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The Niesen from Wimmis
Highest point
Elevation 2,362 m (7,749 ft)
Prominence 407 m (1,335 ft) [1]
Isolation 2.3 km (1.4 mi) [2]
Parent peak Albristhorn
Coordinates 46°38′46″N 7°39′09″E / 46.64611°N 7.65250°E / 46.64611; 7.65250Coordinates: 46°38′46″N 7°39′09″E / 46.64611°N 7.65250°E / 46.64611; 7.65250
Niesen is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Location Bern, Switzerland
Parent range Bernese Alps
Easiest route Niesenbahn

The Niesen is a mountain of the Bernese Alps in Switzerland. It overlooks Lake Thun, in the Bernese Oberland region, and forms the northern end of a ridge that stretches north from the Albristhorn and Mannliflue, separating the Simmental and Kandertal valleys.[3]

Administratively, the summit is shared between the municipalities of Reichenbach im Kandertal, to the south-east, and Wimmis, to the west and north. Both municipalities are in the canton of Bern.[3]

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.[3][4][5]

The literal translation of the German word Niesen is sneeze.[6] Because of its shape, the Niesen is often called the Swiss Pyramid.[citation needed] The Niesen was the subject of a number of paintings by Paul Klee, in which it was represented as a quasi-pyramid.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is located south of the summit on the Niesegrat at 1,955 metres.
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is northeast of the Fromberghorn.
  3. ^ a b c (Map). Swiss Confederation. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  4. ^ "Infos Niesen Funicular". Niesenbahn. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Niesenlauf" [Niesen running]. (in German). Retrieved 2014-11-03.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ "Niesen". Retrieved 2014-11-03. 

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Pyramidal Niesen mountain, viewed from the Lake Thun

360 degree panorama on the top

View of Stockhorn (2'190 m), Thunersee lake and Jura mountains

View of Fromberghore (2'394 m) and of the valleys Kandertal, Engstligental and Simmental