Places of Interest

Zürich offers a wide variety of leisure activities for beautiful sunny days as well as rainy days. There are also many options for winter activities, such as skiing, snowshoe walking and much more.

 

Uetliberg

Switzerland view Uetliberg

This is the Zürich’s closest and dearest mountain. Take the train from Zürich’s main station to the Uetliberg and walk along the many kilometres of trails and hiking paths. There are a few good restaurants to get snacks or have a lovely lunch and the kids will love to run around in the woods and discover nature. If you live in Adliswil, take the cable car up to Felsenegg to the top of the Albis chain.

Mount Pilatus

Take the world’s steepest cog train from Alpnachstad (near Lucerne) or the cable car from Krienseregg to the Pilatus Kulm (2132m). Enjoy the panoramic views, restaurant at the top. At Fräkmüntegg (1416m) there is a summer sledge run for the kids – longest in Europe – and a playground, as well as a picnic area.

 

Sattel Hochstuckli

Take the rotating cable car up to the top to “Mostelberg” and let the kids run around. There is a great children’s play area in summer – buy a ticket at the bottom – for the “Stuckli Jump” with bouncy castle and trampolines galore. You can also walk along the road to the back to “Herrenboden”, where there is another great restaurant with a playground. Alternatively, take the panoramic hike to “Engelstock” and have a barbecue at one of the barbecue spots along the way. There are beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and of Aegeri. In winter you can, of course, ski here.

 

Tierpark Goldau

A lovely animal park where you can feed the freeroaming deer. It is possible to take a picnic and grill something at one of the well-equipped barbeque areas if you want to. There is also a café and a nice playground for the kids. Kids always love it here and it is great at all times of the year.

 

Tierpark Langenberg, Langnau am Albis (ZH)

This is a zoo with no entrance charge. It is about half an hour’s drive from Zug, an hour from Lucerne, 20 mins from Zürich. You don’t see a huge amount of animals, but it is still worth a visit and you can have a relaxing walk around the grounds and let the kids play in the wonderful playground. There are deer, bears and wolves to name a few. You can either take a picnic, grill sausages at an appointed barbeque spot or have lunch in the café.

 

Mount Rigi

This is an absolute must – the views from Rigi really are second to none. Take the train from “Goldau” to “Rigi Kulm” (1800m) and you’ll be nearly at the summit. There is a hotel and restaurant up there and you can walk down to the next station to “Rigi Kaltbad” and then either take the same train back down to “Goldau” or take the cable car down to “Weggis” and then the boat to Lucerne (summer only) and back home by train. Book your ticket for this at the train station. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a great day out and Mount Rigi Rigi Kulm 35 “PilatusBahn” the steepest cog train in the world 36 37 Places of Interest the Rigi really is an all year round mountain. Just don’t go when it’s foggy at the top, because the views are amazing.

 

Braunwald, Canton Glarus

This is a car-free mountain village. Take the cable train up to the village. You can ski here in the winter and in the summer you can go for many lovely mountain hikes and just enjoy the breathtaking views.

 

Switzerland Rheinfall

The Rheinfall, Schaffhausen

This is one of Switzerland’s magnificent sites – cascading waterfalls – just outside the centre of Schaffhausen. Follow the signs. You can even take a boat ride to beneath the waterfalls themselves. Schaffhausen town is well worth a visit, too. There is an old fortress up above the town and the views of the Rhein and town are lovely.

 

 

 

Alpamare, Pfäffikon

This is a suitable destination for older kids. There are some gentle and some breathtakingly wild water slides, heated outdoor pools to relax in (for the adults) a wave pool and a wellness area. Kids who love crazy water slides will love it here – it isn’t suitable or recommended for smaller children or toddlers.

 

Verkehrshaus, Lucerne

This is a firm favourite on a rainy day – go and look at the transport museum full of cars, planes, trains. There is also a planetarium room and much more.

 

Technorama, Winterthur

The Technorama museum is a science museum for all ages – although the children probably have to be at least two for it to be interesting for them.