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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.

Zurich: E-Bike City Tour

5. 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.

Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

6. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town. Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax. In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters. The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only). Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. 

Zurich: Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

7. Zurich: Highlights Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Embark on a walking tour of Zurich and gain a greater insight into the history and culture of the city. Explore the city with your local guide, who will provide expert knowledge and insider tips about the city. Stroll along the lakeshore of the city and stop at local landmarks along the way. See the harbor, Quaibrücke, Bellevue Square, and more points of interest along the way. Throughout the tour, hear interesting facts and anecdotes about the city, such as why a lion is considered a symbol of the city. Learn about the importance of dance in Zurich's culture. Also, enjoy plenty of photo opportunities throughout the tour.

Zurich Discovery Walking Tour

8. Zurich Discovery Walking Tour

Zurich has plenty of activities that attract visitors from all over the world! Experience a stroll through the city, uncovering the secrets of Zurich through the pedestrian zone Bahnhofstrasse, which is the best area for shopping. Bahnhofstrasse is charming in itself, but during the Christmas season it becomes even more attractive with an illuminated Christmas tree surrounded by glamorous Christmas markets. Fraumunster Church is your next destination in the Old Town of Zurich, which is famous for the stained-glass windows. Then, wander through Niederdorf, the best part of the Old Town, where culture meets history, with car-free old alleys, ancient bookstores and art galleries. Whenever the walking tour ends, you can enjoy lots of internationally known museums, with over 50 museums situated in Zurich, such as the Kunsthaus museum - a must-see with a rich collection of art.

Zurich in a Nutshell: Guided Sightseeing Walk

9. Zurich in a Nutshell: Guided Sightseeing Walk

This tour takes you on a walk through the charming medieval city center. Enjoy the view from Lindenhof hill, where the Romans and medieval kings had their castles. Discover hidden corners and quiet squares in the small alleys of the well-preserved old town. See the impressive houses of the crafts guilds that once ruled the city. Zurich's Reformer Huldrych Zwingli was one of the big three of the Protestant movement, next to Calvin and Luther. Explore the transformation of the two ancient churches from catholic to protestant belief and learn more about radical Protestants who lay the foundations of the Baptist denomination but paid a high price for their revolution within the revolution. See massive Romanesque Grossmünster with its beautiful contemporary church windows and its ancient crypt, that hosts a 15th century statue of Carl the Great. Treat your eyes with the colorful painted windows of Fraumünster church, created by famous artist Marc Chagall. Take a close look at the baroque council house and discover symbols of a proud republic of commoners within a mostly aristocratic Europe. Return to the modern-day international banking metropolis at Bahnhofstrasse - one of the most expensive shopping boulevards in the world. Mingle with the people of Zurich on a short streetcar ride and find relaxation at the shores of lake Zurich.

Discover Zurich Walking Tour in Russian

10. Discover Zurich Walking Tour in Russian

Tour the efficient commercial and cultural heart of Switzerland on a 2-hour walking tour of Zurich’s major attractions. See all the main sights and neighborhoods and discover hidden secrets. A personable guide will lead you through streets lined with unique stores and handsome houses. Soak up the lovely atmosphere of the Altstadt, and wander along the banks of the Limmat River and Lake Zurich. Admire stunning views of the mountains and forests in the distance, and uncover hidden city gardens and terraces. Your guide can organize the itinerary to suit, with flexible starting times and places. Should you wish, a guided tour of Zurich’s 2 cathedrals can be arranged as a highlight of the tour. Admire the Chagall stained glass windows in the Fraumünster, and learn about the Reformation in Switzerland at the large Romanesque-style Grossmünster, one of Zurich's most recognized landmarks.

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What people are saying about Lake Zurich

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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.

It was so fun that I forgot my bag on the bus! Our hosts were super accommodating and waited for me to come back, about 5 minutes later. Thank you!!!

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.

Great tour. Worth the money. Me and my wife enjoyed very much.