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How to Spend 3 Days in Zurich

How to Spend 3 Days in Zurich

A beautiful city brimming with culture and history, located close to some of Europe’s most dramatic scenery, Zurich offers something to satisfy every kind of traveler. If you’ve got three days to visit, here’s an itinerary that shows you the city’s highlights, and also includes a day trip to the famous Swiss Alps. 

 

Day 1: Zurich Sightseeing

Get oriented with Zurich on an electric tuk-tuk tour, which takes you from the historical landmarks of Old Town—including Grossmunster and Fraumunster churches—to the Limmatquai waterfront in a short amount of time. Or you can enjoy a more personalized experience with a private city highlights tour, which can be customized to include the attractions that interest you most. History and culture buffs will also want to fit in a visit to the Swiss National Museum to see gothic art, photography, pottery, and other objects that detail Switzerland’s history. To see the city from above, take a half-day tour just south of the city center for a ferry ride across Lake Zurich and a ride up the Felsenegg Cable Car, where you can admire views from an elevation of 2,630 feet (800 meters).

 

Day 2: Natural and Culinary Highlights

Marvel at the largest waterfall in Europe on a half-day tour north of Zurich to Rhine Falls, which gives you the chance to glimpse some of the countryside scenery outside the city. Options are also available to combine Rhine Falls with a stop in Stein am Rhein, a small town known for its medieval architecture. Back in the city, indulge in Swiss chocolate on a sweets-themed walking tour, or take a city tour that includes a stop at the Lindt chocolate shop. Then experience the cheese culture of Switzerland with a culinary tour that includes a Swiss fondue dinner or a master class where you can learn how to pair cheese with wine.

 

Day 3: Into the Mountains

With Zurich’s proximity to the Alps, it’s a shame not to visit this alpine wonderland if you can spare the time. Mt. Titlis and Mt. Pilatus are two of the most popular day trips—Titlis is known for its rotating cable car that takes you to the summit for a panoramic view of snowy peaks, while Pilatus features a gondola, a cable car, and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Both day trips include a stop in Lucerne. The third day-trip option is Jungfraujoch, aka the Top of Europe, where visitors ride a cogwheel railway to the highest railway station in Europe. Alternatively, skip the Swiss Alps for the chance to visit another country in one day with a tour to Liechtenstein, a tiny principality that sits between Switzerland and Austria.  

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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich

Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich

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Experience Mount Titlis’ dramatic summit on a full-day excursion from Zurich. First, explore Old Town Lucerne on a short orientation drive through the city and then explore independently. Travel to Engelberg, a resort cradled by the Swiss Alps, and ascend to the summit of Mount Titlis for breathtaking Alpine vistas. Take a chairlift to get up close to frozen crevices, and cross Europe’s highest suspension bridge. During winter, upgrade to include a skiing option.
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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day

Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day

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Experience the natural splendor and cultural richness of two countries on a full-day tour of the Zurich region and the Liechtenstein Principality. With a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in a wonderland of sweeping valleys, alpine lakes, plunging waterfalls and scenic reserves as you explore Heidiland by coach. See the spectacular sights of Zurich on a guided city tour and marvel at the ancient majesty of Rapperswil and its medieval castle. Discover Vaduz, the capital of Leichtenstein, and its charming beauty and then return to Zurich after a comprehensive and captivating experience.
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Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich

Jungfraujoch: Top of Europe Day Trip from Zurich

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Board a cogwheel train to the UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, known as the Top of Europe, on this day trip from Zurich to the spectacular Swiss Alps. After a scenic coach journey through the Bernese Oberland, ride up to Europe's highest railway station, located 11,333 feet (3,454 meters) above sea level. From the Sphinx Observatory, look out over Aletsch Glacier and past the snow-capped Alpine peaks toward France and Italy.
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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

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Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
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  • 4 hours 15 minutes
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Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich

Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein Half-Day Tour from Zurich

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Journey from Zurich to see the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein on this half-day sightseeing trip by air-conditioned coach. Travel northward through vine-coated hills to the Swiss-German border. Visit Laufen Castle to see the falls, and if you’re here in summer, take an optional boat ride for an up-close look at the cascades. Continue to Stein am Rhein and enjoy a walking tour through the Old Town, passing the fresco-covered houses and other medieval landmarks.
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway before taking a short cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: Central Zurich and Surroundings Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

Private Tour: Central Zurich and Surroundings Tour by Electric Tuk Tuk

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Zip around Zurich on-board an eco-friendly electric Tuk Tuk on this memorable 1.5-hour tour. Accompanied by a private guide, drive around the historic Old Town, stopping to admire the Grossmünster and Fraumünster, peek into the Im Viadukt indoor market and pose for photos by Lake Zurich. Then, glide along the Limmatquai and venture off the tourist trail for a glimpse of local life in the vibrant District 5.
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Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

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Sample Swiss delicacies on a half-day, culinary small-group tour from Zurich. With your guide travel in a comfortable minibus to Lindt Home of Chocolate. Marvel at the world’s highest free-standing chocolate fountain and browse the world’s largest Lindt Chocolate Shop. Then ascend to a mountain viewpoint for sweeping vistas; stroll through a dense forest on a nature trail; and top off the trip with a 3-course cheese fondue dinner plus appetizer, and a glass of mulled wine (winter) or white wine (summer) in a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich.
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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate

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See the best of Switzerland's business and cultural hub on a half-day tour of Zurich. Follow your guide to the city's top attractions, including the shopping haven of Bahnhofstrasse, the Opera House, National Museum, and charming Old Town. Ride uphill by cogwheel train for panoramic views over the city and then take a 30-minute cruise on Lake Zurich. Top off the trip with a stop at the newly opened Lindt Home of Chocolate, where you can marvel at the world's highest free standing chocolate fountain. After an audio-guided tour through the museum, taste as much chocolate as your heart desires before returning by coach to Sihlquai Coach Parking.
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  • 5 hours 15 minutes
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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

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Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a private tour of the cultural Swiss city. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse and the charming Old Town while enriching your knowledge of the region’s rich history. See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the place Albert Einstein imparted his wisdom; browse the exhibits within the Swiss National Museum; and take a tranquil cruise on the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. Customize the itinerary of this private tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your personal guide.
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Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich

Rhine Falls Tour from Zurich

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Marvel at the Rhine Falls of northern Switzerland on a tour from Zurich by coach. In addition to free time to explore Europe's largest waterfall at your leisure, enjoy a photo stop outside the medieval Laufen Castle. On the return drive you’ll pass through Schaffhausen for a glimpse of Munot Fortress, built in the 16th century. During summer months (June to August), you have the option of a boat ride that brings you up close to Rhine Falls.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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