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Visit Zurich with Kids

Visiting Zurich  with kids  should be on your list. Zurich is quality conscious and safe, and it offers a variety of things ranging from culture to nature and gastronomy. Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe and Switzerland, one can easily get to it. Zurich also has an efficient public transport system, making travel with kids pleasant.

In Zurich families can have it all and in the smallest of urban spaces. Find out more about visiting Zurich with kids here.

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In Zurich with kids

Zurich has plenty to offer all year round. Summer in Zurich is full on outdoors, in its many parks and the surrounding forests; or by the fresh waters of its lake and two rivers. In winter, Zurich changes its face completely and cosy cafés, indoor family activities and Christmas markets take over its streets.

Must sees when in Zurich:

Other family attractions would include: Zurich Old TownLake ZurichZurich parks and gardensUetliberg and also Zürich-West.


Where should a family stay?

Hotel Recommendations in Zurich

Top family-friendly hotels:

Hotel Banana City – Makes for a perfect family hotel and is in an ideal location if you want to explore attractions around Winterthur. Bonus! Kids up to 10 years stay here for free.

Sorell Hotel Speer – Located in the heart of the historic city of Rapperswil. This hotels has a great kids room which all children fall in love with.

Sorell Hotel St. Peter – Located in the heart of Zurich. This hotel will make sure to provide you with all essential things for babies and kids in their family rooms.

You can find more family-friendly hotels in Zurich.

For the adventurous ones

Top camping sites:

Euthal Campsite on Lake Sihl –  Camp out at the beautiful Lake Sihl, through which the River Sihl flows.

Campsite Fischers Fritz – Located in Wollishofen, on the border between Zurich and the village of Kilchberg.

family in Zurich

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Zurich Zoo

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Activities for children ages 0-5

Tiring our babies and toddlers whilst they absorb all that is around them.


Activities for older kids

Keeping the older kids happy, entertained, and reducing the amount of times they ask for a screen or complain about being bored.

kids at the FIFA museum in Zurich

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Park in Zurich

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Parks, Playgrounds, Petting Farms & Zoos



Zurich Zoo


Sihlwald park

Quatiertreff at Enge

Josefwiese at Viadukt

Zurich botanical gardens

Sihlpromenade Playground near Sihlhölzli


Family-friendly cafés & restaurants

Many cafés and restaurants in Zurich offer a kids’ menu. These usually include portions of fries, spaghetti and meatballs.

Top family-friendly cafés and restaurants in Zurich:

Kafi fürDich – A warm and cozy café within the city centre, offers a children’s playing corner and children portions at reduced prices.

Haus Hiltl – Located in the heart of Zurich, you will find this vegetarian restaurant. Fun place to dine with kids as they can decorate glass panes with special colours, and play with toys and other utensils from the play trolley.

Tibits – The vegetarian self-service restaurant, also has a kids’ playing corner.

Santa Lucia Wiedikon – Situated in a shopping centre, this is the ideal place to stop for a quick bite.

Luus Muus – Loose Moose – A great café which has a supervised kids’ play area.

Hillz Restaurant – This restaurant has a huge playground for kids to enjoy themselves and it serves classical Swiss food.

Brasserie Freilager – It has a children’s play area and a selected menu. Reservations are required.

Die Waid – You will certainly enjoy both the food and the view here. Children are also welcomed with drawing supplies, puzzles and books.

Fork & Bottle – If you’re looking for American dishes on your stay here, then this is the place to dine at. They also have a children play area.

Bächlihof Jucker Farm – A children’s dream come true. Apart from the restaurant, there is a playground, a haystack castle for kids to play on an a goat enclosure.

Alter Tobelhof – Cute Mikey Mouse shaped plates are served to the little ones.  This restaurant serves Swiss food but it also offers a kids’ menu. There is also a huge playground for kids to play at.

classical Zurich food

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Classic must try dishes in Zurich

Zürich Geschnetzeltes – Veal, typically served with roast potatoes.

The Luxemburgerli – Mini-macaroons

Bircher Muesli – Originated in Zurich, a healthy treat

Tirggel – Honey cookies

Straumann Hüppen – The famous wafer roll.

Wiedikerli – The famous sausage that comes in 3 flavours.

Looking for more inspirational regional specialities? Check this out.

Typical Zurich Food

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Picnic spots in Zurich

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Best Spots

Waid – A beautiful spot, enjoy the sunrise and sunset warmth.

Rechberg – The wonderful Baroque garden.

Rieterpark  – Enjoy a picnic at the largest park in Zurich.

Werdinsel – You will find a playground for kids, 2 pools for children and a football ground.

Orelliweg  – Discover the the great view of the city.

Lindenhof –  Here you can also get the best view of Zurich’s old town.

Irchelpark – Beautiful picnic spot with lakes and meadows.

Josefwiese  –  A park loved and visited by many. There is also a playground area here.

GZ Wipkingen – Enjoy a picnic on the turf area or on the steps by the river.

Patumbah Park – You can visit Villa Patumbah and enjoy a picnic there. There is also an exhibition inside of the villa. If you would like, you can also pre-order your picnic basket from Hammam Basar (situated next door to the villa).

Around Lake Basin  – Enjoy a walk and a picnic along the promenade.

Old Botanical Garden  – An enchanted area, with an oasis of trees.


Get more detailed insight here.


Children Toy Shops

Franz Carl Weber – A toy shop that suits kids of all age groups.

Schweizer Heimatwerk – Handcrafted and local.

Rien ne va plus – Game store.

toy shops in Zurich
Boat in Zurich

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Getting Around

Zurich is all about public transportation. Getting around by tram, bus, train or boat is easy and accessible. Get more insight here.

The most convenient way to use public transportation for families is through the Zürich Card. This is also free for children under 6 years.


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