On Wednesday, 27 November 2019, the 300,000th guest arrived on the Harder Kulm. This means that in 2019, passenger numbers on the Harder Railway will exceed 600,000 for the first time. Werner Amacher, Head of Operations at Harder Railway, handed Isabelle Angehrn from Matten a voucher for a lifetime subscription. Dieter Aegerter, who runs the Restaurant Harder Kulm, offered the guest a chocolate cake as well as a Harder-Cape.
In recent years, Harder has enjoyed increasing popularity. More and more guests have boarded the Harder Railway to enjoy the view of the two lakes as well as the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The increased passenger numbers – in 2018 it was 542,500 – also led to the existing restaurant being extended by a two-storey annex building in 2017. This allowed the restaurant to offer an additional 135 seats.
Another attraction is the Two Lakes Bridge, west of the Restaurant Harder Kulm at 1,322 metres above sea level. A steel construction supports the airy vantage platform. In the centre, visitors can look down below through a glass surface. The Two Lakes Bridge was built in 2011 and offers a unique view of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau as well as Lake Thun and Lake Brienz.
The construction of the Harder Railway began in 1905. On 15 May 1908, the first funicular climbed to Harder Kulm. The trip lasted twice as long as today. In its first year of operation, around 40,000 passengers were transported; today there are 15 times as many.
Location and panorama
The Harder Kulm is located north of Interlaken and is part of the Brienzergrat. At 1,322 metres above sea level, it offers an imposing view of the Jungfrau Region. At the foot of the Harder lies Interlaken, to the west Lake Thun, to the east Lake Brienz, to the south the world-famous triumvirate of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.