Lake Zurich

Lake Zurich: Our most recommended tours and activities

Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

1. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

Zürich: City Highlights Tour by Coach, Cable Car, and Ferry

2. Zürich: City Highlights Tour by Coach, Cable Car, and Ferry

Experience Zurich’s highlights and natural scenery in just half a day on this guided city tour. See the university quarter, Zürichberg area, and Limmatquai in the Old Town. Cross Lake Zurich by ferry, and ride a cable car to Felsenegg with scenic views of the snow-capped Alps. Begin by visiting the major attractions of Zurich such as the Old Town, St. Peters Church – known to have the largest clock face of all the European churches – the world-famous Bahnhofstrasse, the Limmatquai, and the Guild Houses. Stop off at the harbor for a photo opportunity, where you enjoy a beautiful view of the Lake of Zurich, and the city and surrounding hills. Drive along the "Gold Coast" to Meilen, where you will then cross the lake on a ferryboat. The journey continues to Adliswil for a ride by aerial cable car to Felsenegg, where you will enjoy an incredible view overlooking Zurich, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps.

From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

3. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Heidi’s village of Maienfeld and in the summer months.   Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore.  Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein.  Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories.  Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range. 

Zürich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

4. Zürich: 2-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour

Experience the unique city of Zürich on this exciting bus tour. See landmarks, such as the gorgeous Old Town and the Swiss National Museum, built in the style of a Renaissance chateau. Visit the Münsterhof square and adjacent guild houses on a short walk through the old town with your guide. See St. Peter's Church, which boasts the largest clock face in Europe, and learn something about the Fraumünster church's exciting history and architecture. Tour distinguished districts with stately mansions from another time and admire the popular Zürichberg recreational area. A further tour highlight is the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, one of the highest-ranked engineering colleges in the world. Its most famous student was none other than Albert Einstein.

Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

5. Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

Explore Zurich with a ticket for day visitors who want to include a visit to a museum or an excursion to a local recreation area (Uetliberg-Felsenegg or Lake Zurich) on their trip. The ticket is also valid between the airport and the city center. Enjoy Zurich to the fullest and save at the same time. The principle is very simple. When you purchase a Zürich Card you save on transportation, admissions, dining, souvenirs, and more. The Zürich Card is valid for either 24 or 72 hours, and is available at a discount for children between the ages of 6 and 16. When you explore the sights of beautiful Zurich with your Zürich Card you receive great benefits and savings. Enjoy free rides on trams, buses, trains, and boats. Your card is also valid on the cableways in Zurich and the surrounding area. You get free admission to most museums in the city and delicious surprises at special restaurants in Zurich. You will reap the rewards of a 10% discount at 16 traditional and urban shops in the city, and save on souvenirs and tours offered by Zürich Tourism. When you use the Zürich Card you save as you stay and play. Don’t miss out on the unbeatable savings and perks that the Zürich Card offers. Save 50% on the ‘Zurich Old Town Walking Tour’, the ‘City Tour: Me, My Zurich and You,’ and the ‘Pub Crawl-Nightlife Tour. Save 20% on the ‘City Tour Through Zurich by Bus’ and save 33% on the ‘Urania Sternwate’ tour. Take off 10% on the ‘E-Bike Tour City,’ the ‘Zurich Food Tour,’ the ‘Tuk Tuk-City Tour,’ the ‘City Tour by eTukTuk with Chocolate Tasting,’ and the ‘Zuri Bar-Quest Tour.’ Enjoy free admission to the Grossmunster Church and the Fraumunster Church. Have free entry to the National Museum Zurich, the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Museum Strauhof, Helmhaus Zurich, the Museum fur Gestaltung, the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, the North American Native Museum, the Pavillon Le Corbusier, and the Swiss Finance Museum. View the the Alterhumer-Magazin, the Zurich City of Guilds, Muhlerama, and the Zurich Museums Association with free addmission. Get 30% off the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Fifa Museum. Have a half off the Cabaret Voltaire and the Kulturama Museum of Mankind. See the Lindt Home of Home of Chocolate with 10% off, the Musee Visionnaire with 44% off, and the Museum Rietberg with 60%. Indulge with a 10% discount at the Airport Fitness and Wellness, aja Zurich Wellness, and Hurlimann and Spa Zurich. Go for a dip with 50% of swimming at Dolder Bad. Savor a culinary surprise at Brasserie Spirgaten, Café and Restaurant Sprungli, Haus Hiltl, Restaurant Spitz, and Siagon. Shop your heart out with a 10% discount for Berg und Tal, Lindt Shop Home of Chocolate Kilchberg, Schweizer Heimatwerk, Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur, Zurich Souvenir, Meng Cutlery, Franz Carl Weber, and Teddy’s Souvenir-Shop.  Stay connected with 20% off Travel’s Wifi. Make a splash with 15% off Alpamare. Admire views with free admission to the Zurich Airport Observation Deck B. Get back to nature with free admission to the Zurich Wilderness Park Sihlwald and the Zurich Wilderness Park Langenberg. Keep your buget with 20% off the Bruno Weber Park and the Unwelt Arena Schweiz, and 10% off the Zurich Zoo. Feast your eyes with 10% off Arthouse Cinemas Zurich, Kino Houdini, the Zurich Opera House, Riffraff, and the Schauspielhaus Zurich, and up to 12% off at the Kulturhaus Kosmos. Listen in with 10% off at Moods and Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich. Dance your heart away with free admission to the Plaza Club and play some cards with free entry to Casino Zurich. Sip some drinks with 10% off the Cabaret Voltaire bar and a 2 for 1 beer or sparkling wine deal at the Plaza Bar. 

Zurich: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

6. Zurich: Private Tuk-Tuk City Tour

Discover the highlights of Zurich on a city tour in a tuk-tuk, while listening to the eTuk driver's stories about the sights, the inhabitants and life in the city. The city tour starts at Europaallee 8 and takes you through Zurich. Passing the Landesmuseum, you will travel to Zurich's university quarter, where Albert Einstein studied, and continue to the beautiful old town: the Niederdorf.  Later, continue past the Kunsthaus with its magnificent collection of the artist Augusto Giacometti to the Seefeldquartier with the Opernhaus and Sechseläutenplatz. Next, explore Zurich's business and shopping district on the Bahnhofstrasse and the Paradeplatz. Photo and shopping stops are possible anytime, but the tour might be shortened or extended. In the end, get an insight into the Langstraße, Zurich's going-out street with countless bars and restaurants.

Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

7. Zurich: City Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise

See Zurich's top attractions on a three-in-one city highlights tour. Explore the city by bus to get an overview of the various districts. Embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Discover the city and its beautiful surroundings from the water during an audio-guided boat trip on Lake Zurich. Board a comfortable, climate-controlled coach and set out past the castle-like Swiss National Museum, the luxurious shopping avenue Bahnhofstrasse, and Zurich's renowned financial district. Enjoy a magnificent view of crystal-clear Lake Zurich during a photo stop at Enge harbor. Continue along the lake, passing the Opera House and the university district with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University of Zurich. Tour distinguished neighborhoods with stately mansions from glorious times past. Picture living by the popular Zürichberg recreational area.  After enjoying a short glimpse of the city, the lake, and the snow-covered Alps, drive past the Kunsthaus art museum down to the charming Old Town for your walking tour. Take in guild houses, churches, historic squares, and hidden gems as you listen to your guide's numerous anecdotes about Zurich. Then, say goodbye to your tour guide and take a short stroll along the picturesque Limmat to nearby Bürkliplatz. Embark on a scenic one-hour cruise on Lake Zurich, past grand lakeside villas and popular lidos. Enjoy stunning views of the Swiss city and the Alps from the water. Sit back and relax as you listen to compelling stories about the history of the city, the lake, and the surrounding mountains via an audio guide app on your own device before ending the tour back at Bürkliplatz.

Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

8. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein

Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town. Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax. In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters. The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only). Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes. 

Zurich: Swiss Cheese Fondue and Wine Tuk-Tuk Tour

9. Zurich: Swiss Cheese Fondue and Wine Tuk-Tuk Tour

Discover Zurich on this culinary tour with your personal, electric Tuk-Tuk. Start at the central station and experience a journey through the unique city of Zurich. After a short stop at a gastronomic partner, the fondue "valaisanne" will be loaded onto the eTuk and your culinary journey can begin. The ride leads you through the Old Town and to the most beautiful parts of the city, where you can discover the life in Zurich with the driver through the eyes of a local. Enjoy the delicious food and get a unique insight into Zurich. The gastronomic partners attach great value on regional products. As an alcoholic beverage you are offered wine from Switzerland.

Zurich: Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour with Cheese Fondue

10. Zurich: Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour with Cheese Fondue

See the sights of Zürich and its surrounds on an exclusive evening coach tour, traveling in groups of no more than 16 people for a more personalized experience. Savor the flavors of Switzerland along the way, including the country’s famous chocolates and fondue. Start with a short introductory drive through the city center, getting a glimpse of the famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping boulevard. Continue along the shores of Lake Zürich to the small town of Kilchberg. Visit the new Lindt Home of Chocolate, home to the world's largest free-standing chocolate fountain, and buy some souvenirs for friends and family back home. Continue to Adliswil in Zürich's rural suburbs, and take the cable car to the Felsenegg station in the Albis mountains. Enjoy panoramic views of greater Zürich, before hiking through the forest to a beautiful restaurant overlooking Lake Zürich. Enjoy sweeping views from the terrace as you are served a choice of appetizers and a typical drink. Seated at tables that are traditionally decorated, tuck into an assortment of salad bowls, followed by an outstanding, all-you-can-eat Swiss cheese fondue. Complete your gourmet experience with a homemade chocolate cake, before the drive back to central Zürich.

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What people are saying about Lake Zurich

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,284 reviews

It was an excellent experience, well organized. Our guide Lars was very helpful and has plenty knowledge about Zurich. Beautiful views when we get up the mountain, I really recommend this tour. Laura Puerto Rico

Guide was brilliant, great sense of humour and as expected in depth knowledge of the area… got to see plenty of both Zurich and enough of the small country of Lichtenstein. Highly recommend this tour…

This tour was very interesting and informative. The guide was wonderful and told us a lot about the area. A good overview of the city.

Great experience! Loved Walter our guide and Armando our driver. Loved seeing the countryside!

All trips on time, very good guides and made to feel most welcome.