The Luzern Verkehrshaus, aka Transporation Museum, is a perennial favorite for young ones obsessed with things that go. It was like a dream-come true for my 5yr old and has continued to entertain as my kids have grown. The enormous complex has several indoor halls, each centering on a different mode of travel: trains, planes and space, cars, boats, etc. There are lots of kid-friendly hands-on interactive displays interspersed with the educational material. Outside, there is a supervised driving course for 3yrs+, lots of free scooters for anyone to use around the huge outside area, a construction zone play area, etc. (Please note that these outdoor activities may be closed during the off-season and inclement weather.) They also have a Planetarium and an IMAX theater (check the schedule before you go so you can catch the movie you want to see – the schedule rotates).
|Address:||Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern|
|Car:||45 mins from Zurich|
|Train:||1hr from Zurich HB to Verkehrshaus/Lido, Luzern
Adult half-fare return CHF 32.20
|Open:||April thru October, 10:00 to 17:00, closed Mondays|
|Price:||Museum only: Adult CHF 30, Child CHF 15, under 6 free.
Family discounts and combo packages for planetarium, movies and chocolate experience. Some attractions cost extra, some coin operated.
|Services:||cafe, picnic area outdoors, play area, stroller accessible|
The museum is located west of Luzern on the lake. Traffic can be very heavy during peak commute hours, so plan ahead. There is plenty metered parking near the museum. Parking is free for 5 hours if you drive past the metered parking to the big lot behind chains. Traffic through Luzern can be horrendous (just one lane back to the freeway) so be prepared. The bus stop is one block from the museum.
This museum is enormous, with multiple separate buildings housing different types of transportation. There is no ideal path for exploring the museum. Just pick the type of transportation you like best and go to that building first.
The whole museum is suitable for strollers, with elevators and ramps where necessary. On cold days, make sure to dress warmly because some buildings are cold since they are not completely closed to the outdoors and there is a big outdoor play area.
There are lockers near the ticket desk, so you can store jackets and picnic for later.
Picnics are allowed in the outdoor courtyard, no food inside the museum buildings. There is a self-service cafeteria with the usual fare. High-chairs available. Last time I went tap water available in pitchers near the cash register.
There are stairs but there are elevators everywhere so the whole place is stroller-friendly.
Don’t be put off by the crowds – the place can absorb an amazing amount of people. We went during one of the school holidays and despite the mad crush at the entrance, it felt quite empty in many parts of the museum.
Kids can sit in all sorts of vehicles and push buttons.
Kids can pretend to drive a Zurich tram
Play areas with toys appear in every hall
A play area in the cars section
Lots of stuff to climb on and touch throughout the museum
Lots life-sized vehicles are displayed in each exhibit, with some to sit in
There are tons of model and toy vehicles behind glass.
Part of a space station
Computer displays with buttons to push
Kids peer down to a movie about driving
More stuff behind glass – my boys poured over the details, comparing them to their toy pirate ships at home
Outdoor play area
There is a huge outdoor courtyards with activities for the kids, including a construction play area, lots of free scooters to use, a couple coin operated remote control games, sometimes trampolines that cost extra, and rotating exhibits that change every year.
My 2.5 yr old loves tractors and was so happy to sit in these and push buttons
Play construction zone – probably the most popular area of the museum
Supervised driving course – free, first-come first-served, run on a frequent schedule throughout the day
An enormous smooth riding surface for free scooters and bikes set out to use
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