Schynige Platte Alpine Garden
The botanical garden Alpengarten Schynige Platte (Canton of Bern near Interlaken) (1967 above sea level) displays the abundance of colour and fragrance of Swiss flora and fauna above the treeline. One can discover edelweiss, gentian and around 700 other alpine plants in their natural environment, approximately two-thirds of all Swiss Alpine flora. The Schynige Platte Railway made his maiden journey on 13 June 1893 and has now operated for more than 125 years between Wilderwil near Interlaken and the Schynige Platte. Magnificent landscapes and spectacular views over Lake Thun and Lake Brienz pass by and the summits oft he Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau shape an exceptional panorama. The Platte is also the starting point of one of Switzerland’s most beautiful hiking trails, and the Schynige Platte Mountain Hotel (1899, extensively renovated in 2011) still bears witness to the Belle-Époque of the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries. (Source and further information: www.jungfrau.ch).