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“Fabulous Vistas from ‘Only’ 7400 Feet...”

Alpen Tower Planplatten
Ranked #2 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Meiringen
Cuisines: Swiss, European
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Seattle, Washington
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“Fabulous Vistas from ‘Only’ 7400 Feet...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2012

If you’re staying near either the Brienzersee (Brienz Lake) or the Thunersee (Thun Lake), most day trips to high elevations will begin at Interlaken, which offers ready access to some truly spectacular Alpine destinations, including Jungfrau, Schilthorn, and First. In this respect Planplatten is a bit off the beaten track, as it requires a trip to Meiringen, about 7.5 miles east of Brienz, and then a reasonably long (unmarked) walk from the train station to the cable cars. But it is a trip well worth the effort.

Perched on a ledge that falls away precipitously on both sides, the Alpen Tower Planplatten is tiny, but what a spot! At ‘only’ ~7400 feet, Planplatten resides at an elevation similar to Rothorn or First, far short of the stratospheric heights of Jungfrau or Schilthorn, but the dramatic relief of the terrain surrounding the Alpen Tower makes for vistas that are nothing short of breathtaking. And one benefit of its out-of-the-way location is that the Alpen Tower tends not to be crowded, a far cry from the madness that typifies Jungfraujoch.

From a strictly culinary perspective, the restaurant at the Alpen Tower Planplatten was far better than those at Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn, and as an added treat, it didn’t revolve! The food at the Alpen Tower was excellent, the wine list was extensive, and the desserts- all based on meringue, of course- were memorable. But mostly I remember the views- majestic peaks soaring into the heavens on all sides; tiny Alpine villages in the distance far, far below.

The Alpen Tower Planplatten is a spectacular day trip that doesn’t require an ascent to uncomfortable elevations. Highly recommended.

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