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Favourite Things to do in Zurich with Kids

March 17, 2016

Located at the north end of crescent-shaped Lake Zurich, the largest city in Switzerland is more than the country’s financial centre. Zurich is a diverse tourist destination with loads to do on and off the water, especially during the warmer months. Here are a few of my favourite things to do in Zurich with kids during the summer months.

On the Water

Ride a Ferry on Lake Zurich

Passenger ferries depart from the dock at the Bürkliplatz, and you can select from a range of tour options and duration. The boats run on a regular basis and stop at various places along Lake Zurich. Choose to remain the ferry for the entire journey or disembark at a lakeside village and catch another boat back to Zurich.

things to do in Zurich with kids ride a ferry

Rent a Pedalo

Explore Lake Zurich under your power with a pedalo (pedal boat), available from many of the boat hire companies along Lake Zurich. You can purchase cold drinks from the rental company or bring your own and explore the lake at your leisure.



Swim in the lake (average summer temp of 20 C), in one of the heated badis (outdoor pools), or in designated parts of the Limmat River.

Off the Water

Explore the Old Town

Wander amongst the unique buildings and cobbled lanes of  Zurich’s Old Town.

Things to do in Zurich with kids - explore Old Town

Shop the Bahnhofstrasse

Stroll along the tree-lined Bahnhofstrasse stretching from Zurich’s central railway station to the Bürkliplatz at the head of Lake Zurich. Here you will find beautiful luxury shops, numerous banks – no surprise, jewelry stores, and cafes.

Wander the Lake Promenade

Gravel pathways, walkways, and green space make up an area known as the Lake Promenade along the lower portion of Lake Zurich. From the city, head towards to the lake to connect up with the Lake Promenade and join the locals for a walk, picnic, or meal at one of the outdoor restaurants.

Lake Promenade things to do in Zurich with Kids

Eat and Drink

Babu’s Bakery & Coffeehouse

Stop by Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse for a sweet treat, coffee, or meal. Take a seat at a unique table before placing your order at the counter.

Coffee from Babu's Bakery and Coffeehouse Zurich

Blueberry pancakes Babu's Bakery & Coffeehouse Zurich


Possibly the first vegetarian restaurant in the world, Hiltl was founded in 1898. The multi-level restaurant offers around 500 dishes available à la carte or buffet-style. Hiltl is busy so be sure to book a table in advance.

Exterior of Hiltl Restaurant Zurich

Favourite Things to do in Zurich With Kids Travel Tips

  • The Park Hyatt Zurich is an excellent hotel located near Lake Zurich, Old Town, and the Bahnhofstrasse. The address is Beethovenstrasse 21, 8002 Zürich.
  • Consider stopping in at the Swiss Arrivals Lounge at the Zurich Airport if you arrive early in the morning and are flying in Business or First Class on Swiss or Lufthansa, or meet any of the other criteria listed on the Swiss website.
  • Babu’s Bakery and Coffeehouse is located at Löwenstrasse 1, 8001 Zürich.
  • Hiltl is located at Sihlstrasse 28, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland.

Have you been to Zurich? I would love to hear about your favourite things to do in Zurich with kids, or without them.


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  • Reply Hung Thai March 19, 2016 at 12:50 am

    That Lake Promenade looks nice. Do people jump in and swim around or is it just mostly for walking around?

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily March 21, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Swimming is a favorite summer activity in Zurich & many people swim from the beach or one of the beach clubs (badis).

  • Reply marie March 19, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Enjoyed reading your article! I love that it is precise and to the point.

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily March 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you so much, Marie!

  • Reply Suze - Luxury Columnist March 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    We’ve just got back from Zurich last month, I particularly enjoyed the National Museum and walking around the Old Town

    • Reply LuxeTravelFamily March 21, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Fantastic Suze! I love exploring the Old Town.

  • Reply Blair May 31, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    I am looking forward to visiting the new FIFA World Football Museum. It sounds like a great place for a family to visit.

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