Viewing points

Round trip to Lake Thun and Niesen

An excursion to experience unique panoramic views. See the Bernese Oberland from train, boat and from 2,362 metres above sea level on the Niesen.

Do you fancy sailing across Lake Thun with a view of the Niesen and later watching the boats on the lake from the Niesen itself? It can all be done in a short space of time – and it’s so easy.

Program proposal

Morning and lunch

In the morning, enjoy the boat trip with a coffee as you travel from Thun to Spiez. As you do so, you’ll already have a wonderful view of the Niesen as well as the landscape around Lake Thun.

In Spiez the bus will take you conveniently to the train station, where you can connect to the RegioExpress Lötschberger to get to Mülenen (stop on request). There you can take the Niesenbahn funicular to the top of the mountain in 30 minutes.

At the Berghaus Niesen Kulm you can enjoy a delicious lunch on the terrace or in the glass pavilion. To help you digest it all, we recommend the walk to the summit, where you can marvel at the 360-degree panorama over Lake Thun and the surrounding areaMorning and lunch.

Afternoon and dinner

No plans for the afternoon or evening? We’ve got a suggestion for you: enjoy a boat trip on Lake Thun in the afternoon sun, and in the evening enjoy a fine three-course menu on the Niesen watching the sunset. The last train from Mülenen to Bern leaves at 11.09 p.m.

Discover the culinary offerings on the Niesen.

Route and travel duration

Route Bern–Kandersteg–Brig–Bern
Duration of the trip 2 hours 40 min.
Route Bern–Kandersteg–Brig–Kandersteg–Bern
Duration of the trip 3 hours 20 min. 



Niesenbahn funicular operating times 23 April – 13 November 2022

Variante morning, Bern–Thunersee–Niesen

Bern dep.  Train 08.07  09.07
Thun  arr.    08.25 09.25
Thun  dep. Ship 08.40 09.40
         2)  3)
Spiez, Schiffstation  arr. 09.26 10.26
Spiez, Schiffstation dep.  Bus or by feet 09.55 10.55
Spiez Bahnhof arr.   10.03 11.03
Spiez dep. Bahn 10.12 11.12
Mülenen arr.   10.17 11.17
Mülenen  dep. Funicular 10.30 11.30
Niesen Kulm arr.   11.00 12.00

1) until to 23.10.22
2) via Gwatt, Einigen
3) via Oberhofen

Variant morning, Bern–Niesen–Thunersee

Bern dep.  Train 07.39   
Mülenen arr.   08.17  
Mülenen dep. Funicular 08.30  
Niesen Kulm arr.   09.00  
Niesen Kulm dep. Funicular  10.45  
Mülenen arr.   11.15  
Mülenen dep. Train 11.37  
Spiez arr.   11.44  
Spiez, Bahnhof dep.  Bus 11.49  
Spiez, Schiffstation arr.   11.54  
Spiez, Schiffstation dep. Ship 12.34 13.43
Thun arr.   13.20 14.20
Thun dep. Train 13.33 14.33
Bern arr.   13.52 14.52

1) until to 23.10.22

Variant noon Bern–Thunersee–Niesen

Bern arr.  Train 11.07 
Thun  dep.   11.25
Thun  arr.  Ship 11.40
Spiez, Schiffstation  arr. 12.26
Spiez, Schiffstation dep. Bus 12.55
Spiez Bahnhof arr.    13.03
Spiez dep. Train  13.12
Mülenen arr.   13.17
Mülenen  dep. Funiculare 13.30
Niesen Kulm arr.   14.00

1) via Oberhofen

Variant evening, Bern–Thunersee–Niesen Wednesday,Friday, Saturday

every wednesday (until 26.10.), friday,saturday    1)  
Bern dep.  Train 13.07 15.07
Thun  arr.   13.25 25.25
Thun  dep. Ship  13.40 15.40
         2)  2)
Spiez, Schiffstation  arr. 14.26 16.26
Spiez, Schiffstation dep.  Bus or on foot 14.55 16.55
Spiez Bahnhof arr.   15.03 17.03
Spiez dep. Train  15.15 17.12
Mülenen arr.    15.17 17.17
Mülenen  dep. Funicular  15.30 17.30
Niesen Kulm arr.   16.00 18.00

1) until 23.10.22
2) via Oberhofen

By the way: from Mülenen train station, it is just 200 m on foot to the valley station of the Niesenbahn.


It is possible to reserve your seat up until 15.00 hours on the day before your journey.

  • CHF 63.50 Half-Fare, 2nd cl.
  • CHF 29.50 Adults, 2nd cl.
Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to alteration.

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