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Lotschberg Base Tunnel, Frutigen

#11 of 12 in Sightseeing in Bernese Oberland
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The Lötschberg Base Tunnel is a 34.57km railway base tunnel on the BLS AG's Lötschberg line cutting through the Bernese Alps of Switzerland some 400m below the existing Lötschberg Tunnel. It runs between Frutigen, Berne, and Raron, Valais. Breakthrough was in April 2005 and construction ended in 2006. The opening ceremony was in June 2007. Full scale operation began in December 2007.|}ProjectBuilt to ease lorry traffic on Swiss roads, the LBT allows an increased number of lorries and trailers to be loaded onto trains in Germany, pass through Switzerland on rail and be unloaded in Italy. It also cuts down travel time for German tourists going to Swiss ski resorts and puts the Valais into commuting distance to Bern by reducing travel time by 50%. The total cost was SFr 4.3 billion (as of 2007, corrected to 1998 prices). This and the Gotthard Base Tunnel are parts of the Swiss AlpTransit initiative.
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  • We always use the tunnel when we feel like going for example to the weekly market in Sion. It's the quickest way from Berne and avoids a lot of motorways  more »
  • Took this to get to Grindelwald/Lauterbrunnen from Visp and got quite carsick during the journey. It's a convenient way to get places, but beware.  more »
  • All year round a short cut and not that expensive either saves on tyres and petrol. ,done a few time never book and lucky never had to queue for to long.  more »
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