Must sees in Zurich - the lake, the Bahnhofstrasse and more

Zurich - What to see and do

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The Läderach Choco Atelier (left) and boutique (right) in the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.
© Läderach

What not to miss in Zurich

Find the popular attractions in and around Zurich below.

SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND ZURICH

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Rhine Falls

View the 23 m high waterfall up close from the promenades or a boat.

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Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

One of the most famous luxury shopping streets in Europe.

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Boat trip Lake Zurich

Take a short or full day cruise to see Zurich and surroundings from the water.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

Zurich Old Town guided walking tour

You'll get a quick introduction to Zurich during this 2-hour walking tour in the old town center.

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2.5 hour small-group chocolate tour in Zurich

This is a must if you love chocolate: a 2.5 hour small-group walking tour in Zurich, along various chocolate shops in the historical old town center. Guidance of a food expert and tasting the products is included.

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Tour to the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein from Zurich

This tour combines a one hour visit to the Rhine Falls and its castle, with a visit to the historical little town of Stein am Rhein. Transportation from your hotel in Zurich or the airport is included.

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  • Attraction type: city tour;
    natural site, waterfall
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Classic Round Trip to Mount Rigi & Lucerne from Zurich

The day starts with a bus ride to Weggis, where you board to cable car up to Rigi Kaltbad. Then you'll take the cogwheel train up to the summit of Mount Rigi. Then another train down to Vitznau, and a scenic boat ride to Lucerne. After exploring the town, the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Guided "Golden Round Trip" to Mount Pilatus from Zurich (summer)

The day starts with a bus ride to Lucerne and time to explore the town on your own. Next, your guide takes you to the Pilatus by cable car. After enjoying the views, you'll be taken to the cogwheel train down to the valley. Finally there's a scenic boat ride to Lucerne and a bus ride back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by boat;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Mount Pilatus & Lucerne tour from Zurich (winter), Swiss lunch included

The tour starts with a scenic bus ride to Lucerne, followed by a short guided city tour. Then you'll be taken from Lucerne to Kriens, from where the cable car takes you up the mountain. A typically Swiss lunch is included, and you'll have time to enjoy the views.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Zurich tour by trolley

Board an old-style streetcar and enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour ride along all the major sites and museums. This is a good way to get to know the city quickly. The audio commentary explains what you get to see. Note that you can take pictures through the windows, but a walking tour is better for that.

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