Visit the Schynige Platte
Travel by historic cog railway to a Swiss wonderland of mountains and meadows
Accessed from the Swiss village of Wilderwil in the Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland, Schynige Platte is a mountainous area that is notable for its dramatic beauty, Alpine meadows and the unforgettable views it affords of iconic neighbouring mountains including the Eiger, Silberhorn, Mönch and Jungfrau.
The journey to Schynige Platte is an unforgettable experience in itself. The Schynige Platte Railway, inaugurated in May 1893, gently climbs to an altitude of almost two thousand metres over its seven-mile route. On the way, this historic cog railway ascends forested hillsides, before reaching open pastures strewn with summer wildflowers and a point from which passengers gain views over Interlaken and its accompanying lakes Thun and Brienz. As the train attains the summit and nears the Schynige Platte station, the true splendour of the mountainous landscape is finally revealed.
Beyond the station and its adjacent hotel and restaurant, Schynige Platte is tranquil and beautiful, with only the occasional distant sound of a traditional cowbell to disturb the silence. The plateau, with its meadows and rock formations is a haven for walkers and nature enthusiasts, and numerous trails allow visitors to admire this breathtaking destination and be invigorated and uplifted by pure, clear mountain air and the unmistakeable and unique Alpine atmosphere.