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Swiss Urban Activities for the Family

Take your pick at the Basel Paper Mill

The Basel Paper Mill preserves historical techniques at an authentic site. Participants are shown these traditional techniques and given the opportunity to have a go at making paper and printing themselves.

Toboggan Run Gurten

A new summer attraction on Bern’s own mountain: A 500-metre summer tobogganing run is sure to be fun for all the family. Tight turns, straight runs at lightning speed and a tunnel offers thrills and butterflies in the stomach. An adrenaline ride not to be missed.

Take a ride on the Funiculaire Fribourg

The “Funi” (funicular railway), which overhangs the Old Town and the river Sarine, is a technical engineering marvel. This nostalgic railway has been running since 1899 – with no exhaust fumes, making it the last wastewater railway in Switzerland.The “Funi” has certainly earned its place on the list of cultural treasures of national importance.

Visit the International Red Cross Museum

Emotion, discovery, reflection. The Museum offers you a unique opportunity to explore the history of humanitarian action. An interactive chronology unfurls 150 years of history, alongside a focussed view that enables you to track Red Cross and Red Crescent operations around the globe.

The largest fresh water aquarium and vivarium in Europe

AQUATIS, in the centre of Lausanne, is dedicated to the world’s rivers and lakes and fauna within them. There are floors dedicated to Europe, Africa, Asia and the tropical regions of the Amazon. Live animals are displayed with a totally immersive and interactive scenography using innovative digital technologies.

Immerse yourself in country life at the Musegg Farm

On Hinter Musegg farm, visitors can get hands-on – helping with haymaking, fruit-picking, cider making or beer-brewing. Once the hard work is done, there’s an afternoon farmer’s snack to be had in the pub.

Swissminiatur: Switzerland in pocket size

Swissminiatur is Switzerland on a smaller scale. There are over 100 models of houses, castles and monuments throughout a 14,000 square metre park. The models have been recreated with great attention to detail and are surrounded by plants and flowers.

Out and about with a maidservant in St.Gallen

On this guided tour, you’ll be taken into St. Gallen’s past. Into the city of textiles and the day-to-day life of the simple folk who live there. You’ll completely forget all about the existence of the Internet!

Experience history at Thun Castle

The medieval castle above the town of Thun makes for a striking entrance to the Bernese Oberland region. Built at the end of the 12th century by the Dukes of Zähringen as a purely administrative castle, the five floors of the castle now house a historical museum highlighting the region’s history.

A visit with Charlie Chaplin

On the former country estate of the Chaplin family, “Manoir de Ban” in Corsier-sur-Vevey, a whole new world dedicated to the man with the bowler hat has been opened. The mansion and the 14-hectare park provide insight into everyday life of the Chaplins. In the newly built exhibition hall, the artistic creations of the director and actor are displayed with original film decors, a section room and a multi-media theater are the makings of a highly entertaining Charlie Chaplin experience.

Climb on Zug’s Clock Tower

This landmark of Zug towers above the other town towers. The lower part was constructed as a simple passageway through the town’s oldest circular wall. Hans Felder snr., a master builder from Bavaria, increased the tower height in 1478-1480. Of particular interest today is the astronomical clock. The four hands indicate the month, the phase of the moon, the day of the week, and the leap year.

Discover the Home of Chocolate

A tour of the Lindt Home of Chocolate includes a chocolate fountain over 9m tall and the biggest Lindt Chocolate Shop in the world, spread over 500m2. In the CHOCOLATERIA, you can create your very own masterpieces under the expert guidance of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers while learning all about the origin, history and manufacture of Lindt chocolate before visiting the first Lindt café in Switzerland.

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