Switzerland’s 10 Best Historical Museums

The Museums listed below are not your typical museum.  As they are subject specific, they are filled with opportunities to learn, explore and participate in fun activities. Here is a list of 10 museums that you must visit while visiting Switzerland.

  • Dinosaur Museum in the Zurich Oberland – Aathal

http://www.sauriermuseum.ch/

A museum where you can learn everything there is to know about dinosaurs, a place where you can even watch a movie about them and when you get tired you can grab a lunch in the restaurant. This place offers a lot of recreational activities and many fun things to see and do.

  • Fossil Museum Monte San Giorgio – Mendrisio

http://www.montesangiorgio.org/en/Territorio/I-musei-/Museo-dei-Fossili-di-Meride.html

This museum exhibits a section of fossilized animals and plants from the unique UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monte San Giorgio. Here you can see the 2.5 meter long reconstruction of the saurian Ticinosachus, so if you want to see the fossils and learn more about them, this should be your destination.

  • Albula Railway Museum – Bergün

http://www.bahnmuseum-albula.ch/

If you are a fan of the trains, locomotives and railways, this is the museum where you have to go. This museum exhibits locomotives and tells a perfect story about the railway lines in Switzerland. Your children will be left breathless by all the trains exhibited there and you will want to come back to this museum.

  • Textile Museum – St. Gallen

http://www.textilmuseum.ch/

A museum where you can see how people dressed since the 14th century and be mesmerized by all the textiles and clothes. See fabrics from the Egyptian grave sites, costumes from all over the world and take a guided tour that will help you learn about the different countries with the help of their traditional outfits.

  • Gruyères – Castle and Small Town – Gruyères

http://www.chateau-gruyeres.ch/

A perfect medieval town where three museums are situated. Here you can see the amazing 800 year old castle where history and culture meet. In the  H. R. Giger you can see the art of the Oscar winner and in the Tibet museum you can see sculptures, pictures and ritual works that are from different Himalayan regions.

  • Basel Paper Mill – Basel

http://www.papiermuseum.ch/en/the-museum/

This one of a kind paper mill museum is located in a medieval paper mill. Here you can see the workshop and you can be a part of the demonstrations where you can learn a lot about the historic techniques in the workshops.

  • Natural History Museum – Bern

http://www.nmbe.ch/

This museum is one of the most important museums in Switzerland. Its main focus are the animals depicted in their natural environment. The main attraction in this museum is the Saint Bernard dog, Barry who died in 1814. Here you can also see the extremely clear quartz crystals.

  • The Swiss National Museum – Zürich

http://www.nationalmuseum.ch/e/

As one of the most interesting museums, this museum exhibits a variety of different arts, crafts and even ordinary objects. Learn about the history of Switzerland, discover the gardens, be part of the battle. Everything in this museum will amaze you.

  • Chillon Castle – Montreux

http://www.chillon.ch/

One of the most beautiful fortress and definitely, one of the most famous castles in Switzerland, the Chillon Castle with over a 1000 years of history will inspire you by its look, location and history. If you and your family want to go back in time, feel like a part of the royal family, you should definitely visit this castle museum.

  • Switzerland’s museum of transportation – Luzern

http://www.verkehrshaus.ch

In the museum of transportation you can see exhibits of a variety modes of transportation, starting from road transportation, rail transportation and aviation. Here you can also find film theatres, the planetarium and you can even learn and try the famous Swiss chocolate in the chocolate adventure theme world.

So, if you find yourself in Switzerland, don’t forget to visit at least one of these museums, you will be amazed by everything in these museums and your time will be well spent.

For assistance with a trip to Switzerland, give us a call.  Distinctive Travel and Tours  888-843-7914

Tour Miniature Switzerland by Miniature Train

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Mini train SwissVapeur Tour Miniature Switzerland by Miniature Train

One of the mini trains at the Swiss Vapeur featuring miniatures of Switzerland land marks

 

If you would like to take a tour of Switzerland but only have a day, then go to Lake Geneva, where you can enjoy a tour of Switzerland at the The Swiss Vapeur Parc, which is  located near the Rhone River and Lake Geneva, south of Montreux.

The park  has  about 16 miniature train engines.   Half of the locomotives are steam engines while the others work with gas or petroleum.  There are  2,000 m of railway track and only 1,200 m of walkways and paths. The trains are guided by  signals and  switches on a 12-minute circular journey through f tunnels and across  bridges and six level crossings. Travelers can embark at different stations with the cog-wheel mountain trains only departing from La Prairie station.

The  Parc has  miniature copies of  original trains. The station signs are copies of smaller Swiss Railway signs. Some of the  Swiss buildings were reproduced in about one quarter size as are the train engines.

The  trains are a must stop for visitors on a family vacation.  Allow about three hours to experience the parc.

Miniature railway enthusiasts may operate their own personal single-seater trains on the tracks too but general visitors have to ride the normal ones. Visitors may sail hand-made boats on the lake.  Handicap and persons in wheelchairs can be accommodated so they can enjoy the parc.  If it is raining there are covered trains to allow the rides to continue.

Click on the link below for videos and more details on Swiss Vapeur Parc:

http://www.swissvapeur.ch/video/flash_flv_player/index_en.php

The Parc is open from May 19 – Nov 2,  2014.  With opening times between 10am – 6pm.  From June 14 – 21 and July 31 – August 16, the Parc is open till 11:30pm for night train rides