Explore the cinematic beauty of the Alps by rail, including a trip to the highest railway station in Europe and a nostalgic ride on a steam train
Switzerland's jagged, snowy peaks and extraordinary turquoise
lakes deep in the Alps are a wonderland of dramatic vistas. Spend a
week in the Swiss Bernese Oberland region to encounter the looming
peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, and visit observatories with
views of neighbouring countries, far-off mountain ranges and
forests, vast glaciers, and distant lakes.
You'll be based in car-free Wengen, an Alpine village on a
mountainside that can only be reached by train. A cosy hotel, Hotel
Falken, will serve delicious meals every evening after you return
from your adventures, including a Swiss staple - gooey fondue - and
send you off each day with a delicious packed lunch.
During your time in Switzerland, you'll use mountain railways,
funiculars, and cableways to explore this phenomenal landscape.
First, you'll ascend the Schynige Platte, where you'll see the
three most impressive peaks of the region. Onboard the Brienz
Rothorn Bahn steam-powered cogwheel railway, there are almost 700
peaks visible from the route. And then there's the world-famous
Jungfraujoch, an unforgettably scenic railway journey to a station
within the mountain, curling past spruce forests and mountains
swathed in pearl white snow. At the top is one of the world's
highest astronomical observatories with views of the Aletsch
Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps.
The two final journeys are memorable in their own right. Harder
Kulm funicular railway, a stunningly steep ascent, takes only eight
minutes to reach a glorious viewpoint over Interlaken. And on your
last day, a climb up Schilthorn mountain by a 32-minute aerial
cableway leads to the ultimate view of the Swiss skyline and a
James Bond-themed brunch in a revolving restaurant, made famous
from its appearance in the movie, On Her Majesty's Secret