One of the places we were really looking forward to visiting in Switzerland was the Schynige Platte. We’d talked the place up because when my wife and I had been before we remembered Teddyland being there.
My daughter was very excited about what that might entail. I wasn’t entirely sure but it sounded like something she’d really be into. There’s also an alpine garden there which my wife wanted to have a look around.
The easiest way to get up to the top of the Schynige Platte ridge is to take a train from Wilderswil. It’s quite a small train and for much of the journey travels at quite an angle.
With the seats being wooden, it’s best to sit facing the direction of travel on the way up and the opposite on the way down. That way you’re unlikely to keep slipping off the seat and will have a much more comfortable journey!
The train takes approximately 50 minutes to get you from Wilderswil station to the top of the Schynige Platte. When you get to the top you’re treated to see awesome views.
Teddyland Is No More!
With no mention at Wilderswil station, I had my suspicions that Teddyland was no more. We’d been talking the place up for weeks before we went on holiday.
My daughter was really looking forward to seeing all the teddy bears in their natural habitat in the alps! A few years ago, this is what you’d be greeted by at the station.
I was still hopeful whilst we were taking the journey to the top but it wasn’t to be. There was no Teddyland at the Schynige Platte station.
My daughter was a little disappointed but we soon turned it around with an ice cream at the hotel restaurant. It made it bearable that the teddys were no more.
After we’d stopped for refreshments we persuaded the kids to go around the alpine garden. Wandering around the garden for an hour or so was actually something the kids enjoyed. I wasn’t expecting it but there were lots of little pathways to explore.
The kids weren’t particularly interested in the whys and wherefores of the plants but that didn’t seem to matter. My daughter in particular loved seeing all of the butterflies. We’d hoped we might see some hawk moths up there too but it wasn’t to be.
The alpine garden was a nice place to wander around for a couple of hours in any case.
Walking The Schynige Platte
If you’re feeling adventurous then the walk from the station along the Schynige Platte ridge to Grindelwald First is something special. It’s a few hours walk but isn’t particularly difficult terrain and there are places to stop and rest on the way. With the kids on holiday with us, we wouldn’t contemplate taking it on though.
You need to commit to the walk if you’re going to start it. Otherwise you may end up missing the last cable car from Grindelwald First if you’re not careful. It would be a much longer walk if you had to walk all the way down to Grindelwald village!
The video below gives you an insight into what the Schynige Platte has to offer.