As an easily navigable destination that is also by far one of the cleanest and safest countries in the world, Switzerland gives you much-needed peace of mind when you travel there on a family holiday. Add in the simply unbeatable views and the array of activities available to keep both young and old entertained and you know you’ve got the makings of a great trip!
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Embrace these top family experiences Switzerland has to offer that’ll be difficult to find elsewhere in the world. You’ll be able to get a deeper insight into Switzerland’s culture and landmarks all whilst having a ball of a time with your loved ones!
Go llama trekking
If you have a soft spot for adorable llamas, this activity is perfect for you. Your children will be able to ride atop the fluffy animals whilst you lead your own llamas and hike your way through meadows and pastures in the picture-perfect landscape. You’ll not only get to bond with your llama but will also get to learn about the different indigenous plants and animals living in the area. The sturdy llamas will help you transport your luggage so you can even opt to stay overnight at a farm and spend more time with the animals at the end of your trek.
Summit the highest railway station in Europe
Feel on top of the world when you board the Jungfrau Railway on an exciting journey to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station. Upon arrival, venture into a pristine ice palace filled with mesmerising sculptures carved out of ice and embark on a 45-minute trail that will lead you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jungfrau-Aletsch. Then, take a lift to an observatory where you’ll be able to gaze at the mysterious Sphinx rock formation. The journey to Jungfraujoch is recommended for older children as the atmosphere can get pretty chilly!
Experience Swiss rural life
Transport back to the past when you visit Switzerland’s only open-air museum, Ballenberg. The attraction not only offers rare insight into how life in the country was like in the past but also gives city-dwellers the chance to experience an authentic rural lifestyle. Wander amongst over a 100 reconstructed 14th- to 19th-century buildings that vary from Wooden Alpine huts to farmsteads and learn skills such as bread baking, basket weaving and pottery from craftsmen dressed in period costumes. A buggy led by horses will be your mode of transport around the sprawling premises, which are also home to over 250 native farm animals including geese, rabbits and sheep; your young ones will surely delight at interacting with these tame animals at the petting farm!
Play the traditional Alphorn
Known as a legendary Swiss instrument, the remarkable Alphorn startles everyone who lays eyes on it for the first time. Historically used by mountaineers as signal instruments, the meters-long wooden horns can be tricky to grasp at first try. Thankfully, professionals will be on hand to guide you on how to produce sounds and melodies when you attend a personal coaching session. Who knows, you may even succeed in playing a simple song by the end of your class.
Delight the family with a chocolate-making class! Photo by Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland.
Learn how to make Swiss chocolate
A visit to Switzerland wouldn’t be complete without a taste of Swiss chocolate, widely regarded as some of the smoothest cacao delights in the world. Embrace your love for the sweet confectionery and take the fun factor up a notch when you sign your family up for a Swiss chocolate-making workshop. Your class begins with an all-you-can-eat tasting session of a variety of chocolate and once you’ve had your fill, you’ll then move on to learn how to temper the chocolate properly and decorate your creation as you wish. A tasty and memorable souvenir? Sounds just like our cup of tea!