The hike from Schnyige Platte to 1st by means of Faulhorn is amongst the best hikes in Switzerland with an epic view about each and every turn. Anticipate a extended day on the legs with 16km of the trail ahead of you and almost 1000m of incline. The soup and coffee at Faulhorn with magical views make it all worthwhile.

 

Hike Distance: The total hike distance was 16.two kilometers, which contains the summit of Faulhorn. Schnyige Platte to Oberberg to Loucherhorn to Egg to Faulhorn to Bachalpsee to 1st.

Hike Duration: The hike took me a total time of five hours. It could be performed in a tiny significantly less time, in particular if you do not summit Oberberg and Faulhorn but that is the entire point of the hike! I’d bargain for five-7 hours for the total trip and you will love a coffee and soup at Faulhorn and have lots of spare time to love your hike. The primary point to bear in mind is that (at least for the duration of summer time) the final cable vehicle down from 1st to Grindelwald is at five:30 so you will need to leave from Schnyige Platte prior to midday to make that. If you miss it, there is a two-hour trail down to Grindelwald that you will have to take on tired legs.

Hike Difficulty: This route is not really challenging with pretty couple of locations of concern. Whilst 1000m of incline is substantial, there are no points exactly where the trail is overly exposed. Lots of components of the trail are rocky and involve a tiny bit of clambering but you under no circumstances will need to use your hands or climb.

Hike Incline: Total incline for the day was about 1000m or possibly slightly significantly less. My Garmin ran out of battery but it was meant to be 825m with out summiting Oberberg so I would say in between 900m and 1000m.

 

HOW TO GET TO SCHNYIGE PLATTE

It is most most likely you are staying in Interlaken if you are undertaking this hike or at least transiting by means of if you are staying elsewhere. Hence, I will give guidelines from Interlaken, which is exactly where I was staying.

1st, you will need to get from Interlaken to Wilderswil. This is accessible by train from Interlaken West and/or Interlaken Ost. It is a pretty brief trip.

Secondly, you will now will need to take the Schnyige Platte Bahn from Wilderswil to Schnyige Platte. This is a pretty historic, old-style train and for that cause, it is also pretty slow. The whole journey aboard the Schnyige Platte Bahn took 45-mins as we crawled up the mountain. It was a scenic ride but make confident you element that into your beginning time simply because you will need to finish in very first prior to five:30 for the final cable vehicle down to Grindelwald. Anticipate about 60-90 minutes from Interlaken to Schnyige Platte like wait instances so leave no later than 9 am from Interlaken to be protected.

At Schnyige Platte there are quite a few indicators pointing you to Oberberg and then from there onwards to Faulhorn and 1st. As usually the trail is signed properly so after you get off the train, just head up into the alpine garden more than the hill and towards Oberberg.

If you have the Swiss Half-Card you will get a big discount on your tickets. I purchased mine when I arrived in Switzerland and it has saved me more than a thousand dollars.

 

MY Encounter ON THE SCHNYIGE PLATTE TO 1st HIKE

I started my day in Interlaken so that meant I had to stroll to Interlaken West train station and catch the train to Wilderswil. As soon as at Wilderswil, I waited for the Schnyige Platte Bahn. It is a historic train and I consider quite a few of the vacationers caught it up to Schnyige Platte and went for a wander prior to catching it back down as a bit of a mountain practical experience. 

This train took so extended. Lots of trains and cable automobiles in Switzerland claim to be the steepest or oldest but the Schnyige Platte Bahn has certainly got to be the slowest. It is pretty old and has the old-style carriages, which is cool but it is certainly not constructed for speed. I was in no rush but 45-mins for four-5kms is nonetheless notable!

When we reached the Schnyige Platte summit station there was pretty a lot of indicators. In truth, there had been many indicators pointing in diverse directions for 1st, Faulhorn, and Oberbeghorn. Basically, it does not matter which one particular you take but the finest way is to head up onto the hill and by means of the alpine garden. This route requires you to Oberberghorn with a scenic view of Lake Brienz the entire way.

Schnyige Platte Summit Station

 

The start off of the trail

The trail sits on the edge of the ridge for the very first component of the hike, which signifies you can appear more than to the Hardergrat Ridge as you go. It is not component of the trail to climb up onto the Oberberghorn but I very suggest it. For me, it was the finest view of the whole trail and no-one particular else came up on best. I just sat up there taking it in for about half an hour prior to flying my drone. It requires a tiny work to get up and there are a couple of sets of stairs but it is only about a 15-minute journey to the best.

 

From the best of Oberberghorn you can see all ther way back down to Interlaken, Lake Brienz, Hardergrat, Augstmatthorn and all the way down to Brienz. There is a modest platform on best and it has got to be one particular of the finest views in the Interlaken area

 

Halfway up the climb to Oberberghorn is an epic tiny viewpoint that lets you peak out by means of the gap towards the trail you are about to stroll down. It had just been snowing so I was treated to a winter wonderland out of my tiny window.

 

Moving on from Oberberghorn, the trail leads you along a fairly quick but undulating trail. A backdrop of epic cliffs is a continual as you navigate your way following the red and white indicators. In the course of this component of the trail, there is not also considerably will need to cease, the path is flat adequate that you can take in your surroundings when walking and make some excellent time (that you lost admiring the view at Oberberghorn!)

 

 

 

As soon as you attain Bachalpsee, you know you have significantly less than one particular hour to go. It is a good smooth trail from this point on and you have an certainly epic backdrop the entire way back if the clouds co-operate. It is crazy to consider how diverse the landscape can appear just 30 days apart. Here’s a photo from my prior go to to Bachalpsee.

 

 

I arrived at 1st station just soon after five pm, which was excellent. It meant I didn’t will need to rush and produced it back down to Grindelwald prior to six pm to catch the train straight back to Interlaken. This was a magnificent hike and it would be remarkable in snow or in the dry summer time. It is pretty extended so it is not for everyone but if you are up for 16km and 1km of an incline then you will struggle to come across a extra extremely scenic trail with these some statistics!