Family Travel Ideas in Zurich

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Zurich is not simply a great vacation town for history buffs and outdoor sports enthusiasts, it is also a place perfect for families, even those with young children. Surprised? Well, it's easy to imagine that Zurich is only able to be appreciated by adults, with its gorgeous snowy mountains, peaceful lake, and interesting museums displaying the town's rich past. However, there are just as many attractions that children can appreciate in Zurich.

Zurich Toy Museum

Ideally situated in one of the oldest sections of town, this museum brings to life some of the things kids like best--toys. Miniature railways, tiny steam engines, books, mini- kitchens, wooden games, and more, some dating back even to the 18th century, will have your entire family interested and having fun. The displays are fascinating, giving you a glimpse into what childhood was like throughout a few centuries. The doll section is especially intriguing, with dolls displaying the elaborate fashions of each time period. Admission to the Toy Museum is free, and it is closed only on Sunday.

Zoological Garden

Almost every kid loves animals, so why not take your family to the zoo for the day? The Zurich Zoo is lush and compact, with an 11.000 square meter rainforest, a Madagascar pavilion, an elephant house, and a bear house, among others. There's also a huge playground with picnic tables, as well as picnic areas near the bear house and the tiger house. An adult ticket costs 22 SFR, young people from ages 16 to 25 pay 16 SFR, and children between 6 and 16 pay 11 SFR.

Alpamare

The Alpamare Water Park, only a 25 minute trip from Zurich, is actually the largest covered water park in all of Europe. Both kids and adults can thoroughly enjoy all of the baths, slides, and sunbathing areas available in the park. Some features include a large wave pool and a winding river with waterfalls called Rio Mare. For relaxation you can soak in the Iodine Brine Bath or rest in the Alpa Terme. For more of an adrenaline rush, race down one or all of the 10 huge water slides with names like the Tornado, the Ice Xpress, and Thriller. After a long day in the water, you can also enjoy the on-site restaurant. The entire park has spectacular view of Lake Zurich and the Alps. Adult entry costs 39 SFR on weekdays, and a child's ticket costs 31.50 SFR. These fees include 4 hours of access to the park.

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November 01, 2009 new by nicole mesaros

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