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Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

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Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

Activity provider: Best of Switzerland Tours
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From US$ 249.52 per person

Join a premium small-group tour to Appenzell, the idyllic region of Eastern Switzerland, and discover the secrets behind the country's famous cheese and chocolate.

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Duration 11 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience a memorable day trip and learn about Swiss customs and traditions
  • Learn more about cheese production at a typically Swiss farm and show dairy
  • Discover the craft of artisan chocolate making at a boutique chocolate manufacturer
  • Stroll through the picturesque streets of Appenzell
  • Take in fascinating mountain views on an aerial cable car ride to the top of Hoher Kasten
  • Travel in a small group with a maximum of 16 people
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Fully-guided tour by professional multilingual driver-guide
  • Transportation in a comfortable minibus
  • Appenzeller show dairy with cheese tasting
  • Guided visit of Appenzell
  • Cable car to Hoher Kasten
  • Chocolate tasting at a boutique chocolate manufacture
  • Goodie bag with a minimum value of CHF 40
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years

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Meeting point

Sihlquai Bus Terminal, opposite Zurich Central Station. Follow Platform 18 until a bend to the right. You can see the bus terminal 50 meters ahead. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. By public transport take tram 4, 6, or 13 to the stop Sihlquai/HB.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Food and drinks in the vehicle
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Peter was exceptional!! Give this man a raise!! He was well versed in the area, funny and went well above to make our trip 5 stars. As for the sights we visited, each was well worth seeing and we enjoyed our free time in the little town of Appenzell. We are back in the states now and already we miss the mountains.

August 21, 2019

Marvellous day exploring part of Switzerland

A really good trip with a very informative driver. Comfortable and air conditioned bus with some really nice scenery to view while driving. Good places to visit especially the Lindt factory with some very good prices inside. Enjoyed the cheese factory but not the cheese...too creamy for me....but a good experience. Fantastic ride to the factory however with some spectacular scenery. Great ride on the cable car up to the rotating restaurant on the mountain but alas it was too misty/cloudy to see anything. Appenzell is a lovely place with great bars and lovely people.....if you have time try to visit the brewery...it makes superb beers. A fantastic way to spend 8hrs in Switzerland and to capture the real Swiss lifestyle....highly recommended.

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August 19, 2015

Most unforgettable tour-picturesque scenery, fabulous tour guide

I enjoyed this tour the most among all my Switzerland tours. The green rolling hills with endless pastors dispersed with red roofed houses, the magnificent overlook from 1800 m mountain top... I can not imagine more beautiful scenery than this. In terms of scenery, this is the most beautiful among all my European tours this summer. Besides, the chocolate from Lindt is delicious and you can save quite some money buying from the shop at the factory, and I even started to like cheese... Other than these, what I liked most is the explanation from the tour guide, a gentleman who also works as a coach of scuba diving in the Caribbeans. Besides introducing the sites we visited, he gave the tourists a bigger picture, including the history and culture of Switzerland, government policy on nature preservation and environment protection, and his unique insights about the social issues there. A good tour guide makes a huge difference. It is absolutely a most memorable tour for me.

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September 1, 2012

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