There are several indoor water parks in Switzerland that have action adventure water slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers. Some are connected to spas and thermal baths. Here are our favorites.
Säntispark | Wiesenbachstrasse 9, 9030 Abtwil SG
Säntispark is a large amusement center near St. Gallen with a fantastic indoor water park. The main attraction is the Wildwassercanyon (shown above), which is a long water slide with a huge volume of water rushing through it so it feels like going down a river. Super fun! They also have a wave pool, regular water slides for both big and small, a heated outdoor relaxation pool with bubble jets, lazy river, and waterfalls. They’ve recently added a new wonderful toddler splash pool, with a tiny slide and sprays. Unlike other thermal baths, this Bäderwelt is completely designed for families, loud and fun. Read my detailed review…
(photo from Säntispark website)
Aquabasilea | Hardstrasse 57 Pratteln
Aquabasilea is a spa and indoor water park, with lots of waterslides surrounded by a relaxing oasis environment. There are several traditional waterslides, some with intertubes, at varying levels of excitement for all ages. There are no baby waterslides but young children can ride with adults on most of the slides. There are two “wild water canyons,” one inside, one outside, where a relatively flat slide whips you back and forth and spills you into various pools along the way, like rapids. There are a couple big heated pools with some bubble jets, where you’ll see adults relaxing. There are a couple sauna rooms part of the main “Wasserwelt” and also a separate “Saunawelt” for adults. On Wednesday afternoons, they have special extras for kids, like a hamster bubble, water bridge, and jumping boards. Family of 4, 4 hours: approx. 128CHF
Alpamare | Gwattstrasse 12 Pfäffikon SZ
Alpamare, about 20 mins from Zurich, is the most popular and most expensive of the indoor water parks. It’s better with older kids, as most of the slides are pretty scary and the wave pool and river are very powerful. It has its appeal, but it’s not our favorite. The attractions are crammed together in small spaces, accessed by narrow hallways. We felt quite claustrophobic. The wave pool was our favorite part, because the waves actually break and you can body surf, unlike other wave pools that just bounce you around. The river was so powerful and quite deep that I was worried that whole time that my kids would drown, even with arm floaties. At times I had a hard time holding on to my kids and standing upright. The river flows at different speeds at different times, so see what works for your kids. We liked the river rafting slides with innertubes and rode that the most. No picnics and no picnic area. The food was pretty dismal. The entrance price is very high, but you can get discount for buying online beforehand and you can often get coupons and discounts from Migros and other vendors. I went with a 2-for-1 coupon and still felt like I overpaid. Family pass (2 adults, 2 kids) for 4h 149CHF (online price).
Note: photos are not allowed inside these facilities so I have used promotional photos from the various websites as noted.