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Tony Frank, Thun

50 years Stockhorn Railway

The Stockhorn Railway has been transporting passengers from Erlenbach in the Simmental to the mountain station at an altitude of 2,139 metres for 50 years. From here, visitors can reach the impressive summit, which sits at 2,190 metres. But this is not the mountain’s only attraction: it also offers numerous hiking trails for all levels.

The first section of the cable car from Erlenbach to Chrindi came into operation on 27 July 1968. The second section – from the middle station at Chrindi to the summit – followed in 1969. The Stockhorn Railway is one of 128 aerial tramways in Switzerland. In this system, two cars shuttle between the valley and mountain stations. To mark the railway’s 50th anniversary, Swiss Post is issuing a postal card.
Illustrated by Thun-based designer Tony Frank, the postal card invites viewers to dream of an idyllic mountain landscape.
Not far from the summit of the Stockhorn, two small mountain lakes can be found – a popular destination for amateur fishing enthusiasts. The area also offers numerous hiking trails for all levels, a number of climbing parks and an extensive cave system that is well worth exploring.
Another major attraction is the 70-metrelong tunnel with wheelchair access which leads to a panoramic viewing platform.
From this point, visitors can enjoy spectacular views over Lake Thun, the Swiss plateau and, on clear days, as far as the Jura, the Vosges and the Black Forest.

Jürg Freudiger