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Switzerland is a paradise for families. Mums and dads love our safe cities and clean and reliable public transportation but it’s our jaw-dropping scenery and fun activities that can turn kids who are normally attached to screens into kids who are happy to step away from the electronics and out into nature. In the winter you can ski, snowboard, sled, and snowshoe and in the summer months you can discover the mountains along kid-themed hiking trails with superb playgrounds and awesome views.

But there’s more to Switzerland than just the beautiful mountains. Perhaps a well kept secret is its more than 1000 lakes just begging you to jump in and cool off on hot sunny days. Depending on your location, those lovely swimming spots are called “Badis” on the German side, “Lidos” on the Italian side and “La Plage” on the French side, usually have a lovely stretch of grass or sand as well as other creature comforts—some more extensive than others–where you can go to socialize and cool off with the locals. You will find these swimming spots in the mountains as well as the in the cities and they are a great way to relax after a long day exploring.

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