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Jeff (Official Rep) March 07, 2019 19:09

Mountaintop Excursions in Interlaken & the Bernese Oberland with a Swiss Travel Pass DISCOUNTS!!

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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 07, 2019 19:13
    When visiting Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland region, a Swiss Travel Pass would offer the following on nearby mountain excursions:

    • Jungfraujoch Top of Europe: 25% discount
    • Mount Schilthorn: Full Coverage
    • Harder Kulm (Harderbahn): 50% discount
    • Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn): 50% discount
    • Schynige Platte: 50% discount

    Jungfraujoch Top of Europe

    The gateway to Jungfraujoch is Interlaken. To get from Interlaken to the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, there are 2 different routes you can take; one that goes via Grindelwald and the other that goes via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen.

    The Grindelwald route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Grindelwald on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Grindelwald to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    The Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Train from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg on the ‘Wengernalp Railway’ (Wengen is a stop along this rail line)
    -Train from Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch on the ‘Jungfrau Railway’ (the highest railway in Europe)

    With regard to the Grindelwald route, the Swiss Travel Pass only covers you as far as Grindelwald.

    With regard to the Lauterbrunnen/Wengen route, the Swiss Travel Pass only covers you as far as Wengen (the stop just after Lauterbrunnen).

    For the remaining segments (Grindelwald-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch or Wengen-Kleine Scheidegg-Jungfraujoch), the Swiss Travel Pass would enable you to receive a discount of 25%. To receive this discount, you would purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Grindelwald or Wengen to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of a pass called the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe'. For this pass, you would click here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/jungfraujoch-top-of-europe-8315.

    If you have a flexi version of the Swiss Travel Pass and you do not want to squander a ‘travel day’ for the Interlaken-Grindelwald or Interlaken-Lauterbrunnen-Wengen segments, then you would instead purchase the 'JUNGFRAUJOCH/TOP OF EUROPE Interlaken to Jungfraujoch Swiss Travel Pass Holder' (still Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) option of the same 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and you would still receive a 25% discount.

    On the 'Jungfrau Railway' between Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch, reservations are highly recommended for travel between the months of May and October. The reservations are a small cost in addition to the 'Jungfraujoch Top of Europe' and have to be made locally at the stations in either Interlaken (Interlaken Ost), Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, or Wengen.

    Expect stunning views throughout the entire trek between Interlaken and Jungfraujoch, whether you take the route via Grindelwald or the one via Lauterbrunnen/Wengen. To get the most of your Jungfraujoch experience, you might want to consider making your ascent one way and your descent the other. The ‘Jungfrau Railway’ itself runs mostly through a tunnel (the ‘Jungfrau Tunnel’), but there are two ‘sightseeing stops’ in the tunnel (‘Eigerwand’ and ‘Eismeer’) where passengers can exit their train and take in the views through windows built into the side of the mountain.

    At the Jungfraujoch Top of Europe station, you have access to the Sphinx Observation Terrace and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier). The Jungfraujoch station (Top of Europe) is the highest rail station in Europe, the Sphinx Observation Terrace is one of the highest astronomical observatories in the world, and the Aletsch Glacier (Great Aletsch Glacier) is the longest glacier in Europe.

    Mount Schilthorn

    Interlaken also serves as the gateway to Mount Schilthorn. The Swiss Travel Pass is valid to cover the full excursion to Mount Schilthorn from Interlaken. There are 2 different routes you can take between Interlaken and Schilthorn, and the Swiss Travel Pass is valid on both.

    The Grütschalp route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -'Grütschalpbahn' cable car from Lauterbrunnen to Grütschalp
    -'Mürrenbahn' train from Grütschalp to Mürren
    -‘Schilthornbahn' cable cars from Mürren to Birg and Birg to Schilthorn

    The Stechelberg route looks like this:

    -Train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’
    -Bus from Lauterbrunnen to Stechelberg
    -'Schilthornbahn’ cable cars from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald, Gimmelwald to Mürren, Mürren to Birg, and Birg to Schilthorn

    If your Swiss Travel Pass is a 'flexipass', it would require the use of a 'travel day' to do either of these routes to Schilthorn.

    Harder Kulm (Harderbahn)

    A Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive a 50% discount on the Harderbahn funicular in Interlaken. The Harderbahn takes you to a viewing platform at the ‘Two Lakes Bridge’ (Zweiseensteg) for spectacular views of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz below, as well as incredible panoramas of the surrounding Alps; including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. There is also the Harder Kulm Panorama restaurant offering more stunning views.

    To receive the 50% discount, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Harder Kulm Interlaken to Harder Kulm for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option (Low season, Mid-season, or High-season depending on when you'll be taking the trip) of the pass for ‘Harder Kulm’ here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/harder-kulm-8178.

    Grindelwald-First (Firstbahn)

    The Swiss Travel Pass also grants you a 50% discount on the First (Firstbahn) cable cars in nearby Grindelwald. The Firstbahn departs from its base station in the nearby village of Grindelwald. To reach Grindelwald, you would take a train along the famed ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’ from Interlaken. The ascent consists of a cable car from the base station in Grindelwald to Bort, another cable car from Bort to Schreckfeld, and then another cable car from Schreckfeld to the summit station of First. Once you’ve ascended to the First summit station, you would have access to the 'First Cliff Walk (by Tissot)', a 131 ft long suspension bridge leading to an observation platform that offers spectacular panoramic views of the valley below and the surrounding mountains.

    The Swiss Travel Pass fully covers you on the segment from Interlaken to Grindelwald. To receive the 50% discount just for the Firstbahn cable cars, you would purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First GRINDELWALD to First for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the pass for ‘Grindelwald-First’. You would purchase this here: https://www.raileurope.com/pass/grindelwald-first.

    If you have a flexi version of the Swiss Travel Pass and you do not want to squander a ‘travel day’ for the Interlaken-Grindelwald segment, then you would instead purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Grindelwald-First INTERLAKEN to First for Swiss Travel Pass Holder’ option of the same ‘Grindelwald-First’ pass, and you would still receive a 50% discount.

    Schynige Platte (seasonal)

    The Swiss Travel Pass enables you to receive a 50% discount for a round-trip on the Schynige Platte Railway, which starts in the nearby village of Wilderswil. Wilderswil is just a 4-minute train ride from Interlaken on the ‘Bernese Oberland Railway’. The Schynige Platte Railway runs between Wilderswil and the Schynige Platte station.

    The Swiss Travel Pass fully covers you on the segment from Interlaken to Wilderswil. To receive the 50% discount just for the Schynige Platte Railway, you would purchase the 'Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte WILDERSWIL to Schynige Platte for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the pass for 'Schynige Platte' here: http://www.raileurope.com/pass/schynige-platte-8312.

    If you have a flexi version of the Swiss Travel Pass and you do not want to squander a ‘travel day’ for the segment from Interlaken to Wilderswil, then you would instead purchase the ‘Mountain Tops: Schynige Platte INTERLAKEN to Schynige Platte for Swiss Travel Pass Holder' option of the same ‘Schynige Platte’ pass, and you would still receive a 50% discount.

    At Schynige Platte, you’ll have more amazing views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as Niesen, Stockhorn and Jura. Right by the station is also Switzerland’s only Alpine Botanical Garden and the Schynige Platte Panorama Restaurant.

    In 2019, the 'Schynige Platte Railway’ only runs from May 30th to October 27th.
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