Crystal Magazine Mar 28, 2022
Switzerland: one enormous playground for multi-generation families
Switzerland may be small, but it is a huge playground for families. Mighty mountains, deep gorges, vivid green meadows, mysterious woods, gushing waterfalls and a thousand lakes await exploration. This stunning backdrop enchants children, parents and grandparents alike. Specialised family destinations, family activities and family hotels offer accommodation and adventure for everyone. Some of the most popular activities include the Wolli Adventure Park in Zermatt, the Fly-Line and toboggan run in Grindelwald, the Glacier 3000 in Vaud as well as kayaking in Interlaken.
In its newly launched brochure, Switzerland Tourism is presenting its eleven best family destinations as well as six specialized hotels.
Zurich for families
With its excellent infrastructure and everything within easy reach, Switzerland’s largest city is the perfect travel destination for families. Zurich offers a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Whether Zurich Zoo, with more than 4,000 animals, or the original FIFA World Cup Museum, Zurich has it all. Furthermore, the Lindt Home of Chocolate is a highlight for the entire family. Besides an impressive chocolate fountain, chocoholics will also marvel at interactive exhibitions, explore a Chocolateria (where the world’s most delicious truffles and pralines are made), relax in a café, and shop at the largest Lindt chocolate shop worldwide.
Adventure and action in Interlaken
A varied world of adventure and action awaits the entire family in the Holiday Region Interlaken. Tearing down the mountain on a scooter bike or taking a kayak out onto Lake Brienz, the region’s natural beauty compels you to be active and explore. Climbing in treetops at the rope park, going on a treasure hunt, or exploring the Alpine landscape on family hikes and themed paths are just some of the activities the region has to offer. In winter, a tempting range of reasonably priced offers are available at the region’s charming family ski resorts.
Parks and playgrounds in Geneva
From the unique carousel and the animals found in Jardin Botanique, through to the many big green shady parks with playgrounds and free paddling pools, Geneva is full of places to sit or play. For a full-day adventure, Parc des Evaux features various attractions kids of all ages will adore. Other highlights in the area include so called “accrobranche” aka tree climbing adventure and barbecues in the park while the kids enjoy the huge areas to run around and play.
Everlasting snow on the Glacier 3000 in Vaud
Between palm trees, lake and mountains, Montreux Riviera comes forth as a postcard-like scenery. A dream backdrop for a family stay where little-ones and grown-ups will enjoy a multitude of activities: a medieval atmosphere in the majestic Castle of Chillon, cultural and recreational immersion at Chaplin’s World or at the Alimentarium, or the discovery of the secret recipe of chocolate at the Maison Cailler. The Glacier 3000 offers a unique experience by embarking on an adventure in the everlasting snow and by crossing the highest suspended bridge in the world. These are just some of the adventures the region has to offer.
Italian lifestyle in Ticino
Ticino, the southernmost region of Switzerland, is located only one hour drive from Milan. This is the region where Swiss quality meets Italian lifestyle. Famous for its lakes, it is the ideal place for family holidays. Boat trips, visits to chocolate factories, theme parks, and falconry shows are only some of the proposals in the region. The Swissminiatur offers a tour of Switzerland in just one hour, or Tamaro Park for an adventure among trees! Favoured by a pleasant climate all year round, downtown Lugano is also known for its cafés, restaurants, and shops. Ticino is a great place to experience the Swiss-Italian Dolce Vita.
Summer camps and courses in Crans-Montana
During the summer, children can take part in various camps or courses in the magnificent Crans-Montana region. They can try numerous sports as well as fun activities, for example at
Alaïa, the biggest action sports centre in Switzerland. Furthermore, kids can perfect their football skills, get a hit of adrenaline thanks to mountain biking, try wakeboarding, enjoy a fun forest aerial adventure, try summer activities such as paddle boarding, learn the art of cheesemaking on the alp, build a cabin, improve their foreign languages, or even try climbing.
Multi-generation holidays in Davos Klosters
In Davos Klosters one is not too young for holidays – everyone is welcome, and no one is left behind, even on multi-generation holidays. Davos Klosters is transformed into one big adventure playground for families. The holiday destination Davos Klosters offers a total of 700 experiences and more than 60 activities for overnight guests all summer long. Davos Klosters has the "Family Destination" seal of approval, which distinguishes holiday resorts that tailor their offers specifically to the needs of children and their accompanying persons.
Visit the birthplace of Heidi in Graubünden
Nostalgic childhood memories are brought back to life at the Heidi Village in Heidiland - the setting of the iconic children’s storybook, Heidi. Nestled in the foothills of Maienfeld, families can ride by horse and carriage through rolling green meadows before immersing themselves in the Heidi Village. In the village, visitors can explore the hobby farm, the quaint gift shop and Heidi’s home—an authentic Walser hut renovated and converted into a museum. Another highlight which adds to the experience is the feeding of the goats.
Tobogganing in Grindelwald
The Pfingstegg is Grindelwald's vantage point. Accessible by cable car within 5 minutes, it is a true paradise for families. Guests will find a beautiful playground, a nice mountain restaurant with a terrasse, a great view onto Grindelwald, and a toboggan run as well as the Fly-Line. The Fly-Line let adventurer float through the forest like birds. Gently and silently, guests can pass rock faces and watercourses.
Andermatt Holiday Region
The Andermatt Holiday Region lies in the heart of the Swiss Alps. A very popular family activity is a trip to the nearby Gütsch excursion mountain, where the Michelin-starred restaurant Gütsch is located at 2,340m Altitude. The spectacular view from the sun terrace towards the Swiss Alps and the Ursern Valley makes a stop at Restaurant Gütsch a unique experience. To make your stay in Andermatt a definite highlight, staying at the Chedi Andermatt is highly recommended.
Funventure in Zermatt
In the Wolli adventure park at Sunnegga, little explorers play at and in Lake Leisee. Curious sleuths go on a treasure hunt or explore one of the numerous themed trails that have interesting stories to tell. Those who dare can pick a path on the via ferrata, test their skills in the rope park or race down to the valley on a Kickbike. Matterhorn family resort, guaranteeing unforgettable experiences for the whole family in the healthy Alpine air. Thanks to the Wolli Card children up to the age of 9 years benefit from special deals.