10 Thrills and Chills for Kids in Switzerland

My kid will endure a little sightseeing, but are much happier outdoors, especially when we mix in some thrills or chills as a reward for patience and/or a little hard work on the trail. Here are some of our favorites…

1. Ride Up the Steepest Funicular in Europe at Gelmersee

The first time we rode up this funicular we sat in the front row. When we reached the 106% gradient, it was so steep that I thought that my backpack and my three old might flop right out and bounce their way to the bottom. I guess they know what they’re doing because we’ve gone back many times since without incident. You’ll have to click thru to see what amazing things you’ll see at the top. >>> Read more…

2. Cross a Swinging Suspension Bridge at Trift

After a tough climb on lots of switchbacks, we were all a little weasy as we bounced our way across this suspension bridge overlooking the Trift glacier. But what a view! >>> Read more…

3. Race at High Speed on the Pradischer Alpine Coaster

This thrill ride terrified me but my seven year old loved it. This alpine coaster is over 3km long with 31 curves, optionally reaching speeds up to 40km/hr on the straights, the whole ride lasting about 7 minutes. Read more…

4. Free Fall at Flumserberg Cliimber Ropes Course

After my seven year old mastered the mini ropes course for little kids, he wanted to try something bigger. After I nudged him off this free fall platform, I realized that perhaps I should have gone first. What a brave boy! >>> Read more…

5. Sled Down a Whole Mountain at Elm

Long crazy sled runs are a beloved Swiss pasttime and the 4km run at Elm is one of our favorites. Wild packs of kids speed down on anything from plastic disks to streamlined sled racers, bumping into each other as they navigate the tight turns. It’s super fun, but also fast and curvy so be careful. I wouldn’t take a kid under 3 years old but I have seen both babies and dogs riding along. >>> Read more…

6. Peer Over Cliffs at Creux-du-Van

We loved this beautiful cliff formation in the northwest Switzerland, but standing near the edge gave me vertigo. Happily, there’s a long wall at the top, so I could snap pics in the danger zone, while the kids ran around behind the wall without fear of falling off. >>> Read more…

7. Speed Down a Mountain on a Trotti Scooter

Lots of mountains rent scooters, aka “Trottinet,” to ride down the mountain. We’ve enjoyed the ones at Elm, Hoher Kasten and Reichenbach falls. Our littlest rides tandem his dad and laughs all the way down, getting bugs in his teeth. >>> Read more…

8. Stand in the Center of Rhein Falls

These falls are the largest in Europe in terms of volume and you really feel it as that little boat wobbles right next to them and drops you off into the center. My littlest wasn’t sure he wanted to go to the top, but after some convincing, he just held my hand tight and marched up those slippery steps like a champ. >>> Read more…

9. Jump in 16C pool or Stand Under Icy Waterfall at Sole Uno Thermal Baths


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Thermal baths might not seem like the first choice for kids, but my kids love them. Most of the pools are super warm and lots of bubbles and massage jets, which the kids enjoy. But their favorite thing is to jump back and forth between the hot and cold pools and see who can stay in the cold the longest. They also love warming up in the vanilla scented steam rooms, then cooling off under the icy waterfalls. >>> Read more…

10. Get Lost in the Mirror Maze at Glasi Hergiswil

After touring the glass factory, my kids were ready for a challenge. They rather cocky before entering this mirror maze but pretty quickly, they were totally disoriented and a little freaked out by the light show and spooky music. Of course, after we finally made it out, they chanted “Again, again, again!” >>> Read more…

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