Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte another scenic viewpoint that I absolutely love. This is high on the ridge separating the lakes around Interlaken from the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains in the Bernese Oberland.  You get to it by cogwheel train from Wilderswil, near Interlaken, and it can easily be done as a daytrip from Mürren, Wengen or Grindelwald as well.  It’s an historic train, and a slow trip… not for those in a rush. On a sunny day it might be the best viewpoint in the region.

At the top, there’s an interesting alpine garden for flower lovers (if you can take your eyes from the mountains) and it’s fun to walk 20 minutes to the north side of the ridge to look down at Interlaken and the lakes. The hike from here to First is good, but it’s been written about far too much. It’s a deceptively tough hike, and there are a lot of others that are just as good or better.