Public guided tour

Lötschberg Base Tunnel

Visit this masterpiece of railway engineering

Catch a fascinating glimpse in the mountain: A minibus takes you from Frutigen into the tunnel system, where you can marvel at the Mitholz control centre. Experience the trains pass by – a special window in the tunnel wall ensures you won’t miss a thing. The test track which is to scale and the 320-metre wide intervention stairs at the north portal are also impressive.

Over a few short kilometres, the “Lötschberg Southern Approach” walking trail impressively demonstrates the variety of the BLS mountain line and the special challenges faced when building a railway through the mountains. With the help of your expert guide, the well-established walking trail allows you to get to know BLS in an intimate and vivid way.

You’ll learn fascinating facts about

  • the construction of the route from 1906 to 1913,
  • the Luogelkin Viaduct and the Bietschtal Bridge,
  • the dual-track expansion along the Hohtenn–Ausserberg section,
  • the protection against natural hazards and the BLS rail operations in the area.
  • Coronavirus Due to the current situation (Covid-19), this offer is not available until further notice.
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    Availability Available on 19.05.2021

    Public tours

     

    • Wednesday, 27 January 2021 – cancelled
    • Wednesday, 17 February 2021 – cancelled
    • Wednesday, 17 March 2021 – cancelled
    • Wednesday, 14 April 2021 – cancelled
    • Wednesday, 19 May 2021
    • Wednesday, 9 June / 30 June* 2021
    • Wednesday, 7 July* / 14 July* / 21 July* / 28 July* 2021
    • Wednesday, 4 August* / 18 August* 2021
    • Wednesday, 1 September* / 22 September / 29 September 2021
    • Wednesday, 6 October 2021
    • Wednesday, 10 November 2021
    • Wednesday, 8 December 2021

      * Guided tours also in english 

    Duration

    13.30–16.30 hours

    Registration

    The registration is obligatory and only possible against prepayment via our webshop.

    Group tours

    For groups of 6 persons or more, the offer can be booked daily on request.

     

    Subject to change without prior notice

    Rates

    • CHF 27.00 Individual tour, per person pro Teilnehmer

    Included in the price

    • Guided tour
    • Mineral water
    • Lloan of a helmet and vest

     

    Prices in CHF incl. VAT / Prices and products subject to Alteration / The journey to Frutigen is not included in the Price

    Notes

    Meeting point

    BLS Visitor Centre, Obere Bahnhofstrasse 29, 3714 Frutigen

    Duration

    3 hours (13.30–16.30 hours)

    Group size

    Minimum 6 persons, maximum 28 persons 

    Children

    From 12 years, only accompanied by an adult, 12-15 years free of charge, (registration mandatory)

    Equipment

    • Sturdy shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • A helmet, vest and mineral water are provided
    • Walking distance in the tunnel: 1.5 kilometres. 
      Good physical fitness on the part of participants is assumed 
      (the temperature is 28°, humidity up to 80%)

    How to get there

    Travel relaxed by train to Frutigen. From Frutigen railway station, it is about 5 minutes' walk to the BLS Visitor Centre.

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