Great places to play in the city

Our three top tips for the fall

Even in a big city like Zurich, you can still find great places to spend an afternoon

Our three top tips for the fall

You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a great afternoon outdoors with the kids.

Zurich moms like us know just the right places for kids to play in the heart of the city. Places where they can burrow in the sandbox, whoosh down slides and climb trees to their heart’s content. We particularly love spots where there’s also a great café. 

1. Bäckeranlage

This huge park near Langstrasse is affectionately known as the “Bäcki”. In this urban oasis, teens meet to play ping-pong, parents bring their kids to play and yogis do their morning practice under the huge plane tree. A colorful blend of cultures and generations makes the Bäckeranlage a vibrant place to be. Restaurant B offers fresh, simple dishes all year round, with plenty of long tables under the trees looking right out onto the sandbox. Now that's convenient!
How to get there: Bäckeranlage, Hohlstrasse 67, 8004 Zurich

2. Josefwiese

Nestling between housing developments, an incineration plant and a railway viaduct, you will find Josefwiese. This big green space is perfect for playing frisbee and soccer, slack-lining between the trees and firing up the portable grill in the evening. In summer, kids cool off in the fountain or let off steam on the playground, while the grown-ups enjoy a latte macchiato from the coffee stand.

How to get there: Josefwiese, near the railway arches, trams no. 4, 17 and 13 to Dammweg

Josefwiese – plenty of space to play
For builders big and small

3. Schindlergut

Overlooking the Oberer Letten river swimming pool is the vast Schindlergut, with its secluded little woods and walkways. This urban park boasts two new playgrounds with climbing facilities, slides, swings and a sandbox. There’s also plenty of space for a game of soccer, a picnic or just lounging around. In Café Schigu, part of Schindlergut Community Center, you can enjoy coffee, cake or even something a little stronger. There's also a fire pit, where neighborhood barbecues are held every Wednesday in summer.
How to get there: Park Schindlergut, Kronenstrasse 12, bus 33 to Nordstrasse.


An article by:
Nicole Gutschalk und Andrea Bornhauser
Our favorite thing is to take our children exploring in the most beautiful spots around our home city of Zurich. Together, we run the online platform, where we share fashion, lifestyle, food and travel tips with modern families.
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