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Old 06.08.2009, 21:48
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introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

Hello! we have just brought back our 8 year old son to suisse and for our holiday of 7-10 days decided to make a tour of switzerland. starting from lausanne- by train or car or both. we are trying to keep it cheap (hahahaha) and include outdoors (hiking- he has hiked about 16 miles in the ny adirondacks, so he is experienced) animals (zoos, etc), swimming, castles, etc. i have researched a bit but thought maybe some people have certain favorites that are off the beaten path and unknown to some and certainly special places so he can really know and appreciate his new home!

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Old 06.08.2009, 22:07
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

I can recommend Castle Kyburg, outside Zurich - not that expensive to get in and it has a great museum across all the rooms which is all 'kid friendly' and not too hard to get through in half a day. Nice view across the rolling hills.

Bike riding along the Bodensee and a trip on the boat to the Rhinefalls - my husband did it with his class on their camp and it was definitely a highlight.
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

The Tierpark in Goldau is very nice... you can feed the animals and everything!

Then there's Technorama in Winterthur, a science museum where you get to play with stuff.

And a big waterfall!

If I think of any more, I'll add them later.
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Old 06.08.2009, 22:18
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

chocolate factory
aqua park
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Old 06.08.2009, 22:23
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

I agree with karen-z. Link to Acqaparc here.
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Old 06.08.2009, 22:26
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

Chateau de Chillon, then take the cog-train from Montreux up to Rochers-de-Naye, check out the marmot zoo, and stay overnight in a yurt.
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

A mammoth zoo?

Coooooool!

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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

Spoken like a true eight-year-old!
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Old 06.08.2009, 22:47
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

For an 8 year old this is a must:

http://www.swissvapeur.ch/en/index.php

It costs to go in, but once inside the kids (and adults ) can ride the trains for the day at no extra charge. They change the rolling stock during the day, so the kids don't get bored and there are lots of picnic spots and hot food as well.

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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

I recommend the transport museum in Luzern. I know that when I was a kid I really enjoyed going there, and my kids enjoyed going there also.

http://www.verkehrshaus.ch/index.cfm?dom=4
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Old 06.08.2009, 23:05
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http://www.swissminiatur.ch/
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Old 06.08.2009, 23:11
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

My kids love this place http://www.connyland.ch/connyland/index(1).htm you pay to go in, and everything is free for the whole day.
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

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we have just brought back our 8 year old son to suisse and for our holiday of 7-10 days decided to make a tour of switzerland. starting from lausanne- by train or car or both.
Make the trips short otherwise it's going to be non-stop are we there yet...?

For an 8 year old I highly recommend water..!

and you will find lots of the stuff around Lausanne with the first two on the list being the most appealing to kids:

Renens: Aqua Splash - water slides & pools http://www.aquasplash.ch/
Bouveret: Aquapark - waterslides & wave machines http://www.aquaparc.ch/en
Yverdon: http://www.cty.ch/bains.html
Gruyères: http://www.bainsdelagruyere.ch/fr/
Lavey: http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/home.php?id=2
Ovronnaz: http://www.thermalp.ch/index_fr.php
Saillon: http://www.bainsdesaillon.ch/
Val d'Illiez: http://www.thermes-parc.com/
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

www.juraparc.ch is a fun place in Vallorbe and it is not that far from you.
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Old 07.08.2009, 10:39
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

For castles, don't forget the Ticino
Bellinzona

Can second both Technorama Winterthur and Verkehrshaus Luzern, both are prime locations for a young boy...

Why not go see the Elephants swim at the lake

Good luck and have fun!
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

For December till March: Dog sledding with some lovely huskies!

http://www.swissraft.ch/en/hundeschl...schweiz-2.html

Some places offer grass-sledding in warmer weather ('sleds' with wheels!).


All the suggestions below are wonderful. I'm not an eight-year-old but I wanna do them all.
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Old 07.08.2009, 11:12
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

Almost forgot... if you go to Luzern, there is also Tobogganing and of course the rope parcour

The scenery is quite nice too! And while you're there, take a quick trip up the Pilatus... really enjoyed that this spring...
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

Hi,
Thinking of castles, Canton Vaud offers a two-day pass to visit all of its castles.

Also, as far as hiking goes try the "dortoirs" you find all over Switzerland. You can hike from place A to place B and sleep in these huts. Service is included. You will only need day packs and voilá. A great thing is that you can plan your hikes from easy to hard and sleep in between. We know families who go hiking with their kids and do this.

Last, buy or borrow from the library the "Suisse romande des enfants," Kids.
There are over 1,000 ideas for kids and families. In French only.
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Old 07.08.2009, 11:57
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

thanks everyone for the great suggestions- keep em coming! we really appreciate them and are putting together a tentative plan for a trip filled with various activities, thanks to you all!

and we are all looking forward to the trip and the activities along the way- i think we may all three be 8 years old for these things!!!!

thanks again!
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Re: introducing switzerland to an 8 year old boy- what to see!!!!

The Parc-Aventure in Signal-de-Bougy (between Nyon and Lausanne) is really fun for kids and their parents. Highly recommended.
http://www.parc-aventure.ch/Signal-de-Bougy/
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