Baden for families
25 great ideas for getting out and about
The Baldegg recreational area has numerous walking trails through meadows and forests. Barbecue areas are located at the edge of the forest. It’s an ideal place to fly kites in autumn or sled in winter. There is also a restaurant with an adventure playground for children.
Location: 15 minutes from the Baden Ost train station with bus number 5 (bus stop: Baldegg)
Restaurant Baldegg opening hours:
Wed to Sun 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., open daily from April 2015.
The Kurpark is the perfect place to spend warm summer days with the whole family. The expansive lawns and playground provide children with plenty of space to run around and explore. The nearby restaurant at the Grand Casino Baden has a beautiful outdoor terrace and spoils its guests with a selection
of tasty dishes and refreshing drinks.
Location: Haselstrasse 2, 5-minute walk from Baden train station
Grand Casino Baden restaurant opening hours:
daily from 8:00 a.m. – midnight
Kappisee's beautiful lakeside surroundings will take your mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday life, for a relaxing family day out. The lake features an island with a barbecue area, tables and benches.
Location: near the Kappelerhof Power Station, 8 minutes from the Baden Ost train station with bus number 9 (bus stop: Baden Kraftwerk)
Tip: Fit in a visit to the electricity museum.
Tüfels Chäller (Devil's Cellar)
The unspoilt Tüfels Chäller nature reserve is a great place for a family outing. Fallen trees and rock formations create an exciting maze where children can climb and play. Barbecue areas available.
Location: in Baden Forest, 15-minute walk from Baden train station towards Lindenplatz. Bus number 2 from Baden Ost train station (bus stop: Oberstadt).
Tip: tell your children the exciting tale of the Tüfels Chäller (Devil's Cellar).
The Baden outdoor pool has a long water slide, diving tower, wave pool, children’s pool, lawns for games and sports, beach volleyball courts, table tennis tables, a sandpit and a playground. Food and beverages are available from the restaurant and kiosk. The indoor pool is open all year round
and is a good alternative on cold or rainy days.
Location: Pfisterstrasse 1, 5 minutes from Baden Ost train station with bus number 3 or 4 (bus stop: Schwimmbad) www.baden.ch/terrassenbad
The playground under the Hochbrücke (High Bridge) in Grabenstrasse is a paradise for children, with a water and sand play area, slide, jungle gym and wooden castle. Tables and benches provide a comfortable place to sit and have picnics.
Location: underneath the Hochbrücke (High Bridge), next to the Pfaffenkappe schoolhouse, 10-minute walk from Baden train station towards Schulhausplatz
The Tannegg playground has everything a child could want. A “flying carpet”, a steep slide and a wooden playhouse. There are also basketball hoops and table tennis tables right next door at the Schulhausplatz.
Location: Ländliweg, next to the Tannegg school building, 10-minute walk from Baden train station towards Schulhausplatz.
Kehl playground boasts a wide variety of play equipment and is located on the outskirts of the city. Children's eyes will light up when they see the huge wooden jungle gym, different swings, water and sand play area, playing field and football pitch.
Location: 7 minutes from Baden West train station with bus number 6 or 7 (bus stop: Badener Tor) www.baden.ch/spielplatz
Test your coordination and fitness together with your children at 15 different activity stations. Five different animals guide children through the exercises, which are specially designed for children aged three and older.
Location: in Baden Forest, 20-minute walk from Baden train station towards Lindenplatz. Bus number 2 from Baden Ost train station (bus stop: Oberstadt).
Bowling Baregg offers a huge range of activities for the whole family. From bowling and billiards to indoor mini golf and table football, there really is something for everyone. And at Sportworld Baregg, you can also rent tennis, squash and badminton courts.
Location: Sportworld Baregg, Zelgweg 11, CH-5405 Baden-Dättwil, 10 minutes from Baden West train station with bus number 6 or 7 (bus stop: Baregg)
Swiss Museum of Childhood
The Swiss Museum of Childhood has everything from great-grandma’s dolls through to the latest high-tech toys. Fascinating displays delight visitors young and old and the museum’s extensive collection is rounded off by a wide variety of special exhibitions, tours and holiday programmes.
Location: Ländliweg 7, 15-minute walk from Baden train station towards Schulhausplatz, just behind the Ländli school building
Opening hours: Tues to Sat 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Museum of Electricity Kappelerhof Baden Power Station
Would you like to know how a power station works and where electricity comes from? This small museum dedicated to electricity has all the answers. The information is presented in a child-friendly way and the interactive displays make every visit a memorable
experience. Entry is free. Free tours are available on request.
Location: near the Kappelerhof Power Station, 8 minutes from Baden Ost train station with bus number 9 (bus stop: Baden Kraftwerk)
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Sat 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Teddy Bear Museum Baden
Teddy bears come to life in a series of fun and friendly scenes. They go to school, help around the house and play with their friends. These tender scenes are designed with great attention to detail and also feature beautiful antique objects.
Location: Obere Halde 24, in the Old Town, 10-minute walk from Baden train station
Opening hours: Wed, Sat and Sun 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Baden Museum of History
Immerse yourself in Baden’s rich and colourful history, from the days of the Roman Empire right through to the modern era. The city’s bathing and industrial history is presented inside in the museum’s contemporary building. In the Landvogteischloss (Bailiff’s Castle), you can find out how people used to live.
You can also take a tour through the museum with an exciting audio guide.
Location: Baden Museum of History, Wettingerstrasse 2, 5-minute walk from Baden train station, right next to the Landvogteischloss (Bailiff’s Castle)
Opening hours: Tues to Sat 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Thurs : 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. / Sun 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The city library is a meeting place for people of all ages and cultures. It has a wide range of media that can be loaned or downloaded: fiction in the region’s major languages, non-fiction media, e-books, comics, magazines and newspapers, as well as audio books, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray DVDs. The library also lends indoor and outdoor toys, as well as board and card games. It’s a great way to try new things and see what your kids enjoy.
The library has a quiet area with workstations, an active area with a café, a news lounge, children’s library and teen library. The current range of media is supplemented by the Badensia collection with books on the Baden region.
Lending webopac online catalogue
Location: Mellingerstrasse 19, 10-minute walk from Baden train station towards Lindenplatz
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. / Sat 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Karussell Family Centre Baden Region
The Karussell Family Centre offers a wide variety of services for families with small children: an info library, parental training, crawling groups, childcare services, play groups, a babysitting network, father-children breakfasts, children’s hairdresser / face painting,
meet-up café, arts and crafts, room rental
for children’s birthdays and much more.
Location: Haselstrasse 6, CH-5400 Baden
Opening hours: varies depending on the activities. 5-minute walk from Baden train station towards the Kurpark
ThiK. Theater im Kornhaus
ThiK entertains audiences young and old with a diverse range of performances incorporating all kinds of themes. The theatre’s mix of original plays, guest performances, puppetry, storytelling and role-playing never fails to delight.
Location: Kronengasse 10, in the Old Town, Untere Halde. 10-minute walk from Baden train station
Tip: discount family ticket available (enquire at the box office).
Kurtheater Baden is the largest theatre in Aargau and offers a broad programme which caters to all ages. Around once a month it hosts a play, musical, opera or ballet designed especially for children.
Location: Parkstrasse 20, 300 metres from Baden train station
Tip: discount family ticket available (enquire at the box office).
Wettingen Puppet Theatre
This small theatre in Gluri Suter Huus demonstrates just how diverse and exciting contemporary puppetry can be. The multifaceted programme has something for everybody, with puppetry and object theatre, professional guest performers from Switzerland and abroad, and original productions.
Location: Bifangstrasse 1, CH-5430 Wettingen, 10 minutes from Baden Ost train station with bus number 1 (bus stop: Wettingen, Rebstock)
Stein Castle medieval-themed city tour
Travel back in time with a thrilling city tour of the Stein Castle ruins, where your children can pretend to be knights, court jesters and princesses. The Stein Castle ruins can also be visited without a tour.
Meeting place: Stein Castle viewing platform
Public tours: Sun 24.05.2015 and 20.09.2015. Advance registration required.
Individual tours can be booked at any time.
Tip: find out more about the city of Baden on other family-friendly tours.
Jahrmarkt (fun fair)
Toys, surprise bags, balloons, Magenbrot (traditional ginger-spiced bread) and candy floss: the Jahrmarkt has it all. The Jahrmarkt is held on the first Wednesday in May and November.
Location: City centre (Weite Gasse, Cordulaplatz, Badstrasse, Bahnhofplatz)
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Every year in the first week of the autumn holidays, Baden’s city centre turns into a paradise for children and teenagers filled with games and entertainment. From Wednesday to Saturday, they can ride ponies, hop on a jumping castle, play inside a party bus, stack crates, do arts and crafts, have their faces painted and so much more. All the attractions are free.
Location: Baden city centre from 30 Sept – 3 Oct 2015
Children ring little gold bells as the city’s dazzling Christmas lights are illuminated to mark the start of the festive season. This unique Baden tradition is a magical experience for the whole family.
Location: Meet at Cordulaplatz, city centre, 10-minute walk from Baden train station towards Schulhausplatz.
(Route: Cordulaplatz to Schlossbergplatz)
Date: 23 November 2016 starting at 5:15 p.m.
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