Any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Bussalp?

Any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Bussalp?

Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Google+ Share this page on Twitter Print this page
Create an account to receive an e-mail when someone replies to this thread
Posts: 13. This thread is closed.
hanswart
hanswart
5 posts
new member
May 2, 2015 - 5:28 AM

In our trip in BO, my wife and I will take train from Wengen-Wilderswil to Schynigge Platte in end of September. If we don't want to take the same train route back to Wengen, is there any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Bussalp, where we can take bus to Grindelwald and later return to Wengen?

Or is there any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Lutschental or Schwendi, where we can take train to Grindelwald or return to Wengen via this route?

Thanks

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 2, 2015 - 2:37 PM in reply to hanswart
hanswart said:

In our trip in BO, my wife and I will take train from Wengen-Wilderswil to Schynigge Platte in end of September. If we don't want to take the same train route back to Wengen, is there any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Bussalp, where we can take bus to Grindelwald and later return to Wengen?

Or is there any hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Lutschental or Schwendi, where we can take train to Grindelwald or return to Wengen via this route?

I have no personal knowledge on that point. This may help. Check this link to Switzerland Mobility. A very useful site.

wanderland.ch/en/hiking-in.html? phrase=Bussalp+%28BE%29 +-+Grindelwald& sname=&sid=67149

Expand the map until you can see Bussalp.

Note that if you descend from Schynige Platte to the valley floor, you have an approximately 1600 meter descent. I hope your knees are in good condition. ;-)

hanswart
hanswart
5 posts
new member
May 5, 2015 - 10:39 AM

Hi Slowpoke,

Thanks for your input, especially for the link to www.wanderland.ch/en. So many hiking option available, though I still can't find the hiking trail from Schynigge Platte to Bussalp or Schwendi.I can find Bussalp on the map, but still not sure how to get there from Schynigge Platte.

If no one can share his/her experience taking this trail, it seems I have to take the train back to Wilderswil and later to Wengen or Grindelwald via Schwendi.

Regards

Arno
Arno
7696 posts
expert &
moderator
May 5, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Hi hanswart,

The green line on the map Slowpoke shared is the trail. It goes a bit south of the Faulhorn, then down to Bussalp. Many people will walk to First, and take the cable car down to Grindelwald. Walking to Bussalp is a bit shorter, but still about 5 hours (without breaks) I think.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 5, 2015 - 2:09 PM in reply to hanswart

Make sure to expand the map. Zoom in.

hanswart
hanswart
5 posts
new member
May 5, 2015 - 3:07 PM

Hi Arno & Slowpoke,

Now I understand and see the hiking trail from Schynigge P to Bussalp or the longer one to First, or even the shorter one to Burglauenen.

Your in-depth knowledge really helps.

Thanks a lot.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 5, 2015 - 3:19 PM in reply to Arno
Arno said:

Hi hanswart,

The green line on the map Slowpoke shared is the trail. It goes a bit south of the Faulhorn, then down to Bussalp. Many people will walk to First, and take the cable car down to Grindelwald. Walking to Bussalp is a bit shorter, but still about 5 hours (without breaks) I think.

Arno-

What would you rate the difficulty of this trail? Or, the one to First.

Hiking boots essential?

Slowpoke

Arno
Arno
7696 posts
expert &
moderator
May 6, 2015 - 6:03 AM in reply to Slowpoke

Hi Slowpoke,

This is quite a demanding hike (this very much depends on experience of course). It definitely requires hiking boots, and I would recommend a hiking pole as well.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 6, 2015 - 6:50 AM in reply to Arno

<<"This is quite a demanding hike (this very much depends on experience of
course). It definitely requires hiking boots, and I would recommend a
hiking pole as well.">>

My friends in Switzerland have warned me that the hikes mentioned are strenuous, and have suggested that I leave a lot of extra time. I do not walk fast at high altitude, especially on trails with lots of up and down sections.

They suggested that I pay close attention to the timing of the last trips down the lifts.

connestee712
connestee712
7 posts
new member
May 8, 2015 - 1:13 PM in reply to Slowpoke
My wife & I took a bus from Mieringen to Grosse Schynigge a few years ago and then walked to First & then the long ride down to Grindelwald. Had lunch at Grosse S. and then the nice walk to First. Hiking boots were note needed since we only take one pair of shoes with us. It was an easy walk not really a hike with gradual changes in altitude. Mostly on a dirt road. Will be going back to CH this Sept and intend to do the walk again.
Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 8, 2015 - 2:12 PM in reply to connestee712

<<"My wife & I took a bus from Mieringen to Grosse Schynigge a few years ago and then walked to First & then the long ride down to Grindelwald. Had lunch at Grosse S. and then the nice walk to First. Hiking boots were note needed since we only take one pair of shoes with altitude. Mostly on a dirt road. Will be going back to CH this Sept and intend to do the walk again.">>

You probably took a bus from Meiringen to Grosse Scheidegg.

The trails mentioned earlier are substantially more rugged. You were on an easy trail, with no more than about a 200 meter altitude change at 2000 to 2200 meters, over a 3 or 4 km. The trail from Schynige Platte at 2100 meters to First at about 2160 meters is not an easy stroll. There is substantially more altitude change both up and down (near Faulhorn, in particular up to about 2680 meters) , over 3 or 4 times the distance ( about 12 km.) Going only to Büssalp covers the toughest part of the trail, and includes a 500 meter steep descent at the end.

map.geo.admin.ch/? X=168370.00& Y=642910.00& zoom=5& lang=en& topic=swisstopo& bgLayer=ch. swisstopo.pixelkarte-farbe

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2641 posts
expert
May 8, 2015 - 2:38 PM in reply to hanswart
hanswart said:

Hi Arno & Slowpoke,

Now I understand and see the hiking trail from Schynigge P to Bussalp or the longer one to First, or even the shorter one to Burglauenen.

Your in-depth knowledge really helps.

Thanks a lot.

Look carefully at the altitude changes.

hanswart
hanswart
5 posts
new member
May 11, 2015 - 1:45 AM

Hi Connestee712 & Slowpoke,

Thanks for the info & altitude notes.

Hanswart

ALL SWISS RAIL PASSES

Find out how the several passes work, what they cost and where to buy.

More

HOW TO PICK THE BEST PASS

Having trouble finding the right rail pass? Learn how to pick the one that best fits your plans.

More

THINGS TO DO IN SWITZERLAND

Suggestions for day trips and hiking trails in the Swiss Alps.

More

THE HOTELS WE SUGGEST

Browse the hotels that we like. Budget hotels, hotels near the rail stations, mid class hotels, luxurious 5-star hotels, airport hotels and more.

More

More on MySwissAlps.com

Swiss tips in your mailbox

Sign up to receive our newsletter and the latest forum messages. The best way to prepare for your trip!

Sign up

Get a customized itinerary for your trip

Let Swiss travel consultants create a customized itinerary. They can arrange for your entire trip.

More
© MySwissAlps.com 2002-2016