At first glance, Zurich is a like a dreamer’s city. A slow buzz around the Bellevue lakeside, window shoppers leisurely strolling alongside the Limmat, gaping tourists atop the Lindenhof, sun seekers basking in the badis… it looks very much like a grown-up’s utopia. But this charmer of a city is also a family favourite with exciting experiences and activities for children of all ages or the entire family looking to spend some quality time together. From chocolate museums and science centers to wildlife parks and caves, Zurich keeps the children entertained and engaged in nature, sports, art or technology.
Places like Kilchberg, Baar, Winterthur and Baden are at a short distance from Zurich and easily accessible from Zurich HB. These little towns also offer exciting activities for children, making for a fun family excursion or a day out. No more boring days for the kids. Bundle them up and hit these hotspots for entertainment, education, engagement and pure fun.
Swiss Science Center Technorama – Winterthur
Technorama allows hands-on experiences of hundreds of natural phenomena and technology. At countless experiment stations visitors can discover natural phenomena first-hand and with all the senses. Everything in Technorama can be touched, played and experimented with! Learn through play in a science centre by experiencing natural phenomena directly, through art that moves us, through the challenges we create in the labs and adventure rooms, through dialogues with family and friends or by building your own machines in the inventor’s workshop. Technorama offers variety and inspiration for several days, while awakening a curiosity and enthusiasm for science and technology.
– Source and more information https://www.technorama.ch/en/home
Lindt Home of Chocolate – Kilchberg
This one is like a fantasy world for children and adults alike. In addition to a centerpiece chocolate fountain that’s over 9 meters high, the Lindt Home of Chocolate also features a 1500 square meter exhibition that takes visitors on a journey into the world of chocolate along a timeline of chocolate history and follow in the footsteps of the Swiss pioneers. You complete the tour in the tasting room, where you can sample masterpieces created by Lindt Master Chocolatiers. Make sure you leave ample time for the world’s largest Lindt Chocolate Shop and Switzerland’s very first Lindt Café.
– More information https://www.lindt-home-of-chocolate.com/en/
Wildnispark Langenberg – Zurich
It’s a delight to walk the nature trail in Switzerland’s oldest zoo, where wild animals are kept in expansive, near-natural enclosures. The Wildnispark Zurich Sihlwald is not only the first but also the only nature discovery park in Switzerland that provides undisturbed habitats for animals and plants and allows you to discover nature at its best. Children can learn about the native species of animals and secrets of the forest, in a creative and imaginative way. The external facilities comprise of a playground and lots of barbecue spots, all of which are accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
– More information https://www.wildnispark.ch/
Höllgrotten Caves – Baar
These limestone caves near Baar are perfect for little explorers seeking some adventure. The caves are situated adjacent to the wild and picturesque valley of the river Lorze, displaying a fantastic array of stalactites and stalagmites. They were discovered at the end of the 19th century while tuff was being mined from a nearby quarry. The stalagmites and stalactites in their various hues give each cave its own character and make a fascinating underground world, well lit and well connected for endless explorations.
– Source and more information https://www.zug-tourismus.ch/en/group/guided-tour/hoellgrotten-caves-baar
Swiss Children’s Museum – Baden
Experience three hundred years of childhood culture in a magnificent villa. This lively place is of interest to both the young and old where you can look, marvel, experiment, play and create together. In this enchanting museum, visitors of all ages can find out what life was like as a child and what children played with in bygone times. Besides a permanent exhibition comprising objects from children’s everyday life – such as games, toys, teaching aids, and books – two interactive special exhibitions provide plenty of variation in addition to live storytelling sessions and theatre performances.
– Source and more information https://kinderregion.ch/en/visit/swiss-childrens-museum/
The city also offers fun workshops and exhibitions for children all year round – fruit picking in summer, pumpkin carving in autumn, tobogganing, candle making in winter, hiking in spring… there’s never a dull moment for children here. Let them make the most of it!
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