The Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne is for me, the best family museum in Switzerland. It is also the most visited museum in the country, all about transport and mobility is represented here. The Museum of Transport is located in a privileged and central point, near Lake Lucerne. Since was inaugurated – 60 years ago, it has received more than 30 million visitors. The museum has different exhibitions: Rail and Road Transport, Navigation and Tourism, Aviation and Space Travel Halls. For these attractions Planetarium, Film Theater, Chocolate Adventure, and Media World an additional ticket is needed.
What is best for families here?
Basically, all areas of the Museum have attractions that entertain children and adults! At the Swiss Museum of Transport, you will always discover and see new things every time you visit the museum!
Rail Transport Hall
– Crocodile electric locomotive
– Railway Stories
– Steam Locomotive show
– Knie on the Road (Swiss National Circus 100 Years Celebration)
– Mobility of the Future
– Giruno train simulator
– Draisine race
– Crane simulator
– Garden Railway (outside the Hall)
– and much more!
Road Transport Hall
– Car Theatre
– SEE YOU world of mirrors
– Crash test
– Monteverdi exhibition (Swiss design of vehicles)
– Special logistics display
– World of Racing
– VW Truck
– Volkswagen Toy garage
– Traffic garden (outside)
– Road construction area (outside)
– Mini trolleybus rally (outside)
Navigation and Tourism Hall
– Nautirama (20 Min journey – November 2020 – Closed due Covid)
– Livemap Switzerland –
– Mésoccaphe – Submarine August Piccard
– Habegger rope park
– Toursim flipper
– Play ship “Thalwil” (update in November 2020 is the ship in maintenance services.)
Aviation and Space Travel Hall
– The world of Swiss
– Space Transformers
– Experience flight
– Airborne medical rescue
– Red bull stratos
– Air Traffic Control game
– Airplane and helicopter simulator
Events and specials
Check it out the current events online. www.verkehrshaus.ch
Lindt Swiss Chocolate Adventure
One of the attractions of the Transport Museum in Lucerne is the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Adventure. Lindt is the most famous chocolate brand in the world; here, I share with you how my experience was at the Swiss Chocolate Adventure.
Cocoa Path from Ghana to Switzerland
You enter a cart that slides between several rooms with screens; between the rooms, the lights go out, and we have the impression of being in a cinema. In the beginning, we can see some of Lindt’s production in Zurich, after we discovered the history of cocoa from the Aztecs. They consumed the cocoa in the form of a drink without sugar, which was called “liquid of the Gods.”
After some secrets of cocoa itself, with images of the preparation, drying, and fermentation of cocoa beans in Ghana, Africa. The country is the leading supplier of cocoa from Lindt and the world’s largest producer of cocoa. They export around $3 billion per year!
Arriving in Switzerland, cocoa is transformed into chocolate, and the conching is a part of the process. A shell-shaped machine moves the chocolate in and out, at a temperature of +-35 degrees, releases the odor of the chocolate, decreases the initial bitterness of cocoa, and makes the chocolate texture much better. This process of conching was discovered in 1826 by Phillip Suchard and developed by Rudolf Lindt in 1880. Lindt is keen to emphasize that the quality of Swiss chocolate is also partly due to the taste of alpine milk and the Swiss ingredients added to cocoa.
The history of Swiss Chocolate
The precursor was François-Luis Cailler, the founder of Nestlé. After graduating in Italy as Cioccolatieri (chocolatier), he opened in Vevey, in 1819, the first Swiss Chocolate manufactory. It paved the way for others such as Phillip Suchard, Rudolf Sprüngli (Rudolf’s Lindt father), Jean Tobler (chocolate Toblerone), and many others.
Back to the Grand Finale of the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Adventure is a chocolate tasting at the Lindt Store. Honestly, I expected more from the Lindt Swiss Chocolate Adventure! The ticket price is the same as the other Swiss Chocolate experiences with a considerable structure for kids. But if you are passing through Switzerland and don’t have time to visit any chocolate factory, in this case, it may be worthwhile. The children will be happy to have a Lindt chocolate experience.
Swiss Museum of Transport
Verkershaus der Schweiz
6006 Luzern – Canton Lucerne
Tel: + 41 (0) 41 375-7575
Adult admission CHF 32.-Children from 6 to 16 yo CHF 12.- Children under 6 free of charge.
The Swiss Museum of Transport is open every day of the year, during the summer (Jul-Ago) from 10 am to 6 pm, during winter (Jan-Feb) 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Lindt Swiss Chocolate Adventure
Adult admission: CHF 16.-Children up to 16 years CHF 7.-
Recommended Children +6 yo.
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