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Zurich Bürkliplatz boats

The boat dock at Zurich Bürkliplatz.

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
COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses

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

Voralpen-Express

The Voralpen-Express makes for a relaxing train journey between Central and North-Eastern Switzerland, passing green hills and charming villages.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Zurich tour by panorama bus

Board an air-conditioned panorama bus 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. There are two short photo stops along the way.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Zurich city highlights plus cable car ride

A packed half day of exploring Zurich! Your guide takes you to the town center, on to lake Zurich and to Felsenegg for a view of the lake and the city from a higher perspective. Transportation is by coach, boat and cable car. A varying tour with lots of highlights.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided day trip to Jungfraujoch from Zurich

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

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Interlaken and Grindelwald day trip from Zurich

A day trip by luxurious coach from Zurich, to Interlaken and Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region. You'll have plenty of time to explore these towns on your own. We'd recommend shopping or visiting Harder Kulm in Interlaken, and a ride up to First in Grindelwald.

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

Varied Zurich walking tour on shore, on water and in the air

This is a long tour in and around Zurich on foot, by cogwheel train, cable car and boat. A local guide will take you along all the best spots. You'll experience Lake Zurich, the historical town center, as well as a nearby mountain with views of the city.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Sport, Hiking;
    Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Scenic trip;
    City tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided Mount Titlis & Lucerne day trip from Zurich

The comfortable bus ride includes a photo stop in Lucerne. There's a short drive through Lucerne before you continue 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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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Full Grindelwald-First adventure tour from Zurich

A comfortable coach will take you to Interlaken for a photo stop, and then to Grindelwald. You'll take the scenic cableway to First, then descend by the spectacular First Flyer, plus a cart and scooter ride. Finally there's a train ride to Interlaken to board the coach back to Zurich.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Lucerne and Engelberg day trip from Zurich

A day trip by luxurious coach from Zurich, to Lucerne and Engelberg. You'll have plenty of time to explore the towns on your own. We'd recommend to focus on the historical town and the lake in Lucerne, and to make a cable car trip to the Trübsee in Engelberg.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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.

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  • Attraction type: City tour;
    Natural site, Waterfall
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Tiqets
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

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
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Black Forest and Rhine Falls in one day from Zurich

After a scenic bus ride you'll get to spend 2 hours at the Titisee, a lake in the German Black Forest. A visit to the Drubb watchmaker is included, a boat trip is optional. On the way back to Zurich, there's a 45 minute stop at the famous Rhine Falls in Switzerland.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Waterfall;
    Scenic trip, By bus;
    Natural site, Lake
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Tour of Zurich city, the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein

This full day package starts with a guided coach tour in the center of Zurich. In the afternoon you'll continue to Laufen Castle and the Rhine Falls. Next is a walking tour of the historical little town of Stein am Rhein. This long day ends in Zurich or optionally at the airport.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Waterfall;
    City tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided train tour from Zurich to the Schilthorn

Your private guide takes you on the train from Zurich to Lauterbrunnen, and further up to the pretty town of Mürren and the top of the Schilthorn.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car;
    Scenic trip, By train
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Small group mountain, cheese & chocolate tour from Zurich

Your day trip starts with a short city tour of Zurich. Then, the bus continues to the countryside for a visit to the Lindt chocolate outlet store, the Appenzeller show dairy and the cable car to the Hoher Kasten for great views. A full day of experiencing Switzerland!

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  • Attraction type: Culinary tour, Cheese;
    Scenic trip;
    Natural site;
    City tour;
    Culinary tour, Chocolate
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Rhine Falls plus the best of Zurich city

You'll visit the Rhine Fall during one half of the day. The other half of the day is a guided tour in the city center of Zurich. Transportation from and to central Zurich is by coach. A short scenic ride on a cogwheel train (Dolderbahn) is included as well.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

2-hour coach tour of Zurich

A quick tour along all the highlights of Zurich, including the lake, Bahnhofstrasse, historical town center and St. Peter's church. A ride on the Dolder funicular is included as well. Optionally, a boat trip can be added to this tour.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Quick tour of Zurich plus boat ride on Lake Zurich

The tour starts with a short bus ride along the most important landmarks of Zurich. The bus continues to the pretty little town of Rapperswil. After the guided tour in town you'll board the boat for the 2 hour relaxed journey back to Zurich. From November to March the train will replace the boat.

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  • Attraction type: Scenic trip, By boat;
    City tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Classic Summer 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)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide, Expedia

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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: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 408 - 427 m
  • Distance: 7.3 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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