1. Children’s zoo
From the ship to the ship of the desert. Riding a camel, watching the elephants bathe and counting the stripes on the zebra. Make sure not to miss Knie’s Children’s Zoo.
By the way, Thisiam is a male Asian elephant and the heaviest animal in the children’s zoo. Guess how heavy he is. You can find the solution at the end of the article
2. Grosser Mythen
Now it’s time to get athletic: Experienced summiteers have the opportunity to climb a Swiss classic among the mountains. With its 360° panorama, the Grosser Mythen belongs on every alpinist’s bucket list. From Brunni, it’s a 500 metre ascent. Surefootedness and sufficient snacks are essential. The trail is only suitable for experienced hikers and is usually accessible from mid-May.
After sport comes fun: on a rainy day, the Alpamare water park is the perfect destination for the entire family. Kids burn off energy on the slides, while parents might prefer to try the spa. To round the day off, everyone joins up to go on the Thriller, the most spectacular ride at Alpamare. As a member of the Swiss Youth Hostels, you benefit from a 15% discount on the entrance fee.
Is the weather too nice for Alpamare? Then we recommend a trip to the Atzmännig instead. The leisure paradise for families is only 30 minutes away from the youth hostel: With a toboggan run, rope course, leisure park and an adventure trail – there’s bound to be something for everyone.
5. Rapperswil food trail
So much action calls for a somewhat quieter follow-up programme: You can discover Rapperswil on a culinary scavenger hunt. With puzzles and local specialities, you learn more about the history of the city on the food trail.
6. Dinosaur Museum
A trip to the dinosaur museum in Aathal (about 45 minutes by public transport) is both impressive and educational. A collection of real dinosaur skeletons, the only of its kind around the world, takes you on a journey 150 million years into the past. Marvel at small dinosaur skeletons, less than two metres long, but also at the massive Brachiosaurus, measuring 23 metres from head to tail.
7. Lindt Home of Chocolate
Whether young or old, anyone who has read Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” or seen one of the film adaptations dreams of setting foot in the fantastic world of the Oompa Loompas and being guided through the chocolate factory by Willy Wonka. The Lindt Home of Chocolate comes incredibly close to making this a reality.
Kilchberg can also be reached by boat with some extra time on hand, 2.5 hours to be exact. Attention: after this excursion, you may very well experience a sugar rush, so unfortunately we can’t guarantee a good night’s sleep.
Rapperswil is a paradise for family excursions and the youth hostel is the perfect starting point: Converted family rooms, breakfast included, no-fuss stay together with an optional dinner, so parents can relax too. Strong as an elephant!
So, how much did you guess? The male elephant Thisiam weighs in at a staggering 6800 kg.