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Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)
Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Zurich

The Basics

Most everyone who visits Zurich will come across the lake at some point. Perhaps the best way to fully appreciate Lake Zurich’s scenic beauty is on a boat tour; options range from leisurely sightseeing cruises to high-adrenaline watersports excursions. Some city tours incorporate a boat trip across the lake, as well as a ride on the Felsenegg cable car, which leads to a 2,624-foot (800-meter) viewpoint overlooking the lake. If you’d rather stay on solid ground, land-based tours from Zurich often combine stops at lake-edge villages, such as the medieval old town of Rapperswil, with trips to storybook mountain towns like Appenzell, or even Vaduz in the neighboring microstate of Liechtenstein.

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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
$65.73 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Nice half day outing!
Our guide Guillermo was great, and the bus ride was easy, learned a good deal about Zurich and Switzerland in general. Cable car ride to the top was lovely, stunning views of Zurich, and ferry boat ride was nice. Worth the half day trip!
Ally_F, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

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Zurich Tour!
Natalia_F, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
I went on my first solo trip to Zurich so I decided to book a guided tour that would take me through the city and help me learn the history, as well as Take me to the Lindt museum and it was fantastic. The tour guide was amazing, very punctual and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour for anyone wanting to see the city in one day.
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Diverse view of beautiful Zurich.
Lauren_A, Jun 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
First time visiting this beautiful place. Loved the diverse views of the city, from the water, from the mountain and from the old town. Greg was so knowledgeable and his trusty iPad helped to show us how unique and special Switzerland is. We learned a lot from him and it was great way to start our dream vacation that was 3 years in the making.
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Excellent tour!
Andrew_C, Jun 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Greg was the best guide I had on my out of country tour. He was knowledgeable, prepared, and humorous. Its was really fun trip for my whole family.
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Great experience
Keyana_W, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Martin was an excellent tour guide and was very helpful with assisting us on public transportation to get back to the starting point.
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Good experience
Paul, May 2022
Chocolate Workshop, Tasting, and a cruise on the Lake of Zurich Private Tour
Lina was prompt and very knowledgeable. Taking the train was useful since it gave us a chance to learn about the station with Lina’s help. Chocolate making was fun. Boat trip back to Zurich was pleasant and easy. Chocolate tasting at Rafael’s was the best. Bratwurst very close and very busy for lunch. Lina then explained the tram system to get back to hotel. Tram ticket included. Overall a good tour.
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Super fun tour of different chocolate experiences
Morgan_P, Apr 2022
Chocolate Workshop, Tasting, and a cruise on the Lake of Zurich Private Tour
Lena did a great job getting us to the Lindt chocolate factory, doing the chocolate workshop and then showing us a different local chocolate shop as well as a great little bratwurst shop. Would highly recommend!
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Good way to see the sights with one day
Mary_B, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Sights of Zurich with a good guide. Chocolate factory was fun and lots of samples! But it was crowded in afternoon. Boat ride was lovely.
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Fun time
Ron_W, Mar 2022
Zurich Small-Group Guided Walking Tour Including Lake Cruise
Very informative... great experience of the city. Enjoyed ourselves. Thanks David for the tour of Zurich.
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Great overview of Zurich
Thomas_F, Oct 2021
Zurich Small-Group Guided Walking Tour Including Lake Cruise
Greg engagingly showed the highlights and reviewed the history of Zurich. He even treated us to some Swiss chocolate! Will book Viator again.
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Seeing areas that...
Bill_M, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Seeing areas that tourists don't usually see. Enjoying wonderful Chocolate and a great walk thru interactive learning experience about chocolate. Our guide was like being with a favorite aunt who wanted you to experience things she loves about her city.
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Excellent tour
Linda_L, May 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
The guides extensive knowledge of the area, and his ability to change the order to give the best experience considering the weather.
star-4
Loved the Lindt chocolate...
mlozano77, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Loved the Lindt chocolate tour and enjoyed the walking tour of the old town and cruise. Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring a swimsuit to try out the lake’s swimming spots (May through October).

  • Water-based excursions range in duration, from short round-trip outings to leisurely half-day cruises.

  • The Felsenegg cable car is wheelchair accessible. Private sightseeing tours can be customized to meet the needs of wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Lake Zurich is easily accessible by public transportation. To get to Zurich’s Lake Promenade park, take the tram (5, 6, 7, 8, or 13), train (S, S8, S24, or SN8), or bus (161 or 165) to Zurich Wollishofen station, then walk the short distance to the waterfront. Alternatively ride the tram to Burkliplatz (2, 5, 8, 9, and 11) at the end of Bahnhofstrasse, or Bellevue (2, 5, and 9), which brings you to the edge of Lake Zurich where the Limmat river begins.

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When to Get There

The best season at Lake Zurich is summer, when warmer temperatures make boating, swimming, and sunbathing feasible. Boats do not run during the winter months (mid-October to early April), though you’ll find ice-skating rinks at the lake’s edge during this time.

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What to See and Do on Lake Zurich

Among the most popular spots to visit on the lake is Rapperswil, a small town famed for its medieval old center and its public gardens, where a bounty of roses blossom. For the sweet-toothed, there is the Lindt & Sprungli chocolate factory in Kilchberg on the southern lake edge, not far from Zurich, while the sunny stretch along the northeast—known as the Gold Coast (Goldkueste) is dotted with lakeside mansions owned by Europe’s elite.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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