The Niesen from Wimmis
|Elevation||2,362 m (7,749 ft)|
|Prominence||407 m (1,335 ft)|
|Isolation||2.3 km (1.4 mi)|
The Niesen is a mountain of the Bernese Alps in Swizerland. It overlooks Lake Thun, in the Bernese Oberland region, and forms the northen end of a ridge that stretches north from the Albristhorn and Mannliflue, separating the Simmental and Kandertal valleys.
The summit of the mountain (2362 metres) can be reached easily by using the Niesenbahn funicular from Mülenen (near Reichenbach). The construction of the funicular was completed in 1910. Alongside the path of the Niesenbahn is the longest stairway in the world with 11,674 steps. It is open only once a year to the public for a stair run.
The literal translation of the German word Niesen is sneeze. Because of its shape, the Niesen is often called the Swiss Pyramid. The Niesen was the subject of a number of paintings by Paul Klee, in which it was represented as a quasi-pyramid.
- Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is located south of the summit on the Niesegrat at 1,955 metres.
- Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is northeast of the Fromberghorn.
- Swiss Confederation. map.geo.admin.ch (Map). http://map.geo.admin.ch/?zoom=8&X=166480.25&Y=615448.00&lang=en&topic=ech&bgLayer=ch.swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe&catalogNodes=457,510&layers=ch.swisstopo.swissboundaries3d-gemeinde-flaeche.fill&layers_timestamp=. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
- "Infos Niesen Funicular". Niesenbahn. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
- "Niesenlauf" [Niesen running]. http://www.niesenlauf.ch/ (in German). Retrieved 2014-11-03.
- "Niesen". dict.cc. Retrieved 2014-11-03.