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Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

1. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

Zürich: 4-Hour City Tour by Ferry, Cable Car and Coach

2. Zürich: 4-Hour City Tour by Ferry, Cable Car and Coach

Experience Zurich’s highlights and natural scenery in just half a day on this guided city tour. See the university quarter, Zürichberg area, and Limmatquai in the Old Town. Cross Lake Zurich by ferry, and ride a cable car to Felsenegg with scenic views of the snow-capped Alps. Begin by visiting the major attractions of Zurich such as the Old Town, St. Peters Church – known to have the largest clock face of all the European churches – the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the Limmatquai, and the Guild Houses. Stop off at the harbor for a photo opportunity, where you enjoy a beautiful view of the Lake of Zurich, and the city and surrounding hills. Drive along the "Gold Coast" to Meilen, where you will then cross the lake on a ferryboat. The journey continues to Adliswil for a ride by aerial cable car to Felsenegg, where you will enjoy an incredible view overlooking Zurich, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps.

From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

3. 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.

Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

4. Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

See Zurich's top attractions on a three-in-one city highlights tour. Explore the city by bus to get an overview of the various districts. Embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Discover the city and its beautiful surroundings from the water during an audio-guided boat trip on Lake Zurich. Board a comfortable, climate-controlled coach and set out past the castle-like Swiss National Museum, the luxurious shopping avenue Bahnhofstrasse, and Zurich's renowned financial district. Enjoy a magnificent view of crystal-clear Lake Zurich during a photo stop at Enge harbor. Continue along the lake, passing the Opera House and the university district with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Zurich. Tour distinguished neighborhoods with stately mansions from glorious times past. Picture living by the popular Zürichberg recreational area. After enjoying a short glimpse of the city, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps, drive past the Kunsthaus art museum down to the charming Old Town for your walking tour. Take in guild houses, churches, historic squares, and hidden gems as you listen to your guide's numerous anecdotes about Zurich. Then, say goodbye to your tour guide and take a short stroll along the picturesque Limmat to nearby Bürkliplatz. Embark on a scenic one-hour cruise on Lake Zurich, past grand lakeside villas and popular lidos. Enjoy stunning views of the Swiss city and the Alps from the water. Sit back and relax as you listen to compelling stories about the history of the city, the lake, and the surrounding mountains via an audio guide app on your own device before ending the tour back at Bürkliplatz.

Zürich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

5. Zürich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Experience the unique city of Zürich on this exciting bus tour. See landmarks, such as the gorgeous Old Town and the Swiss National Museum, built in the style of a Renaissance chateau. Visit the Münsterhof square and adjacent guild houses on a short walk through the old town with your guide. See St. Peter's Church, which boasts the largest clock face in Europe, and learn something about the Fraumünster church's exciting history and architecture. Tour distinguished districts with stately mansions from another time and admire the popular Zürichberg recreational area. A further tour highlight is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, one of the highest-ranked engineering colleges in the world. Its most famous student was none other than Albert Einstein.

Zurich: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

6. Zurich: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Discover the highlights of Zurich on a city tour in a tuk-tuk, while listening to the eTuk driver's stories about the sights, the inhabitants and life in the city. The city tour starts at the Europaallee 8 and takes you on a journey through Zurich. Passing the Landesmuseum, you will travel to Zurich's university quarter, where Albert Einstein studied, and continue to the beautiful old town: the Niederdorf. Afterwards, continue past the Kunsthaus with its magnificent collection of the artist Augusto Giacometti to the Seefeldquartier with the Opernhaus and Sechseläutenplatz. Afterwards, explore Zurich's business and shopping district with the Bahnhofstrasse and the Paradeplatz. Photo and shopping stops are possible at any time, but the tour would have to be shortened or extended. At the end, you will get an insight into the Langstraße, Zurich's going-out street with countless bars and restaurants.

Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

7. Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

Explore Zurich with a ticket for day visitors who want to include a visit to a museum or an excursion to a local recreation area (Uetliberg-Felsenegg or Lake Zurich) on their trip. The ticket is also valid between the airport and the city center. Enjoy Zurich to the fullest and save at the same time. The principle is very simple. When you purchase a Zürich Card you save on transportation, admissions, dining, souvenirs, and more. The Zürich Card is valid for either 24 or 72 hours, and is available at a discount for children between the ages of 6 and 16. When you explore the sights of beautiful Zurich with your Zürich Card you receive great benefits and savings. Enjoy free rides on trams, buses, trains, and boats. Your card is also valid on the cableways in Zurich and the surrounding area. You get free admission to most museums in the city and delicious surprises at special restaurants in Zurich. You will reap the rewards of a 10% discount at 16 traditional and urban shops in the city, and save on souvenirs and tours offered by Zürich Tourism. When you use the Zürich Card you save as you stay and play. Don’t miss out on the unbeatable savings and perks that the Zürich Card offers.

Zurich: 1.5-Hour Hot Stone Barbecue Tuk-Tuk Tour

8. Zurich: 1.5-Hour Hot Stone Barbecue Tuk-Tuk Tour

Zip between the sights on an e-tuk tuk, then tuck into a delicious barbecue on this unique 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of Zurich. Hop aboard a private electric-powered tuk tuk and drive past Zurich landmarks like the Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, wind through the atmospheric Niederdorf district and admire the glamorous window displays along Bahnhofstrasse. As you glide around the city, share a tasty barbecue lunch or dinner, accompanied by a bottle of red wine. Each tuk tuk sits up to four people, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience. Dine on locally-sourced ingredients and wine of a selected Swiss variety.

Zurich: E-Bike City Tour

9. Zurich: E-Bike City Tour

On hardly any other city tour can visitors discover Zurich from so many different perspectives than on this 135-minute guided e-bike tour. With your stylish e-bike, you will be able to explore much of urban Zurich without wearing yourself down. The tour travels along bike paths through the lively and high-contrast Zürich West Quarter, with its former industrial halls that now house restaurants, cafés, and galleries. A short – and thanks to the electrically generated power – effortless climb takes you up to the Rigiblick funicular, where you can enjoy a breathtaking vista over downtown Zurich. Following, the route heads back down the hill through pretty residential quarters to the lake, passing many of Zurich's main sights – including the University and the Grossmünster church – on the way. Back on level ground, continue along the picturesque shores of Lake Zurich to the landing stage at Enge Harbor. Finally, the route leads along safe bike paths through the Kasernenareal and back to the starting point at Europaallee.

Zurich: Swiss Cheese Fondue and Wine Tuk-Tuk Tour

10. Zurich: Swiss Cheese Fondue and Wine Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover Zurich on this culinary tour with your personal, electric Tuk-Tuk. Start at the central station and experience a journey through the unique city of Zurich. After a short stop at a gastronomic partner, the fondue "valaisanne" will be loaded onto the eTuk and your culinary journey can begin. The ride leads you through the Old Town and to the most beautiful parts of the city, where you can discover the life in Zurich with the driver through the eyes of a local. Enjoy the delicious food and get a unique insight into Zurich. The gastronomic partners attach great value on regional products. As an alcoholic beverage you are offered wine from Switzerland.

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What people are saying about Lake Zurich

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,894 reviews

The experience was amazing, definitely a worth while way to spend the day. Verena is an amazing tour guide. Very knowledgeable and welcoming, would definitely recommend this experience to anyone.

I booked the Zurich card online, got it from Zurich HB and then activated it from the adjacent station. It was really helpful for 72 hours.

Our Guide was great, informative, and flexible. The tour was a great way to see a lot of Zurich in a short period of time.

Highly recommend. If you are limited on time this tour will give you a good overview of the city.

It was a lot of fun. A good way to get an initial overview of the city.