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Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

I've read several guide books and I am none the wiser! If we are based in Wilderswil (2 km south of Interlaken), how do we get up to the Schilthorn, ideally from Ostinterlaken train station? I am worried that my Swiss-German won't be up to scratch to get all the info required.

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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

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I've read several guide books and I am none the wiser! If we are based in Wilderswil (2 km south of Interlaken), how do we get up to the Schilthorn, ideally from Ostinterlaken train station? I am worried that my Swiss-German won't be up to scratch to get all the info required.

Thank you.
Two ways.

1. Train to Stechelberg, thence three (or is it four?) linked cable cars to the top (aka Piz Gloria).
2. Train to Lauterbrunnen, then Funicular railway to Gruetschalp, then little windey train to Muerren, walk through village, catch cable-cars mentioned above at the mid station.

The first way is the simplest, and you may be able to buy a combined ticket from Interlaken Ost station. The second way is more 'interesting' if you like trains and scenery, best on a nice sunny day. More details on http://www.schilthorn.ch/en/

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Two ways.

1. Train to Stechelberg, thence three (or is it four?) linked cable cars to the top (aka Piz Gloria).

More details on http://www.schilthorn.ch/en/
Actually this is not quite right -- you take the train to Lauterbrunnen, then take the bus in the direction of Stechelberg, but get off at the cable car station which is before Stechelberg. (I forget what it is called but there will be a crowd getting off, no danger of missing it, and it's after the Trummelbach Falls.)

I personally would choose way number 2 because walking through the village of Mürren is very pretty. If you want to walk a bit further you can do part or all of the leg between Mürren and Grütchalp by foot along a fairly flat road. (I did this while 8 months pregnant so it's not that rugged!) From memory it's about 90 minutes total, or you can join or leave the train at the intermediate station of Winteregg. You can also hike up or down between Lauterbrunnen and either Winteregg, Grütschalp or Mürren (or Schilthorn for that matter!) but that needs better shoes and legs.

And don't worry about needing to navigate in Swiss German. You'll be in the most touristy place in all of Switzerland, so there will be plenty of help available in English. A nice person at the ticket counter in Interlaken Ost will be able to explain everything.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

Actually if you are in Wilderswil you don't need to go to Interlaken -- you're already on the train line between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. So just go to Wilderswil train station and let them help you.
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Two ways.

1. Train to Stechelberg, thence three (or is it four?) linked cable cars to the top (aka Piz Gloria).

More details on http://www.schilthorn.ch/en/
Actually this is not quite right -- you take the train to Lauterbrunnen, then take the bus in the direction of Stechelberg, but get off at the cable car station which is before Stechelberg.
Fair enough. I've only ever done that route by car (parking at bottom of cable car) but the 2004 Jungfrau region piste map and timetable I fished out of an office drawer doesn't show the bus separately. As you say though, it will be really easy, and help readily available.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

Thank you so much! You should be a travel guide editor!

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Two ways.

1. Train to Stechelberg, thence three (or is it four?) linked cable cars to the top (aka Piz Gloria).
2. Train to Lauterbrunnen, then Funicular railway to Gruetschalp, then little windey train to Muerren, walk through village, catch cable-cars mentioned above at the mid station.

The first way is the simplest, and you may be able to buy a combined ticket from Interlaken Ost station. The second way is more 'interesting' if you like trains and scenery, best on a nice sunny day. More details on http://www.schilthorn.ch/en/
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

It gets even better! Thanks. Although I'm wondering, as we are planning to do this on Easter Monday, won't it be shut?
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Actually if you are in Wilderswil you don't need to go to Interlaken -- you're already on the train line between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen. So just go to Wilderswil train station and let them help you.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

From Wilderswil and Stechelberg it is open all year, but check for maintenance.
I read that Shilthorn is open until the end of the ski season, so April 14th I believe.

A better restaurant, but not as good view, is at the Birg station on your way up or down.
You can get off and loiter. The ticket is valid all day, but only one trip.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

I think it's open a bit longer as I went to the Schilthorn in September.

I disagree, I think that the view at Schilthorn is spectacular! We were there on a perfectly clear day though. I'm not an expert on how to get there, but my husband and I went up via Muerren, which was very good and includes a nice train ride.

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From Wilderswil and Stechelberg it is open all year, but check for maintenance.
I read that Shilthorn is open until the end of the ski season, so April 14th I believe.

A better restaurant, but not as good view, is at the Birg station on your way up or down.
You can get off and loiter. The ticket is valid all day, but only one trip.
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I think it's open a bit longer as I went to the Schilthorn in September.

I disagree, I think that the view at Schilthorn is spectacular! We were there on a perfectly clear day though. I'm not an expert on how to get there, but my husband and I went up via Muerren, which was very good and includes a nice train ride.
I don't know who you are disagreeing with, I never said the view was better at Birg. I said the restaurant was.

From the Schilthorn website:
Maintenance Schilthorn Cableway: 23rd – 27th Apr 2012
Maintenance Allmendhubel funicular: 16th Apr – 1st Jun 2012


I would say, don't go up if the top is in cloud. also don't be fooled by low cloud, often the Schilthorn is poking above the clouds.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

Sorry about that, I must have given it a quick read. I did think you meant the view.

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I don't know who you are disagreeing with, I never said the view was better at Birg. I said the restaurant was.

From the Schilthorn website:
Maintenance Schilthorn Cableway: 23rd – 27th Apr 2012
Maintenance Allmendhubel funicular: 16th Apr – 1st Jun 2012


I would say, don't go up if the top is in cloud. also don't be fooled by low cloud, often the Schilthorn is poking above the clouds.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

There's a running race to the top each year which is also another way of getting there from Lauterbrunnen.

It's a nice way to do it.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

I think a lot of support for the national industries (understand cheese and chocolate!) will prevent me from choosing this option...this year at least!
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There's a running race to the top each year which is also another way of getting there from Lauterbrunnen.

It's a nice way to do it.
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Re: Confused: how do you get to the Schilthorn?

Thank you Clarence. I will check their webcam, for my telling the difference between low clouds and high clouds has yet to be perfected...in England, it was low or very low clouds!
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I don't know who you are disagreeing with, I never said the view was better at Birg. I said the restaurant was.

From the Schilthorn website:
Maintenance Schilthorn Cableway: 23rd – 27th Apr 2012
Maintenance Allmendhubel funicular: 16th Apr – 1st Jun 2012


I would say, don't go up if the top is in cloud. also don't be fooled by low cloud, often the Schilthorn is poking above the clouds.
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Thank you Clarence. I will check their webcam, for my telling the difference between low clouds and high clouds has yet to be perfected...in England, it was low or very low clouds!
One simple answer for that: Webcams. You'll see them on the main page in the link I posted earlier, for example.
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