views. A cold drink in the Berghaus Niesen Kulm was a welcome refreshment after the hike.”

Discover the range of experiences all round the Niesen:

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