Perk yourself up by planning a 2018 trip with the kids to one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe: Switzerland. There’s plenty to explore within its striking mountain setting; here are just a few itinerary tips.
#1. Visit a chocolate factory
What’s a trip to Switzerland without some chocolate indulgence? Adults, kids and Roald Dahl fans alike will love a visit to a chocolate factory, and the country has plenty to choose from. Maison Cailler in Broc takes you through the stages of chocolate production via an interactive guided tour, with the entire range of Cailler treats for sale in the shop. The Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern also has a special attraction that takes you on a chocolatey adventure.
#2. Enjoy a train ride
Drink in the stunning views of mountains, rivers, fields and villages on a leisurely ride aboard the Glacier Express train. Taking seven and a half hours, the journey begins in either St Moritz, Chur or Davos (summer only) and ends in Zermatt (or vice versa). Alternatively, book a trip on the Pre-Alpine Express, from Eastern to Central Switzerland, past rolling hills and quaint little towns. You can depart from Lucerne or St Gallen as a return day trip.
#3. Stay in an Alpine chalet
Instead of a regular hotel, why not take the opportunity to stay in a traditional alpine lodge? Decked out in wood and offering a cosy interior, they’re ideal for sipping warm drinks by the fireplace (Glühwein, anyone?) and waking up to gorgeous mountain views. Some even offer ski access at the doorstep!
#4. Drop by Heidi’s village
If you grew up reading beloved children’s book Heidi, by Johanna Spyri, this village in Maienfeld will transport you into her world. Take in the beautiful pastoral landscape, explore Heidi’s hut and browse the village store that features original items and mementos. You can also choose to head on the Adventure Trail, though be warned that it’s steep for little legs!
#5. Hit the slopes
Who doesn’t love a day out in the snow? The Swiss Alps ski season extends all the way to April and there’s naturally an abundance of ski areas to choose from, from St Moritz to Verbier and Zermatt. Most resorts in St Moritz offer child care and specific programmes for kids. Other fun outdoor activities include snowshoeing, sledding, carriage rides and ice-skating. Little ones and first-time skiers have access to the beginner slopes and ski schools at Verbier, where they can build their skiing confidence. Zermatt is also a great location to head to, with its beginner’s ski parks and Kids’ Clubs.
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This article first appeared in the January 2018 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase a copy or subscribe so you never miss an issue!