Best Swiss Family Resorts

Switzerland’s best destinations for families in 2016 and 2017.

Saas Fee

Iews from the rotating restaurant, 350km of hiking t...

Great for:

Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Interlaken

Ater sports on the lakes, Amazing views from the Two...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Grindelwald

00km walking paths, 160 km mountain bike trails, Firs...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Klosters

00km marked footpaths, Paddle at the lido, Great for ...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Zermatt

Ver thirty 4000m peaks within reach, Summer skiing o...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Lucerne

Igi, Pilatus & Stanserhorn mountains, Visit the famo...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Montreux

Arm climate, UNESCO Lavaux vineyard terraces, 12th ce...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Kandersteg

Andersteg-Allmenalp via ferrata, Summer toboggan run...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Locarno

Antastic parks and gardens, Swim at Lido Locarno, Boa...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

Lugano

La freccia rossa’ tourist train, Visit Lake Como & ...

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Activities & Attractions

Walking

Mountain biking

Road cycling

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If you’re planning a holiday of fresh air and family fun, Switzerland is a terrific choice. Lots of our top resorts have the ‘Families Welcome’ label from the Swiss Tourism Federation, which recognises the places with great accommodation, activities and attractions. We’ve also taken into account the resorts with excellent family accommodation, where things like supervised kids clubs, family rooms and super-convenient locations add up to a week that keeps the whole clan happy.

There’s never a dull moment on the mountains– Saas-Fee is known to do ‘kids days’ in the summer, full of fun and games, while Zermatt has the Wolli Adventure park on the menu as well as buggy-friendly walking trails like Dorfwaldweg. Often lower in altitude and opening up a whole host of activities on the water, Switzerland’s lakeside towns and villages make excellent bases for a week with the brood. Locarno has a number of lovely playgrounds where tots can while away the time and there’s also a play pool with slides at the Lido Locarno.

Holidays in Switzerland’s ten best family resorts

Saas-Fee is quiet and rustic, complete with old barns and narrow pathways but there’s nothing quaint about the activities: hike hundreds of kilometres, get stuck into adventure trails and cycle a gruelling stretch of the Tour de Suisse. If winter feels a lifetime away, get your skiing fill on the awesome Allalin glacier – look out for the pro’s who practice here in the summertime. At the end of the day, recharge those batteries at the Kneipp hydrotherapy area and Aqua Allalin or tuck into some well-deserved Swiss cheese from the local dairy. Then there’s the scenery – up in the Saas Valley, at the base of the highest mountain in Switzerland with sights of 4000m summits, it’s pretty dazzling around here.

The clue’s in the name with Interlaken: it’s situated between two fabulous lakes, the Thun and the Brienz. As well as being easy on the eye, the waters open up a multitude of activities like windsurfing, water-skiing and fishing. Looming overhead you can’t miss the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks – home to some wonderful hiking routes. The famous ‘Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe’ train is a brilliant way to see over the Alps and inside the glacier. Back at base the vibe is chilled out and cheerful – party with the backpackers or explore the restaurants around town.

Overlooked by the north side of the Eiger, Grindelwald’s the life and soul of the Jungfrau towns. It’s a mix of vintage Swiss and newly built architecture, topped off with sights of the big three – the Monch, Jungfrau and Eiger. If you can drag your eyes away from the mountains, there’s plenty to do, from walking and golf to bungee jumping and Via Ferrata. Kick back and watch the world go by in the evenings (best accompanied by a glass of chilled Valais wine).

Klosters is the smaller and prettier of the two Graubünden villages - and it’s near enough to Davos that you can still make the most of the larger town’s spas and bars. The village has a definite air of ‘country chic’ and its surrounding hills have hundreds of kilometres for walking, cycling and pony trekking (or scooter descents if you’re after something a bit unconventional...). Visit the Madrisa adventure park if you’re here with the clan – it’s the largest of its kind in Switzerland.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more iconic mountain than the Matterhorn or a more typically Swiss town than Zermatt. Prepare to be enchanted on seriously scenic hikes, bike rides and mountain climbs and enjoy the finer things in life in the posh bars and restaurants. Look carefully and you’ll discover little Alpine chapels and Alpine lakes dotted around on the 400km of hiking trails, including glacier routes. To enjoy the sights without the legwork, take the half hour train ride to Gornergrat.

Lucerne is one of the cultural hubs of central Switzerland. Picture a fairy-tale town and this is probably what you’d come up with; the Renaissance and Baroque architecture, lakeside setting and mountainous surroundings make this one of the prettiest towns in the land. To really appreciate the setting, take the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the top of the Pilatus for a panoramic view of 73 alpine peaks or look over the water from the medieval Kapellbrucke or the water tower. There’s a lot going on here in the summer – including the annual festival of classical and contemporary music which usually features big names from around the globe.

Freddie Mercury got it in one: “If you want peace of mind, come to Montreux”. The Jazz Festival put this town on the map - bringing Freddie and other big names like Pink Floyd and Miles Davis to Lake Geneva’s Swiss shores. There’s plenty more on the menu, from the restaurants (with 20 listed in the Michelin and Gault Millau guides) to the clubs (which make up some of the best nightlife in Switzerland). Fill your days touring the local vineyards, relaxing in the spas, or simply strolling along the promenade.

On the banks of the Kander river and framed by colossal Alpine peaks, Kandersteg is small, friendly and utterly ‘Swiss’. While the pace of life in the village is lovely and leisurely, things really heat up when you reach the mountains – this is a seriously good area for hiking and mountain biking. We love the downhill free-trail, which is packed full of berms and jumps and the area has plenty more for the to-do list including a rope park, swimming pool and summer toboggan run.

With the warmest weather in Switzerland, Locarno is a brilliant blend of Italian and Swiss on the tip of the legendary Lago Maggiore. If you’re not too caught up indulging in La Dolce Vita, have a go at sailing or set off on one of the fantastic local walks. The town hosts its international film festival every summer (famed for the outdoor viewing experience in the Piazza Grande) and it’s always worth visiting the church of Madonna del Sasso up in Orselina – if only for the sights of the lake and town.

On the top edge of Lake Lugano and 8km from the Italian border, Lugano is often called the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’ which gives you a taste of the town. The San Salvatore and Sighignola mountains provide plenty of scope for hiking and the area also has some of Switzerland’s best MTB thanks to the bike park at Tomaro. Zip-lining is also super fun if you have a need for speed... The pace isn’t always set at full throttle – wander down the promenade or around the Piazza Bernardino Luini. The Renaissance fresco at the Madonna degli Angioli church is probably the best known of its kind in Switzerland.


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