On a cold, cloudy winter afternoon, I could not think of anything better to do than use the RailAway offer and head to the Kerzers Papiliorama – a summer retreat of a thousand butterflies, eternal greenness, and warmth.
Pretty much sounds like a piece of paradise, no?
After a comfortable and scenic train journey of a little bit more than half an hour, I was right at the doorstep of the Papiliorama. This exotic attraction is located in the middle of a tranquil Swiss scenery.
Papiliorama – Now you see me, now you don’t!
What a nice feeling it was to drop my winter coat and enter the tropical garden, full of lush greenery… I immediately grabbed my camera to capture the delicate beauty of butterflies that were playfully dancing around.
You have to be quick – they mostly land for a brief show-off for you to see their beautiful wings. A short moment later, they are already gone. It’s a tease: “Am I going to land on your shoulder, or not?”
Put your explorer skills to use
It does not just end with a house full of butterflies. Papiliorama has a lot more to offer. After chasing butterflies, I immersed into the world of mysteries and darkness in the house of nocturnal animals. (Tarantula did not look as nasty as I had imagined, but I was still glad that there was a glass separating us.)
Then, I went to explore Central American jungle forests which are a replica of the protected area of Shipstern, in Belize.
You have to be alert now to spot the inhabitants of the jungle. I almost missed two toucans that were right above my head – so close as I have never seen them before.
I was impressed by the majestic cohune palms that seemed to reach the sky and the overall atmosphere really made me feel like I was in tropical Belize.
Mom, can we keep one?
When you are done with playing Indiana Jones, you can sit down and enjoy a reasonably priced meal at the Jungle restaurant. Huge windows made me appreciate the warm Papiliorama climate and made me linger indoors a bit more.
But do not wait too long – there is more to do outside! The petting zoo with cute little Swiss-looking houses allows everyone to get even closer to the animals – you can pet little goats, donkeys, a pig and even mini monkeys!
I was looking for a piece of summer here. I found it, and I found even more than I was looking for. Papiliorama in Kerzers is full of small discoveries, and I am sure it is to be enjoyed for people of all ages. Especially children. You should see the spark in their eyes when a colorful butterfly swirls along their noses!
With the combined RailAway offer, you will get a 20% discount on the train journey to/from Kerzers Papiliorama (20% on the Libero regional network, 10% on the Frimobil regional network), as well as a 10% discount on the admission fee.
The offer is valid until March 31, 2016.
She is into travelling, photography, handicrafts and online marketing. She doesn't spend the weekends home, and she will never say "no" to an invitation to go hiking in the mountains.
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