Photographer's Note

Last summer (July 2008) we went for a trip to Europe and spent about 12 days in the area Interlaken in Switzerland. On this day we took the train up to Schynige Platte where you can enjoy beautiful views and some great hikes.

This photo was taken from the Schynige Platte train on the way to the top. I added a bit of contrast and saturation for this photo. I hope you like it!

*Some information about Schynige Platte: The Schynige Platte Railway or Schynige Platte Bahn is a mountain railway in the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland, which connects the town of Wilderswil, near Interlaken with the famous wildflower gardens of the Schynige Platte.

An impressively varied natural landscape unfolds on your journey: fertile forests, Alpine pastures and breathtaking views of the Bernese Oberland with Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Then a sudden change of scenery to the almost overwhelming view of the glistening giants of the Bernese Oberland, directly opposite, the imposing peaks of the Eiger (3,970m / 13,025 ft), Mönch (4,107m / 13,474 feet)and the Jungfrau (4,158m / 13,642 ft).

The Schynige Platte is a Swiss mountain region near where the Schynige Platte Railway ends (at 1970m/6,811 ft above sea level. In good weather conditions the summit offers spectacular views to many surrounding mountains, including Jungfrau, Eiger, Silberhorn and others, as well as Lake Thun (Thunersee) and Lake Brienz (Brienzersee). An Alpine Garden (Alpen Garten) is located near the summit where various alpine plants can be found together with labels, indicating their Latin names (many of these plants also grow in the area as wildflowers). At the top of the railway station there is a hotel and mountain restaurant.

Schynige Platte is a start point for many hikes, especially the popular hiking trials to Faulhorn or First.

Thanks for looking!

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