Rich in child-friendly distractions, Central Switzerland’s compact size and stunning scenery both come into play for parents looking to engage and entertain their families.
Starting in Lucerne, this ideal distraction for big and small kids alike is Verkehrshaus. This is Switzerland’s most popular museum and conveniently located a short trip from the city center on the city’s famous lake.
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History buffs and those into large-scale artworks will swoon before the revolving Bourbaki Panorama. The soul-stirring Lion Monument is always popular, even if nearby kitsch-verging-on-overpriced Gletschergarten is less so.
Kids will always agree that the best museum-visit fuel is chocolate. The centrally located Max Chocolatier stocks some of the most original and beautiful chocolate in the country.
In the warmer months, Strandbad Lido is excellent for lakeside splashing and has numerous child-specific facilities. Come sunset, a stroll along the city’s medieval ramparts offers evocative views of the lake and city center.
Away from the city center, Lake Lucerne’s Mt Pilatus has some great activities for adventure-ready youngsters. Also, check out Seilpark and toboggan run.
Stanserhorn CabriO, the world’s first revolving cable car ride, takes open-mouthed visitors to a height of 1900m in a nearly all-transparent double-decker open-air gondola.
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