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

1. 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.

Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

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.

Zurich: eTukTuk City Tour

6. Zurich: eTukTuk City Tour

Discover Zurich's highlights on this city round trip with a TukTuk. Listen to the commentary about the sights, the locals and life in the city. Start at the main station and enjoy a journey through the unique city of Zurich. Pass the Swiss National Museum, drive through Zurich's university district where Albert Einstein studied and eventually reach the stunning old town. Let your driver take you past the Kunsthaus with its incredible collection of the artworks of Augusto Giacometti before reaching the Seefeld Quartier with the opera and the Sechseläutenplatz. Explore the business and shopping district and dive into the nightlife of Zurich in the vibrant district 5.

Zurich: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

7. Zurich: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

Discover Zurich in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city of Zurich, during this 60-minute walking experience. During your walk in the beautiful city of Zurich you will learn all about the local lifestyle and trends as well as get insider tips about cafes, restaurants and bars to visit, plus how to make the most of the city’s nightlife. Walking through the old, narrow, cobblestone streets, discover the city’s perfect blend of contemporary and historical architecture. Learn about the history and culture of the city from a local who loves their city and wants you to love it too! Your journey will start in front of the “Rathaus” town hall building, Limmatquai 55, Zürich.

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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lake Zurich

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 532 reviews

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.

Despite the not so great weather, we had a very nice and individual way to get a first impression of Zurich.

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.