The picturesque city of Zurich lies at the end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. The postcard streets of the Old Town are influenced by its medieval history. Today Zurich is centre for excellence in the scientific field with multiple Nobel peace prize winners and the home of many of the worlds biggest insurance houses. Don’t let this fool you, Zurich with teenagers is an exciting destination to visit. You will find many Zurich attractions for families waiting for you
Know before you go. Our top Zurich travel tips
Travelling to Zurich can be such an enriching experience for the while family.There are so many things to do in Zurich and having the best place to stay and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your trip to Zurich to make it completely hassle free.
Where to stay in Zurich with teenagers
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Zurich. In Zurich, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Hotels.com to find the best prices in Zurich.
- Luxury: Located on the waterfront in the city centre is the Storchen Zurich – Lifestyle Boutique. This amazing hotel features rooms and suites for a luxurious family vacation in Zurich.
- Mid-Range: Located in the city centre is the Leoneck Swiss Hotel. Family rooms with balcony, onsite car parking and an amazing restaurant serving the best of local produce.
- Budget: Featuring family suites with cooking facilities the EMA House Hotel Suites is a great choice for families. Located 500 meters from the central railway station with free Wi-Fi and airport transfers available.
- Hostel: Zurich Youth Hostel features family rooms sleeping up to 4 people with private ensuite. The hostel features a bar, restaurant and communal area’s. The hostel has a tour desk for all your Zurich sightseeing
Zurich Airbnb alternative for your stay
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation then an AirBnB in Zurich is the best choice for you. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Zurich Airbnb.
How to get to Zurich Switzerland
- Zurich is the largest international airport of Switzerland and the home airport of Swiss International Air Lines. The airport lies 13 kilometres north of the city centre. Search your flights to Zurich with Cheap-O-air
- You can book an airport transfer from Zurich Airport to your hotel
- High-Speed trains service Zurich from Paris in a little over 3 hours via Basel. International trains run from all surrounding countries such as Germany, Italy, Austria and more. You can book your trains to Zurich with Omio
- Flix Bus has buses running daily to Zurich from destinations inside Switzerland and International destinations. Search your bus tickets to Zurich
- Switzerland has some great Highway for driving, All Highways in Switzerland are levied with tolls. You can hire a car at any international airport in Switzerland and Europe. Search your Rental Car today!
How to get around Zurich
- Zurich has an extensive public transport network. You can travel by trams, buses and local trains (S-Bahn). Public transport in Zurich is free with a Swiss Travel Pass. Alternatively, you can purchase a Zurich Card that allows free public transport throughout the city as well.
- Taxi’s and UBER are available in the city.
Things to do in Zurich with teens
If you are planning to visit the great city of Zurich, then you have to know the best locations that you have to visit in the city. Here are some of the top places in Zurich to visit with your teenagers.
Boat riding on Lake Zurich with teenagers
The best way that you can enjoy your time with the family in Zurich is by taking a boat ride on the lake. It is ideal for parents travelling with teenagers because they can get to know the area well. If you are brave enough you can go for a swim in the icy waters of the Lake Geneva.
How much is a boat ride on Lake Zurich?
A boat trip will last for one and a half hours, and you can choose to dine on the board as well. The charges will range from 9.40 CHF to 15 CHF. The time and cost will depend on how you chose to see Lake Zurich. A boat ride is one of the best Zurich family activities.
A zoo is a right place for anyone, no matter how old you are. The zoo Zurich hosts over 380 species of animals and you can spend your time with your family as you explore the animal kingdom as well as check out some of the endangered species. The zoo is open throughout the year, and you can visit with your family whenever you want. Do not miss the apes, seals, and penguins.
If you are travelling with teenagers and smaller kids who are below six years, they can enter the zoo for free. Ticket prices for teenagers range from 15-25 CHF while adults are charged 28CHF. If you have teenagers up to 15 years old a family ticket will save you money. You can get a 10% discount with the Zurich Card.
Zürichbergstrasse 221, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland
Adults 29 CHF Teens 16–20 years 23CHF
kids 6–15 years 15 CHF kids under 6 years free
Zurich family activities – Go-Karting on Rumlang Track
Rumlang track is located right by the Zurich airport, and you can visit the location with your family at any time of the day. Whether you want to make it the last spot as you leave Zurich or as you enter Zurich. You can choose a destination that is perfect for your family and visit the go-karting with the kids. You can allow the kids to race against each other and other drivers as they are guided.
Where is Rumlang Track?
Oberglatterstrasse 13, Rumlang 8153 Switzerland.
How do we get to Rumlang Track to go-kart?
You can catch the S9 or S15 train from Zurich HB main station. The train leaves every 15 minutes from the station and takes 22 minutes to arrive at Rumlang station.
How much is go-karting at Rumlang Track?
The ticket prices range from 20 USD to 25 USD.
Is go-karting at Rumlang Track suitable for all ages?
The maximum speed that the karts can attain is 55 kilometres per hour. Mini karts are available for younger children ages seven to eleven. However, if you have kids that are younger than seven years old, do not fret. They can use the Rocky Kart track. Gloves and helmets are provided for safety.
Do I need travel insurance in Switzerland?
We always say if you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel. Get your travel insurance now to protect your epic Switzerland holiday from any small hiccup.
For Australian travellers, we recommend Fast Cover Travel Insurance
For worldwide travellers, we recommend AXA Travel Insurance
See Zurich on a bike
In a city is expensive as Zurich, how does a free bike rental sound. In the city of Zurich, city bikes, e-bikes and children’s bikes can be hired for free. As they say, the early bird catches the worm, and a free bike is the same. You must be up and ready to get your bike every morning between 8an and 9.30 am.
Just head to the bike station at the Zurich train station with a valid ID (for foreigners I would suggest a passport) and 20 CHF deposit. Alternatively, You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city. You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow.
Lindt Home of Chocolate
Teenagers worldwide love chocolate, Swiss Chocolates are some of the best in the world. Lindt is a popular brand known worldwide or its amazing taste and silky texture. In September 2020 the newest attraction in Zurich will open, Lindt Home of Chocolate. Lindt’s Home of Chocolate will boost a multi-media and interactive exhibition.
You will be able to see the chocolate being produced and of course, taste the products at a Lindt café. You can even spend some time learning how to make chocolates at the Lindt Chocolateria. This is one of the top things to do in Zurich for people of all ages
Explore Zurich Toy Museum
Zurich offers a myriad of opportunities for anyone visiting the destination. You can embrace a nostalgic journey by visiting the toy museum. These toys date back to over 300 years ago. The museum is a perfect attraction for kids who will get to know the history in the automotive industry.
They will be able to see over 1200 toys at the museum from antiques to wagons, dollhouses, spinning tops, among others. Children who are from 6 to 16 years do not have to pay any entrance fees.
Fortunagasse 15, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
Monday to Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Entry CHF 7.00 per person
Children up to 16 years free
Entry is included in the Zurich Card.
Family Adventure at Jucker Farm
Producing its own vegetables and fruits, the Jucker farm is one of the best destinations. It is a popular spot for people who want to experience agriculture and farming, in general. It will give teenagers who live in cities a chance to experience what it is like to live in the country. Your children will love the farm as they will get to meet animals and get to play with them.
A maze made up of over 6000 apple trees will both challenge and entertain the teenagers visiting Zurich. The Jucker farm is surrounded by spectacular views of Lake Zurich and mountains, which makes it really lovely to enjoy outdoor activities.
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Zurich Switzerland things to do -Explore Alpamare
One of the things that psychologists say is that splashing in the water can change your moods from bad to goo. Did you know that Alpamare is the largest indoor park in Europe? Is it a big enough reason for visiting? The kids and teenagers will enjoy all kinds of water sports. Whether it is in the summer or winter, you are sure to find something interesting to do at the park.
There are two steam baths, six saunas, ten slides and four pools in addition to a saltwater thermal pool and a wave pool. All the facilities in the location allow you to enjoy all kinds of activities with your family. There are smaller slides available for the kids to play as well. The Alphmare Zurich with teenagers is an amazing attraction all year round. A 15% discount is available if you have the Zurich card.
Gwattstrasse 12, 8808 Pfäffikon, Switzerland
Monday–Thursday 10.00-22.00, children’s paradise until 19.00 h
Friday & Saturday 10.00-23.00, children’s paradise until 20.00
Sunday 10.00-21.00, children’s paradise until 19.00
Children (6-15) 35.00 CHF
Toddler (0-5) 10.00CHF
Enjoy outdoor sports and fitness
If you are an active family, then there are plenty of opportunities for adventure sports such as skateboarding, mountain biking, and trail exercise right in the city. The Felsenegg recreation area just out of the city is highly popular for its walking trails. For those that enjoy running and exercise Zurich is just the place.
There are fitness para courses that have 15 stations at regular intervals featuring different strength, endurance and flexibility exercises. The courses are between a few hundred meters and several kilometres long
The bike park in the city is the first one in Europe. Five courses with three difficulty ratings offer something for everyone, from small children to biking professionals. There are courses such as Urban-BMX, Jump track and Pumptrack. You to enjoy biking in the city park or on the yellow marked bike routes that traverse the city and the lake.
Enjoy sightseeing activities in the canton of Zurich
A tour is a great way that you can enjoy sightseeing in Zurich with your family. You can enjoy seeing different places in Zurich with a 4-Hour City Tour by Ferry, the Cable Car and Coach. The tour comes with live commentary as you travel city learning about the history culture and sights of Zurich.
With numerous stops on the journey, there is plenty of opportunities to get off the bus and take pictures. After seeing the city sites you will cross Lake Zurich on a boat and head to the top of Felsenegg by cable car. Take the time to have a coffee with some of the best views of Zurich.
Our top travel in Zurich with teens tip:
Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. If you want to reduce costs, you can get a Zurich card, which gives you a great opportunity to save money on entries, attraction and restaurants. The Zurich card offers Unlimited 2nd class travel by tram, bus, train, boat and cableway in the city of Zurich and the surrounding region. Free or reduced admission to 43 museums, half-price tours and boat trips on the lake just to name a few.
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Visit the FIFA Museum
The canton of Zurich is the home of world football. World footballs governing body FIFA has its headquarters located in the heart of Zurich. The FIFA World Football Museum tells the story of how football has developed globally and made it the number one sport in the world, for participation and fan following.
The showcase of the museum is the FIFA World Cup Gallery. This gallery is dedicated to the history of football’s signature event that is held every 4 years. The highlight of the exhibition is the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The museum has a multitude of interactive and audiovisual experiences.
The museum has a dedicated app that doubles as an audio guide. The FIFA World Football Museum mobile app is a free companion app designed to complement your visit. Free headphones and wifi are complimentary
Seestrasse 27, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
Tuesday – Sunday
10am to 6pm
Kids 7-15 yrs 14CHF
Kids 0-6yrs – Free
Go to a football match in Zurich
Zurich has two football clubs that play in the top tier of Swiss Football, The Super League. The two teams are FC Zürich and the Grasshopper Club. Both teams play at the Letzigrund stadium which regularly attracts between 15,000 and 25,000 per game. Both clubs have a long tradition and have won the championships as well as the cup many times. The European football season runs from Late August through to the start of April.
Day trips from Zurich
There are so many amazing day rips from Zurich that you can take with your teenagers.
Jungfraujoch is a ridge between 2 peaks in the Swiss Alps. It two, four-thousand foot high peaks Jungfrau and Mönch, at an elevation of 3,466. Jungfraujoch has been accessible to tourists by the Jungfrau line, a railway from Interlaken and Kleine Scheidegg. The Jungfraujoch railway station, at an elevation of 3,454 metres (11,332 ft) is the highest in Europe. The top of Europe building houses restaurants, cafes, and shop.
Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure
A thrill-seekers day out, located at the mountain resort of Grindelwald. Grindelwald First Mountain Adventure is accessed by a breathtaking ride on the gondola. Once you disembark the fun begins. Waiting for you is two different Flying Fox rides. The two different flying foxes travel up to 80 km per hour. Other activities include mountain biking, carting, hang gliding, hiking, walks and playgrounds.
Basel is a town of Museums and bridges. You will find over 40 museums in the city and 6 bridges that span the Danube River. Some of the best museums include topics like history, The Basel Jews, toys and contemporary art. Basel is one of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland. The Basel old town features cobblestones and historic landmarks such as the large market square with its one of a kind decorated red sandstone town hall and the late Romanesque-Gothic cathedral.
Shopping in Zurich
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. This being the case it is also the shopping capital of Switzerland with department stores and boutiques lining the streets. The main shopping area is around the Bahnhofstrasse, which runs from the main station, Hauptbahnhof towards Lake Zurich.
Bahnhofstrasse is considered one of the world’s most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. It rivals other places such as Rodeo Drive and the Champs Elysees. Bahnhofstrasse is the downtown street that runs towards the financial district. You will find shops like mango and Zara mixing it with Dior and Channel.
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Shopville is located at Zurich main train station. Shopville is full of the type of outlet type of shops. There is a great variety of places to eat. All in all, you will find over 187 shops at Shopville selling everything from fashion, sporting goods, jewellery and books.
The Sihlcity shopping centre lies what was once an industrial site. The shopping centre incorporates part of the former site including a 65-meter (213ft) tall brick chimney into its design to preserve the cities past. Sihlcity will look familiar to teenagers in Zurich as it resembles a western mall you will find all around the world. The complex features shopping, several movie theatres, a fitness centre, restaurants, bars, and concert hall.
Shopping with teenagers is always a great option in Zurich.
Escape rooms in Zurich
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Zurich with teenagers.
- AdventureRooms Zurich – Escape Game – Our games are fun for the whole family. Adventure and thrills in all games is guaranteed
- Live Escape Game – Find the right hints, and combine them in an unusual way – only then you can escape
- Escape Room Zürich – Escape games have been enjoying growing popularity for several years.
10 pin bowling in Zurich
If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Zurich then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and your teenagers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Zurich at a number of different location in the city centre.
- Bowling West – With the 14 lanes in the front area and the additional 2 lanes in the separate area, we are a popular destination for families
- OZ Bowling in Zurich – Experience 18 bowling lanes in an exciting environment of pure entertainment with an Australian atmosphere. At OZ Bowling we have a saying, “No Worries Mate!”
- FUN BOWL – Come along and experience a unique adventure with bowling, pit-pat, billiards, darts and more
Cinemas in Zurich
Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Zurich with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find the state of the art screens and sound for you to watch the latest blockbusters in Zurich cinemas.
- Arena Cinemas – 18-screen cinema complex showing new movies, plus 2-person boxes with armchairs & refrigerator.
- Kitag Cinemas Abaton – 12 screens, seating 47 to 482, showing current international movies, using digital sound & image.
Going to the gym with teenagers in Zurich
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out.
In Zurich, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Day passes start at 16 euros a day while a week pass costs 45 euros. You can find a list of gyms in Zurich at the Trainaway fit website
Zurich offers numerous opportunities that you can enjoy your vacation and you should not be left behind, visit this remarkable destination. Have you ever been to Zurich with your family? What’s your favourite family activity in this beautiful city?
Where to stay in Zurich with family
At the top of the article we suggested some accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you ti find you perfect stay in Zurich
Weather in Zurich
Zurich lies in the temperate climate zone and has four distinct seasons. In winter, temperatures do drop to below zero, while hot summer days can record temperatures of over 30° C. Be prepared for all seasons in Zurich. The summer months bring humid weather which means thunderstorm can develop frequently late in the days. Dress appropriately all year round and you will find many things to see in Zurich
Frequently asked questions about Zurich
Switzerland uses Type C and Type J electric plugs with a voltage of 230V/50 Hz.
Buy your C Type plug today
You can call the Police by dialing 117
It is very common to speak English in Zürich. If you are worried about being able to understand buy a Langogo translator
Tap water is perfectly safe to drink everywhere in Switzerland. Buy your travelling water bottle with filter today
Tipping is not required and is included on the bill
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Zurich with teenagers. There are so many things to do in Zurich with teenagers that will have you entertained for your families whole stay in Zurich. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Switzerland click through to our Switzerland Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.