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“Schynige Platte to First”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte
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US$185.20*
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3-6 Day Jungfrau Travel Pass
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Perth
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“Schynige Platte to First”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013

Schynige Platte is accessed via a cog railway departing from Wilderswil which is about 5 minutes by the regular train from Interlaken Ost (East) train station.
I was heading there for the highly recommended Schynige Platte to First hike so I did not spend a great deal of time there but I did take a walk through the alpine garden which was quite interesting, although understandably due to the late season was starting to go into hibernation for the winter.
The views from Schynige Platte of both the town of Interlaken and lakes Thun and Brienze are fantastic, a short walk on the escarpment can improve the view even more. As other reviews have identified the views of Eiger, Jungfrau and Monk are also very good.
Probably the best thing about it from my point of view is that it is less inundated with 'regular' tourists who prefer the more standard routes that go directly to the main Alps attractions, so it is quieter, giving you the chance to really take in the scenery with less distractions.

Visited October 2013
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“A worthwhile side trip from Interlaken”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

I really enjoyed taking the cogwheel railway up into the mountains and especially liked the alpine garden. There weren't a lot of flowers due to the lateness of the season but the views were wonderful and we felt it was well worth the trip.

Visited September 2013
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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“Great Ride and Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

The anticipation starts when you get on the cog railway at Wilderswil. You chug up at a sharp angle for 50 minutes (including 2 stops). Initially in hills and forest area, then around a corner you get the views of Eiger, Monk, and Jungfrau, and it's all worth it!

Take your time on top. Walk around, enjoy the scenery, get a bite to eat. If you have clear weather, you won't want to leave. Even with partial clouds we couldn't take our eyes off the big mountains in the distance.

There is a snack shop by the station, but you might as well walk the 100m to the Berghaus to sit on the large deck for the views.

As others have said, there are many hiking trails of various distances around the area (see map pic). There are also some interesting picture frames just up from the train platform that will 'frame' your shot of the mountains for you!

Tip: Sit in right-hand side going up to get the mountain views at the top. Or sit on left-hand side going up to get the views of Interlaken during the hills/forest part.

All in all, yes, it's expensive, but worth it, IMO. (it's half price with Half Fare Card)

Visited September 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Nostalgia and Scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

First you ride an historic electric cog railway where the scenery just gets better and better. Then you arrive to views to die for. Alpine horn players serenade you whilst you take refreshment from the self service cafe or the restaurant. You might then indulge in a walk of almost any length to suit you. There is also an Alpine Garden to view, but path is not suitable for those who are less able. Just be careful on the return that there are no booked parties on the train or you may have to wait. There is usually a train every forty minutes and spare ones to get everyone down at the end of the day.

Visited September 2013
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“Amazing views and enjoyable cog wheel train ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2013

We travelled up to Schynige Platte on our first day in the Bernese Oberland and we were stunned by the amazing views from the cog wheel train journey to the top and from the top of the mountain itself. We took a picnic and sat above the hotel on benches overlooking the views and had a lovely time. There was a fun slide and one or two other things for the kids to amuse themselves and you can get ice cream or snacks/food at the hotel restaurant. There was also an alpine garden with labelled plants which would interest keen gardeners, though it wasn't really for us (however, it was free!) We spent about an hour or two up there and felt the trip was definitely worth it. It was easy to get to from Lauterbrunnen - train to wilderswil and then the cog wheel from there to Schynige Platte. If you are lucky, you may get the old style open air train we had on the way up.

Visited August 2013
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