By train to the Rothorn


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September 10th 2019
Published: September 11th 2019
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10 September 2019

Today we took the hour long journey up to the summit of the Rothorn mountain at an altitude of 2130m on the only steam driven cog railway in use in Switzerland. It has been in service since 1892. The trains use 350 kilos of coal and 2000 litres of water for the return journey and travel at 9km/h.

We walked down from the summit to the middle station at Planalp on a path which was quite rough and steep at times. Wendy felt this was at the limit of her capability but was pleased to have completed it. The signpost said it was a 1hr. 50m route but it took us 4 hours to complete!

James and Gail, a motorbiking couple, had been camped next to us for a couple of days and we entertained them to a very social supper in the evening.


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