Atzmännig is an outdoor amusement area, with a giant alpine slide, aka rodelbahn, as the main attraction. There are a variety of hikes in the hills, including a theme trail for children. In the play area, there are little cars to drive around, a big playground, trampolines, and various other little coin-operated rides for the kiddies. There’s no entrance fee, just bring lots of coins for the self-service rides. There are goats and rabbits for the kids to taunt and a variety of restaurants for lunch and drinks. There is also a great ropes course that includes a “Kinderparcour” course for children aged 4 to 8. We find ourselves at Atzmännig at least once year and enjoy ourselves immensely each time we go.
|Address:||Atzmännigstrasse, 8638 Goldingen SG-CH
GPS: 47°16’58.3″N 8°59’37.3″E
|Car:||~1hr from Zurich|
|Train:||~1hr20 from Zurich|
|Trails:||various, 45 mins and 3 hour options described below|
|Condition:||dirt paths, some not suitable for strollers|
|Price (2017):||chair lift for trails: Adult CHF 9.50, Child CHF 5.50|
|Open:||April through October|
At the base of Atzmännig, you’ll find a big playground next to the restaurant. Some of it is free to use, others are coin operated. There is a rodelbahn, which requires a chair lift to access. The ropes course is a short walk west of the main parking lot.
There are several trails in the area, most of which you can access with the chair lift. All trails shown on map and described on their website. We’ve done trail #5, which is very popular and very beautiful. Lots of pics from this trail as shown below. It has beautiful views of the valley and lovely sections in the forest, about 3 hours walking time. It’s not suitable for strollers.
My friends recommend trail #1, which includes some interactive elements for children, about 1 hour walking time.This trail is called “Spatz Männi Erblebnisweg” and follows “Frech Spatz” which means “Cheeky Bird.” It has 8 signposts along the trail as shown below. >>> More info about this trail.
Drive toward Goldingen and continue driving till you reach the Atzmännig resort. Drive through the lot to your right (away from the main resort) to a smaller dirt parking lot (less than one minute away), where you’ll find the ropes course and office.
Kids will run straight for the big playground next to the parking lot. The “Leisure Park” have a wide variety of attractions, detailed on their website. There’s plenty to do for free, but there are a lot of pay-to-play which was not my favorite as a parent.
The rodelbahn is fun but more expensive than most I’ve ridden. It costs CHF 9.50 for an adult and CHF 5.50 for a child, even if the child rides together with you on the sled.
My 3yr old loved the coin-op cars.
There is also an excellent ropes course in the adjacent forest. >>> Full details here.
In early October, we hiked trail #5 to Chrüzegg. It was a beautiful hike, but a little long for our 4 year old and tricky with a stroller. The trail was narrow, steep, lots of stairs, lots of turnstiles. But if you still have your child in a backpack, give it a try. The fall colors were amazing!
We grilled up our lunch near Chrüzegg. There are at least five grilling stations in the Atzmännig area, with wood provided.
Headed back down into the valley.