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Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

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Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

We are two families (1 family with 3 teenage children and other with 4yo,2.5yo and 1yo(crazy I know!)) visting Geneva (3 nights) and Zurich (3nights)

Hoping to get some advise on the below itenary, other suggestion are welcome!

Day one - arrive from Paris and explore Geneva, old town , fountain and parks.

Day two -travel to CHillon castle for the morning from here go to la gruyere for a visit to the cheese factory and chocolate factory and go up the cable car (charmey vounetz summit) .

Day three- travel to Zurich via bern, visit the town for the miday clown chime, see the bear park and perhaps the Einstein museum.

Day four- Rhine falls

Day five - see the old town and take a lake tour

Day six - travelling to Liechtenstein, davos and staying in INnsbuck for 2nights.

I was hoping to visit my rigi and travel down to LUcerne but I don't think we can fit it in.

Any suggestions and advise is welcomed , please help!

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1. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

Hi Biskit,

Sounds quite heavy with young kids... First if you intend to use the (efficient) Swiss public transport system, you might want to look at sbb.ch/en/travelcards-and-tickets/railpasses… The 6 kids will travel for CHF 120 (all together) as long they are with a paying parent. All the schedules are available on www.rail.ch.

Then in Gruyere (http://www.la-gruyere.ch), do select the cheese factory in Moleson that is artisanal instead of the industrial one. In addition, you'll be able to eat a fondue there...

Bern: you might be disappointed by the Bear park. If you are into art though, http://www.zpk.org/ is worth a stop.

Rhine falls: if you went to see other falls in the past, these ones might be disappointing. Still nice though. But given your quite full program, if you have to skip something, that might be the one.

Lucerne is really worth a visit. If you are to skip the Rhine falls, you could go from Bern to Lucerne, spend some some there (a lake tour will be far nicer from Lucerne than from Zurich and would bring you to the heart of the country). And the kids will love http://www.verkehrshaus.ch/. Then you could pass by Zurich and continue.

Davos: this is a huge detour and unless you are spending a night there, I don't see the point.

Vaduz, Liechtenstein: Fun to stop there, add the country to your map. Not much to see though (the Castle is private), but this is a lovely place.

Hope this helps.

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2. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

Regarding the Swiss train passes, I gave you the wrong link and info. Sorry. http://www.swisstravelsystem.ch/en/ is the right site. And if a parent is to take a pass, then children won't pay a dime as long they travel with that parent.

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3. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

Thank you for the info, we will actually have two cars as we will be making our way to Italy.

Do you think having a car would help with time and destinations?

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4. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

Not really (Gruyere area excepted). As mentioned, the Swiss public transport system is quite efficient. But of course, when travelling with small kids, it is more convenient to have a car (btw you could well rent a mini van instead of two cars but I guess you did consider this option). Do consider booking the children seat as well as sometime there is a shortage in peak periods.

Schaffhausen (where the Rhine Falls are) is 50km away from Zurich. While it is a detour, you could do Zurich - Schaffhausen - Vaduz - Innsbuck in a (long) day: 374 km, 4 hours 13 mins according to Google map.

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5. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

We have travelled ALL OVER switzerland with kids-trains, no car.A three year old and two boys, 13 and 14.

Geneva-walking by the lake, the jet d-eau, feeding the swans, eating in Old Town at Les Armures(the Amory) There is a great kid's playground in old town. Also walk down the hill to the main shopping street and go into Franz-Weber. (Great Toy Store) Eat at Manor(the department store)cafeteria-all self serve so something for everyone. We all really like the museum under the cathedral, and climbing the clock tower(older kids).

Chillon is very interesting, if the weather is nice.

Skip Zurich and absolutely do Lucerne.Spend 2-3 days there. Everyone will like it. First, there is the fabulous Swiss transportation museum, which EVERYONE will like. You can spend an entire day. You can take an excursion to the top of a mountain(Pilatus or Rigi) and the teens can hike part way down. You can take a lake steamer excursion. You can eat at the fabulous tearoom Heine, walk the ramparts of the old city, and really soak up Swiss atmosphere.The Hotel Tourist has family rooms and is right on the river very close to the pedestrian zone in the center of the city, but it is also right near the ramparts.

Bern and the Bears are just meh. We do stop and look at the fountains, and the clock, throw a few carrots to the bears, eat rosti on the square and leave. It isn't otherwise a great family venue.

The Rheinfalls and Schaffhausen are nice, but Stein-am-Rhein is much nicer, and you can take a river cruise from there to Schaffhausen. The old town in Stein is really beautiful, and you can take a picnic on the river and feed the swans.

Davos is just not right for your group either. Go from Bern to Interlaken and up to Grindelwald, then Lucern, then to your other destinations. Trust me on this one.

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6. Re: Advise needed for Geneva and Zurich visit for families

Oh and I forgot Ballenburg, the open air museum in Brienz-again, everyone will enjoy it(near Interlaken) It's kind of like a swiss Plymouth Plantation or Mystic Seaport-lots of authentic old houses, sawmill(working), and other interesting exhibits reflecting the scope of Swiss culture. Another place you can spend a whole day and everyone will be entertained!

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