Bern is an incredibly child friendly city with lush gardens, quiet streets and plenty of little people running around. I think Switzerland is right in the middle of a baby boom or perhaps the pram has become the latest fashion accessory as every second person seems to be pushing one. So lucky for us we fit right in, except for the fact we were on a restricted travel budget! Thankfully there were plenty of parks for us to visit that provided Jack with entertainment and didn’t cost a thing! The city has been designed to cater well to not only kids and also parents as you will see from these 4 great parks for kids in Bern.
Take the gentle climb out of the city up to the Rose Garden (Rosengarten) were you will get an impressive view of the city and beyond while the little ones run on the lush green lawn or disappear into the playground designed especially for those toddler sized.
There are plenty of garden chairs spread out on the lawn for you to enjoy a peaceful picnic or a café to enjoy service with a glass of wine. Both spots have a clear view of the playground so parents can be entertained whilst the kids play.
Alter Aargauerstalden 31B, Bern
On a sunny day Kleine Schanze is a great place to stretch out on the lawn and join the many locals socialising with friends and other young families. There is a café opening out onto the grass and a dozen or so whizzy things the kids can climb on, spin and eventually fall off. Around the corner there are some ducks for your kids to feed and chase.
The spacious park of Mongijou is ideal for big and little kids with the main feature being a large tunnel slide which on a busy day you will have to cue to get a go, but it is worth it for the smiles on the kid’s faces. There is also plenty of equipment for kids of all sizes to play on and a large expansive lawn to lay out a picnic rug and take a break from sightseeing.
A little bit out of town in a lovely family friendly suburb is the little Steinhӧlzli park where you will find a flying fox, a sand pit and some fun climbing equipment for kids of all sizes. Like the other playgrounds of Bern, there is an expansive stretch of lawn for you to rest your legs whist the munkins play. Word of warning if you children like to get their hands dirty, the sandy pit turns quickly into a sloshy mud pit as the water flows and the mud cakes are created. You might just want to pack a change of clothes!
If you don’t make it to any of these parks you can be assured you will find another great spot in Bern for the kids to run around and burn off some steam while you enjoy the sunshine or a bite to eat at a café on the parks edge. There is no doubt bern is a great destination for both parents and kids!