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Schynige Platte

Schynige Platte Photo, Interlaken, Switzerland

The little town of Wilderswil is a 6-minute train ride from Interlaken East railway station and serves as the base for the cogwheel train winding up for almost an hour to Schynige Platte, a steep ascent to 6,454 feet. The railway, which opened in 1893, climbs the 4.5-mile slope in less than an hour, with gradients of up to 25%. The views on the way up are awe-inspiring. The Alpine Gardens at the top are filled with 500 species of local plants - you can even see edelweiss growing. The entrance charge of 4 Swiss francs is very reasonable and, again, the mountain views are spectacular. The gardens are extremely hilly, with many steps, and not for the less mobile. There is also a teddy bear exhibition at the summit - entrance is free - I would not recommend it, as there are better and more impressive things to look at.

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