The Gurten is a mountain situated just to the south of Bern, the capital city of Switzerland. It is 858 metres (2,815 ft) high, and the summit yields views of Bern, of the Jura mountains and of the Alps.[2][3][4]

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The summit of the Gurten
Highest point
Elevation858 m (2,815 ft)
Prominence215 m (705 ft) [1]
Coordinates46°55′02″N 07°26′37″E / 46.91722°N 7.44361°E / 46.91722; 7.44361Coordinates: 46°55′02″N 07°26′37″E / 46.91722°N 7.44361°E / 46.91722; 7.44361
Gurten is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationBern, Switzerland

Facilities on the Gurten include a hotel, restaurants, a 25-metre-high (82 ft) viewing tower and a children's playground. Winter sports facilities are available in winter. The Gurtenfestival, a music festival, is held every year in the middle of July.[4][5]

The Gurten is accessible on foot, or by the Gurten Funicular from Wabern. Wabern can itself be reached from central Bern by tram, train or car. Wabern bei Bern station, on lines S3 and S31 of the Bern S-Bahn, is adjacent to the lower station of the funicular, as is the Gurtenbahn stop on Bern tramway route 9.[4][6]

Ruins of the Ägerten castle

The castle site of Aegerten lies a good 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the south-east of the Gurten summit. The remains consists of a roundish castle hill, which formerly carried a rectangular donjon, surrounded on three sides by a wall and rench.[7]

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  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic map. The key col is located south of the mountain at 643 metres.
  2. ^ "Gurten - Bern's Local Mountain - Switzerland Tourism". Archived from the original on 2010-02-06. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
  3. ^ "Gurten - park in a natural setting - Bern's dream mountain - Switzerland Tourism". Retrieved 2010-01-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Gurtenpark - Welcome". Gurtenpark Bern. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  5. ^ "Gurtenfestival - History". Gurtenfestival AG. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  6. ^ "GB - Gurten Bahn". Funimag. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  7. ^ "Die Burgstelle Ägerten am Gurten, oberhalb von Wabern bei Bern (Gemeinde Köniz)". DILLUM. Retrieved 2018-09-19.

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