Zurich - What to see and do

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The Läderach Choco Atelier (left) and boutique (right) in the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich.
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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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  • Attraction type: natural site, waterfall
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

One of the most famous luxury shopping streets in Europe.

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  • Attraction type: city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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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Guided Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland tour from Zurich

The day starts with a scenic bus trip to the Bernese Oberland, a quick break in Interlaken and further by bus to Grindelwald. Then you'll visit Jungfraujoch by train and continue to Lauterbrunnen where the bus waits for the return ride.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Guided day trip to Jungfraujoch from Zurich

Guided tour by luxury coach through the Bernese Oberland to Lauterbrunnen, and by cogwheel train to the famous Jungfraujoch.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: GetYourGuide

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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Guided Mount Titlis & Lucerne day trip from Zurich

After the comfortable bus ride to Lucerne you'll be taken on a walking tour in the historical town center. You'll get some free time to explore; then a bus ride to the foot of Mount Titlis. You'll take the cable car to the top to enjoy the views and snow. Finally the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: GetYourGuide

Heidiland and Liechtenstein full day 2-country tour from Zurich

This tour starts with a short ride across Zurich. Next, there's a break in the medieval town of Rapperswil. The ride continues via the Toggenburg region to Liechtenstein, where you can explore the town of Vaduz. Next, you will visit Maienfeld, and optionally enter the Heidi House.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

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City walk Zurich

Use this city walk to get a good introduction to the old town of Zurich as well as a walk along Lake Zurich.

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  • Hiking time: 1h25
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 408 - 427 m
  • Distance: 7.1 km
  • Terrain: town, along lake
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

Üetliberg - Felsenegg

Get a bird's eye view of Zurich and Lake Zurich on the lovely walk from Üetliberg to Felsenegg.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 790 - 871 m
  • Distance: 6.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, forest
  • Region: Lake Zurich (Region Zurich)

Town walk Olten

An easy short walk in the pretty center of Olten. Ideal if you're interested in seeing a typical northern Switzerland town that is not too touristy.

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