Step inside one of the wooden coaches of the historic cogwheel railway that trundles up to Switzerland’s Schynige Platte, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Then get out on the Alpine plateau, where sweeping views of the Eiger mountain and the Jungfrau countryside await you.
A marvel of belle epoque engineering, the Schynige Platte railway has been taking visitors up to the spectacular Alpine summit since 1893. The plateau is known for its myriad plants and wildflowers, the latter of which can be seen from May to October. Explore the Alpine Garden managed by the University of Bern, hike one of the trails, or simply enjoy the surroundings from the comfort of a table at the Schynige Platte restaurant.
Things to Know Before You Go
The railway is very popular—be sure to book your train ticket in advance.
Entry to the garden is included with the purchase of a train ticket.
The Schynige Platte railway isn’t accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
To get to Schynige Platte, take the cogwheel railway from the town of Wilderswil. Trains typically depart every 40 minutes, and the journey to the plateau takes just under an hour. Regular trains connect Wilderswil with Interlaken. The closest airports are Bern (about 45 minutes away) and Zurich International (around two hours away).
When to Get There
The railway and Alpine garden are open every day from late May to late October. The last train down from the summit usually leaves in the early evening.
Where to Find Local Beer in Interlaken
Taste a different side of Switzerland at Interlaken’s Rugenbräu brewery, which has been making beer in the region since the 1860s. Rugenbräu also happens to be one of the few whiskey distilleries in the country. Take a guided tour of the premises—or just savor a glass of the local brew.
- Adventure Park Interlaken (Seilpark Interlaken)
- Wengen-Männlichen Aerial Cableway
- Harder Kulm
- St. Beatus Caves (St. Beatus-Höhlen)
- Grindelwald First
- Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory (Sphinx-Observatorium)
- Lake Brienz (Brienzersee)
- Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
- Lake Thun (Thunersee)
- Aletsch Glacier
- Grimsel Pass
- Rhone Glacier