See Panoramic Bern From The Gurten Funicular

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Don’t Miss The View Of Panoramic Bern From The Gurten Funicular

We saw panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular and got a great perspective on the city.

We always liked to head high for a panoramic view in a new destination. There were many opportunities on this tour around Central Europe. When we started our visit to Prague, we went to the top of the Petrin Tower. Later when we visited the countryside outside of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, we went to the Lipno Lake ski area and walked high above the treetops. From there we saw clear to Germany. On a day trip from Zurich to Shaffhausen, we walked up to the Munot Fortress for a great view.

We could not miss the opportunity to take the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern.

Head To Gurtenbahn

As we wandered around Old Town Bern, we saw the Gurten Mountain high above the town. We knew it would be a great spot for panoramic views.

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It was easy to find the funicular at the bottom of the Gurten Mountain. The #9 tram went to Wabern. The Gertenbahn stop was 2 stops before the end. We could also take a train to the Wabern station. We got a Bern Transport Card from our hotel. It covered the tram or train ride. It also covered the funicular ride up and down the Gurten mountain.

We arrived by tram and enjoyed the view as we wandered through the small town of Wabern. It was a short walk uphill to the funicular stop.

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Once we reached the Gertenbahn Funicular, we joined the long line. It was a holiday in Switzerland and we were not the only ones going up the mountain. Mountain bike riders took the easy path up. And the fun path down!

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It was easy to head out for a view of panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular.

Up The Gurten Mountain For The Views

We took the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern and we were not disappointed. When we left the funicular, we looked for our first view down. Far below us we saw the Old Town of Bern that we explored on our first day in Bern.

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There are several different spots around the top of the mountain for panoramic views. We kept walking up until we found the tower. It reminded us of the tower we walked up at Lipno Lake. It stood yet another 122 steps up. We walked the circular steps to the top. Small children and a dog or two also made the trek up.

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At the top we got a great 360° view. In front of us we got a view down over the city of Bern. It was easy to see the Federal Palace perched high above the Aare River. We saw the spire of the Muster Church in the heart of Old Town. On another side we got a view of the park at the top of Gurten Mountain. And on another side, we saw the snow tinged peaks of the Swiss Alps.

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When we took the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern we found the tower and climbed it. The view in all directions was worth the extra effort.

Enjoy Your Visit To The Gurten Mountain

There were several spots to eat and take in the view at the top of Gurten mountain. One of the restaurants was closed but the other was open. Two kiosks offered hot bbq food, drinks and gelato. We found two big patios with umbrellas. Picnic tables were spread around. Some people brought a picnic and enjoyed the green space on Gurten Mountain.

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As we walked around the park, we noticed an interesting array of colourful art and metal sculptures. Much as we saw when we walked in Bern, the statues were more modern art. They did not seem to be historical figures or memorials.

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We visited at mid-day. When the clouds started to darken the sky, we headed back down. But we were sure that panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular at sunset was stunning!

Great Family Entertainment

We went up the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern. But many of the families enjoyed the fun activities at the top for kids. The first thing we saw was the toboggan ride. A metal track ran down the hill and people sat on toboggans. Smaller kids went in the laps of the adults. It looked like a lot of fun. I almost joined the kids for a ride.

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There were two different trains that circled a park area for smaller children. There were climbing structures, sand piles and water troughs for the kids to play.

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On a holiday Monday, the park on the Gurten Mountain was a great place for the families.

Don’t Miss A Chance To See Panoramic Bern From The Gurten Funicular

A visit to the Gurten Mountain was not the first thing we did on our visit to Bern. But we were definitely glad we headed high and saw panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular. Seeing the city and surrounding countryside gave us a new perspective on this great town.

Did you see panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular? Did you stay for sunset?

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42 Comments

  1. You really did get a bird’s eye view of Bern from the top of the funicular ride. What a great way to get there and so much to do at the top. I love the idea of the toboggan run, typically Swiss and to have lunch with such spectacular views looks heavenly.

  2. Damn! We just spent two days in Bern and missed the Gurten furnicular! You were quite lucky with the weather too. I would love to do the tobbogan ride downhill – it really looks like fun. I will go back to Bern next month, so you post came just right in time. Thanks!

  3. I agree! There’s nothing like going up to a viewing platform or mountain to get some perspective on a city. I love to do it too. And what a great view! The toboggan ride at the top looks great fun too. I’ve never been to Bern but if I visit, this will definitely be on my list.

  4. I also love getting a bird’s eye view of the city I’m visiting. On my first and hopefully not the last visit to Switzerland two years ago, I didn’t have much time on my hand, so I had to pick a city to visit. Ended up going to Luzern and up Mt Pilatus. Absolutely loved it! Will definitely visit Bern next time and get on the Gurten Funicular.

    • We debated which cities to put on our plan for our first visit to Switzerland. We loved Bern so much more than we expected. But we still have many places left to visit. The Gurtun Funicular was a fun way to get a view and find lots to do.

  5. I have travelled a lot through Switzerland, but I’ve never heard about Gurten funicular and the mountain. Thanks for sharing this idea, I really like it. Having a different perspective on Bern and a lot of fun on the Gurten mountain sounds amazing. I have to try it soon.

    • I am glad to have introduced something new for you to enjoy on your travels in Switzerland. We loved the chance to escape for the day in the outdoors and get a great view out over the city of Bern too!

  6. I visited Switzerland a few years ago but didn’t have time to visit Bern. It’s amazing that you can take the funicular for a panoramic view of the city. The journey looks so fun and it’s great that you can have a picnic on the mountain too.

  7. We have visited Bern many years ago but not heard of the Gurten funicular! It must be fun to get up there for some grand views of the city and surroundings. The Tobbogan ride is always a fun thing to do! We definitely have plans to explore more of Switzerland and will check these out! 🙂

  8. The views of the panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular are incredible. I love sculptures and artwork too so that’s a massive bonus. If only I had a mountain bike as I bet its really fun to ride down that way. Definitely a place I’d love to visit

  9. Totally in agreement with you – I am always seeking the best views of a city from atop and getting the funicular in Gurten for a panoramic view of Bern would be awesome! I like that the Bern Transport Card cover the the city’s tram, train and the funicular ride up which is something I will opt for – a great value transport card I’d say. Switzerland is a beautiful country and I am yet to explore all of it – Bern is an my list for its panoramic views.

    • We loved that the hotel provided the transport card as part of the package. It gave us the freedom to hop around easily. And we were delighted when we learned it included the funicular. A fun day out. Hope you get there one day.

  10. I LOVE going on Funiculars because they always give you such a great view <3 thanks for sharing info on this one here in Switzerland

    • We too love heading high on funiculars for the views. And to save our legs from the climb. This one was a surprise when we got to the top and found so much to do.

  11. I absolutely love how GREEN the pics are, great that you could enjoy beautiful Bern on clear, sunny days. The views from Gurten are spectacular!

  12. Like you, I always try to find unique panoramic views when visiting a new destination. I love the feeling of being up above the town and it always seems to feel a little more peaceful than being in the center or the town/city. Those views Bern are stunning! And I love the little park at the top, my daughter would love the train rides.

    • There really was so much to do in addition to the stunning views. It does give you such a different perspective of a city from above. We could tick off all the spots we saw and had left to see.

  13. The view of panoramic Bern from the Gurten Funicular is fabulous. I love this kind of activity and such a type of sightseeing, so I would like to make this trip.

  14. What lovely views from the funicular! I’ve never been to Bern, even though it’s just a few hours drive from me. I’ll be sure to try this should we ever visit; the views are spectacular!

  15. Seeing Bern from the Gurten Funicular sounds so fun! I’ve never been to Bern but took a mountain train to Rigi klum and the view was fantastic too. Would love to visit Bern one day! The city looks lovely and it’s nice to spot some colourful art and metal sculptures.

  16. If we ever have the opportunity to travel back to Switzerland, this will be at the top of our “must do” list. The tobbagon looks like loads of fun!

    • I hope you get to go up on the Gurten Funicular if you head back to Switzerland. So much to do on the top of the mountain. We wish we had done the toboggan ride!

  17. I’ve heard a lot of good things about bern but wow these pictures are stunning. The views from the top are just as charming as the town.

  18. There isn’t a dearth of scenic views in Switzerland but I haven’t been to Bern yet. On my 2-week road trip through the country 5 years ago, I decided to skip Bern because there were so many other things to do. Now when I return for the next one, I will make it to Bern and definitely take the Gurten funicular up the mountain for those views!

  19. You have captured some stunning shots of the city Bern. The view is breathtaking! Ideal for a family outing in the lap of nature, especially with kids. Thanks for sharing!

  20. Last time I was in Switzerland, I could not venture other places than Zurich unfortunately. I wish I had know about Bern. It look so scenic and beautiful. I love those old looking beautiful trains. I will definitely make sure I add Gurten Mountain to my list and try to visit it as well when I am in Bern the next time.

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