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My husband and I love hiking, but we never pretended to be experts. Now when we have children, we are better organised (hop over our article “Our Hiking with Kids Packing List”) and understand how to finish the trail without tears. Actually, it’s very simple, you just always have to make sure that the trail you are taking is family friendly. That`s why we loved the Swiss Post «Hiking ideas for families» booklet where you can find ten family hiking ideas from Switzerland. We had a chance to choose one of the destinations and picked the one that suits our needs the most, and spent an amazing family weekend in Diemtigtal. If you’re interested in reasons why we chose Diemtigtal and why we recommend this destination to you, keep reading!
First: a pure beauty of Swiss nature
The region of Diemtigtal is the largest Alpine farming area in Switzerland. It is absolutely stunning and very authentic. Already by approaching Diemtigtal valley by car, a magnificent landscape of the mountain is opening up to your view. Beautiful wooden houses, horses, sheep, goats and cows, this all is making Diemtigtal a perfect place where children can see how farmers live and discover the pure beauty of Swiss nature.
Second: a 100% family friendly factor
Driving from Zurich to Diemtigtal didn`s take even 2,5 hours. Arriving at Grimmialp we immediately hit the Diemtigtal Nature Park trail along the river Chirel. As described in the booklet, the Diemtigtal this trail route is quite flat, and this is what we found convenient. We have a small 1yo child, so it is important for us to keep our hiking as simple as possible but yet exciting. The booklet describes that the trail is pretty long, (around 4 hours) but actually, only the path from Grimmialp to Anger is a baby stroller friendly and about one hour walk. We have carried our 1-year-old in a baby carrier, but it would also be possible to stroll the entire way down with a baggy. What is also great about this trail is that there is a possibility to stop hiking at any time you want and take the Post Bus to return the starting point. We had done the whole way down from Grimmialp to Anger when a little rain interrupted us on the way down, so we decided to stop and take the bus up to Grimmialp. This made our hiking day much more relaxed and enjoyable. And imagine, we loved Diemtigtal so much that we decided to stay one night in one of the local hotels and the next day repeat the trail again!
Third: fun for kids on the way
When hiking with kids, you have to think about something special that can be interesting for kids. This was another thing that was specified in the booklet, and that made us chose Diemtigtal as a hiking destination. The trail has several stations where you can stop and read stories to your kids. And, what is really great, there is a stop at the water playground which is a really cool place to let the kids roam around and enjoy playing with water in the middle of the mountains. By the way, there is a little kiosk where you can buy water or ice cream on the way, and directly at the playground, you can buy sausages and grill them there or have really delicious food at a restaurant nearby.
All in all, our trip to Diemtigtal was absolutely lovely and very relaxed which might sound a bit unusual when you are hiking with 2 small kids. Although we live in Switzerland and probably will never run out of hiking ideas, sometimes we also need just a little hint about cool destinations we can discover together with kids. Thank you Swiss Post for your hiking ideas, we will for sure use your tips again this summer. And if you’re looking for some more hiking with kids ideas recommended by us, you will find more on our website or on our website under Travel Together or on our Pinterest (also Facebook and Instagram).
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