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Swiss Countryside Day Trips from Zurich

Swiss Countryside Day Trips from Zurich

Beyond its big cities, Switzerland remains a country of stunning mountain scenery and historic culinary traditions. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle for a day, here are a few ways to enjoy rural Switzerland from Zurich.

 

Outdoor Adventures

With the mountains and lakes of the Swiss Alps lying within easy reach of Zurich, opportunities for outdoor adventure in the open countryside are abundant. Travel through the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Jungfrau region and discover snowy mountains, Alpine lakes, rolling meadows, waterfalls, gorges, and caves. Explore the historic streets of Grindelwald and Interlaken, summit surrounding peaks like Mt. Rigi via cogwheel train, or take to the water with a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne.

 

Cheese and Chocolate Tours

Food is a big part of Swiss culture and tradition, so it’s no surprise that cheese and chocolate tours are so high on visitors’ checklists. Leaving Zurich behind, explore picturesque countryside towns such as Appenzell and Stein, travel by aerial cable car over the Swiss Alps, and taste some of the local produce and confections for which Switzerland is famous.

 

Things to Know

  • Appenzell is located 59 miles (96 kilometers) east of Zurich, a drive of about 1.5 hours.

  • Day tours from Zurich into the countryside usually last between six and 12 hours, depending on the destinations.

  • Some tours include entrance fees or cogwheel train tickets where necessary, plus roundtrip bus transportation from Zurich.

  • The weather in the Swiss Alps can change very quickly, even in summer, so packing warm, waterproof layers is recommended.

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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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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Zurich
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Zurich

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Visit the mountain towns of Grindelwald and Interlaken on a day trip from Zurich. As you travel to the mountains, learn about the Swiss Alps from an onboard, multilingual guide. Enjoy plenty of free time to explore the small town of Grindelwald at your own pace, and then hop on a train to Interlaken — the adventure capital of the Bernese Oberland.
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  • 12 hours
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Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich

Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich

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Enhance your experience of Switzerland on a full-day tour of the country’s scenic countryside from Zurich. Delve into rich cultural traditions with an expert guide as you explore picturesque towns and cultural institutions; sample fine Swiss cheese at a traditional cheese factory; ride an aerial cable car over the magnificent Swiss Alps; sample chocolate at a traditional chocolate producer.; and visit a Swiss cow farm. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 explorers, and take home with you a goodie bag including typical Swiss products.
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  • 11 hours
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