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:||Ellsworthweg, Lenzburg, Canton Aargau, Switzerland|
|Car:||~30 mins from Zurich|
|Train:||~40 mins from Zurich|
|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. The bus stop is a short walk from the museum.
kids can pretend to drive a Zurich tram
As of this post, it costs 27sfr for adults, 14sfr for 6-16, free under 6! There is a self-service cafeteria with the usual fare (though I thought the hot veggie dishes were pretty good for a change). High-chairs available. Tap water available in pitchers near the cash register – yay! 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. 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.
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