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Zurich - What to see and do

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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

Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

One of the most famous luxury shopping streets in Europe.

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  • Attraction type: corona/COVID-19 friendly;
    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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Self-guided Zurich audio tour

You'll get an app to install on your smartphone. It tells you where to go to reach all the highlights, and provides information about what you see. Internet access during the tour is not required. This self-guided walking tour takes about 1.5 hours, but you can do it at your own pace.

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  • Attraction type: corona/COVID-19 friendly;
    city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

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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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

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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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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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

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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)
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