Switzerland Best places to visit on Holiday

Top Places to Visit in Switzerland

Despite its size, Switzerland is one of the countries on top of people’s bucket lists. The country has numerous things to offer, aside from its scenic vistas. It’s a massive playground for kids of all ages, including adults! It’s always challenging to keep the whole family entertained when travelling but there’s no lack of activities in the country. We have rounded up some of the most interesting for you.

Chateau de Chillon

An exquisite medieval stricture, Chateau de Chillon is located on an island in Lake Geneva close to the well-known town of Montreux. The castle was used as a strategic water fort in the 10th century and is currently a summer for the affluent Counts of Savoy. One of the most visited historical monuments in the country today, it contains countless arts and treasures.

Admission cost for children is only half the admission cost of adults and guided tours that last between 50 and 80 minutes in various languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Russian, French, Chinese, and English are available. A trip to the chateau with children is an excellent living and hands-on approach to art, history, and architecture. The weapons room is something that kids and teenagers might particularly like.

The Matterhorn

Most children recognize Matterhorn from Toblerone’s packaging. The pyramid-shaped mountain is one of the most photographed in the world and stands 4,478 meters. It has been thrilling adventure seekers from all over the world and hundreds of people attempt to summit every year. Don’t worry if you’re not in excellent physical shape because you can still enjoy it with the children when you ride the cable car.

The stunning views of the mountain peaks are surreal. It doesn’t get more Swiss than a trip to the famous Matterhorn.

Chaplin’s World

Located in Vevey, one of Switzerland’s most picturesque towns, this children’s museum takes the kids and the kids at heart on a magical journey through the life and art of one of the most recognizable comedians in the world, Charlie Chaplin. The former country estate was where the artist spent the last 25 years of his life. Perched on a plateau overlooking the Alps and Lake Leman, the property has a Hollywood-style studio and an exhibit wing.

You can walk through the scenes from Chaplin’s many movies and see wax replicas of the comedian’s iconic characters. Family photos and evocative memorabilia, such as Chaplin’s familiar hat and cane are on display too. Allow at least a couple of hours to do this place justice.

Swiss Vapeur Parc

A theme park for train lovers young and old, Swiss Vapeur Parc in Le Bouveret opened in 1989 and expanded in 2007. Kids and adults can ride all kinds of replica trains on a scale of 1:4, from steam to electric. The park has 3 different train routes and 3 stations where you can go on and off a train and change lines. Visitors can ride as many times as they want.

Trains run through detailed miniatures of Swiss monuments, bridges, viaducts, and a tunnel. The park also has a botanic garden that is home to more than a hundred and thirty species of plants and trees. At certain times of the year, the park hosts various themed events, do check the website for more information.

Rhine Falls Adventure Park

For the more daring kids and adults, Rhine Falls Adventure Park is the largest rope park in the country in terms of area. There are 170 obstacles open to visitors aged 4 and up, it’s the place to be for those who are looking for an adrenaline rush and adventure.

Balance from tree to tree, plunge in free fall from a platform or go on the Panorama Express, a 460-meter long stretch of cable car with unrivalled views of the falls, all while being secured to a safety harness system at all times. With a first of its kind in safety technology, visitors can enjoy their time without worries. Allow at least three hours to enjoy the activities. Non-climbers watching from the ground are given free access.

Verkehrshaus der Schweiz or Lucerne Transportation Museum

This interactive museum in Lucerne has thousands of displays that narrate the history of transport and mobility. This is where your children can explore the history of transportation, as well as have a glimpse of its future, not just on Earth but in outer space too. Aside from the galleries that are devoted to the sea, air, and land travel, the museum also houses an IMAX theatre and planetarium. Who wouldn’t be excited by that?

Children will be chuffed to bits when they take a closer look at engines, space capsules, and cars but one of the highlights of the museum is the chocolate-themed exhibit that’s designed to educate visitors about the origin, production, and transportation of one of the country’s most famous products! You can save time by purchasing tickets online.

Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe

The train journey to Jungfraujoch is something that adults and children alike will relish. The scenic observatory and observation terrace perched at almost 3,500 meters gives visitors panoramic 360-degree views of the surrounding area. The Great Aletsch Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, starts at Jungfraujoch and Jungfraujoch is the location of the highest post office in Europe.

Play in the snow, walk through an ice cave and hike out, there are plenty of things to do. Get an early start by booking the first train of the day, leaving with more than enough time to enjoy the scenery, avoid the crowds, and do all sorts of activities.

Swiss Science Center Technorama

This must-see science museum is where you can immerse yourself in the enchanting world of chemistry, biology, and physics. Children can ignite their curiosity and fire up their imagination with a wide array of interactive activities. 500 exhibits are waiting to be discovered, including experiment stations where you can test famous scientific theories.

Without a doubt, one of the most popular sections in the museum is the toy train collection, considered to be the best in the world. Don’t forget to bring a picnic and enjoy it in one of the indoor picnic spots or at the museum park.

Maestrani’s Chocolarium

If there’s one thing Switzerland is synonymous with, it’s chocolate, and a visit to the country is incomplete without dropping by any of the chocolate factories and museums. Located in Toggenburgerstrasse, the chocolarium is about 2 hours from Bern and is open daily except on Mondays. Maestrani’s is one of the oldest factories in the German part of the country.

You can attend a chocolate-making workshop and craft your very own masterpieces that you can take home. The Master Chocolatier will give you valuable insights into the different techniques of chocolate making and teach you a few fascinating tricks too. After which, you will be taken to the factory and guided through the numerous rooms where you will see the processes that bring chocolate to life. The best part is you get to take bites of freshly made chocolate while you watch the production line.

Ballenberg Open Air Museum

Transporting families to the past amidst picturesque surroundings, Ballenberg allows families to have fun outdoors and learn at the same time. The museum was opened in 1978 and it now has a collection of 110 farm buildings and rural houses relocated from all over the country. Aside from the authentic, centuries-old buildings, there is a variety of live demonstrations and exhibitions of old Swiss crafts, giving visitors a glimpse into Swiss culture.

Expect basket-weaving, braiding, carving, spinning, and many more, but you can do more than just watch the experts; you can join them too! Rounding up the attractions are a house with historical toys, a petting zoo, medicinal herbs, a forest trail, and courses on culture and customs.

Atzmännig

Dubbed as a leisure paradise for families with children, Atzmännig is a popular attraction in Zurich’s countryside. It boasts ropes courses, a giant alpine slide, a massive playground, and a variety of hiking choices that include a theme trail especially made for little ones. You’ll find young ones making a beeline for the ropes course that has a smaller course designed for kids aged 4 to 8.

Adults, as well as kids, who relish an adrenaline rush and fast descents, will find plenty of things to entertain them. Scream your hearts out at the tight bends of the toboggan run, try the bungee trampoline, or take a chance on bull riding. The chair lift also takes guests high up at almost 4,000 feet where they can feast their eyes on the spectacular vistas.

Valère Basilica

Also known as Valère Castle, Valère Basilica is located southwest of Switzerland in a town called Sion. Perched on a hill, it faces Château de Tourbillon. The fortified church was built between the early to the mid-12th century. Designed in Romanesque style, the building work took place over the next centuries and in the mid-15th century, the magnificent cathedral was finally installed.

The basilica’s organ still functions today and is believed to be one of the oldest functioning organs in the world. There is a free concert every Saturday afternoon during summer, with the 14th-century organ as the main attraction. Different musicians from all over the world come to interpret various musical pieces that are not so commonly heard.

After the cathedral was abandoned in 1798, part of it became a seminary while the remainder is still a museum today. You don’t need to pay anything to enter the cathedral, but for some spare change, you can learn more about the cathedral with a get a guided tour.

Château de Tourbillon

Also known as Tourbillon Castle, this imposing hilltop castle is something that will impress castle buffs, both young and old. Just a 20-minute walk from the station in Sion, it offers magnificent views of the Sion region and the canton of Valais. Built between 1290 and 1308, it was originally used as a residence of the bishop but was later expanded to include an exterior wall. The castle was badly damaged in a blaze in 1788 but was refurbished after the fire.

Conny Land

Yet another theme park near the Swiss-German border, Conny Land has 60 attractions that are more for little children. Easily walkable from one end to the other, kids aged between 4 to 10 will get the most of the day but there’s plenty of fun for younger kids too. Put your courage to the test on the Cobra, Europe’s largest linear roller coaster, or go on VooDoo Island, the interactive water playground.

Aside from the thrilling rides, there are live shows with dolphins, parrots, and sea lions, you can watch a play in the theatre too. The majority of the attractions have a roof so you can enjoy Conny Land no matter the weather. To make the most of your time, you should have at least half a day to spend in Conny Land.

Kindercity Children’s Museum

This children’s discovery ‘museum’ offers a variety of hands-on activities and has three play areas aimed at different age groups, from toddlers up to 10 years old. Very young visitors will find the Chäferliweg room quite the thrill with countless things to touch and climb on. More educational and not for pure fun, a few things kids will have a grand time with are the fun house mirrors, block room, and a water river with balls.

The roof of the building has an exterior play area where children can drive small go-karts, ride a train, and bungee jump, for an extra fee. In addition, various workshops such as making butter, chocolate, and bread are also available but you need to book these classes ahead of time.

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