Mooraculum: Alpine Playground & Theme Trail

We were so excited to find another great alpine playground and theme trail, this time in Sörenberg, a mountain resort nestled in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch, a protected nature reserve. The giant playground is lots of fun but also designed to educate kids about the moor, another quickly disappearing element of nature due to our changing climate. There’s water play, swings, slides, climbing stuff, obstacle courses, games, etc. There’s also a little scavenger hunt where you can win a prize. If that’s not enough, you can do the little 1.4 km loop theme trail, with 18 posts along the trail, with fun activities about the moor for the kids. Plus, it’s super affordable, only CHF 10 for an adult return with half-fare, kids free with junior cards. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to find this place. We’re definitely coming back soon and bringing friends.

Location:   Entlebuch Luzern, Central Switzerland
Address: Gondelbahn Rossweid, Hinter-Schöniseistrasse 2, 6174 Flühli
GPS: 46°49’15.3″N 8°02’03.2″E
Car: 1hr35 from Zurich
Train: 1hr55 from Zurich, Adult return half-fare CHF 46.60
   
Trail: 1.4 km loop, about 1 hour
Condition: gravel, obstacle-free, suitable for all-terrain strollers
Skill: easy
Services: huge playground, water play, theme trail, fire pits, restaurant
Cost: Return adult CHF 20, child CHF 10, under 6 free.
SBB Half-fare and Junior cards accepted.
Open: middle May through October
More info: soerenberg.ch

Overview

Mooraculum is a children’s play area at the Sörenberg mountain resort in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch area southwest of Luzern. At the top of the Rossweid cable car, you’ll find this giant playground with educational signboards about the moor. There is a scavenger hunt in the playground, where you can win a prize. There is also a short theme trail (1.4 km loop) with 18 stations along the way. There is a restaurant next to the playground and several picnic areas with fire pits (wood available for purchase). There is so much to do you should come early and plan to stay the whole day.

 

Getting There

By car: Drive to Flühli then follow signs to Gondelbahn Rossweid, which is right off the main road in the center of the Sörenberg village.

Tip: My GPS told me to drive south to Sarnen, then drive over the pass north to Sörenberg on winding one lane road. It was a tiny bit faster and very beautiful, but more difficult driving than driving through Wolhusen to the north, then south into the Entlebuch valley.

By train: Take a train to Luzern, then a train to Schüpfheim, then a bus to Sörenberg, Post. Cross the street and walk about 100m to the Rossweid cable car station.

Tickets & Opening Times

You can access the Mooraculum play area with the Sörenberg-Rossweid cable car. In 2017, an adult return cost CHF 20, child CHF 10, under 6 free. SBB Half-fare and Junior cards accepted. You can save by walking up and/or down the mountain instead of riding the cable car. Get current info the Gondelbahn Rossweid.

Moor Water Park

The main attraction is the enormous playground at the top of the Rossweid cable car. Here is a map of the playground.

Our kids love the obstacle courses and did lots of races.

Traditional play equipment like slides and swings as well as more creative elements.

There’s lot of water, so bring swimsuits and/or extra clothes to change into. I recommend bringing water shoes as well to protect their feet. Barefoot wasn’t so great because of all the gravel and wood chips on other parts of the playground.

The raft was very popular and kids were fighting a bit over it. Our kids were allowed to push but weren’t able to score a spot on the raft.

 

Lots of very well done educational signboards, in German and English, mixed in the playground. If your kids will listen to you, it’s nice to spend time reading the boards and doing the little games and quizzes together.

Each play area has an educational signboard about the moor and how this play area relates to the moor. 

Lots to climb on as well as semi-educational games.

Don’t miss the play area in the forest. It’s a bit hidden behind the trees, but there’s lots to do over there, including this balance path.

And this tree hut.

Forscherpass, aka Scavenger Hunt

They also offer a little scavenger hunt throughout the playground. Grab this “Forscherpass” from the cashier or the brochure display in the cable car station.

It has 13 items, each pictured twice on the card. You have to find that picture somewhere in the playground, then fold over the one with correct colored frame. For example, the trash bag symbol below has a green frame, so fold down the green one on the card, not the orange one.

Some of the pictures are hard to find. Many of the signboards have a “Research task” section, as shown above, which gives a clue where to find the picture. For many of them, you can find it very close to the signboard. 

Each tab on the card has a letter on it. So when you have folded over all the correct pictures, the letters spell out a word that you write on your answer sheet. Then you turn the card back into the cashier to enter to win a prize.

At first our group wasn’t interested at all because they were having so much on the playground. But in the afternoon, they were totally obsessed with finding every picture, some of which were very cleverly hidden.

More info about the Forscherpass on their website.

Sundew Theme Trail

This 1.4 km theme trail is a loop that starts and ends at the Moor water park. It’s easy walking; we had a 2.5 year old with us who walked the whole way. The trail is smooth gravel, suitable for strollers with all-terrain tires.

There are 18 educational signboards along the trail, most which have fun interactive elements for the kids. Below is a map of the trail, showing where the posts are. 

The trail starts at this circle signboard next to the playground.

This station had a “bare hand” exhibit, where you close your eyes and feel your way along the railing, trying to guess what you are feeling. Very creative!

With these giant ears, listen to forest sounds or your friends whispering.

Mini barefoot trail.

I don’t know what these are but they were fun to climb on. We used them to massage our backs.

Peer in the little peepholes to see special elements of the moor.

If you turn this prism just right, you can shine a rainbow on your feet.

View along the trail.

One station had a quiz about squirrels, wolves or lynx scattered around on various trees. If you answer the questions correctly, it should lead you to one of three treasure chests, which had a hand stamp. The questions were interesting, but we had a hard time finding the next question on the quiz path. So our kids just looked at questions randomly and searched the forest for the treasure chests.

Some of the stations that required electricity weren’t working properly. I hope that is just because it’s still early in the season. For example, the station on the left below was supposed to buzz if you touched the sides while navigating your stick through the moor path. But no buzzing for us that day. On the right below, you can touch, smell, see, and hear things from the moor, but the sound element wasn’t working.

The trail ends back at the playground, so leave time to play some more before heading back down the mountain. Check the cable car schedule beforehand so you don’t miss the last chair down, usually around 17:00.

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Big playground in the Swiss alps, with lots of interactive play stations educating children about nature, particularly the endangered moor. There's water play, swings, slides, climbing stuff, obstacle courses, games, and a little scavenger hunt. There's even a short theme trail, with 18 stations. Great day out for the family.

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  1. We just went and it is great for kids…especially ages 1 yo until I would say 10 yo. My oldest is 7.5 so I can’t really say with any real expertise that it wouldn’t be fun after age 10…I had fun doing the obstacle course. Most kids seemed to be under 10. I have to say Thank You for the “bring extra clothes” suggestion! It was chilly and I grabbed an extra jacket for everyone. But as we we were waiting in line for the tickets I was reading your post and decided to run to the car and grab our kids wetsuits (long story why I had them with me). Well thank goodness because my daughter fell in the little “pond,” within a minute of being there. She wasn’t even on the raft yet…just standing waiting and plop. She hates having wet clothes – would prefer no clothes. I threw on her wetsuit, dried her clothes in the bathroom and she was happy to go about the afternoon looking like a lost surfer chick – hanging out in the mountains. Phew drama avoided. A few tips for fall visitors. Many kids had on tall rain boots and wet weather gear, allowing the kids to just walk in the water. They also have Trotti Scooters that looked very shiny and new. We took it easy today, enjoyed the alphorn musicians, rosemary french fries and a few refreshing Rivellas.

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