Chapters:

  Family friendly destinations
  For the physically active ...
  Suitable for maiden aunts and couch potatoes ...
  The Heart of Switzerland ...
  Of interest to culture vultures ...
  Zurich ...
  Luzern ...
  Zug ...
  Further afield ...
  Seasonal events ...
  Skiing ...
  Cross references ...
  Trivia Section ...
  Recommended Reading and Websites ...




Family friendly destinations

Wildpark Langenberg 01 713 3183: in Langnau - founded in 1886 - 15 indigenous species including elks brown bears wild boar - restaurant - open all year - belongs to Zurich Stadt - free admission. (ZH)

Naturzentrum Sihlwald 01 720 3885: in Sihltal - nature trails - themed gardens. (ZH)

Tierpark Goldau 041 855 5000: 900 animals in natural setting - pond area - children’s quizzes - restaurants - playground. (ZH)

Knies Kinder Zoo 055 220 6767: in Rapperswil (qv) - 400 animals owned by circus dynasty - dolphin shows - large children’s playground. (SG)

Tony’s Zoo Rothenburg: small free zoo - exotic animals - playground and picnic area. (LU)

Conny-Land 052 762 7272: dolphinarium - rides - animals. (TG) Restaurant Chnuschper Huesli*01 710 6141:at Buchenegg (above Adliswil) - staffed by Swiss ‘witches’ - great for special occasions - very popular so booking essential. (ZH)

Pegasus Small World Museum 01 776 2277: near Turlersee - toy museum - special exhibitions - party facilities - lakeside bistro - interesting shop - playground - walk around lake in summer and across it in winter. (ZH)

Muhlerama 01 422 7660: working mill museum in Tiefenbrunnen (Zurich) - grinding and baking - exhibits - birthday parties - chance to slide down corn chute on flour sack if so inclined - cooking courses .(ZH)

Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum (Zurich Toy Museum): 01 211 9305: Franz Carl Weber collection - close to station - 1200 exhibits - open most afternoons. (ZH)

Park im Gruenen Rushlikon: funded by Migros - above Zurichsee - children’s pool - playground - children’s train - new restaurant and handy food shop. (ZH)

Heidi-Huesli 01 302 3626: Heidi museum in Maienfeld - farm animals. (GR)

Hoellgrotten 041 761 8370: extensive and visually stunning limestone caves discovered at end of 19th century close to Baar - lakes multicoloured stalagmites and stalactites - rather drippy so wear good shoes and warm clothing - small cafe. (ZG)

Furigen bunker (Festung): Second World War bunker on Lake Lucerne near Kehrsiten (qv) - very atmospheric if somewhat scary and damp - open Sat/Sun 10.00 to 17.00. (LU)

Glasi Hergiswil* 041 630 1223: oldest glass factory in Switzerland - excellent free exhibition - ‘one of the most beautiful museums in Europe’ - glassblowing - interactive section - good playground - water games - shops - restaurants - ideal for all ages although approach the shops with caution in the company of young children. (NW)

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg* 033 952 1030: Swiss Open Air Museum - open April to October - over 90 traditional buildings to explore - set in wonderful scenery - demonstrations of crafts and regional costumes - 250 animals - restaurants - shops - special events - quite exceptional. (BE)

Mystery Park: recently opened theme park near Interlaken - based around unexplained phenomena - 7 themed pavilions - Incas Mayas pyramids Stonehenge crop circles - high tech exhibits - ‘hands on’ attractions. (BE)





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