Postcard from Schynige Platte, Switzerland

by Lars Wagoner /
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May 10, 2014 / 0 comments

As I went up the mountain in an old-fashioned cogwheel train, the peaks of Schynige Platte surrounded me. If you didn’t know, Schynige Platte is a Swiss mountain region just south of Interlaken, composed of many breathtaking views.

Schynige Platte, Switzerland

Schynige Platte, Switzerland

To reach the best views, we took the train to the top of the mountain. When the train stopped, a cool breeze flowed through the crisp thin air. Although there was a small layer of frost (I visited Schynige Platte in the summer), it wasn’t too cold; at least to the dark green grass and snow white flowers. The nature was so enjoyable, we thought it deserved some inspection: a hike! Now, one might wonder, “Why hike if the air was thin?” Because the only way to truly experience Schynige Platte is to physically immerse yourself in the terrain. The mountains were (and probably still are) so diverse; there were glaciers on some mountains, and on others there was grass, or just rock. I have never seen anything in nature so beautiful in my life, and I doubt you will, either.

On that marvelous hike, we saw a 360° view of the Schynige Platte. On one side, the mountains were visible, and on the other side, there were light blue lakes and steep valleys. All forms of nature (plants, animals, mountains…) and tourists were gathered together in one amazing place.

The diversity of nature, culture, and most of all, the experiences, are why I love to travel. If you are visiting Switzerland, I highly recommend Schynige Platte. I went in the summer, so the temperature wasn’t freezing, but in the winter I’ve heard it is COLD! Happy travels!


If you wan’t to visit Schynige Platte, you can:

•    Visit the website:
•    If you are traveling with kids, 15 year olds and younger are FREE!
•    The summer operation starts the 3rd of May and ends the 26th of October

Please verify all information given at the website.



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