Experience the interesting animal world of Switzerland this season by train. Together with animal researcher Lix, children can look out for animals on the Brünig route and learn a lot about the local animal world. Along the route there are also some wooden animals to look for. If you prefer to go on safari on foot, you won't miss out here either. Between Brünig-Hasliberg station and Lungern station you can also track down animals. On the approximately 1.5-hour hiking trail, which is also easily accessible with a pram, there is also a restaurant with a playground for the children.
Getting off: Lucerne, then on with the Lucerne-Interlaken Express
Further information can be found here: www.zentralbahn.ch
Abbey precinct and St. Gallen Abbey
Visit the oldest library in Switzerland and one of the largest monastery libraries in the world. The St.Gallen Abbey Precinct is in the monastery district right next to the famous cathedral of St.Gallen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes significant treasures of the canton and the church. The library was built in 1767 and is unique with its baroque hall. Discover fourteen centuries of history in one of the oldest existing libraries in the world.
Alighting point: St. Gallen, 10-minute walk to the monastery district
More information you find here: www.st.gallen.bodensee.ch/en
Drei Weieren St.Gallen
You will find plenty of relaxation and nature around what are locally known as the «three ponds» above St.Gallen. A total of five man-made lakes are the perfect place for bathing in the summer and occasionaly ice-skating in the winter. Take a walk and enjoy nature with a view of the town of St.Gallen and event to Lake Constance.
Alighting point: St. Gallen, Mühleggbahn funicular to St.Georgen, or bus to St.Georgen, getting off at St.Gallen, Mühlegg
More information you find here: www.st.gallen-bodensee.ch
Castle of Rapperswil
Rapperswil Castle is the landmark of the picturesque “City of Roses”, which lies on the shores of Lake Zurich. The castle, which was built towards the end of the 12th century and subsequently renovated on a number of occasions, can be seen from far away. It towers high above the town, perched atop a long rocky hill called the Lindenhof, which extends through Rapperswil. The southern flank of the hill is known as the Schlossberg. This area is home to the oldest vineyard on Lake Zurich, which cultivates wonderful Blauburgunder (Pinot Noir) grapes.
Alighting point: Rapperswil, 10-minute walk to the Castle
More information you find here: www.schlossrapperswil.com
Discover the colourful world of Baroque and gain an unforgettable insight into the history, the life and the spirituality of the monks of Einsiedeln. For over one thousand years, the abbey has been a meeting place as well as a centre of culture and education. Today, there are still around 50 monks living there. Take a guided tour around the abbey and find out lots of background information on the abbey and its monks.
Alighting point: Biberbrugg, S13 to Einsiedeln, getting off at Einsiedeln, 10-minute walk to the abbey
More information you find here: www.kloster-einsiedeln.ch
Nature Park and zoo Arth-Goldau
Today around 100 species of wild and non-domesticated animals live in the area of the landslide, in the 34-hectare Goldau Nature Park and Zoo. The zoo has various species of deer and moufflon sheep in a large free-range area, and wolves, lynxes, wild boar and wild cats in large enclosures. Rare animals, such as the Syrian brown bear, the European bison or birds such as the hermit ibis and the bearded vulture are merrily multiplying in the zoo's Conservation Breeding Programs. Guided tours, exhibitions and workshops impart knowledge about the animals and their habitats.
Alighting point: Arth-Goldau, 10-minute walk to the Nature Park and Zoo
More information you find here: www.tierpark.ch
Europe’s first mountain railway has been running from Vitznau up to the Rigi since 1871. Locomotives and carriages from the early years have been carefully and professionally restored. Gleaming metal, the smell of the coal fire, the hissing of the steam, flying sparks and the smooth running of the powerful mechanics captivate the steam train’s passengers. You, too, can experience how the first passengers travelled by train to the Queen of the Mountains. Huffing and puffing all the way up to the summit, the old locomotive will make sure you reach the top. Once there, a majestic panorama awaits.
Alighting point: Küssnacht am Rigi, cogwheel railway Vitznau to Rigi Kulm
More information about you find here: www.rigi.ch/en
The Swiss Museum of Transport
The Swiss Museum of Transport is an exciting and interest-packed place of discovery – full of original contemporary witnesses to transport history. The Swiss Museum of Transport features interactive and varied displays with which to show the development of transport and mobility and how communication systems operate. Attractions found nowhere else in Switzerland such as the Filmtheatre, Planetarium and Swissarena, as well as the Hans Erni Museum and many other features turn a visit into an experience. The Swiss Museum of Transport also incorporates a state-of-the-art congress centre and offers a wide range of refreshments to cater for hungry visitors and guests.
Alighting point: Lucerne, Swiss Museum of Transport, 3-minute walk to the swiss Museum of Transport.
More information you find here: www.verkehrshaus.ch/en
Enjoy a fantastic view of the Swiss mountains, Lake Lucerne and the city of the same name in the fully glazed panorama gallery on Mount Pilatus. You can reach the summit of Mount Pilatus by cogwheel railway which, with its maximum gradient of 48%, is the steepest cogwheel railway in the world. For all action lovers, Mount Pilatus also offers a rope park with various levels of difficulty and a toboggan run. Hikers will love discovering the Flower Trail, the Dragon Trail and the Scavenger Hunt on this mountain near Lucerne.
Alighting point: Lucerne, bus to Kriens getting off at Kriens, Pilatus Centre, walk to Kriens valley station
More information you find here: www.pilatus.ch/en
The famous Chapel Bridge is Lucerne's major landmark and one of Europe's oldest wooden bridges. It crosses the Reuss which separates the old town from the new town. The Water Tower is right next to the bridge and is said to be the most frequently photographed landmark in Switzerland. The octagonal tower is 34.5 metres high from its base to its tip. Discover a variety of tourist attractions in Lucerne's old town!
Alighting point: Lucerne, 5-minute walk to Chapel Bridge
More information you find here: www.luzern.com/en
Lion Monument and Glacier Garden
The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, is a sculpture in Lucerne. The Monument was bild in 1821. It commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. It is the mostly visited monument in the city of Lucerne. Beside the lion’s monument there ist he Glacier Garden. In this small park you can enjoy a playful and informativ excursion.
Alighting Point Lucerne, 10-minute walk to the Lion Monument and the Glacier Garden
More information you find here: www.gletschergarten.ch/en
In the Swissminiature Park in the south of Switzerland, the whole Switzerland can be admired in a tiny version on around 14000 square meters. Not only the important and beautiful buildings of our country, but also means of transportation, mountains and other sights were rebuilt in a scale of 1:25.
The park is located in Melide, next to the Lake Lugano, surrounded by Ticino mountains.
In addition to a playground for children, the park also offers catering facilities.
More information you find here: www.swissminiatur.ch