Updated: Jan 17
Since it was raining and a bit chilly on Saturday, we went to the Tropiquarium in Servion.
We received a really warm welcome at the ticket office (is costs us chf12 per adult and children under 6 are free), the man at the desk explained where we were on the map and the direction we should follow plus the feeding time of the penguins. On the way to the first room we passed a cafe and toilets including one for disabled visitors and a baby change area.
We started in the reptile house where we saw lots of lizards, snakes and turtles. We loved the chameleon and his bulbous eyes and Alba was captivated by the turtles swimming past - she also enjoyed blowing kisses at the fish.
From there the visit took us outside to the penguins - we loved this part as their swimming pool is glass sided so we could see them swooping through the water. We waited until it was feeding time and the zoo keeper made it into a bit of a show for the children which everyone enjoyed.
Next up were the crocodiles, Komodo dragons and giant turtles which are in a nice airy, open space with an upstairs viewing area (not accessible to those with pushchairs/wheelchairs).
From there we made our way over to the tropical bird area. I usually approach the bird area with a feeling of slight disinterest (sorry birds) but this was actually really cool. We followed a little bridge over to see the ostriches, flamingoes and other flamboyant birds then went into the tent area where Jude really liked the bright red birds, then further on was an area with lots of plants where a large variety of birds were free to hop around freely next to visitors.
At the end of the visit is a decent play area with (amongst other things) swings, slides and a zip line. There were plenty of places to sit and have a picnic or you can head back to the cafe for a bite to eat.
We were pleasantly surprised by the variety of animals to look at and the fact that we were easily able to see most of them - we saw a few small foot stools around the indoor area for children to climb on to get a better look. We had mistakenly though the whole tour would be covered from the rain but that’s not the case so it’s not especially a wet day outing but we all enjoyed it. However I think Jude might develop a phobia of spiders after seeing the tarantulas up close 🕷
Parking : Yes
Toilets : Yes
Baby Change Facilities : Yes
Accessibility : Yes suitable for pushchairs (our double-pushchairs passed everywhere)
Website : https://www.tropiquarium.ch/