Schynige Platte Panorama Trail

This panorama trail might be our new favorite hike! The big mountain views, rocky peaks, dramatic cliffs, and lush meadows are so charming. Children will need a little endurance, but it's mostly easy walking along the ridge, with a few uphill climbs.

This ridge trail is utterly charming, with big mountain views, rocky peaks, dramatic cliffs, and lush meadows filled with wildflowers. It’s not as popular as other hikes in the Jungfrau region, so you’re likely to avoid the big crowds you see elsewhere like on the Jungfraujoch train.

It’s a dirt alpine trail, not suitable for strollers, but the hike is easy going, with only one short uphill trek to the ridge. Children will need a little endurance, but I think a six year old with hiking experience will do quite well.

There are plenty of places to picnic with a view, but only one official fire pit near the start of the hike. Near the train station, there’s a restaurant with large panorama terrace and a little playground with swings, see-saw and tiny barefoot path. This is a great option for both locals and visitors of all ages.

Location:   Jungfrau Region, Berner Oberland Switzerland
Address: Wilderswil train station
Car: Parking GPS: 46.665969, 7.869233
5 mins from Interlaken, 45 mins from Bern, 1hr30 from Zurich
Transit:  Wilderswil, Bahnhof
3 mins from Interlaken, 1hr10 from Bern, 2hr10 from Zurich
   
Trail: 5.6 km loop, about 2.5 hours walking with kids
Elevation: highest elevation 2076m, up/down 120m
Condition: red/white mountain hiking trail
Skill: moderate
Open: June through mid-October
Cost 2017: mountain train return: adult CHF 64
SBB Half-fare and GA give half-price
Junior cards accepted
Services: restaurant and playground at the top
More info: www.jungfrau.ch  –  webcam  –  weather

Overview

Schynige Platte is a mountain just south of Interlaken in the Jungfrau Region. It is accessed with a coghweel train from Wilderswil in the valley.

This is a loop trail starting at the top of the Schynige Platte railway. Here is the panorama map showing all the trails from the top of Schynige Platte. Download the map PDF.

We did the yellow trail #3, a 5.6 km loop. The trail is a dirt alpine trail, not suitable for strollers, sometimes rocky with a few switchbacks,with a little up and down, but no huge elevation gains. I’d recommend this for children 6+ with hiking experience.

The trail starts on the northwest, skirting some cliffs and following the ridge line, with views both of the Brienzersee and Rothorn to the north and the Jungfrau region to the south. The trail returns through meadows with views to the south. I recommend bringing walking sticks. There are also shorter loop trail options.

Here is a picture of the trail using Google Earth.

Shorter version: You can do a shorter 3km loop as shown below. It still has big views and follows the ridge for part of the trail.

Food & Services

There is a restaurant and other services at the start near the train station. There is a picnic area with a fire pit and wood just below the Schynige Platte train station, but no place to grill along the trail. So better to bring a picnic if you want to eat along the way.

Tickets & Timetable

In Wilderswil, buy return tickets to Schynige Platte. This special cogwheel train leaves on a separate track than the regular trains.

A return ticket from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte: CHF 64/adult, CHF 32/child & half-fare, children under 6 free. SBB Half-fare and GA get half-fare. Kids with SBB Junior cards ride free. Included in Jungfrau Travel Pass and Berner Oberland Regional Pass. See website for current prices and offers.

The train leaves from Wilderswil every 40 minutes from 07:52 to 16:45. The train ride lasts 52 minutes. The train returns from Schynige Platte every 40 minutes from about 8:21 to 17:53. Check the schedule to verify the times on the day you go.

Getting There

By car: Drive to Wilderswil and park in the metered lot behind the Wilderswil train station (GPS: 46°39’59.2″N 7°52’13.8″E). The meter takes coins and cards, CHF 3 for 6 hours.

By transit: Take a train to Interlaken, then another short train ride to Wilderswil. At this train station, switch to the old tyme cogwheel train.

1. Boarding mountain train at Wilderswil

Here is the train station in Wilderswil. You can sit in any cabin unless it is labeled “reserved”. The train operators will come by to check your ticket, then lock your door from the outside. Both sides of the train are nice, but the right side has better views at the top.

2. Arriving at Schynige Platte.

After about 50 minutes slowly climbing the mountain with lots of great views, you arrive here. There are free toilets here and a kiosk for snacks.

We were greeted by alphorns. The Panoramaweg is not on the initial trail signs. So instead, follow signs to Daube, which is the first viewpoint on the Panoramaweg.

Walk on the paved path north to the restaurant. The hike starts just beyond the restaurant.

The panorama terrace for the self-service cafe. I noticed that they had high-chairs.

Just past the terrace, there is a little playground. The tables are labeled “no picnic.”

See-saw with a view. I heard the playground has changed since we last went, so it might look different when you go.

3. Starting the trail to Daube

The trail heads up from the playground. Follow signs to Daube. There are actually two trails leading to Daube, left or right around the peak immediately above the restaurant. We’ve done both and probably prefer the right which is shown here.

The hill behind the restaurant has a bunch of frames to look through.

Keep circling right around the mountain.

Now heading up the base of that big rock, called Daube.

Later the trail will take us to the right, but for now we are taking some switchbacks on the left.

Looking back at the trail, totally empty.

A few minutes of switchbacks.

The clouds happily parted briefly to give us this beautiful view.

4. Arriving at Daube

The end of the short hard uphill bit, ending at Daube. You can look over the cliffs near the metal fence to see the Brienzersee, but it was in the clouds while we were there.

Great place to take a little snack break. Soon we’ll be hiking on that trail you see below over to the next peak, Oberberghorn.

Picnic time.

There’s a grill up here, but no wood that we could see. The real panorama trail was just under that big rock along the cliffs.

5. Continue to Oberberghorn

Now joining the trail heading east along the ridge. A nicely maintained path with some stairs.

Cliffs dropping down to the Brienzersee on the left. The path is well set back from the cliffs, but keep little wild ones on a short leash.

Coming up is Oberberghorn, those pinnacles straight ahead.

6. Detour to Oberberghorn lookout

Just below those pinnacles, there is a short detour (go left at this sign) up to the Oberberghorn viewpoint. I think this detour is totally worth it. Yes, the views are similar, but you get a bird’s eye view of the trail from up there. After the detour, retrace your steps back to this sign and continue walking straight ahead on the main trail around the base of those pinnacles.

After a couple switchbacks on the detour trail, some steep stairs to get to the top of Oberberghorn. Be careful and go slow, especially if they are wet.

The fenced in viewpoint at the top of Oberberghorn.

Looking back at the ridge trail and down to Interlaken and Thunersee lake.

View east from Oberberghorn, so spectacular.

7. Rejoin ridge trail

Now back on the main trail, walking east around the Oberberghorn above you.

Keep following the Panoramaweg signs toward Faulhorn even though you are going all the way to that.

Back along the ridge after Oberberghorn.

Now we can see the Brienzersee below. Maybe you’ll see the mountains too, like the Rothorn.

Looking back toward Oberberghorn.

Looking forward to the next peak of Faulhorn. The trail will loop back toward Schynige Platte before you get there.

So many flowers in spring.

 

Same area but in fall.

8. Loop back toward Schynige Platte

A few stairs, then you can see the fork ahead when the trail heads back to Schynige Platte.

We are going to turn around at that fork. If you keep going, you’ll be hiking to Faulhorn and First, a much longer hike (like another 4 hours!).

Heading back, through rocky meadows instead of the ridge.

View toward the famous peaks, Eiger and Jungfrau.

Lots of places to rest and take in the view. The easy path just slowly winds its way back to the Schynige Platte railway station.

View of the Mönch peak in the distance.

More flower filled fields.

There are a couple trails that split to the left and right. Just keep walking straight ahead, following signs to to Schynige Platte.

Here’s the picnic area just below the Schynige Platte train station. There is a box of wood next to the fire pit and grill. You don’t have a great view from the benches, but you do have shelter from the wind. You can simply walk up this hill a bit to get the views again.

Ending the trail at the Schynige Platte train station. Remember that the train comes every 40 mins. So remember to check the schedule so you know if you need to hurry on this last bit or take your time. Last time we went in Sept 2019, the train came in the afternoon at 15:01, 15:41, 16:21, 17:01, and 17:30. Don’t miss the last train down!

I hope you like it! Need more ideas for the Jungfrau Region?

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32 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing! This hike looks beautiful. Would it be a bad idea to do this hike with rain in the forecast?

    1. If you had light rain, it would probably be ok but not my first choice. Our first time we did this hike, we had a light drizzle for about half of the hike. With rain, I would choose a hike that has charms that aren’t disturbed by rain, like walking by a river or in a forest.

  2. Thanks again for all your work documenting these amazing hikes. I did this one yesterday, but elected to keep going to First, which I highly recommend. Starting from Schynige Platte Station — without the Obergehorn peak detour — at 10 am I was at First by about 16:30 with a long picnic at Bachalpsee to wait for the clouds to clear. Also skipped Faulhorn peak due to the lack of visibility up there.

    1. Hi Andy, so funny that you did this hike right before I did it. Great minds think alike!

    1. As far as I know, you cannot drive further up the mountain unless you have a special permit as a service vehicle or resident.

  3. thank you very much! looks great! do you think it will be recommended for is? family with three, five and seven years old children…?

    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply. I think a three year old would have a tough time finishing this hike and it could be dangerous. A five and seven year old with hiking experience would be fine as long as you watch them carefully when near the steep cliff edges.

  4. Hallo!

    Danke viel mals fuer diesen tollen Bericht! Das hat echt geholfen und wir werden diese schoene Route im July machen.
    Super infos, klare anweisungen und hammer fotos.

    1. Hi Julie! Yes, you can definitely do a shorter version. I’ve mapped out a 3km loop that might work for you. https://www.komoot.com/tour/114851951?ref=wtd Of course, you could simply walk 1 km along the trail and turn around and walk back to make it even shorter.

  5. Hi – Thank you for all the information. I am planning to do a 5-7 day trip in Jungfrau region. I would like to start in the morning, hike/transportation depending on the mood. My only problem is my luggage. Are there any same day luggage transfer services from door to door.

    1. Where are you transferring your luggage? It’s probably easier to leave your luggage at your hotel and simply return each day to your starting point. But it depends on where you are going.

    1. I’m working on a post for that, so look for that soon. Unfortunately, mountain trails will be closed then because it’s still ski season. But you could do some winter walks instead if they are still open. The winter walk from Grindelwald First to Bachalpsee would be a good choice if it’s open.

  6. Hi,
    Thank you for the information.
    We want to go to this region with my family. We live in Lausanne and don’t have a car. We like to take Jungfrau train tickets from lausanne to Schynige Platte and then hike down to Interlaken. We don’t want a hard hiking. Is there a good path for that? Or any suggestion?

    1. I haven’t hiked from Schynige Platte to Interlaken so unfortunately I can’t recommend a particular trail for that route. However, I would assume that hike would be quite difficult as it would descend about 1500m. I see that there is a hike from Schynige Platte to Breitlauenen, which is partway down the mountain train route back to Wilderswil. Here are the details. https://www.jungfrau.ch/shop/en/tickets/bergbahn/angebote/schynige-platte/wanderticket-breitlauenen-schynige-platte

  7. I did this beautiful trail today, they added signes with the numbers and names of the different routes so it was easy to follow route 3.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that! The signs were in a little disrepair last time I went. I hope I can do this trail again this summer. Glad you had a good time!

  8. Hello, I just found your video ‘Top 5 Swiss Family hikes’, and loved it. We are going to that region for a week, we are a Family with a 5 years old with hiking expirience and a baby 9 months old with a Rücktrager. I want to ask you, if it is posible to do this 5 hikes for us and if there is a way where we kann go maybe uphill with the cableway and walking downhill. Thank you in advance.

    1. Thanks! Which hike do you want to do? If it’s the Schynige Platte hike, you take the mountain train to the top, then do the hike, then ride the train back down. There isn’t more mountain transport at the top. Let me know which hike you were looking at and maybe I can give you more tips.

  9. If we wanted to walk about 15 minutes out from the picnic tables or train station, and 15 mins back, which trail signs would you suggest that we follow where we would have the nicest views?

    1. It just depends on what you want to see. If you go right, towards the restaurant and up the hill above the restaurant, you can see northwards toward the lakes. If you go left, you will see the Jungfrau region mountains. Both are very nice. I would probably hike a bit above the restaurant, then you can see both directions a bit. Hope you have a good time. Sorry for the lake reply.

  10. hi. i’ll be in interlaken for four days. going to do this hike and other areas. what kind of rail pass would you recommend?

    1. It’s best to compare the price of what you plan to do with the daily rail pass price. Some rail passes only make sense if you are visiting more than one mountain in the same day and traveling there and back using public transportation. If you are hiking in the Jungfrau region and are traveling by public transportation, the Jungfrau Travel Pass probably makes the most sense. You might find this website helpful in comparing Swiss rail passes. https://www.myswissalps.com/train/ticketspasses

  11. Hi guys, thanks for your excellent reports. Full of great detail. I’m not a Mom with Tots but a Dad with two sons in their twenties! We’re off to Lauterbrunnen for 4 days at end of June 18 and will be doing many of the walks in this area. I’ve worked out the costs and as we don’t want to be walking hours uphill – will be buying the Jungfrau 3 day rail pass. It looks great value even if you want to go up and down a cable-car twice on each mountain! Yippee, Why not…..this is Mother Natures playground and cannot wait. Thankyou so much for sharing these.

    1. Glad I could help! I should really change our name to be more inclusive. Our YouTube channel is called Swiss Family Fun and maybe I’ll get around to moving that name over here. In any case, wishing you a great time and good weather in the Jungfrau Region.

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  14. Thank you very much for sharing all your ideas. Even if I’m Swiss I love finding great inspiration here… do you think this hike is possible for someone who is afraid of heights? (How long is the steep part ?). Thanks a lot for all 😀
    Nb your pictures are great 👍

    1. Thanks for the kind words! If you are afraid of heights, you might feel a bit queasy on the sections that have steep drop offs to one side. But you don’t have to walk close to the edge and the other side is not a steep drop off. I only felt nervous when I walked up to the edge and looked over on purpose. If you stick to the trail, it’s not particularly dangerous. But I certainly can’t speak for everyone. I’m curious to hear if you like it.

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