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Things to do in Switzerland with Kids

Traveling Europe is a wonderful thing to do with your children and Switzerland is a country that you do not want to miss! With the abundant outdoor activities, the precision of the rail travel, driving the highways through hundreds of tunnels and learning about swiss chocolate, there are so many things to do in Switzerland with kids!

Things to do in Switzerland with Kids

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This summer, our road trip took us on a Switzerland family vacation. We enjoyed luxury at the Movenpick Egerkingen featuring excellent rooms for families, we rode the Swiss Rail around Lake Geneva, known as le lac Laman in French, we rode a cog train up to Rigi Kulm and boated across lake Lucerne. We made chocolate at the Funky Chocolate Lab in Interlaken before shopping for the best Switzerland souvenirs and ate sushi (yes sushi) in Movenpick Geneva.

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Train Travel in Switzerland with Kids – Short Day Trips

Train Travel in Switzerland with kids is a bit daunting. That is why we picked several day trips which included train time, playing and exploring time and then more train time. We had a Swiss Travel Pass, which is free for kids, and here are a few shorter routes I would recommend. They were perfect day trips that returned to our hotel in the evening. Something that I loathe about travel with kids is hotel hopping! I love leaving my luggage in the room and heading out with just a daypack!

Now and beyond, the word safety has changed a lot, read up on how to travel safely by train.

Chateau de Chillon -Geneva to Montreux Daytrips with kids
Chateau de Chillon

Geneva – Montreux by Train

This route takes you around lac Laman (also known as Lake Geneva) from Geneva to Montreux and a great spot to get off to visit le chateau de Chillon. The Swiss Rail system is so comprehensive and the app gives you a variety of timetable and direction options! Pick the one that works best for you and you are off to one of the top 10 places to visit in Switzerland. If you have time, stop off and enjoy Lausanne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.

Here are more things to do in Geneva.

Geneva Daytrip to Montreux Chateau de Chillon
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There was so much packed into 5 days, but we barely scratched the surface of cool things to do in Switzerland with kids. Thats why I enlisted some suggestions from other travel bloggers and here are some of the top cities that they came up with for visiting Switzerland with children.

I had to put my choice first, and that would be Interlaken.

Getting Chocolate Wasted at the Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken
Getting Chocolate Wasted at the Funky Chocolate Club in Interlaken

Interlaken with Kids

Interlaken is home to the Funky Chocolate Club, winner of best milk chocolate in the country. They offer daily chocolate making classes, allowing you to learn about the different types of chocolate and indulge in as many samples as your tummy can handle! If you do not have time to make chocolate, their shop has plenty of sweets to pick up! In a field behind the shop, you can watch sky divers land in the field and… indulge in your sweet treats.

Click here for places to stay in Interlaken.

Carole from Berkeley and Beyond chose Maienfled

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Maienfled with Kids

The classic children’s book, Heidi, was actually set in Maienfeld, Switzerland. You’ll want to read the story to your children either before, during, or after your trip–preferably all those times.  The tiny town is located approximately 20 miles from Chur, which makes a good base for exploring the area. Actually lived in until 1997, Heidi’s rustic 300-year-old stone hut brings the story to life with a cellar, a front room, Grandfather’s room, Heidi’s room, and an attic.  It now appears as it did in 1880, when the story takes place.  If you have the time, you can hike a steeper Alp trail that begins behind the hut and leads up to another smaller hut.  And back down near the gift shop, you can end with a visit Peter’s goat pen and have refreshments.

Hannah from Adventure Travel Family chose Gstaad


Gstaad with Kids

“Known as “the last paradise in a crazy world”, Gstaad is an ideal destination for a family break or digital detox with kids. Surrounded by Alpine hills and home to the magnificent Glacier 3000, Gstaad has everything you could want on a family holiday. Whizz down the mountain on the Alpine Coaster, flying at up to six metres off the ground and taking on jumps and turns on the hillsides. Climb up to the Glacier or hop on the gondola lift for breathtaking views of the snowy mountain top, stopping at a tiny restaurant at the top for lunch. Visit a traditional Swiss dairy farm where the cows roam freely and sleep in a barn attached to the famers’ cottage, and try Swiss cheese freshly made from the pan. Celebrities such as Julie Andrews and the fashion designer Valentino retreat to Gstaad for a luxury break away from the media, and to sample the world-class food on offer.”

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Victoria from Celebrate the Weekend chose Lucerne

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Lucerne with Kids

Lucerne is a great little town to visit for families.  It offers a mysterious old town and a lovely lake Lucerne with boating activities and lovely promenade that houses a unique Museum of Transport.

A nearby Mount Pilatus  presents a family-friendly “introduction” into Swiss Alps. We took 4 modes of transports to get there: a boat, a cogwheel train (the world’s steepest), a cable car and a panoramic gondola.  As you get off at Frakmunteg on your way down to transfer from a cable car to a panoramic gondola, kids could ride a toboggan slide (fun, but not 100% fall-proof!).

Kaylie from Happiness Travels Here  also chose Lucerne

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You’ll find the Swiss Museum of Transport or Verkehrshaus der Schweiz in Lucerne. Lucerne is an incredibly picturesque lakefront city surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Swiss Alps. The Swiss Museum of Transport is Switzerland’s most popular museum and it is easy to see why. Multiple themed halls display trains, planes, boats and aeroplanes, many of which children can climb into and experience from the inside. There are plenty of interactive displays and timed events throughout the day. Hop into a fire-engine, ride a model train and merry-go-round, you can even be a crash test dummy in a low-speed car accident! In the central courtyard, you’ll find a muddy, dirty construction site where the children are the workers and operate excavators and shovel gravel.

My top tip is to visit the museum backwards. It is easy to spend too much time in the first hall, housing the trains. The best displays are found in the Automobile, Navigation and Aviation halls.

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Kristin from Simple Family Travel chose Zug

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Zug with Kids

The beautiful lakeside town of Zug is often skipped by tourists, overshadowed by its more popular neighbour to the north, Zarich. But instead of zooming by on the train from Zürich to Luzern or Italy, hop off and discover this laid back town known for its cherries and beautiful sunsets. Zug famous clocktower, the Zytturm, stands proudly at the entrance to the old town dates back to the 16th century. In early December, The Fairytale Sunday (Marlisunntig) is based around the old town of Zug and children can visit more than 30 different locations with story tellers (in German), puppet shows as well as a parade through town at 5.30pm. Spring time brings cherry season and from those cherries they created the famous Kirsch (Cherry Schnapps). Why not treat  yourself to a piece of the famous and very alcoholic Kirschtorte (Cherry Schnapps cake). Finish your day with a walk along the lake and enjoy the sunset, some of the best I’ve ever experienced.

Zugiblubbi Adventure trail 

The new 4.9km themed hiking trail opened recently on the Zugerberg (The mountain above Zug) will get your kids lacing up their hiking boots to enjoy the great outdoors. The adventure trail is themed around the character Zugiblubbi, the friendly ghost of the Zugerberg, who is helping his forest friends recover from a big storm. The cute story (in both English and German) starts the trail and continues on with the help of a treasure map, where the kids search for  9 hidden diamonds around the trail. Each of the 9 stations has something exciting to discover from a mushroom forest to a barefoot path. The path is not only child friendly, but also stroller and wheelchair friendly. Finish your hike with a picnic at the Schattwaldi playground. You can get more info here

Cindy from One Perfect Day in chose Engelberg

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Engelberg with Kids

The entire family will love sledding down the glacier on the top of Mount Titlis, just a short walk from the train station in Engelberg, an easy one-hour train ride from Lucerne. Getting to the top of the mountain is half the fun! From the Mount Titlis cable car base station, take an eight-seater cable car up to the Rotair cable car station. The Rotair cable car rotates 360 degrees for views of the Alps from above Engelberg. When you step off the Rotair, you will be at the top of Mount Titlis. From here, walk underneath the glacier inside the ice cave and walk across the suspension bridge over the crevasses. Enjoy the ice cream shop, restaurant and gift shop in the cable car station as you look out over the glacier and the Alps. Finally, take the Ice Flyer chair lift over to the Glacier Park for sledding on the glacier for the grand finale of your perfect day on Mount Titlis!

Arzo from Arzo Travels chose Vevey

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Vevey with Kids

While I think that many parts of Switzerland are pretty great spots for traveling with kids I think, Vevey, a very cute and lovely town located at the shores at Lake Geneva, is probably the best place to spend some time with kids.
The reason why spending time in Vevey with kids is easy: it is extremely children-friendly.
While I love Lake Geneva, I would probably not like my little kid swimming in it. Vevey has found a fantastic solution for the little ones – there are some small pools for kids to play – set up just a few meters from Lake Geneva where the older ones hop in the lake.
Another kid-friendly thing (also cool for adults actually) is the library next to the pools which allows everyone to borrow books and magazine – for free and without any registration.
These are just a few reasons why Vevey is a great destination!
There are so many things to do in Switzerland with Kids and we did not even touch on the range of Alpine Winter activities! I hope to ski on the alps with my kids soon!

Have you been to Switzerland? Is there somewhere you would like to know more about? We loved the small towns and beautiful scenery and hope to visit again soon!

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  1. anirudh says:

    i was planning for a family trip there, and luckily found this amazing informational guide…
    thanks a lot as this guide will help me for my family travel trip… briefly explained travel guide…!!

  2. farenexus says:

    Lindsay Nieminen, all photos are very cool and attractive. It’s the best to place for kids to enjoy the picnic holiday.thanku for sharing information

  3. Tanya says:

    Such a fun list! I live in Switzerland but it’s so fun see seeing what other people love to do here. I have lots of Swiss theme trails for families detailed on my website, If you visit again, let me know and I’ll tell you my favorite trails that I’m sure your kids will love. Happy travels wherever you go next year!