Visitors’ ­Centre

Experience the Pestalozzi Children's Village first-hand

How was the Pestalozzi Children's Village founded after World War II, and what does the idyllic site mean for young people today? How do we give children in twelve different countries access to education? Find out about our founder’s ­vision and the work we do today in the Visitors' ­Centre.

“Tanzania 360°” special exhibition

Have you ever been to Songambele? You can book a trip to East Africa in the Pestalozzi Children's Village Visitors' Centre and go there straight away. Virtual reality is a hot topic nowadays – experience this new technology as part of our special exhibition and get to know Ezekiel, his grandfather, his school and the Children’s Book Project, an initiative launched by the Pestalozzi Children’s Foundation. We were able to design Tanzania 360° thanks to the support of Bandara, the Zurich-based virtual reality content studio.

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 public holidays and from the 23rd of December 2017 till to the 2nd of January 2018.

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.


Experience the Pestalozzi Children's Village first-hand.

Our events

How to find us

Would you like to drop by the Children's Village in Trogen? Find out how to get here.

Your contact ­person



Annual Report 2016

In 2016, our programmes touched the lives of 170 000 children, adolescents and adults worldwide.

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Distinction for cultural acceptance in the classroom

Hassayarat Panchaichok was recently distinguished for her project on cultural diversity in schools, a topic that the Thai teacher had worked on at the Children’s Village. Find out more

Intercultural teaching methods

Vladimir Gjorgjevski attended the emPower further education course in 2015. What did he achieve with what he learned when he returned to Macedonia? The Foundation asked him – and was amazed by the answer. Find out more