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Niesen, Swiss Alps

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The Niesen is a mountain of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. It overlooks Lake Thun, in the Bernese Oberland region, and forms the northern end of a ridge that stretches north from the Albristhorn and Mannliflue, separating the Simmental and Kandertal valleys.Administratively, the summit is shared between the municipalities of Reichenbach im Kandertal, to the south-east, and Wimmis, to the west and north. Both municipalities are in the canton of Bern.The summit of the mountain (2362 metres) can be reached easily by using the Niesenbahn funicular from Mülenen (near Reichenbach). The construction of the funicular was completed in 1910. Alongside the path of the Niesenbahn is the longest stairway in the world with 11,674 steps. It is open only once a year to the public for a stair run.The literal translation of the German word Niesen is sneeze. Because of its shape, the Niesen is often called the Swiss Pyramid. The Niesen was the subject of a number of paintings by Paul Klee, in which it was represented as a quasi-pyramid.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The panorama of the Bernese Oberland is plain and simply overwhelming. You can combine the visit to the sneezing with breakfast or lunch or to book just one night takes to the dinner and breakfast. A visit to the sneezing is worth the money in any case. In addition, you can climb the Summit on various hiking trails.
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  • August 5, 2017
    After a mounted dizzying 30 minutes, we vouci at the top. Lucky, except the wind day it was beautiful weather
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  • August 2, 2017
    The view is great, no denying, but it was expensive. For the price, you are crowded onto the funicular and only a bit of luck gets you a decent view on the way up. The top was pretty crowded too. The ...  more »

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