This post has been waiting in a queue for more than half a year – in fact, since April, when we visited Verkerhshaus (Swiss Museum of Transport) in Lucerne. It was again one rainy Sunday, so today I bring you another tip for a family trip when the weather is not inclined towards making trips to the beautiful swiss nature.
Verkehrshaus is the most popular museum in Switzerland* and no wonder. It is only once you get into the lobby of the museum, where they sell tickets, you realize just how big it is. Through glass walls, you will see huge halls with their collections of locomotives, historic trams, cars, ship models, planes which together tell the story of the development of transport by land, air, and water. And all this with a unique Swiss touch. So the perfect place for transport-obsessed children (and their dads – ehm;)) to have fun and learn at the same time.
Before your visit
Before visiting in rainy weather you have to count on the fact, that it will look as if the idea of visiting the Verkehrshaus reached all families with children in Switzerland. And also that the visit doesn´t take an hour or two, but more likely four or five.
- The museum is large enough so the crowds spread easily
- There are more than enough parking lots
- You can scare off any exhaustion on countless benches
One part of the exhibition is devoted to the Gotthard tunnel – it was opened June 1, 2016 and is the longest railway tunnel in the world – measuring 57 kilometers! (You can read more here). You will find panels with photos depicting the work on the tunnel, the information about how demanding the whole project was etc.
Upstairs you can find precisely elaborated railway model – unfortunately we haven´t opportunity to see it as the children kept rushing forward to see more and more trains and we’ve tried not to lose sight of them, so we didn´t notice the stairs leading to the second floor.
Ships and cableways
To make your visit more fun, four rowing machines are waiting for you here – you can make your own rowing contest. Who will be the winner?
The exhibition on the second floor then presents various types of aerial cableways, which take visitors to the Swiss mountains from the valley up to the mountain peaks. Here you can see how the first ski lift looked like, but also how look most modern gondolas that can accommodate several dozen people (on our trips we call them “buses”).
For adults and older children, there are prepared two other simulators – a helicopter and a fighter plane. Unfortunately for us you have to queue quite a long time, so we gave up waiting 🙁
Proof that our children enjoyed the transport museum, be it that every other week they ask when we are going there again. And I tell them that some time we definitely do. Because there’s a lot of things that we´ve missed during our visit. In addition to the model of the Gotthard tunnel mentioned above, we also haven´t been to the Planetarium, children haven´t taken a ride in the garden railway, we haven´t been to a newly opened media world and most importantly: we haven´t enjoyed Lindt Chocolate Adventure !!! That can´t definitely be missed next time!
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[…] Switzerland’s most visited museum is the place to learn about the history of road, rail, water and air transport, as well as the history of space travel. There’s a separate building dedicated to each branch of transport (and I’m not counting the outdoor exhibits), so you’ll agree with me that there’s a lot to see (and more importantly, experience!). Even if you spend the whole day here, it’s a museum that’s never boring! And it doesn’t matter what age you are – young and old alike will enjoy it. This is the fourth time we’ve been here, and we always discover something new that we haven’t had a chance to try before – you can read about our first visit in the blog post here. […]