Best Playgrounds in Zurich
Zürich is full of natural beauty. With Lake Zürich, hiking, cycling, and nearby skiing, there are all sorts of outdoor activities at our fingertips. In the local kindergarten’s in Zürich, children spend two years going on weekly forest walks. These walks happen rain, snow, or sunshine. The children bring sausages for the campfire that they make. So when I think about playgrounds in Zürich, they definitely take a backseat to abundance of amazing outdoor activities for children with all the green space we are so lucky to enjoy here.
So, here are our favorite playgrounds. These all include places to eat. My girls and I love sit, chat, color and eat along with a bit of playing. If I’m at a playground, I’m going to need a cup of coffee if not a glass of wine. So these, for us, are the best playgrounds in Zürich.
The Zürich Zoo is a must stop when traveling to Zürich with your family. This is a full day excursion as the Zoo is quite large and spread out on a hill with many playgrounds. The Zoo has a wonderful playground right after the entrance next to the cafeteria Pantanal. I like to eat at the quieter Zoo Cafe, then enter the Zoo, and then the kids can play at the playground in front of Pantanal. There are slides and playgrounds throughout the Zoo, we hardly make it to most of them. The petting zoo also has a great playground definitely worth going to. The train down to the Elephants is wonderful for the family. On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays there are pony rides and camel rides among many other special events. More of our trips to the Zoo and Easter event.
044 254 25 00
This is a wonderful playground in Enge next to the Rietburg Museum. There is a small playground at the bottom of Rietburg Park. But the best playground and area to run around is at the top, at the Enge Quartiertreff, next to the Rietburg Muserum. There is a cafe, sand area, grass area, playground and plenty of wheely cars to ride around on. There are a lot of wonderful events at the Museum as well as the Quartiertreff, so check online for more details.
Quartiertreff Enge – Gablerstrasse 20, 8002 Zürich
Museum Rietberg – Gablerstrasse 15, 8002 Zürich
China Garden (aka Spielplatz Zurichhorn)
We love to take the boat to the China Garden. It is also easy to get here by tram from town or walk. The China Garden is actually quite impressive in itself, but we go there for the lake side playground and gelato. The playground is all sand, with a climbing wall, swings, hammocks, and more.
Chinagarten- Spielplatz Zurichhorn
Phone: +41 44 380 31 51
Park im Gruene is a fantastic day out for the family. Located in Ruschlikon right off the highway, the park has a Migros cafeteria full of buffet hot food, salad bar, desserts, coffee, wine and anything else you might want to eat. Top tip: walk up to the beginning of the hot food and ask for a “kinder teller” to fill up your kids plates from the hot buffet instead of just giving them a sausage and fries or chicken nuggets and fries. We like to take the plates and fill them with the veggies and noodles they have for the adults. It’s only 6chf for a kinder menu with drink, food, and ice cream! Quite a Zürich deal!
There is an indoor playground which is a life saver in the winter. The playground outside is rather wonderful. On Wednesday and Sundays they have donkey rides, train rides, water park and a puppet show which the kids absolutely love! There is also a great view of Lake Zürich and a small pond. We have spent many full afternoons at Park im Gruene. It’s a mini city escape within Zürich.
This playground is in the hip Zürich West area under the Viaduct. It is a huge flat grassy area with a playing field and a walking path around it. There are play things all along the sides for kids as well as a playground in the corner nearest to all the shops and cafes of the Viaduct. There is also a wonderful outdoor café in the park. We just came here the other day after a wonderful brunch at nearby Maison Blunt and I can’t wait to come back with the family for a great day out. This playground is also quite near Cafe Lang and Frau Gerold’s Garten which are fantastic spots for a bite to eat.
The next playgrounds are a bit outside Zürich, but perfect for those early school release days or weekends:
My friend Mary, from Playground Around The Corner, has a fantastic website dedicated to a comprehensive playground listing throughout the world. If you are ever somewhere and wonder which playground to go to, her site is fantastic. I am so happy to be able to add our favorite Zürich playgrounds to her site. She also has an incredible Instagram feed which is well worth following.