Interactive Train World

Sitting in the driver’s seat of a locomotive for once – if only for a short while: There are many museums in Switzerland where children can playfully explore train driving.

At the Albula Railway museum, both the young and the young-at-heart are carried away to the distant past of railway pioneers.

Tunnels, viaducts and locomotives – that is the world of Clà Ferrovia. The “children’s conductor” of the Rhaetian Railway tells fascinating stories of railways and of his adventurous life, as well as sings and crafts with the children. He also takes them on journeys of exploration and adventures into the realm of the mountain railway. The absolute highlight: In a simulator, visitors may try their luck at conducting the legendary “crocodile locomotive” along the Albula route themselves.

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It is Europe’s most comprehensive museum of mobility – and justifiably the most visited museum in Switzerland: The “Verkehrshaus der Schweiz” (Swiss Museum of Transportation) at Lucerne.

On an exhibition area of over 20,000 square metres more than 3,000 exhibits present the development of traffic and every sort of transportation: road, rail, waterway, air and space. Among countless other attractions, a locomotive may be conducted in a simulator. Up close and rich in variety, the museum brings the history of traffic and communication to life. Visitors with a valid Swiss Travel Pass benefit from a 50% discount off the entrance fee.

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A “must” for railway enthusiasts. The Locorama is a popular family attraction located only a leisurely stroll from Romanshorn railway station close to the scenic shoreline of Lake Constance. The old engine depot was once an important turntable for goods trains between Switzerland and neighbouring Germany. Now it is a Railway Adventure World, offering a wealth of historical highlights and old-timer trips for the young and young-at-heart. A particularly popular attraction for children is the open-topped miniature “Garden Railway”.

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