Apr 7, 2010 - 3:47 AM
Cassie, you absolutely must hike from Schynige Platte to First! It's one of the most beautiful hikes I know in the Bernese Oberland. Around every corner another beautiful view waits for you. However, it's not quite easy. I don’t know if you're a trained hiker, in that case you will find it not too hard. If you want to take some rest from time to time or make pictures, the hike will take about six or seven hours. When you are at First you will be glad to be there too, because the views are overwhelming (where not?). At First you can take the gondola to Grindelwald, there is a train station there from where you can travel on. If you take this hike, I suggest you leave early.
A second possibiliy is a hike at Schynige Platte. Next to the restaurant you can walk up and up to the Daube, breathtaking views, of course, from there to the Oberberghorn and walking on back to the train station (it is a roundabout hike) you can visit the Alp Garden, if you like.
Or: you can hike back to Wilderswil, from Schynige Platte. Halfway you can take the train at Breitlauenen, or you walk down and down all the way. The first part is nice and interesting, the second part, for me, is a bit dull. Woods, woods, down and down over rocky paths… but on the other hand it might exactly be what you like.
The trip by train from Wilderswil to Schynige Platte is something you don't want to miss! I'm sorry – this regio always triggers my enthousiasm… ! :-)
Edit: I just found this link: www.myswissalps.com/hiking/first-schynigeplatte