On the road with children: Tips for excursions in the Zug and Lucerne area

A guest article by Alexandra Sturm – Finding a few great and “famous” destinations for families in Central Switzerland is actually quite easy. There is so much to discover here! Beautiful playgrounds, great adventure farms, the Museum of Transport… And especially for older children, for example, the Pilatus offers lots of action.

Schluechthof adventure playground: The Schluechthof in Cham is clearly our favourite place to let off steam. There is a playground, lots of farm animals and a “riiiiiesen” tractor, as my little one likes to say. Getting him down there again is usually a thing of impossibility. You can feed yourself with homemade delicacies as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Further information here.

Playground Lorzenparadies: Only a stone’s throw away from our home, in Hagedorn, there is this playground for little robbers and daughters of robbers. There is a climbing landscape, a net swing, a crawling fish or two beaver figures connected with an invisible mouthpiece. In summer, older children and adults can refresh themselves wonderfully in the Lorze. Further information here.

Muri Moos: If our feet are tingling and we want to walk a short distance, we are drawn to Murimoos. Here you can not only shop in the organic shop, but also play in the playground, hike and even eat the fine sausages from our own butcher’s shop “brötle”. In Murimoos you can also marvel at smaller and larger animals. Further information here.

Zugerberg: In only 8 minutes you can reach the Zugerberg with the funicular, which might be the first attraction for the little ones. The adventure playground Schattwäldli is about 20 minutes away from the mountain station. It can easily be reached by baby carriage. There are shade areas and fireplaces for picnics. Older children can discover various native animals along the way on the sculpture path. More information here.

Lucerne area

Museum of Transport Lucerne: What would Central Switzerland’s excursion tips be without the Museum of Transport? As the most visited museum in Switzerland, it is of course a must. In both summer and winter, it is worth taking a trip and explains everything about mobility in the past, present and future to young and old alike. Klein T. was so enthusiastic about the aviation and space travel department that even today – about six months later – he still raves about it. Further information here.

Chärnsmatt’s play paradise: the undisputed highlight here is the Liliputbahn – a miniature railway to go with. On 1.4 kilometres, several train compositions make their rounds through tunnels and over bridges. Children can also have fun on the large area with a bumper car, merry-go-round or excavator. Chärnsmatt in Rothenburg now even has an indoor playground with pirate and underwater world. Further information here.

Kids Arena: Perfect in bad weather! Lucerne’s largest and most colourful indoor playground has trampolines, a go-kart track, a ball pool, slides, a climbing wall and even an area for the little ones. More information here.

Pilatus rope park and toboggan run: the gondola lift takes you up to Fräkmüntegg. At the PILU Rope Park, children from the age of 4 can embark on an adventurous journey between peaks and summits. For more ambitious climbers aged 8 and over, there are a further 10 courses. If you like, you can take the summer toboggan run over steep curves, dragon holes and jumps. Children from the age of 2 are allowed to ride accompanied by an adult. Further information here.

Allmend indoor swimming pool: The Lucerne indoor swimming pool is located right next to the exhibition grounds. In addition to a paddling pool with mini-slide and spray jets, older children can practice swimming in the learning pool or whiz down the 55-metre-long “Black Hole” slide. More information here.

Lake Lucerne: Apropos water: How about a little wind in your hair? A short boat trip on Lake Lucerne is great and refreshing, especially in summer. Click here for the boat timetable.

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