What to do in bad weather Of course, I’m always confronted with the question of a bad weather program – especially when I’m on the road and the weather doesn’t play along.
Fortunately, there are a multitude of possibilities for excursions in bad weather in Switzerland. So it’s high time to put together the best tips for a bad weather program in Switzerland.
Here you will find 11 ideas for excursions and activities in rain, fog or low temperatures – from museums to wellness oases to outdoor activities that are also possible in bad weather.
1. St. Beatus Caves: Excursion into nature even in bad weather
Experience nature despite bad weather? This is exactly what is possible in the St. Beatus Caves. The stalactite caves are located below Beatenberg and are among the most famous attractions on Lake Thun.
The St. Beatus Caves can be explored either in groups or on your own. Depending on the speed, the tour of the approximately 1 kilometer long cave system takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. There is exciting information about the caves to explore on information boards or via the free “Saint Beatus” app.
You can then return to Thun by bus or boat. You can reach the caves by bus from Sigriswil in 36 minutes (1x change in Gunten) or from Thun directly in 38 minutes. True to the motto “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”, the caves can also be reached on foot – for example as part of the Panoramaweg Thunersee.
2. Touching, trying out, testing or playing in the tropical house in Frutigen
Would you like another bad weather idea in the Bernese Oberland? A trip to the Frutigen Tropical House is absolutely worthwhile. The tropical house uses the warm water from the Lötschberg for fish farming and for the production of tropical fruits.
In the exhibition you can discover the five themed worlds water, sturgeon, caviar, pleasure and energy. In an entertaining way, exciting knowledge about the theme worlds is conveyed by touching, trying out, texting or playing. In addition to the exhibition, there is also a tropical garden and a restaurant in the Tropenhaus Frutigen, which prepares its own fruits and fish.
The Tropenhaus Frutigen can be reached from Bern in about 1 hour by train (1x change in Spiez).
3. For the whole family: Bad weather excursion to the Sensorium Rüttihubelbad
See, hear, smell and touch – in the sensorium in the Rüttihubelbad everything revolves around the perception of the senses. In the annual exhibition and the permanent exhibition, young and old can playfully experience their own senses at different stations.
The sensorium also provides for the growling stomach. In the entrance area there is a spacious picnic area and one floor above is the Rüttihubelbad restaurant (on weekends it is advisable to reserve a table as the restaurant is very popular).
The sensorium is part of the Rüttihubelbad Foundation and is located above the village of Walkringen. Traveling by public transport takes you by train to Worb Dorf or Walkringen, from there by bus no. 791 to “Walkringen, Rüttihubelbad”.
4. Out despite rainy weather – Excursion to the Tamina Gorge
Does rainy weather mean you prefer to stay indoors? Not with this bad weather idea. A place where you can enjoy fresh air despite rainy weather is the Tamina Gorge. Experience and wellness can be combined with a trip to the Tamina Gorge.
A 700 meter long path leads you into the depths of the mystical gorge. On the way back you can discover the history of the origins of the thermal bathing resort Bad Ragaz and the Tamina Gorge in the baroque baths of the old Bad Pfäfers. And of course, a dip in the Tamina Therme should not be missing as the culmination of a bad weather excursion.
You can reach the gorge by post bus from Bad Ragaz train station in around 25 minutes. Half-Fare travelcard and GA travelcard are not valid for the journey.
5. Discover the sweet world of chocolate at Maison Cailler
A list of ideas for a bad weather program in Switzerland without a chocolate factory would not be a complete list. The chocolate factory that represents the history of Swiss chocolate like no other is the Maison Cailler in Broc.
On a one-hour tour, you can immerse yourself in the history of chocolate production in Gruyère and gain an insight into today’s production. And of course the chocolate tasting is not neglected either.
The Maison Cailler can be easily reached by public transport (bus or train) from Broc-Fabrique train station.
6. Bad weather excursion in the Lucerne area: Visit to the Sempach ornithological station
If you hear bad weather and Lucerne, you probably think first of the Verkehrshaus Luzern and then maybe of the museums. But the Swiss Ornithological Institute in Sempach is also on the list of possible activities in rainy and bad weather in the Lucerne region.
The bird observatory’s visitor center offers interactive access to the colorful world of birds in three exhibition rooms and is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The ornithological station can be easily reached by train and postbus. You can either arrive via the Sursee train station or the Sempach-Neuenkirch train station and from there take the post bus to the “Vogelwarte” stop.
7. Wellness mit Spassfaktor im Splash & Spa Tamaro
Bad weather ideas without wellness tips? Of course that is not possible. But this tip goes beyond the “classic” spa. In the Splash e SPA Tamaro, a bathing landscape and a wellness area invite you to relax, while the adrenaline rush is not neglected on five water slides. This also makes the Splash e SPA Tamaro the ideal bad weather excursion for families.
Because the water slides are not really my thing (of course I tried them anyway), my highlights were in the spa area – for example the chestnut sauna, which is completely lined with chestnut wood, or the “Sincalick”, a 38 ° hot pool with underwater music.
The Splash e SPA Tamaro is right next to the valley station of the Monte Tamaro cable car, a 10-minute walk from the Rivera-Bironico train station.
8. Bad weather idea in the Engadine: the Bogn Engiadina mineral bath
A trip to the Engadine is always worthwhile – just because of the beautiful landscape. But what if the weather doesn’t cooperate? It has happened to me too. My tip: relax in the Bogn Engiadina mineral bath. The mineral bath is located in the center of the village of Scuol. You can expect a bathing landscape with six indoor and outdoor pools with massage jets, bubble loungers and brine pools as well as an impressive sauna landscape and a Roman-Irish bath.
Thanks to the size, the people are well distributed – so that the bathroom does not look full even on a typical “bathing day”. You can either walk to the spa in 15 minutes from Scuol-Tarasp train station or by bus in 7 minutes.
9. Relax in the Brigerbad – as the Romans did
As a Thun native, wellness trips to Valais are a tradition. A few years ago, another bath was added to my list of Valais thermal baths: the Brigerbad. The Romans already knew the source and appreciated the positive effects of the thermal water. And who knows, maybe it was already a destination for the Romans in bad weather.
I can recommend the Brigerbad to anyone looking for relaxation on a bad weather day. The highlights include, for example, the rock swimming pools, three aromatic steam baths at different temperatures, a Kneipp facility and a wood, bio and salt stone sauna. With a visit to the Cécile restaurant, the bad weather program can also be supplemented with culinary delights.
The Brigerbad can be reached comfortably (and dry) by bus and train: from Visp the bus drives directly in front of the Brigerbad (Brigerbad stop).
10. The WOW Museum – the indoor activity in the city of Zurich
If you want to leave your own four walls for a few hours on a snowy or rainy day and discover something new, you will find the WOW Museum Find what you are looking for in Zurich. The visitors are amazed by means of illusions and optical illusions. This makes the WOW Museum an indoor activity in Zurich for young and old.
The museum is only a stone’s throw away from Bahnhofstrasse and can be easily reached on foot from Zurich’s main train station. Particularly practical: the ticket can be booked online in advance for a specific time slot – there are no waiting times and the museum is not overcrowded.
11. Bad weather excursion in western Switzerland: a visit to the MAMCO
Western Switzerland is not free from bad weather either. Anyone looking for inspiration despite rain or freezing temperatures should pay a visit to the MAMCO Musée d’art moderne et contemporain. The museum is located in a former factory and extends over an area of over 3,500 m2. In the MAMCO, modern and contemporary works of art (from 1960) are exhibited on four floors.
The MAMCO can either be reached in around 20 minutes on foot or by bus or tram in around 15 minutes from Geneva train station.
If the weather is nice, I recommend my list of the top 99 excursion destinations in Switzerland.
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Bad weather program Switzerland – 11 excursion destinations for bad weather