Walk, admire and savour

Offering a variety of short and longer trails, the Brienzer Rothorn is ideal for both seasoned mountaineers and relaxed hikers. Those who like it comfortable may wish to arrive by steam train. But the peak trail connecting the mountain station at 2244 metres above sea level with the Rothorn’s summit at 2350 meters is easily manageable for less athletic visitors too.

And the panorama from the top is truly something else: Provided the weather plays along, you have an unobstructed view of everything from Central Switzerland’s Alps, including Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis, and the mighty four-thousand-metre-plus peaks of the Bernese Alps, above all Eiger Mönch and Jungfrau, all the way to the Chasseral in the Swiss Jura Mountains. On a clear day you should be able to see no fewer than 693 peaks – count them! This view alone makes the ride on our steam train worthwile.

A small request: When hiking our trails, please show respect for the animals and your fellow visitors and refrain from littering.

And a word of advice: Rothorn area hikes are no mere strolls. Trails marked in red and white are only for hikers in good shape equipped with weatherproof clothing and appropriate footwear, i.e. hiking boots!

NumberRouteHiking time
1.Brienzer Rothorn → Schönbühl → Turren (→ Lungern)3 h (5 h)
2.Brienzer Rothorn → Brünigpass5 h
3.Brienzer Rothorn → Planalp2.30 h
4.Planalp → Brienz2.30 h
5.Brienzer Rothorn → Lättgässli → Chruterenpass → Planalp2.45 h
6.Planalp → Mettli → Brienz2 h
Summit-Track15 Min

There is no official hiking trail from the Brienzer Rothorn to the Harder Kulm (or vice versa)

The hiking trail ends at the “Chruterepass” – there is no official route via Tannhorn – Allgäu Lücke to the Blasenhubel.

The team from the Brienz Rothorn Railway, the Mountain Hotel Rothorn Kulm and Brienz Tourismus do not recommend this ascent of the ridge between the Chruterepass and the Blasenhubel and do not provide any information about the condition of the path. If you decide to do it anyway: you should be in excellent (!) physical fitness and an experienced hiker (with the appropriate equipment).

In addition, the ground up there must be absolutely snow-free and dry – one wrong step can lead to death. In addition, the weather must be sunny and dry at least two days before your hike. It shouldn’t be changeable or windy on your hiking day, and bring as much water as you can carry (no kidding). It would be best to book an experienced mountain guide. The path is not checked for its condition and the hike is entirely at your own risk.

Here is a video of this section: Video Tannhorn

Do you know our Hiking Ticket?

First you take a relaxing three-section train ride, and then you hike the fourth section. 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.

Price per person in CHF1/11/2Children 6-15yJuniorcard
Hiking Ticket79.0039.5010.000.00

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