Begin this epic excursion in Wilderswil with a four-minute train ride to Interlaken Ost station. From here, hop on board a vintage, one-of-a-kind cogwheel train up to Schynige. On board, you’ll sit in vintage wooden seats, and encounter conductors decorated in historic uniforms –the rich ambiance is full of nostalgia and makes this journey almost magical. Ascending the peak takes about 52 minutes. When you reach Schynige Platte, views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks await you. You can also admire Lake Thun, Niesen, Stockhorn, and Jura. If you love to hike, this is the ultimate starting point to hit a trail. Want to admire more natural beauty? Visit the Botanical Alpine Garden, the only one in Switzerland! Here you’ll discover nearly 600 species of Alpine plants. There’s even a hotel on the mountain with a charming restaurant. Not that this excursion needs another great benefit, but, for Swiss Travel Pass and Swiss Travel Pass Flex holders, this excursion is free! Schynige Platte – a unique experience like no other.
A perfect combination of nostalgia and spectacular views
• Includes round-trip travel from Wilderswil or Interlaken to Schynige Platte on board a unique vintage cogwheel train.
• The 52-minute journey brings you to the summit where the following activities can be found:
• The only botanical Alpine garden in Switzerland with 650 species of flowers.
• Impressive views of the Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau and Lakes Thun and Brienz.
• Daily entertainment by costumed Alphorn players.
• Easy circular hiking trails.
• Mountain hotel and panorama restaurant with spacious terrace.
• Nature cinema and railway exhibition.
• Discounted fares are valid when traveling with a Swiss Half Fare Card and Eurail Pass that includes Switzerland, please refer to the type of pass you have when selecting your tickets.
• Free travel with a valid Swiss Travel Pass (use of travel day required).
• All child rates are valid for children ages 6 -15.
• Children under 6 are free.
• Children traveling with a Swiss Family Card are free when they travel with a parent or guardian that is traveling with a Swiss Travel Pass. Where noted below, please indicate the number of children that are NOT covered by the Swiss Family Card. Note: these children will be required to purchase a ticket.
• Train tickets and Swiss Transfer tickets are not valid for rail pass discounts.
• Tickets are valid for six months from the date of purchase.
• Operating daily starting 26 May, 2018.
• Cogwheel train operates daily every 40 minutes from 07:25 am to 04:45 pm. During bad weather, the schedule may be changed without prior notice.
Prices are subject to change.
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Hungarian Trains - 90 days
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Romanian Night Trains - 90 days
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