Visitors’ ­Centre

Experience the Pestalozzi Children's Village at first hand

Would you like to enjoy a special outing for families and children to our Visitors' Centre, museum and playground? You will learn how the Pestalozzi Children’s Village was established after World War II and what this idyllic place means for young people today. Find out more about the visionary ideas of the founder and our work today at the Visitors' Centre. The Children's Village warmly welcomes you and your family!

The exhibition on two floors is dedicated to the establishment and development of the Children's Village and the impressive stories of the Village children of yesterday and today.

From the laying of the foundation stones of the first houses to the opening of our own post office. Listen to the fascinating stories of thousands of children who lived in Trogen for a shorter or longer period. There is a play area for the children in the cafeteria, and in summer they can enjoy themselves on the playground next to the terrace. The Visitors' Centre also organises Family Sundays three times a year with readings of fairy tales, child-oriented guided tours and paint and handicraft lessons.

“Tanzania 360°” special exhibition

Have you ever been to Songambele? You can book and start your trip to East Africa directly in the Visitors' Centre at the Pestalozzi Children's Village. Immerse yourself in the world of 11-year-old Ezekiel. Accompany him for one day and see how he helps at home, where he goes to school and what he does in his free time.

You can also experience our current projects at the Children's Village at first hand with TV host Marco Fritsche and 13-year-old Gabriel.

Games from other cultures is an entertaining way to open yourself to new experiences. Large and small visitors alike can deposit their wishes for the future in the Room of Wishes. Experience an interesting and varied day trip to the Children's Village!


Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday
    8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday
    10:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Visitors' Centre is closed on the follwing public holidays:

01 August 2019 (national holiday)
01 November 2019 (All Saints' Day)
23 December 2019 to 04 January 2020 (Christmas/New Year)

Admission fees

  • CHF 8.00 Adults
  • CHF 6.00 Groups of 10+ persons
  • CHF 6.00 Students (university/vocational training), senior citizens and disabled persons
  • CHF 3.00 Children and youths (up to 16 years) 
  • CHF 20.00 Families

Free entry

  • Circle of friends members
  • Sponsors
  • Corti circle members
  • School classes from the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden and Appenzell Ausserrhoden
  • Swiss Museum Pass holders
  • proArte members
  • Raiffeisen card members
  • REKA rental contract holders
  • ICOM/VMS membership card holders

Public guided tours

Take the opportunity to join a public guided tour of the Children's Village. You do not need to sign up or reserve a place to take part in the tour. The dates and times of our public guided tours are listed in the ‘Events’ section.

Private tours

Would you like to take a private tour on a date of your choice with your association, work colleagues or friends? Please contact us. We would be pleased to help you organise the event.

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