Thermal Baths in Centre Thermal Yverdon-les-Bains

One of our most favorite activities in winter months is thermal bathing. Thankfully in Switzerland, there are a number of thermal baths that accept children, one of them is Centre Thermal in Yverdon-les-Bain.

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My 2 kids (7 and 4) and I went there on a Monday late morning during the February school holiday. We bought our 3-hour bath entry passes and train tickets via RailAway (20% off train/bus transport and bath tickets).

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Bernaqua and Westside Mall in Bern

It’s freezing cold out there, and the bise is here in the area. Staying warm indoor is definitely a good idea!

One of our favorite escape on super cold winter days is to go for a bath at Bernaqua. As the name indicates, it is located in Bern, and more specifically inside the commercial center Westside.


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Bernaqua is really amazing. It’s very family friendly, and they never disappointed us.

At the entrance queue can be quite long, but in my experience it took us only minutes until it was our turn. We were handed magnetic bracelets to be used to open and lock the lockers and to buy food and drinks at the cafeteria. There is a corner to park strollers and then there are family-sized lockers, large enough to stash all our stuff in.

There are a total of 18 different types of pools (temperature: 30-36°C), from one with salty water, another with movie projection, ones with all kinds of bubbling effects, to one with cold (18°) water. There is of course an area dedicated for the younger children, complete with a pirate ship and, perhaps most importantly, its own mini people restroom 🙂 And for the big kids, they can slide and slide!

The cafeteria has a good selection, at least for the 4 o’clock snack time that we could never skip. As mentioned, you have to pass the magnetic bracelet to buy the food and you pay when you finally leave.

We have been there four times and always took the 3-hour tickets. When both my kids were still under 6y, I only had to pay CHF35 for the three of us. A bargain! 🙂 To be honest 3 hours is a bit short, as it took me around 10 minutes to prep the 2 kids and myself until we were ready to plunge, and around 40 minutes to shower, dress, and hair-dry the three of us when we finished bathing. It was a bit quicker when their father was there too, however 3 times out of 4 I was the only adult. But no worries, overstay charge is low: chf5 for every 30 minutes. Or just buy the day tickets for even longer stay. More info about tickets and rates here.

As any thermal bath in Switzerland, Bernaqua also has other attractions, including spa-wellness and fitness areas. If you came with another adult, you could take turn watching the kids while the other get a massage 🙂

But don’t despair, even if you were the only adult, you still could get your massage 😉 As mentioned above, the pool complex is located inside a mall, the Westside Mall, and there is a great drop-in facility for kids called Kinderland. You may leave your kids up to 4h for only chf3/h, and I believe they take babies too (but call/email to make sure). My kids love this place. The Westside Mall by itself is awesome, with many good stores (I personally love the Globus there) and a food hall (my kids favs are the kids pizza from Spiga and the frozen yoghurt from YooMoo). When we go to Bernaqua and/or Westside we can really spend the whole day there – safe from the coldness of winter 😉

Berrnaqua and Westside Mall are easily reached either by car or train (Station name: Bern Brünnen Westside, directly in front of the commercial center). From Lausanne-Gare you only need one change at the Bern Central Station. The total journey by train is less than 1.5h (and if you choose the IC train, your kids can play in the family coach). When we go there for a day trip, we usually use the RailAway offer. There is almost always a discount (currently 10%) for the train as well as the pool entry tickets.

And finally, how about spending a weekend there? Check the offers from the Holiday Inn hotel there – I know some families who had enjoyed and highly recommended it.

Have a fab time!

*This post is not sponsored. I don’t get anything for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

**Image was screenshot from Bernaqua website

This & That March 2012 – Week#12

Winter 2012 Offers and Discount from Org-Vac.ch

Org-Vac.ch is having several interesting programs this winter that you can see below. For the Family Ski Day, readers of Lausanne Mom can have a 10% discount (Mention Lausanne Mom when booking).






Yoga and Ayurveda Weekend – Martigny June 2011

I received this info from Anita recently.

In assocation with Nalanda Cures in Leysin, Patrizia Larotonda and I are thrilled to offer again a weekend of Yoga and Ayurveda Massage in the beautiful Hotel Balance, Les Granges. The weekend consists of 5 yoga practices (varying levels), Ayurveda theory, self massage and the option for individual ayurveda massage, all in the glorious setting of the Hotel Balance. The hotel is a purpose built eco-hotel, boasting locally sourced bio-food and the most up to date sustainability technology.

The weekend is a perfect chance to relax and rejuvenate. The group will be very small and we have just a few places left in our June weekend. Please contact me (mccannanita(AT)ymail.com) or Nalanda directly (http://www.nalanda-cures.ch/ ) for full details.

Anita McCann
mccannanita(AT)ymail.com
Leysin


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