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Gwunderwasser water playground

A special playground situated directly at the stream with a series of wooden channels and waterwheels

Short facts

  • Schwenden im Diemtigtal
Play, paddle, and be amazed: Everyone can find something interesting in the water playground.
Children can discover the natural dynamic of water by redirecting streams, creating dams and releasing water. A series of wooden channels, driftwood tables, two waterwheels and a singing bowl (a type of gong) encourage children to experiment with this precious element. Apart from playing happily with water, there are also plenty of activities that don’t involve getting wet: Why not climb the observation tower, dig in the sand pit with an excavator, or discover the place where the Steinmandli (little figures built by piling up stones) are built?

Adults can relax at the resting zone on wooden lounge chairs. Children can have a break there as well and continue playing afterwards with new-found energy. There’s also a barbecue site with a table, a bench and seating on rocks along the natural course of the stream and in the Weidenpavillon (little shelter). You can find toilets and places to buy refreshments close to the water playground.

Rent a water explorer rucksack

Families or groups can rent our Wasserforscherrucksack (water explorer rucksack) and spend an exciting day at the Diemtigtal Nature Park. Important to know: the documentation in the rucksack is in German.
> Wasserforscherrucksack (water explorer rucksack)

Guided explorer days for schools

You can book exciting programmes, which take place in German and are on request, for children of all ages. Take your school class on a day out at the water playground and discover interesting facts about water by conducting your own experiments. 
> Forschertage auf dem Wasserspielplatz (explorer days on the water playground)

Recommendations for keen water explorers

The pond at the water playground is the Alpine newt family’s home. You can observe them from the edge of the pond and see how they swim towards the water’s surface to catch some air. You can’t miss them thanks to their red belly. Did you know that Alpine newts have a protective layer on their skin, which is destroyed if a human hand touches it? For this reason, and because they are very vulnerable, they don’t like to be captured. For their own safety, they therefore withdraw to the middle of the pond, where you shouldn’t disturb them.

Explore the pond from its edges. By doing so, you won’t spread your sun cream around the Alpine newt’s living room. If you treat tadpoles, water fleas and mayfly larvae with respect, you support the wellbeing of the Alpine newt family and its friends, despite the presence of many water explorers, both young and old.

The most important rules when exploring at the water's edge
  • Only catch animals in containers filled with water
  • After having observed the animals, always release them at the same spot where you caught them and don't leave them in the sun
  • Don't catch any Alpine newts
Please always bear in mind that not all animals in the pond are friends. If you keep too many different animals together in one container, they could eat or harm each other because they cannot flee.

Wasserspielplatz Gwunderwasser

Tiermatti

3757 Schwenden im Diemtigtal


Phone: 033 681 26 06

E-mail:

Website: www.diemtigtal.ch/en

General information

Openings

From the middle of May until the end of October, daily from 8 am until 7 pm

Eligibility
  • for Groups
  • for Class
  • for familys
  • for individual guests
  • for Children of all Ages
  • Suitable for Pushchair
Payment Options
  • Cash
Other Furnishing/Equipment
  • Children's Playground (outdoors)
  • Toilet

Price info

Donation for maintenance, recommended amount:

Families CHF 10

Schools CHF 20

 

Directions

By car:

Motorway A6 Bern towards Zweisimmen, 1 km after the Simmenfluh tunnel turn left towards Diemtigtal. Follow the Diemtigtalstrasse into the valley for 16 km towards Schwenden until you reach the Gasthof Tiermatti (Tiermatti guesthouse). There you’ll find a limited number of parking spaces (fees apply). At Anger, Zwischenflüh you’ll find parking spaces which are free of charge. From there you can reach the water playground within thirty minutes. It is an easy and pushchair-friendly walk.

 

By train and PostBus (public transport):

By train to Oey-Diemtigen railway station. Continue by PostBus to the stop Tiermatten, Wirtschaft. You’ll reach the water playground after a short walk (approx. 5 minutes).


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