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Wilderswil - Schynige Platte

View from Firstbahnen

A memorable day trip to 1970m plateau
19 August 2006

On the third day of hiking we decided to go to the Schynige Platte, as a tourist centre recommended. Getting there takes time, so we started even a bit earlier this day. We had three train rides to do: Wengen – Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen – Wilderswil, and then a 50 minute trundle uphill train on historic (ie old and slow) rack railway from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte. The ride up offered several stunning views to the mountains and valley, many people in the train stood up and took the pictures. “Wows” were quite loud to hear. When we stepped out of the train, we realized that Schynige Platte is the best place to admire the three famous Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks.

Schynige Platte sits at 1970m on a ridge between the lakes of Interlaken and the valleys of Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. At the train station you can visit Alpengarten (Alpine garden) for 4SFR per adult.

If you went there for hiking and you still do not have hiking boots, there is a Lowa hiking boots center, where you can test boots for free. Definitely worth experience, we did it and hiking a stony route was more comfortable.

We went hiking at Schynige Platte Panoramaweg. It is an attractive route between Lake Brianz and the Grindelwald Valley, the route is marked with red. Red route means that it is not the easy one. At the route there are several up and down climbs. We realized already before the start that this is not for hiking with a baby stroller, so we left it in the Teddyland and our nine-months-old son enjoyed hiking on his Father’s shoulders.

From the Teddyland we followed the signs "Panoramaweg" and climbed uphill round rocky switchbacks towards Daube and Oberberghorn. In places the ridge becomes fairly narrow, and the Panoramaweg is certainly aptly-named, from the lakes far below to the peaks high Wilderswilabove. The Panoramaweg has breathtaking views to the snowy mountains; the route is fringed with a wealth of beautiful Alpine flowers and colonies of mountain marmots. We had a picnic with scenic views again and our son enjoyed playing with Alpine flowers.

After hiking three days in Jungfrau we could not agree more with Lonely Planet book, which says that: ”If Bernese Oberland is Switzerland’s Alpine heartland, the Jungfrau Region within it is the holiest of the holy.” It really is.

But our travel did not end there. We had a delicious diner waiting for us, we wanted to have fondue. Following the recommendation from our hotel, we had fondue in the restaurant named Eiger in Wengen. It tasted excellently and also the service was very good. We also tasted Swiss white wine there, which was just perfect improver to Swiss fondue. We would recommend it to everybody.