The Schynige Platte-Bahn was built in 1893. Experience evocative moments on the ascent from Wilderswil to the Schynige Platte with its wonderful views. On the 7.3 km ride, the rack-and-pinion railway climbs 1420 m. Along the way you can admire a natural idyll encompassing lakes Thun and Brienz and a panorama of mountains.
The 19th century Schynige Platte Railway promises an evocative travel experience. The journey starts from Wilderswil station, which you can reach by taking the Bernese Oberland Railway from Interlaken Ost or by private car (parking available behind the station). You are then ready to start your nostalgic trip to the natural paradise of the Schynige Platte. Recall bygone days as you sit back in comfort for the 7 km ride up the Schynige Platte. Savour breathtaking view across Lake Thun and the majestic mountains beyond as the rack-and-pinion railway chugs comfortably up the mountain, passing through alpine pastures and areas of dense forest. You reach the Schynige Platte in around one hour.
Nostalgic mountain ride
Experience sheer nostalgia on a railway that still uses electric locomotives dating from the early industrial days. There are no electronic signals at all on the route; trains are personally waved off by railway managers, with all points operated by hand.
Hiss and steam your way up the mountain
For true fans of old-time rail travel, four special steam locomotive trip operate every summer. Each carries a maximum of 40 passengers, so check the dates and times of these highly popular trips well in advance. Perhaps you have dreamed of driving a locomotive yourself? Now you can turn that vision into reality by booking a ride on the footplate.
Feel like breathing fresh mountain air with a trip to the Schynige Platte? Every day from the end of May to the end of October, the Schynige Platte-Bahn runs from Wilderswil station every 40 minutes. The last descent from the Schynige Platte leaves at 17.53h.
Your highlights at a glance
- Nostalgic journey on a 19th century railway
- Rest and relax on the comfortable mountain ascent
- Breathtaking views of lakes and mountains
- Deep green forests, meadows filled with alpine flowers
To ensure that your trip is perfect in every way, please note
Personal Tip"The evocative rail trip transported me back to olden times as I sat back and enjoyed the view. The sight of the glittering Lake Thun and turquoise Lake Brienz was incredible."
- Operates from the end of May to the end of October
- Daily trips every 40 minutes from Wilderswil station
- Journey time is one hour
- Check times of the last descent
- Reach Wilderswil station via the Bernese Oberland Railway, local bus or private car