This post was originally compiled by Carmen and published in July 2009. I updated it and included the links to post from our own trips. (Second update 21 February 2014)

General Tips (in German) (in German)

Erlebniswelt (in German)

Castles in Switzerland

Finder for Family Hiking & Biking Routes

Sleep in the Straw in Barns throughout Switzerland


Rolling Rock Inline Skate Park – Aarau
Climbing Walls & Inline Skating.

Schweizer Kinder Museum – Children’s Museum – Baden

Seilpark Gantrisch

Lenzburg Castle – Lenzburg (read my post about our trip here)
Children’s Museum inside and a playground outside.

Murimoos Organic Farm – Muri
A playground, small pet farm, horseback rides & little cafe.

Wildegg Castle – Wildegg
Indoor Children’s Experiential Room and a play area outside.


Dampfbahn – Mini Steam Engine – Psychiatrichen Universitaetsklinik Basel
Mini Steam Engine rides every second Sunday (middle of April through middle of October).

Puppenhausmuseum – Doll House Museum – Basel

Tierpark Lange Erlen – Basel
Animal Park

Zoo – Basel

Wiesner’s Beeriland – Bottmingen
Berry picking in June & July.

Park “Im Grünen” – Münchenstein
Playground, Mini-Golf, Restaurant…

Solarbob – Langenbruck (BL)
A rodelbahn (alpine summer sled run) that uses solar energy for the lift.


Museum of Communication – Bern (read about our visit here)
This museum has plenty of hands on activities and interactive exhibits.
For stamp buffs, it houses more than 500,000 stamps from all over the
world – one of the largest collections in Switzerland that is open to the public.

Kindermuseum Creaviva Zentrum Paul Klee – Bern

Zoo Tierpark Dählhölzli – Bern

Ropetech Adventure and Seilpark – Thunplatz in Bern
Children (from school age allowed) under 14 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Reichenbachfall in Meiringen BE
Very nice family friendly town to visit
with the water falls where Sherlock Holmes “died”

Seilpark Gantrisch – Rüschegg Heubach BE
Children under 12 have to be accompanied by an adult.

Zoo, Playground & Restaurant – Studen

Gurten Park im Grünen – above Bern in Wabern
Lots of open space, play areas, kid’s train, and restaurant,
kids sledding in winter as well. Good views on the city and the Alps.

Ballenberg Open Air Museum – Brienz

Brienz Steam Engine Train Ride
Hour long train ride with stunning views and a restaurant at the top. The bottom station of the railway is just a stones’ throw from Lake Brienz and its boat rides, pedaloes, mini train etc.

Aare Gorge – near Interlaken

St. Beatus-Höhlen – near Interlaken

Sensorium – Walkringen (read my post about our visit here)
Hands-on experiences for young and old:-)


Fun Planet – Bulle
bowling, mini golf, laser game, billiard

Charme(y) Aventures – Charmey
5 adventure trails (parcours) in the woods.

Château de Gruyères

Papiliorama Swiss Tropical Gardens – Kerzers (read my post about our trip here)
Butterfly / Nocturnal animal place.

Espace Junior – Fribourg
Indoor play park for kids ages 2-12.
TEMPORARY indoor play areas


Beaches in Geneva

City Parks
The town has some great parks with lots to do for children – such as “Les Eaux Vives” and “Bois de la Bâtie (Bâtie Woods). They both have paddling pools in the summer and the latter has a free mini-zoo.

Espace Junior – Geneva Palexpo
Indoor play park for kids ages 2-12.
TEMPORARY indoor play areas

Excursions by Minitrain – Geneva

Natural History Museum – Geneva
Free entrance – The largest museum of natural history of Switzerland.

Swimming Pools in Geneva

Yatouland in Vernier-Geneva
Indoor play place for 0-10 year olds

Summer Bobsledding & Mini Golf – La-Roche-sur-Foron (France)

Forestland – Divonne-les-Bannes (France)
Just across the border about 20 km from Geneva: great pool, mini golf, go-carting and “Forestland”.


Pradaschier Rodelbahn & Seilpark – Churwalden GR
The largest Rodelbahn in the world.


A Place for Us – Luzern
An indoor play area for kids up to the age of 4 – also has playgroups/courses

Glacier Garden – Luzern
It has a great room of mirrors to walk through.

Swiss Transport Museum – Luzern

Lido in Luzern – across from the Transport Museum
An outdoor swim area on the lake with a big playground. A mini-golf course is nearby.

Rigi Mountain – near Luzern

Restaurant Alpenhof – Kuessnacht am Rigi
has a large playground

Schongliand Amusement Park – Schongau

Pilatus Mountain – near Luzern
Gondola/cograil, metal toboggan run, large playground and hiking, caves at the top with Dragon stories.

Pilatus Seilpark – Kriens Luzern
Fun for the whole family, 8 years and older.

Glasi Hergiswil – Hergiswil near Luzern
Children watch glass being blown and can blow their own glass ball.


Rheinfalls – near Schaffhausen
The largest waterfall in Europe. You can take a boat ride and there is a playground.


Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Children can throw food to the bears (who catch it in their mouths), pet and feed deer.  Great playground and restaurant.

Alpamare – Pfäffikon
Indoor Water Park

Sattel Hochstuckli – Sattel
Summer: Roller park, bouncy trampolines, metal toboggan run, chair lifts…

Cheese Factory in Seewen


Storchensiedlung Altreu – Stork Colony – Grenchen
It’s on the River Aare and you can visit the info center for free.There are various restaurants in the area and boat trips are also possible.  Lots of storks are in the trees! Open from April to the end of September.


Säntispark – Abtwil bei St. Gallen

Abenteurerland Walter Zoo – Gossau

Sportbahnen Atzmännig – Goldingen
Summer: Playground, trampolines, metal toboggan run…


Connyland – Lipperswil
Outdoor amusement theme park.

Pferdehändler – Märstetten
Donkey & Pony rides, horse camps…


The 3 medieval castles of Bellinzona

Alprose Chocolate Museum in Caslano-Lugano

Caslano Minigolf
Great little place with minigolf, trampolines and small cars

Lido di Caslano
Nice small sandy beach on the lake between Ponte Tresa and Lugano

Lama Trekking – Iseo

Lido di Lugano
Great place in the summer months with huge fun paddling pool

Play Planet in Pregassona-Lugano
Pizzeria & Indoor playground for 0-12 years

Swiss Miniatur in Melide-Lugano
An open-air museum with the most important Swiss buildings and means of transportation.

Tassino Park – Lugano
Great park with lots of space, picnic and play areas.

Zoo al Maglio – Magliaso
The zoo is situated on the banks of the Magliasina river and is especially suited for young children since the animals can be petted and fed.

Monte Tamaro
Take the cable car to the top of the mountain – Lots of activities for children, summer bob sledding, adventure park and play ground for the youngest

Lamatreks – Ponte Capriasca
Lama trekking in the mountains for children and families…


Chez Gaby – Champoussin
Farm, restaurant, horse back riding & adventure park in the woods.

Labyrinthe Aventur Parc – Evionnaz

Happyland New – Granges
Minigolf, game rooms & amusement park rides.

Aquaparc Water Park – Le Bouveret

Swiss Vapeur Parc – Le Bouveret (read my post about our trip here)
Located near the lake not far from Montreux, close to France.
Great fun for the little ones to ride the trains through miniature towns

Fun Planet – Brig
bowling, billiard, games


Parc Aventure – Aigle
Outdoor adventure park fun for the whole family, 8 years and older.

Espace Junior – Aigle
Indoor play park for kids ages 2-12.

Park Im Grüene Signal de Bougy – Bougy
Located between Lausanne & Nyon.
Large open air park with mini-golf and playground.

Le Swin-Golf de Cremin – Cremin

Espace de Inventions Vallee de la Jeunesse – Lausanne

Musée de zoologie – Lausanne (see many post I wrote about this museum here)

Swiss Museum of Games – La Tour-de-Peilz
Located in a castle on Lake Geneva between Montreux and Aigle.

Zoo La Garenne – Le Vaud

Tobagganing Park – Leysin
Located in the mountains above Aigle.

Billy’s Indoor Playplace – Montreux
Ages 7 months to 7 years accompanied by an adult.

Payerneland – Payerne
Go-carting, Mini Golf and Indoor play park.

Zoo de Servion – Servion

Tropiquarium de Servion – Servion

Château de Chillon – Villeneuve
near Montreux

Fun Planet – Rennaz (Villeneuve)
bowling, carting, minigolf, billiard, games, accrofun


Kids Meeting Point – Baar
Indoor play place for kids ages 1 1/2 to 12


Saurier (Dinosaur) Museum – Aathal

Grüt Farm – Adliswil
Mövenpick Restaurant with Playground & small zoo

Hasenmuseum / Rabbit Museum – Bubikon

Bruno Weber Skulpturenpark – Dietikon
Open from April to the end of Ocotber, every Saturday and the first Sunday of the month.

Starbie Indoor Play Park – Dietikon

Trampolino Indoor Play Park – Dietikon

Milandia – Greifensee
Migros Indoor Adventure Park

Minigolf at Gasthof zum Morgenthal Restaurant – Hirzel

Wildpark Langenberg – Langnau am Albis
Playgrounds, restaurant, great walking paths to view animals…

Naturzentrum Sihlwald – just after Langnau am Abis
The outside area is open year round. It has a small play area and nice walks along the Sihl river. The museum and small café/gift shop are open from about the middle of March until November.

Park Im Grüene – Rüschlikon
Outdoor playground, miniature train rides, puppet shows, swimming pool, cafeteria…

Jucker Farm – Seegräben
They have a cafe, petting zoo, a store selling fresh produce
and homemade food, and a playground.

Kindercity – Volketswil
Indoor educational activities for kids up to age 12.

Planeta Magic – Wädenswil
Indoor Play Park for kids from 1-12 years

Minigolf at Restaurant Schönegg – Wädenswil

Technorama Science Center in Winterthur
Wonderful hands-on activites for ages 4 and up

Urania Observatory – Zurich

Waldhaus Katzensee – Zurich
The perfect family restaurant with a collection of 1-franc rides out front, a small train to ride, and a playground – all within view of an outdoor eating area.

Zoo – Zurich