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Switzerland 25 Feb till 5 Mar

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We are a family from Singapore. My husband and I will be bringing our two little daughters 3.5yo & 1.5yo to Switzerland late Feb to early Mar. We will be landing in Geneva and have about 9-10 days. I have been doing a little bit of research but seriously do not know where to start as there is so much to see.

We would appreciate any recommendations on good places to go for a family with little kids. We don't mind taking a train somewhere else to set up base instead of Geneva so we can take day trips out. As we are from Singapore, we have never experienced snow, so we are also thinking of bringing our kids to some place which they can play with snow. I don't think we will be try skiing but is there any other snow activities we may try?

Do you recommend doing scenic train rides for our family?

We are flying to Geneva because my husband wants to experience a little bit of France as well. What is the closest place in France that you would recommend for us to take a day trip to?

Thanks in advance.

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    Well most anyplace in Switz will likely have snow. Even if the oddly warm weather continues and there is no snow in the lowlands there will be as soon as you head up into any of the mountain villages. For kids that age you should plan on making snowmen, sledding, small snowball fights. They are really too young for skating and even the older on the verge for baby ski lessons. You can buy cheap sleds and they will need only a very small hill. Or perhaps you can rent full size sleds and one of you sled with each child.

    Most important is proper clothing (warm jackets, hat, mitten, scarves, pants and sweaters as well as waterproof boots) for all of you. And even so don't expect kids that age to want to be outdoors more than 2 hours - at most. Many of the villages also have sleigh rides (pulled by horses) which all should enjoy.

    I would head to the Berner Oberland and look at the villages near the foot of the Jungfrau (which you can ascend one day by cog railway).

    But I would also pick some nearby towns you can visit if the weather turns bad: Basel, Berne, Thun, etc have some indoor things to do.

    Also I would look at some guidebooks to see what activities for kids are open in winter.

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