10 Best Mountain Rides in Switzerland – A Breathtaking Journey up the Alps!

(Last Updated On: April 12, 2018)

Switzerland has some of the stunning landscapes of the world which aptly makes it the paradise on earth. The panoramic vistas of these surreal landscapes are breathtaking when viewed from an altitude. The cable car or gondola ride up the mountain in Switzerland offers several vantage points as we ascend from base to the summit. So here we list the best cable car rides in Switzerland to experience the fairytale land of Switzerland. So buckle up and sit tight as we take you on a ride up the Alps.

Harder Kulm

The cable car station to Harder Kulm is a few minutes walk from the Interlaken Ost Station. The cable car station is located next to the Interlaken-Harder Alpine Game Park and the ascend offers vista over the Alpine ibex enclosures and a marmot colony.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

The ten-minute ride up the mountain to the summit at 1322 m offers stunning views of the valleys peppered with chalets and the farms below. There is a restaurant on the summit where you can get something to eat or drink. The vantage points from summit offer great panoramic views of the Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, the town of Interlaken as well as Lakes Thun and Brienz.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Wildkirchli

Wildkirchli in Appenzell is popular for the ancient caves and the Aescher restaurant that clings to the cliff. The Ebenalp cable car station for a ride up to Wildkirchli is located across the street from the Wasserauen train station. The steepest seven-minute ride up to Ebenalp ascends dwarfing the town of Appenzell and the hundreds of cars parked in the lush green valley below surrounded by alpine massif. The snow-covered slopes take over the verdant valleys dotted with wooden chalets and grazing cows half the way to Ebenalp summit. From here it is a 15-minute trek to the caves and the mountain restaurant of Wildkirchli.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Also Read:  The Traditional Swiss Village of Appenzell

Jungfraujoch

The breathtaking journey to the Top of Europe ‘Jungfraujoch’ can be done on one of the two routes of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald. The cogwheel train chugs up the mountain winding through the lush green meadows peppered with alpine blossoms with the colossal snow mountains towering to Kleine Scheidegg. From here begins the trip through the tunnel with two intermediate stops for spectacular views of Alps to Europe’s highest train station.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

The Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe station at 3,454 m offers splendid views of the glaciers, Alpine peaks of Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger and the surrounding valleys.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Grindelwald-First

The starting point for the gondola ride up to the First Summit starts next to Grindelwald Firstbahn in Grindelwald. The ascend offers a panoramic view of the beautiful town of Grindelwald at the foothill of the colossal snow-covered mountain. A well-paved hiking path snakes through the green meadows below dotted with lovely brown chalets and Lamas farms.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

The summit has a restaurant with sun terrace offering impressive views of the surrounding Alps. From the summit, one can trek to the Bachalpsee, the lake which is famed for stunning reflections of the surrounding Alps. Or take a thrilling Grindelwald-First cliff walk taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and the sheer drop below.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Titlis

The gondola ride up the mountain to Titlis a popular snow resort at 3020 m starts from a charming alpine village of Engelberg. The gondola climbs up to Jochpass from Engelberg over the charming village and the green meadows below amidst the jingle of the cowbells. The vistas change from green meadows to snow-covered slopes as the gondola ascends from Jochpass to Trubsee up to the summit with slopes marked by the trails of skiers.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

The last leg of the ride from Stand to the peak is the most breathtaking as the Rotair gondola rotates its way up for a 360-degree panorama of the surrounding Alps. The summit has shops, restaurants, a glacier cave and a snow park which makes it an ideal day trip with families in Switzerland.

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Rigi

The queen of mountains Rigi Kulm offers some of the stunning views over the lush green mountains, towns, and lakes of Switzerland. The ride up to the Rigi summit is a fun combination of the cable car from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad and then onwards a cogwheel to the summit. The cable car ride up the mountain offers some wonderful views of the lush green forests, verdant meadows and the city of Lucerne. One can also take a direct cogwheel ride to the summit from Vitznau route climbing through green meadows dotted with alpine wildflowers and pretty chalets. Both Weggis and Vitznau can be reached by a ferry from Lucerne ferry terminal.

Best CableCar Rides Switzerland

Zermatt

Matterhorn in Zermatt a small car-free village is a pyramid-shaped mountain in the Alps frequented by mountain lovers and hikers. The Matterhorn Express gondola ascends up to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at 3,883 meters. The ride up the mountain sweeps over the snow covered pretty chalets and conifers to the wonderful views of undulating snow-covered valleys packed with skiers in winter and lush green meadows dotted with pretty lakes in summer. The stops along the ascend have restaurants and sun terrace which offers a majestic view of the iconic Matterhorn and are starting points for several amazing trekking trails. The ride on the cogwheel train to Gornergrat also offers wonderful views panoramic views of the Alps.

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Murren

The cable car base to Murren is in Stechelberg. A short 5 minutes ride sweeps the rugged rock face high above the Lauterbrunnen valley to the mountains blanketed in the soft snow below the fairytale village of Gimmelwald which dots the slopes of the verdant mountain. The mountains are an ideal place for parasailing and hiking and one can find plenty of them during the ascent.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

From Gimmelwald another 5-minute ride above the brown chalets of Gimmelwald will bring one to car-free village of Murren. The charming villages Gimmelwald and Murren are ideal to experience the quintessential Swiss village amidst the vistas of magnificent mountains. One can also continue the gondola ride to the summit of Schilthorn overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley and the towering snow-capped mountains.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus at 2,120 m can be reached from Kriens and Alpnachstad both of which can be reached by boat from Lucerne. The cogwheel train from Alpnachstad is the world’s steepest rack-railroad with spectacular vistas of the dramatic rock face on the right and deep verdant valleys on the left. The gondola from Kriens sweeps over the whitewashed city of Lucerne cutting through the towering conifers to Frakmuntegg from here the picturesque landscape is comprised of a belt of the lush green forest with the city of Lucerne and the lake at the distant horizon. Summit has several restaurants and sun terrace to enjoy the panoramic vistas of surrounding peaks.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Brienzer Rothorn

The pretty cogwheel steam train puffs and chugs to the summit of Brienzer Rothorn at 2350 m through a breathtaking landscape of Bernese Oberland. The alpine traveling experience starts at Brienz winding its way up the mountain through the bright green meadows dotted with alpine flowers and towering snow-capped mountains. The summit has a restaurant and offers incredible views of the Brienz lake and the surrounding landscapes. Alternatively one can take a cable car up to the Brienzer Rothorn from Sorenberg which offers equally gorgeous alpine vistas.

Best Places to visit in Switzerland mountains for breathtaking rides

Aren’t these rides one of its kind of experience with awe-inspiring stellar views of the surreal location of Switzerland. Check here for more details on tickets and routes. Which has been your favorite ride in Switzerland? Do share with us in comments.

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18 thoughts on “10 Best Mountain Rides in Switzerland – A Breathtaking Journey up the Alps!

  • February 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm
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    I have been wanting to journey to Switzerland! This post definitely just made my brain start thinking of going this year. What a beautiful country and so much to see. I have been to Germany, but I was told over and over how Switzerland is breathtaking for the mountains. (:

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  • February 9, 2018 at 8:32 am
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    I didnt know Switzerland had so many cabecar rides. They provide such surreal views of the town or landscapes. It ought to be some sort of feat if one could cover each one of them.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm
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    You’ve definitely covered some amazing cable car rides here! My favourite is by far the one heading to the top of Europe! Do you feel any different being so high above sea level?! I’ll be honest, I’m quite scared of heights, but I’d suck it up for this ride.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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    Everytime I look at photos of Switzerland I forget for a minute how expensive it is!! Lol. It’s just so beautiful there. I would love to try out all of these mountain rides and soak in the views of the Alps from all angles!

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  • February 11, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    Those little cogwheel trains looks so cute. Definitely the best cable car I’ve ever done was the one in Zermatt as the scenery is spectacular. I’m heading back there next week so am super excited

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  • February 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm
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    I had no idea there were so many!! What amazing ways to see beauty so fabulous it is hard to describe!! I might be a little scared myself but kids are brave and I know Mine would love this!

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  • February 11, 2018 at 4:35 pm
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    Switzerland is though cliched but a must visit international destination. I personally would love to visit Zermatt and take up a trekking trail or two. WHile Rigi looks so picture perfect.

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  • February 11, 2018 at 6:38 pm
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    I want to do every one of these rides! The scenery and mountains are just unreal. As a photographer, I would be in heaven!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 4:41 am
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    I would love to visit Zermatt! Any place that is vehicle and/or car free is so reliving in my book. Those towns seem to be more laid back and rejuvenating experiences. Definitely adding to my bucket list.

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  • February 12, 2018 at 7:15 am
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    This post basically sums up why I have always wanted to go to the Swiss Alps! The mountain capped mountain views are amazing. I am usually afraid of heights but these views from the cable car rides are too good to be letting my fear of heights get in the way!

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  • February 12, 2018 at 1:03 pm
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    You have revived my Swiss holiday’s memories. I loved the top of Europe – Jungfraujoch as journey to here through cog wheel train is a spectacular one. Also from Titlis mountain, views are amazing with specially those small countryside and lush green meadows. I was not knowing that Zermatt is car free zone. Lovely pictures!

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  • February 13, 2018 at 5:34 am
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    So many incredible rides with stunning views from all of them! Zermatt would be my favourite – but that’s because I desperately want to go skiing there. How absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. It seems beautiful year-round, although I would definitely prefer the winter for skiing.

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  • February 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm
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    The views of all of these look incredible! I had no idea there were so many cable car options one switzerland?! I think my favourite would be Grindelwald-First – not only for the amazing views, but the Harry Potter reference!

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  • February 13, 2018 at 7:27 pm
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    Everyone goes to Jungfrau & Titlis. I’m just happy to see so many other options that are available there, that you’ve covered… Grindelwald is just breathtaking!!!

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  • February 14, 2018 at 11:21 am
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    I did not know that there were so many rides in Switzerland. I knew of only around 4 of them, of which I have done one – Titlis one. The Rigi one sounds really cool as does the Grindelwald. Time to make that Swiss trip again.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 2:33 am
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    Ive been really meaning to visit Switzerland but unfortunately I can’t make it this year so I’m really hoping for next year! I’m completely sold on visiting Grindelwald, it looks stunning! And llama farms!? I would have to visit!

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  • February 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm
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    Switzerland was a dream till I made it there. You just made me nostalgic and I can’t wait to return. I had visited Top of Europe ‘Jungfraujoch’ , Titlis and Mount Pilatus. All these rides that you have mentioned are one of its kind and thrilling trips. I have done some and I would love to do the others.

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  • February 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm
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    Visiting Rigi and Zermatt is my long awaited dream. I have done Titlis, Pilatus and Jungfraujoch on my last visit to Switzerland. It was a fabulous experience, I could just happily settle down in one of these gorgeous Swiss Alps.

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