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A view over Lake Thun (Thunersee) and Interlaken to the right from the nostalgic train up to Schynige Platte in the beautiful Bernese Oberland in Switzerland

About this photo: Last summer (July 2008) we went for a trip to Europe and spent about 12 days in the area Interlaken in Switzerland. We bought one of those Bernese Oberland passes for 7 days which gives you access to all trains, buses, boats, gondola's and such. With this pass we could travel for free on 3 days and the rest of the days were 50% off.

The first three days we were there it was raining and very cloudy. We were getting a little down as the rain didn't seem to want to stop. But then after 3 days the we had sunshine and blue skies. The first sunny day we (and it seems like everybody else and their dog) went to Jungfraujoch and on the second sunny day we went up to Schynige Platte (elevation: 1967m/6491ft). This was much more pleasant and not too busy. We took a ride on the nostalgic Schynige Platte train which climbs 1420m (4686ft) over a distance of 7.3km (4.5mi) on its journey from Wilderswil up to Schynige Platte.

It was a fun ride with so many beautiful views along the way and then I am not talking about the views you get from the top! I especially liked the sound of all the cow bells as we drove by. I made a small video of that, for those who would like to see it can CLICK HERE!. It's a not great filming, but at least you get an idea!

~Camera Settings:
*Camera Model: Sony DSC-H5
*Focal Length: 10mm
*F-Number: F/8
*Exposure Time: 1/100 sec.
*ISO Speed: ISO-125
*Exposure Program: Aperture Priority (A)
*Exposure Compensation (E/V): -0.3 step

I used a circular polarizer, I added some contrast and saturation in photoshop. I hope you like this photo.

Thank you for dropping by!
Ann :)

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.

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