The hike from Schynige Platte to Initially by way of Faulhorn is amongst the best hikes in Switzerland with an epic view about just about every turn. Count on 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 consists of the summit of Faulhorn. Schynige Platte to Oberberg to Loucherhorn to Egg to Faulhorn to Bachalpsee to Initially.

Hike Duration: The hike took me a total time of five hours. It could be accomplished in a small much less time, particularly if you do not summit Oberberg and Faulhorn but that is the complete point of the hike! I’d bargain for five-7 hours for the total trip and you will get pleasure from a coffee and soup at Faulhorn and have lots of spare time to get pleasure from your hike. The principal point to keep in mind is that (at least for the duration of summer time) the final cable auto down from Initially to Grindelwald is at five:30 so you will need to leave from Schynige Platte just before 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 hard with extremely couple of places of concern. Even though 1000m of incline is substantial, there are no points exactly where the trail is overly exposed. Numerous components of the trail are rocky and involve a tiny bit of clambering but you in no way will need to use your hands or climb.

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



It is most probably you are staying in Interlaken if you are carrying out this hike or at least transiting by means of if you are staying elsewhere. For that reason, I will give guidelines from Interlaken, which is exactly where I was staying.

Initially, you will need to get from Interlaken to Wilderswil. This is accessible by train from Interlaken West and/or Interlaken Ost. It is a extremely quick trip.

Secondly, you will now will need to take the Schynige Platte Bahn from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte. This is a extremely historic, old-style train and for that explanation, it is also fairly slow. The whole journey aboard the Schynige 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 due to the fact you will need to finish in initially just before five:30 for the final cable auto down to Grindelwald. Count on about 60-90 minutes from Interlaken to Schynige Platte like wait occasions so leave no later than 9 am from Interlaken to be protected.

At Schynige Platte there are numerous indicators pointing you to Oberberg and then from there onwards to Faulhorn and Initially. As constantly the trail is signed nicely so when 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 acquire a large discount on your tickets. I purchased mine when I arrived in Switzerland and it has saved me more than a thousand dollars.






I started my day in Interlaken so that meant I had to stroll to Interlaken West train station and catch the train to Wilderswil. After at Wilderswil, I waited for the Schynige Platte Bahn. It is a historic train and I assume numerous of the vacationers caught it up to Schynige Platte and went for a wander just before catching it back down as a bit of a mountain knowledge. 

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

When we reached the Schynige Platte summit station there was fairly a lot of indicators. In reality, there have been many indicators pointing in various directions for Initially, Faulhorn, and Oberbeghorn. Primarily, it does not matter which 1 you take but the ideal 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 complete way.

Schynige Platte Summit Station


The commence of the trail

The trail sits on the edge of the ridge for the initially portion of the hike, which implies you can appear more than to the Hardergrat Ridge as you go. It is not portion of the trail to climb up onto the Oberberghorn but I very suggest it. For me, it was the ideal view of the whole trail and no-1 else came up on best. I just sat up there taking it in for about half an hour just before flying my drone. It requires a small 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 little platform on best and it has got to be 1 of the ideal views in the Interlaken area


Halfway up the climb to Oberberghorn is an epic small 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 small window.


Moving on from Oberberghorn, the trail leads you along a fairly uncomplicated but undulating trail. A backdrop of epic cliffs is a continuous as you navigate your way following the red and white indicators. Through this portion of the trail, there is not as well a great deal will need to quit, the path is flat adequate that you can take in your surroundings even though walking and make some superior time (that you lost admiring the view at Oberberghorn!)




After you attain Bachalpsee, you know you have much less than 1 hour to go. It is a good smooth trail from this point on and you have an completely epic backdrop the complete way back if the clouds co-operate. It is crazy to assume how various the landscape can appear just 30 days apart. Here’s a photo from my preceding pay a visit to to Bachalpsee.



I arrived at Initially station just immediately after five pm, which was fantastic. It meant I didn’t will need to rush and created it back down to Grindelwald just before 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 fairly extended so it is not for everyone but if you are up for 16km and 1km of an incline then you will struggle to discover a much more extremely scenic trail with these some statistics!