The Bernese Oberland valley railroad was opened in 1890 and has been been electrified since 1914. It connects Interlaken (Interlaken East) with Grin with Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Besides serving the resort towns, it also enables access to the world famous Jungfraujoch-Top of Europe.
The Appenzell Railways connect the main towns of this charming area, such as St. Gallen with its Abbey Library, Appenzell with its Tudor-style houses, more than a thousand-year-old Herisau and Gossau, dominated by its 13th century castle Oberberg.
People who have been speeding through the Lötschberg base tunnel have saved a little time and missed a great deal instead. The imposing Kander Viaduct, the turning loops around the Felsenburg and the impressive view of the Rhone Valley can only be experienced on the 100-year-old mountain route between Kandersteg and Goppenstein.