Around Lake Zurich
Excursions for Families
Those who want to get out of the city but still want to have fun do not need to travel far: the region around Lake Zurich offers countless possibilities for families with children.

Family Excursions Around Lake Zurich

Out of the City and Into the Fun

In the city of Zurich, families can find a huge choice of leisure activities. Top attractions include Zurich Zoo, fascinating exhibitions designed especially for children, and superb bathing facilities right in the middle of the bustling city life.  

However, families, in particular, are recommended to take a trip beyond the city confines to the region around Lake Zurich: thanks to the “RappiTrail” a guided tour through the picturesque village of Rapperswil is transformed into a treasure hunt, at Knie’s Children's Zoo visitors can get up close to exotic animals, and at the Bächlihof farm in Jona younger guests can stroke goats surrounded by verdant fruit orchards or storm a castle made from hay bales.

Those who still have some surplus energy after a leisurely stroll on the tiny island of Lützelau or a visit to the Dinosaur Museum can let off steam at Alpamare water park. People of all ages are guaranteed to have fun on the 11 waterslides, in the wave pool or in any of the various thermal pools.

Anyone wishing to enjoy the tranquility of nature can take a walk along the lake or go on an excursion to a nature reserve, such as the Aabach valley or the Kaltbrunner Riet. There are also various BBQ or picnic sites in idyllic locations in the woods or by the lake, which are perfect for relaxing surrounded by nature.

There are two islands in Lake Zurich not far from Rapperswil-Jona. The smaller one is Lützelau Island

A relaxed ride on Lake Zurich is part of a visit to Zurich

This digital scavenger hunt through Rapperswil-Jona is great fun for people of all ages. ...

Parks & Gardens
The Kaltbrunner Riet is a marshland area of international significance. ...

Inline Skating
Even hilly Switzerland offers flat areas for inline skaters, such as on the Linth Plateau

Science & Technology
The Aathal Dinosaur Museum features a spectacular dinosaur exhibition with original skeletons from the Jurassic period

Eleven adrenaline-charging water slides ensure ultimate fun in the largest water park

Pfäffikon, SZ
Zoos & Animals
Knie’s Children's Zoo belongs to Switzerland’s tradition-steeped Knie Circus, and is a popular meeting place for animal lovers of all ages. ...

Zoos & Animals
Wolfs etc. – Explore the wild animals of Switzerland at the Langenberg wildlife park, west of Lake Zurich

Langnau am Albis
Zoos & Animals
There is plenty to explore and experience outside the city, too: the Bächlihof offers a great day out for families.

The monastery island Ufenau is the larger of the two islands on Upper Lake Zurich.

Various footpaths lead around Lake Zurich that enable you to complete a circuit of the lake

In addition to Lake Zurich, there are many other lakes in the region for swimming, fishing or surfing

The Aabachtal valley is a nature paradise close to Lake Zurich and offers plenty of recreation opportunities for city residents.

Vantage PointsWalksHikesMountains
Breathtaking views, countless footpaths and an excursion restaurant attract people to the Felsenegg. ...

Zoos & Animals
Uznach is home to a colony of around 30 storks ...

WalksHikesSummer TobogganingMountains
An excursion to the Goldinger valley in the Zurich Oberland region is well worthwhile for sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and bon vivants.

WalksHikesBike ToursMountain BikingSummer TobogganingMountains
The Atzmännig is a leisure paradise and popular excursion for families with children

Science & Technology
The tunnel train takes visitors through the disused mine with an 80km (49.7 miles) long tunnel ...

The Ritterhaus is regarded as the best-preserved Commandery of the Order of St. John in Europe.

Mountain fans and nature lovers will find plenty to amuse them with hiking and mountain biking on the Hoch-Ybrig

Oberiberg, SZ
One of the most attractive ski areas in Switzerland lies not far from Einsiedeln.

Alpthal SZ
The fantastic hike across the Pfannenstiel ridge offers the best views of Lake Zurich.

Get your kicks in the lofty heights of the Atzmännig Rope Adventure Park.

Science & Technology
Play and discover science in an exciting indoor space covering more than 7000 yd2.