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Old 10.02.2018, 19:32
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Is Bad Ragaz best for Heidi County?

My two nieces (7 and 9) are coming to stay with us this Summer and they absolutely love Heidi's story.


So I'm planning to take them for 4 days round that way. They are very sporty and much fitter than their uncle, so we'll be doing some hikes in the mountains (as long as there are a couple of "Stangen" for me to recover!) as well as doing the Heidi Business (with my yodelling, they'll be in their element!)


I'll be on my own with the girls as OH will be working and does not feel like spending her holiday in German speaking CH!


I know Appenzell and Skt Gallen, but not this particular part. Where would you recommend to stay (Youth Hostel big possibility to keep the cost down), bearing in mind we'll be travelling by train and other public transport?
I could also do with some tips for what to see exactly regarding Heidi, combined with walks, lovely mountain lakes a bonus + what else would you do with this age range in mind (it's been a long time since I've had to find activities for a 7 and 9 year olds!!)?

Cheers from Uncle McTAVGE!
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Re: Is Bad Ragaz best for Heidi County?

The Tamina Gorge is near Bad Ragaz and is fantastic!
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Old 11.02.2018, 10:05
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Re: Is Bad Ragaz best for Heidi County?

I regularly visit a friend in Jenins, ten minutes up the road from Bad Ragaz, primarily for his Pinot Noir vineyard. It‘s a pretty little one horse village which has a Middle Earth museum, which is a good counter to freaky Heidi.

Why not stay in a heated wine barrel? A good novelty for the kids.

If the weather‘s good a day at the Bad itself is relaxing for all. Plenty of kid friendly water fun and space to run around. Plus, Pinot Noir.

EDIT: the public baths, not the fancy golf club resort.
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Re: Is Bad Ragaz best for Heidi County?

Surely a 'Schlaf im Stroh' is what you want. A quick google turned up this one...

http://www.hofjust.ch/

There are probably others around. I have not been to that one, but stayed at one on Lake Luzern with kids. It was ideal, although they weren't encouraged to get too close to the animals, for safety's sake (and the farmers sanity).

There seem to be lots of Heidi-themed attractions close by, too...
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma...04!4d9.5431453

There is also a museum in the authors home village of Hirzel in Canton Zurich...
https://www.spyri-museum.ch/
I've been to this one. To be honest, I found it a bit dull - I don't think I'd recommend it, but maybe a hard-core fan would want to visit.

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Old 12.02.2018, 21:55
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Re: Is Bad Ragaz best for Heidi County?

The Heidi Trail at Pizol, which has a good grill spot and barfuss / kneipp bit on it. Then take the trotinette (sp?) / go-kart things down - nice spot of Swiss craziness to show them how outdoor life should be.

And the Giant Walk at the other side is also nice.

I second the Taminaschlucht as well.
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