If you are done with winter sports but spring has not yet arrived to warm you up, why not take the family to enjoy some warm, splashy, indoor fun. In Switzerland and neighboring Germany, you can find several waterparks equipped with slides, pools, fountains, and saunas that are great for families with children of all ages but also offer wellness areas for adults to enjoy. The following waterparks are within a 90-minute drive from Basel, in order of distance.
Laguna Badeland, Weil am Rhein (D)
Laguna offers an adventure water park with several pools and a children’s paradise. The entire facility includes an indoor wave pool, swimming pool, kiddie pool, adventure pool, and several slides; an outdoor pool and garden area of 4,000 m2 for the summer, and a 3,000m2 sauna parc with seven themed saunas (currently closed due to the energy crisis). All areas are served by an in-house restaurant.
By car: 10 minutes
By public transport: Train from Badischer Bahnhof to Weil am Rhein (5 minutes) + 15-minute walk
Aquabasilea, Pratteln (BL)
This very diverse waterpark offers a variety of waterslides; a mountain-river cascade; an adventure pool; a splashy baby pool; a year-round heated outdoor pool with grotto, whirlpool, and flow channel; two aromatherapy saunas; a restaurant; and a pool bar. Additionally, there is a wellness spa as well as sauna and Hammam worlds just for adults.
By car: 15 minutes
By public transport: Train from Basel SBB to Pratteln + 10-minute walk OR tram 14 to Gempenstrasse + 10-minute walk
Badeparadies Schwarzwald, Titisee-Neustadt (D)
These facilities are great for the whole family with over two dozen slides and attractions; some for the whole family; some for the adventurous teens; and a couple just for daredevils, including the world’s biggest steel half-pipe and a 10-meter high “Freefall.” There is also a wave pool, a diving platform, great spa facilities for adults (Palais Vital), a palm oasis for relaxing with a drink, a restaurant, and a picnic area.
By car: 75 minutes
By public transport: Train from Badischer Bahnhof to Titisee (90 minutes) + 7-minute walk
Rulantica, Rust (D)
Rulantica water world offers 25 attractions, including 17 slides for children and thrill-seekers. Water-lovers can look forward to nine exciting themed areas: the City on Stilts; Trølldal, the magical place full of secrets and slides for the youngest of visitors; spectacular slides through the mystical ice palace for the ultimate adrenaline seekers; and Lumåfals that is equipped with a waterfall, wave-pool, and 250-m lazy river. In Skip Strand, young visitors can explore the remains of a ship in the special water playground. There is also a raging river, a gentle current, and the Skog Lagune to relax with a drink.
By car: 75 minutes
By public transport: Train from Badischer Bahnhof to Herbolzheim (65 minutes) + bus (25 minutes).
Bernaqua, Bern Brünnen (BE)
This waterpark amazes visitors with its exceptionally stunning architecture. The waterpark is equipped with many types of pools, including a bubble pool, a relaxing pool with jets and water massagers, the only current pool in Switzerland, heated indoor and outdoor salt pools, steam rooms, two water play areas (jungle area and pirate ship) for the very young visitors, and a host of waterslides for all ages. Kids can also be dropped off in Kinderland while adults enjoy the spa.
By car: 80 minutes
By public transport: Train from Basel SBB to Bern Brünnen (80 minutes) + 5-minute walk
Alpamare, Pfäffikon (SZ)
This park offers four pools, including a heated outdoor pool and a wave pool suitable to body surfing! Its forte are the numerous and intense slides that are best suited for families with older kids looking for big adventure. There is also a zone for small children with small slides and lots of water fun, as well as a restaurant. Spa treatment with steam baths, sauna, beauty treatments and massages are also available.
By car: 90 minutes
By public transport: Train to Pfäffikon (90 minutes) + bus to Seedamm-Center (5 minutes)