Amazing cogwheels, funiculars, railways in Switzerland

Switzerland has many amazing scenic rides to take. There are cogwheels, funiculars, railways with mesmerizing panorama. They take you up to lakes, famous peaks, connects ski paradises…

Here are the top 5 rides you should take:

Gornergrat Bahn

Gornergrat Bahn departs from Zermatt, and terminate at Gornergrat peak. The line gives a spectacular view about the famous peak Matterhorn. The world’s first fully electrified cog railway stops 4 times before reaching the terminus. The travel lasts about half an hour and the prices of the tickets changes seasonally. For a one way ticket it is around 40-60 CHF while the return is around 70-110 CHF.

Pilatus Cogwheel

The world steepest cogwheel was commissioned in 1889. The gradient is up to 48 %, and the travel time is about 30 minutes. The cogwheel connect Alpnachstad and the Pilatus Kulm at an elevation of 2073 m. The line is 4,6 km long. The ticket costs 72 CHF.

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Jungfrau Railway

This railway got it’s name from the highest (4089 m) of the three peaks above it. The ride is 9 km long from Kleine Scheidegg to the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch (3454 m).  Not just the spectacular view, but the high-Alpine wonderworld of ice, or the Ice Palace makes this place unique. The Jungfrau Railway is open year round. The tickets are not that cheap, a round trip costs around 160 CHF.

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Glacier Express

The train connects two major mountain resorts: Zermatt and St. Moritz,. The trip last eight-hours-long and the distance is around 300 km. The train runs through amazing landscapes, crossing the famous Landwasser Viaduct. 

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Gelmer Funicular

Gelmer funicular is quite special, it is an open air funicular which gives a roller coaster feeling. It links Handegg with Gelmersee lake. The Gelmerbahn was the steepest funicular of its kind in Switzerland with inclination of up to 106%, until the opening of Stoos Funicular. The length of the track is 1028 m, the journey takes 10 minutes and the tickets cost 32 CHF.

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