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Episode 82: Visiting Switzerland with kids

October 4, 2023 Last Updated on October 4, 2023

In this episode of the Holidays to Switzerland Travel Podcast our guest is Carrie Nicholes who recently returned from a family trip to Switzerland.

Despite only spending five days in Switzerland, Carrie and her family were able to visit numerous places and enjoy some wonderful experiences whilst creating lasting memories along the way.

In this chat with Carrie, she shares her itinerary and all the highlights of her trip, and she has some handy tips for other families considering a Swiss vacation, too.

If you are planning on visiting Switzerland with kids, you’ll get lots of great tips and advice from this episode.

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Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn :

  • Why Carrie and her family chose Switzerland as their vacation destination
  • The family’s itinerary – where they stayed and what they did each day
  • How the family travelled around Switzerland
  • The transport and sightseeing pass that Carrie’s family used in the Berner Oberland
  • Highlights of the family’s trip
  • Carrie’s tips for other families planning a Swiss vacation
Carrie Nicholes stands in front of the Matterhorn.
Carrie in front of the Matterhorn.

Places mentioned in this episode (including Carrie’s itinerary)

Click the links below to read more about each destination.

Day 1

Carrie and her family flew into Geneva and then visited Montreux and Chateau Chillon before driving to Gruyeres and visiting the Maison Cailler chocolate factory.

They stayed overnight near Fribourg at Hotel La Croix Blanche.

Day 2

After looking around Fribourg, the family drove to Lake Thun where they enjoyed a lake cruise and visit to Oberhofen Castle.  

They stayed overnight in Grindelwald at Chalet Carve (where they based themselves for 3 nights in total).

Day 3

Using their Berner Oberland Pass for free cable car rides, Carrie and her family spent the day in the mountains at Männlichen (where the kids enjoyed playing at the excellent playground) and Wengen.

A family stands on a green meadow in front of the Swiss Alps.
Carrie and her children in the Jungfrau Region.

Day 4

Visits to Mürren, Allmendhubel (and its adventure playground) and Lauterbrunnen were on today’s itinerary, as was a swim in Lake Brienz. All transport was free thanks to their Berner Oberland Passes.

Day 5

For their last full day in Switzerland, the family drove to Zermatt. They visited Sunegga on Rothorn mountain where the kids enjoyed playing at the Wolli Park, and later strolled around the old part of Zermatt.

Overnight accommodation in Zermatt was at Alpen Resort.

Day 6

Carrie and her family travelled to France to continue their trip.

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Useful resources

Carrie and  family purchased the Berner Oberland Pass which covers public transport, cable cars, mountain railways, buses and boat cruises in the Berner Oberland. 

You can read our detailed guide about the Berner Oberland Pass here or listen to our Berner Oberland Pass podcast episode here.

For tips and information about renting a car, read our driving in Switzerland guide.

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