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Niesen Panorama

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Niesen Panorama

The Mt. Niesen (2'362 m) is the northernmost summit of the Niesen Range in the Bernese Oberland. The range stretches for about 20 kilometres in north-south direction and is named after the Mt. Niesen.

Other summits of the Niesen Range are known as: Fromberghorn (2'339 m), Drunengalm (2'408 m), Standhorn (2'339 m), Steinschlaghorn (2'321 m), Tschipparällehorn (2'398 m), Mäggisserenhorn (2'348 m), Schmelihorn (2'312 m), Hohniesen (also known as Riedbündihorn 2'454 m), Wyssi Flue (2'472 m), Linterhorn (2'325 m), Ladholzhorn (2'487 m), Winterhorn (2'661 m) and the Albristhorn (2'763 m). 

The summit of Mt. Niesen can be reached by a funicular from Mülenen.  The 26th August 1906 was the first day of work on the construction of the funicular railway to Mt. Niesen summit. Since 15th July 1910 the two sections of the funicular have been operating between the valley station in Mülenen (693 m) and the terminus station (2'336 m) on Mt. Niesen, high above the Lake of Thun. It is a unique funicular, covering 3'506 metres (2'118 and 1'388) and climbing over 1'600 metres. The gradient on the steepest section is an impressive 68 percent. From its summit there is a splendid panoramic view over major peaks of the Bernese Alps.

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