Family fun in Switzerland? You’ve come to the right place. Start with our Swiss Winter posts, read our detailed family guide to skiing in Switzerland, or research for your summer vacation with our Swiss Summer posts.

How to #GetOutsideMore in Winter

Outside time is important for both your physical and mental health. But if you or your kids despise the cold and aren’t doing winter sports, it can be difficult to get outside in winter. Don’t despair! We have lots of ideas on how to help your family #GetOutside more this winter even if you aren’t skiing.

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Swiss Ski School – What to Expect

If you or your family don’t ski, or don’t ski well, don’t worry. Every Swiss resort, large and small, offers ski lessons for all ages, many with English-speaking instructors. Here is a explanation of how ski school works in Switzerland and tips for success based on our experience teaching two kids to ski and snowboard for the past eight years.

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How to #GetOutsideMore in Winter

Outside time is important for both your physical and mental health. But if you or your kids despise the cold and aren’t doing winter sports, it can be difficult to get outside in winter. Don’t despair! We have lots of ideas on how to help your family #GetOutside more this winter even if you aren’t skiing.

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Swiss Alps in November

Swiss Alps in November

Although hiking season ends in mid October, some Swiss mountains are open year round. So even in November, you can still enjoy classic Swiss alpine views and even hike if the weather cooperates. Here are our top picks for families during the shoulder season.

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Easy Nature Walks near Zurich

Living in Zurich, it’s easy to escape the city. The whole Zurich region is filled with forests, rivers, lakes, and parks, with dozens of nature walks for all abilities. Here are a few of our favorite nature walks near Zurich, most not more than a 30 min drive or train ride from the city.

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10 Swiss Glaciers to Show Your Kids

Switzerland makes it so easy to visit many of its spectacular glaciers, a disappearing national treasure. Here are several Swiss glaciers we have visited with our kids, most easy to access with mountain transport and short hikes.

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Family Guide to Zermatt Switzerland

Before we visited Zermatt, I was overwhelmed by all the options, not sure what the best excursions would be for our little hikers. But after two trips there, we have some clear family favorites. Here’s an overview of the Zermatt area and our favorite hikes for families.

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Engadin Switzerland: Family Activities and Hikes

In 2012, we spent a week in the Engadin, the southeastern part of Switzerland. We loved the region and hope to go back and explore it more. While the language, architecture, and landscape differ from other parts of Switzerland, the trails were still well marked, many designed for families, making us feel right at home. Here are our favorite activities for families in the Engadin.

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Best Hikes from Zurich by Train

If you don’t have a car, you can still easily reach many wonderful hikes thanks to the amazing Swiss public transportation. Here’s a list of family hikes that are easy to reach by train and bus from the Zurich main station, with estimated times and cost.

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5 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids about eRecycling in Switzerland

Our love of the outdoors definitely keeps us thinking about how we can help protect and preserve this beautiful world we enjoy with our family. Since modern kids use so many electronic gadgets and toys, it’s important for them to understand both why and how to recycle this eWaste, which contains lots of poisonous materials that need to be disposed of properly and precious metals that can be reused. Here are a few fun ways to do this, particularly in Switzerland.

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Rainy Day Activities for Zürich Kids

Rainy Day Ideas for Zurich Kids

Yes, it rains a lot in Zurich. But don’t despair: there’s lots of family fun to be had indoors! After a decade of long cold winters here, I have lots of ideas to add a little variety to your rainy day routine. Here are our favorite indoor activities in Switzerland for kids.

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Boulder Climbing Gym in Zurich – Minimum

If your kids love climbing, the boulder climbing gym at Minimum is a good choice to practice their skills. They have dozens of climbing routes with a variety of difficulties, but none that require ropes and harnesses. Another great option for families on a rainy day in Zurich.

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Winterthur Skills Park

Any freestyle fan will love this enormous warehouse filled with dozens of trampolines, a street skate course, pumptracks, parcour obstacles, bowl park, big air jumps, and a Ninja warrior style obstacle course. Great for keeping active on cold rainy days.

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