Some Ideas for Things To Do
for Teenagers in Zurich
Teenagers in town? Check out these ideas to keep them occupied:
A fun activity for young and old, Bowling Universum in Dietlikon is the perfect night out for any teenage group. Book a game or two and enjoy toppling bowling pins with your friends, and revel at the hits and misses that will make the night seem short. Strike! See here for details.
Feel the wind rush through your hair as you go for the 180 around a 1,000 meter squared Freestyle Halle Zurich. One of the largest in Europe, whether Skateboarding, BMX or unicycle. All are welcome to pull off tricks in this top Zurich attraction. More information here.
The indoor Go Karting circuit in Rümlang not far from Zurich airport is open 7 days a week and is a great place to go to get some adrenalin rushing and have some fun. It’s also a popular idea for birthday party groups. For more information see here.
A wise man once said “there’s nothing better than messing about in boats”. If the huge ships on the Zürisee don’t cut it, you can rent pedalos at numerous areas around the lake for an hour or so having fun in a pedalling boat. Just to get you started, you can find pedalos in Enge here, in Utoquai here, in Stäfa here and in Rapperswil here.
Paintball Arena Shänis
If you want the adrenaline rush of vaulting over a piece of cover while you friend offers suppressive fire, the paint ball arena just a stone’s throw away from HB is for you. Although expensive, this team sport will solidify comradeship and even make some rivals. For more information see here.
Whether it be a lake or a pool, Switzerland offers some opportunities for great swimming. Chill out at your local pool or meet with friends and visit some place new. Schwimmbad Forbach in Zollikon is a particularly great location with its multiple slides and outdoor pools and a pirate ship for the kids or the young at heart.
Unterer Letten is a particularly fabulous badi, where teenagers can chill by the Limmat as well as jump off the 10 metre bride into the deep waters below. Filled with loud music and lots of noise, the Unterer Letten is definitely a place for teenagers to go this and any other summer.
For a long list of Badis in Zurich please see here.
The debate as to where the best ice cream in Zurich can be found continues, but there is no doubt that a nice ice cream with friends can be the best start (or conclusion) to a Summer’s day in Zurich. No food is as cooling or as satisfying. Take a look at one of our favourite here.
For those of you who prefer frozen yogurt top places to check out are as follows:
Wonderpots in Jelmoli – one flavour, different sizes, lots of quality toppings. Enjoy!
Yoomoo Frozen Yogurt – fat free frozen yogurt (including lactose free)
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Zurich proper, the Greifensee Lake is the perfect place to seek refuge. Smaller than lake Zurich, the lake offers stunning warm waters to swim and well maintained biking “highways” to cycle or walk round. The castle and town of Greifensee offer boat rentals and good food for a picturesque day out. Greifensee website.
Stand Up Paddleboarding SUP
There are now lots of places in and around Zurich where you can rent SUPs and/or take lessons. It’s a sport which is catching on fast. See here for more information.
Think of a shop you want to go to, with any luck it will be in the Glatt Zentrum in Wallisellen. The largest mall in Zurich, the Glatt is the perfect place to hang out at Starbucks or savour a gelatino in the central plaza. Both for shopping and for socialising, you can find most things at Glatt.
If the lakes of Zurich are not enough, the slides and flumes of Alpamare offer the place to go for a day of swimming and adrenaline. Just on the Zürisee, this aquatic centre offers loads of slides and zoom tubes for any level of timidness, from blue gradient to plummeting black runs. Not for the faint hearted! If the pool isn’t giving you the buzz you need, there’s no better place than Alpamare.
Gerolds Garten is a very cool and unique home-style cuisine in an urban garden setting for teenagers to eat and relax. Filled with vibrant colours and delicious food, Gerolds Garten is a must do in Zurich for teenagers. See here for details.
Viaduktstrasse is a fantastic place for teenagers to wonder and look around. It has shops placed under a massive bridge used for trains, with lots of new and upcoming trendy restaurants scattered around the area. The Viadukt is located in Zurich West.
The China Gardens is a great place for teenagers to hang out with their friends. During the summer teenagers can relax on the large open field, surrounded by food carts, as well as take a dip in the lake – all for free. During the Winter teenagers can skateboard, rollerblade bike etc.. around the China Gardens area – of course that can also be done during the summer season.
Photo © Georgina Cresci
For young teens
The Sommerferienpass offers a number of Summertime activities and free travel in Zurich for children and young teenagers up to the age of 16. For more information see here.
With thanks to Jan de Boer and Georgina Cresci for these interesting suggestions.