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Things you can do this spring

Updated on November 13, 2023

Springtime - The favorite season for many people. And rightfully so. The weather is cooperating, the list of activities is endless, and the anticipation for summer is huge. Want to be as active as possible this spring, but don't know where to start? We have put together a list of the best activities for you to make your choice easier!

1. Recreational parks

Spring is the perfect season to do things outside due to the pleasant and mild climate. This includes visits to amusement parks, such as Europa Park, or to an adventure pool.

Alpamare, Pfäffikon

Alpamare in Pfäffikon is the first and largest adventure pool of its kind in Switzerland. The area covers 25,000 m2 and even made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 1991 and 1999. And rightly so, because it has endless things to offer. These include:

  • Over 12 slides
  • Wave pool
  • Alpa Therme: with water glands and underwater music
  • Rio Mare: 100m long current
  • Brine bath: Relaxation in 36 degree water with jets and loungers
  • Massage treatments
  • Body treatments
  • Suna
  • Steam bath

Opening hours: https://www.alpamare.ch/en/opening-hours/

Prices: https://www.alpamare.ch/en/prices/

Säntispark, Abtwil

The Säntispark in Abtwil provides exciting experiences and is perfect for a day trip or bad weather program. In addition to the many swimming opportunities, "sports and games" await them:


  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Table tennis


  • Bowling
  • Table football
  • Darts
  • Indoor mini golf
  • Billiards & Snooker

Opening hours: https://saentispark-freizeit.ch/oeffnungszeiten/

Prices: https://saentispark-freizeit.ch/preise/


2. Visit food festivals

Springtime offers many opportunities to try new culinary delights. Because in May and June there are numerous street food festivals, giving you the opportunity to taste dishes from all over the world.

Street Food Festivals in spring:

26.05. - 28.05.2022: Street Food Festival Baden, Trafoplatz & Hall 37

02.06. - 04.06.2022: Street Food Festival Bellinzona, Piazza del Sole

17.06. - 19.06.2022: Street Food Festival St. Gallen, Pädagogische Hochschule square & Spelterini

Information: https://streetfood-festivals.ch/


3. Mountain Biking

The long winter is over, and it's time to enjoy the fresh spring air again. The best way to do that is to get your bikes ready and head out on a biking adventure!

That's why spring is the perfect time to plan a bike tour:

1. The temperatures are pleasant and there is no sign of the summer heat yet.

2. The snow has melted in most tour areas and the ground is no longer frozen.

3. Since spring brings an increased number of sunshine hours, and it is light for longer again, you can plan your tour until after 5 pm.

4. New season = new routes. The motivation to explore new terrain is greatest in spring.

For you, we have compiled the 5 best routes in Switzerland:

  • Grisons: Flow Trail - Lej Suvretta Round from St. Moritz.
  • Ticino: Bré - Piazza Grande Locarno round from Tenero
  • Valais: Breithorn - Old bridge in Binn round from Niederwald
  • Zurich: Felsenegg - Uetliberg round from Zurich Wiedikon,
  • Appenzell Ausserrhoden: Hochalp - Schwägalp Passhöhe Round from Steinegg


4. Drinking drinks on roof terraces

Finally, enjoy good drinks with your loved ones on beautiful roof terraces. Whether it's at the end of the day after a long day at work or on the weekend: The terraces are open again!

Our recommendations:

  • Zurich: Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
  • Lucerne: Montana
  • Bern: Schweizerhof
  • Geneva: Hotel des Bergues
  • Basel: Noohn


5. Visit botanical gardens

Are you a fan of nature and like to discover new things? This spring, seize the opportunity to see nature at its best. Now is the best time to visit a botanical garden, because now everything starts to bloom.

We have selected the 5 most beautiful gardens for you:

  • Zurich: Botanical Garden of the University of Zurich
  • Lake Constance: Mainau Island in Lake Constance
  • Winterthur: Rose Garden
  • Zurich: China Garden
  • Morges: Tulip Festival


6. Swiss Miniature in Ticino

For over 60 years, the Swiss Miniature Museum has presented Switzerland in rare 1:25 scale. The park is located in Melide, Ticino and is surrounded by a breathtaking mountain backdrop of Monte San Giorgio, Monte San Salvatore and Monte Generoso.

This open-air museum will show you 129 models of famous buildings and means of transportation in Switzerland.

The museum is open daily from 09:00 to 18:00.

Among them are Rapperswil Castle. and Chillon Castle and the Bundeshaus in Bern.

Information: https://www.swissminiatur.ch/?lang=en


7. Hiking

Probably the most popular hobby in Switzerland is hiking. For the Swiss, it doesn't matter what time of year it is, hiking always goes. No wonder that this leisure activity is regularly practiced and enjoyed; with miles of routes, wonderful viewpoints and easy to difficult trails, hiking becomes a great fun and experience!

Learn important information about hiking in Switzerland in our article.

Although Switzerland has countless hiking trails as mentioned above, at the end of the day you still have to choose one.

Our hiking suggestions:

  • Ticino: Lugano - San Salvatore - Carona
  • Ticino: Rasa - Ronco sopra Ascona
  • Zurich: Rigi Panorama Trail
  • Basel: To the ruins of Waldenburg
  • Valais: Matterhorn


8. Go to the zoo

As you already know from our article What do Swiss people do in their free time, zoo visits are very popular. But which zoo is the most promising? On top of the list are definitely the Zurich Zoo and the Basel Zoo. The Zurich Zoo is the most visited of the two, but the one in Basel is more extensive and has much more to offer. There, more than 6600 animals attract millions of visitors every year, while in Zurich there are 4000.

Zurich Zoo: https://www.zoo.ch/en

Basel Zoo: https://www.zoobasel.ch/en/


9. Visit different festivals

Probably the most famous music festival in Switzerland is the Openair Frauenfeld, which every year brings inspiring acts on stage and creates unforgettable moments. But did you know that there are many other festivals besides the Openair in Frauenfeld?

Check out what events are coming up soon and don't miss any more exciting events!


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