Since 1899, the Gurtenbahn funicular railway has climbed the 858m mountain where day-trippers relax and enjoy the view. Used as a golf course until 1959, the Gurten fields now offer free access and plenty of barbecue spots. Families appreciate the electric cars, miniature railway with steam locomotives and cog-wheel sections, climbing frame, frisbee and bowling.
In winter – given the right snow conditions – there is a toboggan run to the Grünenboden middle station and a miniature ski lift on the Gurten fields.
Accessibility: From Bahnhof Bern by S-Bahn to Wabern or withTram No. 9 to Wabern-Gurtenbahn, funicular railway to Gurten
View: Over the city of Berne, and from the viewing tower, all-round views of the Alps, Emmen Valley and Jura – and from the Ostsignal information center, across the Bernese Alps with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau
Attractions: Miniature railway, in part with steam locomotives and cog-wheel sections, large playing field (former Gurten golfing green)
Culinary aspects: «Tapis Rouge» self-service restaurant, Restaurant «Bel Etage» with stylish interior, Brunch at the Gurten Pavilion
Overnight stays: only a few hotel rooms
Groups: Gewölbekeller, banquet facilities, up-town stage hall (between 80 and several hundred people)
Winter: Mountain rail in operation, toboggan-run by sufficient snow
Special comments: Annual Gurten Festival