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Schynige Platte Tour

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 5.0 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

One of the finer hikes... in the Jungfrau or the world.


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4.9

Miles

7.8

KM

Loop

6,789' 2,069 m

High

6,288' 1,916 m

Low

1,159' 353 m

Up

1,164' 355 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Rocks to climb, exciting ridges, up close and personal cows, and a wealth of beauty everyone should experience.

Overview

I've been hiking all over the world, and this one is a clear favorite. The dramatic topography, the wildflowers, the mountain views, and the lack of crowds (it's a bit hard to get here) make for an incredible hike if you're lucky enough to get a sunny summer day.

Need to Know

It is possible to hike up to Schynige Platte, but virtually everyone takes the historic cog train from Wilderswil. Save your legs for the vastly superior trails up high. The train is slow and doesn't run very often (it's a fascinating museum piece by itself!), so pay attention to the schedule, and don't miss the last one of the day!

Description

From the train station, head through the restaurant (which seems a little weird), and turn up towards Aussichtspunkt Daube. It's easy at first but has a serious set of switchbacks near the top. The 360-degree views are excellent: all of the high peaks, parts of Interlaken, and of course Lakes Brienze and Thune.

From the Daube overlook, take the exciting trail right on the Schynige Platte ridge, with amazing views of the lakes nearly 5,000 feet below. Turn the other way and admire the high peaks of the Jungfrau 6,000 feet above. In case that's not enough, this is the alpine wildflower capital of Europe, and they're spread out all around you.

Reach the Oberberghorn, and take the optional trail up to the top - though you could bypass it, consider it mandatory! Take the steps, climb through a tunnel, and emerge at one of the finest viewpoints in Europe. Relative to many of the other places around here, it's not crowded at all, and you might even have it to yourself. Back on the main trail, continue along more spectacular ridge trail to the Laucherhorn. You reach a promontory with good views of the imposing Faulhorn.

It is worth going off trail a bit here (in front of the Laucherhorn) to a rocky outcrop that will make you feel like the "king of the hill."

Turn around here and backtrack a short distance to the Berghotel to Loucherhorn Trail. Unlike the Panoramaweg Louchernhorn, this trail is nested in a miniature hanging valley high up on Schynige Platte. There are working pastures, hummocks of bright green grass, more wildflowers that you thought possible, and perfectly framed views of the Jungfrau peaks.

Save some time at the end to visit the Alpengarden Botanical Garden!

History & Background

Be sure to read about the Schynige Platte train before or after your journey - an incredible engineering feat!

Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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Fun rock outcrop just off the trail.
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH
Shynige Platte is the widerflower winner of the Jungfrau area.
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH
Incredible views at Shynige Platte.
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH
You could easily while a day away here...
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH
The Schreckhorn off in the distance.
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH
Looking way down to Lauterbrunnen, and way up to the Jungfrau.
Jul 12, 2016 near Wilderswil, CH

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Aug 30, 2019
William Gunawan
Aug 9, 2019
Jason Anderson
One of the most beautiful trails I've ever hiked! And it's not that hard either. The optional segment described is currently roped off and is a bit…
Jul 5, 2019
Vladimir Grebenik
Aug 20, 2018
Ania Futrzyk
Jul 14, 2018
Erik Elsea
Jul 9, 2017
Cheryl Chow
Jun 6, 2017
Paul Jones
Lovely views, saw lots of marmots too hiding underneath the farm buildings on the route back to the Alpine Garden. 4.9mi