Nature-inspired experiences in Winterthur – family trip for all year round
Back when they were in strollers and toddling around, and now as kindergartners and school students, our children always love Winterthur’s Bruderhaus Wildlife Park – and so do we. It’s a place to relax, breathe in the fresh air, and watch the animals. You can see unusual animals here up close and completely free of charge. The spacious and beautifully landscaped animal park in the middle of the Eschenberg forest is home to wolves, European bison, Przewalski's horses, roe deer and stags, wild boars and lynxes in species-appropriate habitats.
A nice round tour leads us between the enclosures. We used to stick to the stroller-friendly “Windelwanderweg”, but our offspring now prefer to explore the more exciting steps and adventure trails. You can get a good view of the animals from the path, though it’s best if you steer clear of loud visitors. We even have a lynx stop and pose for us today! It is an incredible sight.
The wolf enclosure, with its various viewing options, is one of the park’s highlights. There is a new telescope that lets you study the wolves even more closely from the visitor’s tower, while the windows directly into the enclosure are particularly popular, and often provide a good view of a wolf or two.
The children love to watch the wild boars wallowing in the mud. They also like the calm here above the city and the forest; it’s perfect for playing and collecting natural treasures. And us parents enjoy having nature-based experiences so close to the city. It’s a great feeling to grab a coffee from the restaurant after our walk, while the children (both big and small) let off steam on the large new play park with its beaver lodge, climbing area, bird’s nest, water snake and sand pits
A little tip: the Bruderhaus is now also home to the Winterthur pacifier tree, where children can hang up their pacifiers once they no longer need them. They will then be carefully watched over by the park’s animals!
Various barbecue spots and the Bruderhaus restaurant – which also has a generous outdoor area for picnics – make the wildlife park the perfect destination for a successful family trip. And you can go at any time; it’s open 365 days a year, and isn’t usually overcrowded.