Things to do in
Eastern Switzerland

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From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

1. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Maienfeld and in the summer months, Heidi’s village. Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore. Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories. Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range.

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

2. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

Explore an interactive miniature Switzerland filled with stunning landscapes, milestones and funny scenes replicated in 1:87 scale. The museum is located near the Rhinefall, the largest waterfall in Europe. With direct access to the train-station and close to the motorway, it is an ideal destination no matter the weather. Rediscover the typical Swiss landscapes and towns like Stein am Rhein, Interlaken, railway bridges, and the Matterhorn. See 30 self-driving cars, 120 model trains, 20,000 little figurines, and interactive buttons that bring this mini-world to life.

Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

3. Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

As you travel towards the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland on this coach trip, you’ll pass through the charming farming village of Marthalen, with its traditional frame houses. You’ll also see the 16th-century Munot Fortress and the area’s renowned vineyards. The highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be the sight of the Rhine Falls. This natural feature is located on the Upper Rhine River and has been around since the Ice Age. During the summer you can take an optional boat ride to the middle of the falls, at the heart of the cascading waters, and enjoy the magnificent spectacle from the viewing platforms. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely hour on the banks of the river. The return journey takes you over the border to southern Germany for a short stretch. Back in Zurich, you’ll be dropped off in the city center. A multi-lingual guide leads the excursion. The tour is a great way to start or end your vacation.

Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

4. Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

Experience Appenzell in a small group on this fantastic excursion. Explore the idyllic region, which still maintains the old traditions, and discover the world of mountains, cheese, and chocolate. Set out on a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Zürich via the City of Rapperswil with its medieval castle to the gently rolling hills of the Appenzellerland with photo stops en route. Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk before heading to the Appenzeller show dairy in Stein AR. Find out how natural Swiss milk and herbs are turned into Switzerland's tangiest cheese and marvel at the imposing cellar storing up to 12,500 wheels of cheese. Try to guess the top secret ingredients of the world-famous Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting. Go to Brülisau and take the cable car to the Hoher Kasten mountain, where you can admire the panoramic views from a height of 1,800 meters. Visit the impressive revolving restaurant, and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the hilly, green Appenzell region, the Rhine Valley, and Vorarlberg. Next, head to a boutique chocolate manufacture and follow the Maître Chocolatier's explanation of the artisan craft of chocolate making before indulging your senses during a chocolate tasting. Back in Appenzell, your tour guide will take you on a short walking tour, showing you the town's beautiful streets, squares, and decoratively painted wooden houses. Discover a traditional bakery and learn more about Appenzeller Biberli (Swiss gingerbread). You then have some time to explore the town on your own and purchase traditional souvenirs.

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What people are saying about Eastern Switzerland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 181 reviews

A heartfelt thanks goes to the tour guide Ferdinand of Get your guide tours who took us to an amazing day tour to Lucerne and to Mount Titlis. Ferdinand is very professional and has an extensive knowledge.  He made our day very special and we highly recommend him.

I and my grandchildren loved this world of miniatures. All the details are just great! I will definitely recommend Smilestone and come back myself. CONGRATULATIONS on this great facility! Big thanks to all helpers!

We liked it a lot very helpful staff and the guide she was amazing and many information and histort ... Very recommend

I Lost My phone in the river so be careful... but was Amazing

Best tour operator, had an amazing time with the guide.