Full steam ahead to the Rothorn Kulm

Climb the mountain without breaking a sweat: chugging along alpine meadows and through lush forests on the rack railway built in 1892, you approach a breathtaking panorama under your own steam. On a clear day, the Rothorn offers you a magnificent view of no fewer than 693 peaks. And if the view or a brisk hike has made you hungry, the Mountain Hotel Rothorn Kulm team is ready to treat you to some hearty delicacies.

Regular service from 4 June to 23 October 2022

Brienz departures

Brienz BRB07.36*08.3609.4010.4511.4512.5813.5814.5816.36
Planalp08.02*09.0310.0711.1212.1513.2714.2715.2717.03
Rothorn08.36*09.3110.3511.4312.4513.5714.5715.5717.31

Rothorn Kulm departures

Rothorn09.06*09.3811.1512.2013.2814.2815.2816.2817.40
Planalp09.35*10.1011.5012.5814.0215.0216.0217.0218.12
Brienz BRB10.10*10.3812.2013.3014.3215.3216.3217.3218.40

*These trains run every Saturday and Sunday in July, August and September.

Important note for SBB Ticktes digital and analogue: SBB tickets, whether in paper form or in the app do not work at our turnstiles. You must present the ticket at the counter and you will be given access. Buy your ticket directly at our counter or in our online shop

Our fares at a glance

Individuals

Price per person in CHF1/21/1Children 6-15yJunior Travelcard
R O U N D T R I P
Brienz → Rothorn47.0094.0010.000.00
Hiking Ticket39.5075.0010.000.00
Brienz → Rothorn → Sörenberg63.50127.0028.500.00
Brienz → Planalp31.0062.0010.000.00
0836 ticket Brienz → Rothorn37.5075.0010.000.00
Price per person in CHF1/21/1Children 6-15yJunior Travelcard
O N E W A Y
Brienz → Rothorn30.5061.005.000.00
Brienz → Rothorn → Sörenberg41.0082.0028.500.00
Brienz → Planalp20.0040.005.000.00
0836 ticket Brienz → Rothorn24.5049.005.000.00

1/2 = Fares with half fare card, Swiss (Travel) Pass or Day Cards

Avoid waiting times at the ticket counter by buying your ticket online for your desired departure time:

If you take the first train in the morning leaving Brienz at 08.36 a.m., you will benefit from the special fare discount over the entire season – from fares as low as CHF 24.50. The special-fare tickets are limited (100 pcs).

You travel by train for three sections, and hike the fourth. Example: Brienz → Planalp → Rothorn train ride / Rothorn → Planalp hike / Planalp → Brienz train ride. You can choose which section you’d like to hike; this won’t affect the validity of your ticket.

Unlimited rides throughout the whole season: the BRB season ticket is available for adults at CHF 270.00 and for children at CHF 30.00. The season ticket is valid on all timetable trains (except for special trips / evening trips).

All children below the age of 6 years ride for free. Please note that the steam train causes noise and steam and this can cause stress for small children. A seat a bit further from the locomotive is recommended.

One dog per person rides for free, each additional dog costs CHF 10.00. Please note that the steam train causes noise and steam and this can cause stress for your dog. A seat a bit further from the locomotive is recommended.

Reserved groups of 10 or more adults benefit from a 30 % discount on the regular fare. No free rides, not cumulative with the Guest Card from Brienz (or other destinations). For reservations (no later than two days prior to arrival), write to info(at)brb.ch or call 033 952 22 22.

  • Brienz Guest Card: 20% on the normal fare Brienz – Rothorn return or one way / 10% on the Half-Fare or Swiss Travel Pass fare Brienz – Rothorn return or one way.
  • Camping Card Berner Oberland: 20% on the normal fare Brienz – Rothorn return or one way / 10% on the Half-Fare or Swiss Travel Pass fare Brienz – Rothorn return or one way.
  • Regional-Pass Berner Oberland: according to separate terms
  • Tellpass: according to seperate terms
  • SBB: With public transport you can travel without stress and parking worries and benefit from a 10% reduction on the journey from Brienz to Rothorn and back. More information on the offer and booking options can be found on the SBB website.

We can transport people in hand wheelchairs on appointment. We cannot take electric wheelchairs or oversized wheelchairs with us. Also, we cannot take any aids with a motor with us (similar to Swisstrac) as these are very heavy. However, these aids may be parked free of charge at the station in Brienz. The person in the wheelchair is lifted into the wagon by “manpower” because the incline on the platform does not make it possible for us to set up a ramp. It is therefore necessary if helpers from your side accompany the person so they can lift the person into the wagon and also provide support on the way in an emergency situation (train failure/change of train on the route). Arrived at Rothorn Kulm, the steeply rising path (tarred) to the restaurant has to be mastered (approx. 100m). The restaurant is barrier-free and also has a wheelchair toilet. Afterwards it is unfortunately no longer possible to go on a “walk” with a wheelchair, as all the paths around the Rothorn are red and white mountain hiking trails. However, peopl

If you would like to register a trip with a wheelchair, we need the desired travel date, the desired departure time from Brienz, the desired departure time from Rothorn Kulm, the number of accompanying persons and your complete address including telephone number (at least two days before the day of travel).

«A Brienzer-Rothorn-day keeps the doctor away»

Markus Weissmüller
Conductor

«Tradition, enthusiasm, deceleration, steam and pure nature - this is unique and unforgettable!»

Andrea Bangerter
Human Resources

«A trip up to Rothorn is a must with multiple pleasures!»

Markus Geisseler
Sales

«A delicious Rothorn rösti on the terrace with a wonderful view over the lake. Simply satisfied.»

Daniel Schädeli
Head of infrastructure

«The desserts at the mountain hotel - mhhh they are delicious.»

Bruno Zurbuchen
Head of roll material

«With our train to the most beautiful hiking area.»

Ruedi Gautschi
Conductor

«Let others work and ride the steam train! Have a good trip, a beautiful day, with the best view.»

Irène Wernli
Counter Brienz

«The mighty mountain range, the rich nature and the unique Lake Brienz - you can see it all at the Brienz Rothorn Railway.»

Vivienne Niedermann
Counter Brienz

«The view from Rothorn over lake Brienz is just magical every time»

Jeff Kneubühler
Conductor

«Always checking the pressure carefully - otherwise it can be critical and we will have an unplanned stop»

Ueli Fischer
Train driver

«My job is out of the ordinary. Visit me and I'll show you!»

Roland Wenger
Station Rothorn Kulm

«A wonderful trainride from the bottom to the top.»

Heri Heimann
Conducteur

«Even after 100 rides- you always discover something new.»

Rosmarie Neiger
Conducteur

«A ride with our steam train is an experience of technical and scenic delights.»

Martin Biber
Guest care

«The BRB never gives up.»

Beat Leuenberger
Heater

«Every ride is unique- I enjoy it every time!»

Andreas von Allmen
Conductor

«Steam and smoke do not only bring my heart lough!»

Stefanie Aebersold
Conductor

«The railway, the mountains, the people and the animals - all this guarantees an unforgettable experience.»

Rahel Furrer
Marketing

«With diesel, fuel oil or coal - we drive for the guest's well-being.»

Lieni Pitschi
Engineer

«With the steam train as 125 years ago on top of the Brienzer Rothorn - up there almost whole Switzerland lays down to your feet»

Peter Flück
Board of Directors

«Every ride on the Brienzer Rothorn is unique, impressive and different. Pure pleasure - soul gasoline.»

Katrin Nägeli-Lüthi
Board of Directors

«With tradition in the future.»

Ueli Zimmermann
Head of operation

«Nature, History, Technology and "the fireplace always up front"»

Kurt Amacher
Engineer

«Since 1892 only income in the summer season. A big challenge but very exciting!»

Pascal Suter
Head of Management Services

«I love my job!»

Thomas Trachsel
Engineer

«After the trip to the Rothorn, the beautiful view over the turquoise blue Lake Brienz awaits me - simply brilliant

Thomas Germann
Engineer

«A shovel at Kobi Peters' house lasts until the first kilometer.»

Chrigel Flück
Heater

«I have the most beautiful job when the weather is nice and the guests are in a good mood.»

Thomas Brunner
Conductor

Good to know:

  • There may be long waiting times on peak days (holiday season and beautiful weather conditions). In order to avoid these waiting times, we recommend that you purchase the ticket with seat guarantee in advance. This gives you direct access to the platform and a guaranteed seat on the desired train: ticketshop.
  • In the event of a high volume of guests or technical failure of a steam locomotive, diesel locomotives may be used in guest service.
  • Please note that the steam train causes noise and steam.
  • Important note for SBB Ticktes digital and analogue: SBB tickets, whether in paper form or in the app do not work at our turnstiles. You must present the ticket at the counter and you will be given access. Buy your ticket directly at our counter or in our online shop.
  • If you want to be sure to catch your train, we recommend that you arrive at the station at least 30 minutes early.
  • Reservations for groups of 10 adults or more must be made no later than two days in advance.
  • Train services may be cancelled in bad weather and/or at slack periods.
  • Prams / baby carriages / strollers are welcome on board, but only if folded up.
  • A maximum of two hand wheelchairs can be carried per train on advance booking.
  • We do not transport bicycles.
  • Extra charge for ticket purchase during the ride.

Ticket Shop

(1 – 9 People)

Group registration

(at least 10 adults)

Contact/Information:

Brienz Rothorn Bahn AG
3855 Brienz
Tel. +41 (0)33 952 22 22
info(at)brb.ch

Berghaus Rothorn Kulm
3855 Brienz
Tel. +41 (0) 33 951 12 21
berghaus(at)brb.ch