10 Wildflower and Waterfalls Walks for Kids in Switzerland

Spring is waterfall season and time to enjoy walks with wildflowers at lower elevations, while you wait for the snow to melt on the mountain trails. Here are a few of our favorites in Switzerland:

1. Giessbach Waterfalls

The spectacular Giessbach Falls near Interlaken are a long series of falls that lead all the way down to the lake. It’s fun just getting there, first taking a ferry across the lake, then a short funicular up to a lookout over the main part of the falls. You can optionally hike up the falls as far as your little ones’ legs will carry them, with some sections taking you underneath the falls. Then back to the restaurant for a delicious meal with a view. There’s also a playground and a grassy area where the kids can run around. Read more…

2. Felsenegg-Buchenegg Loop

Only 15 minutes from Zurich, Felsenegg is a fun pseudo “mountain” outing, complete with a cable car and view of the alps in the distance. There’s an easy, stroller-friendly ridge trail at the top and a restaurant with a playground and a great view of Zurich lake. I’ve been here many times, particularly during the spring, fall, and winter when regular mountain trails aren’t open. We love it the most when the yellow flowers are out in May. Read more…

3. Mainau Flower Island

I admit, these flowers aren’t wild, but they are beautiful. Mainau Island is an enormous park, just over the border on the Bodensee, with pretty gardens and peaceful walking paths, generally a nice way to spend a sunny spring day. There are stroller-friendly paths through thousands of flowers in all sorts of configurations. Kids love the huge playground, with lots of swings, slides, climbing structures and water play. The butterfly house is real treat, with hundreds of butterflies flying overhead. There are pony rides, animals to pet and feed, model trains, and amusing sculptures made of flowers. For tulips, it’s best to visit mid-April to early May. Read more…

4. Walensee Waterfalls

After a short ferry ride across the lovely Walensee, it’s a beautiful walk through grassy fields and past farms to reach the Seerenbachfälle, the tallest freefall waterfall in Switzerland. The path to the waterfall overlook is a bit uphill, but not difficult and happily stroller-friendly. The surrounding views are so typically Swiss, green and manicured. Back at the lake, there is a restaurant with a small playground and lots of room to run around. There are also a few rocky “beaches” where the kids can splash around a bit, throw rocks and even swim. It’s one of our favorite spring outings. Read more…

5. Areuse Gorge

This walk through the Areuse gorge takes you through forests and meadows along the river, with several narrow sections with dramatic cliff walls and waterfalls. It’s a long hike (11km), but mostly downhill and not difficult. We saw many families with toddlers walking on their own. It’s lovely in spring but we heard it also was a great spot for fall colors, so maybe we’ll come back in October. Read more…

6. Pigniu Lake and Waterfalls

Every spring we head out to Pigniu, a bit west of Flims/Laax, to see the yellow flowers and rushing waterfalls. There’s a loop trail around the lake, leading you to a great picnic area and two huge dramatic waterfalls on the far side of the lake. Our kids love running around on the exposed lake bed as the water level is always low in spring before the rivers fill it back up again. Read more…

7. Weisstannen Valley Waterfalls

The Weisstannen valley is full of lush green meadows, a roaring river cutting through the center, and waterfalls spilling from the mountains and cliffs on either side. Although there are many hiking options in the area, we simply drove right up to the Mattbach falls and had a picnic with a view. This spot has a lot of advantages: it’s accessible in April and May before most cable cars are open for the summer season, it doesn’t require a hike which appeals to those with mobility concerns, and it’s free, perfect for those who already spent their whole budget on more famous destinations like Jungfraujoch or Zermatt. Read more…

8. Seleger Moor Flower Park

Seleger Moor near Zurich is another flower park, this one focusing on rhododendrons and azaleas, which bloom a bit later than daffodils and tulips. There are lots of little stroller-friendly paths wandering through large flower bushes. My kids enjoyed looking for frogs in the lilypad ponds. There is a family picnic and grill area with tables, so you can bring your lunch or get a snack from the small cafe.  Read more…

9. Grindelwald Glacier Gorge

This narrow glacier ravine has a small river running through it and a narrow walkway built along the cliffs so you can explore without getting wet. For a small fee, you can walk through the ravine on the elevated walkway that is suitable for children, but no strollers as it’s too narrow and has some stairs. It’s a very beautiful and a nice break from the heat and sun if you need it. Read more…

10. Le Saut du Doubs Waterfall

This pretty river leads to Le Saut du Doubs waterfall on the northwest border of France and Switzerland. We walked a nice forested trail about an hour along the river to reach the waterfall, had a tasty lunch at a cafe on the French side, and rode the ferry boat back to our car. This is good option when the clouds have engulfed higher elevations or summer hiking season in the alps hasn’t started yet. Read more…

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