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First-Timer’s Guide to Zurich

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First-Timer’s Guide to Zurich
Pretty as a film set and bursting with Alpine charm, Zurich is Switzerland's largest city. From cultural offerings and historical landmarks to natural attractions and culinary highlights, the city has something to please visitors of all stripes. Here are the essential experiences you should plan during a first-time visit to Zurich.

Cruise Lake Zurich
Zurich is situated at the northern edge of Lake Zurich, and this clean, glittering body of water is one of the city’s loveliest attractions. Embark on a cruise of the lake for a relaxing way to sightsee and take in the fresh Alpine air.

Indulge in Swiss Fondue
It isn’t a trip to Switzerland until you’ve indulged in a classic fondue dinner. Made with copious quantities of melted cheese, as well as a glug of white wine and kirsch cherry brandy, fondue is a particularly decadent option during the snowy winter months. Just don’t drop any bread into the fondue—if you do, according to legend, you either need to buy a round of drinks or kiss your dining companions.

Explore the Old Town (Altstadt)
The most picturesque and history-saturated area of Zurich, the Old Town (Altstadt) is also home to many of its top landmarks. Embark on a walking tour to soak up the area’s charming ambiance, and spot highlights such as the Lindenhof, the winding alleys of Niederdorf, Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches, and more.

Learn How to Make Chocolate
Alongside watches, knives, and cheese, chocolate is one of Switzerland’s best-known exports. During your time in Zurich, don’t just visit the city’s many master chocolatiers—sign up for a hands-on course and learn how to make your own sweet treats.

Escape into the Mountains
Zurich is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the rugged mountains, and a day trip to the Alps’ peaks and valleys is one of the city’s most popular pursuits. For a gentle, 1-day introduction to the region’s scenery, venture to Mt. Titlis.

Take a Cable Car to Felsenegg
Falsenegg is one of the best lookout points in Zurich. To get there, hop the canton of Zurich’s only cable car to the summit and take in panoramic views of the city, Lake Zurich, and the snow-capped Alps in the distance.
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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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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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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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$68.60
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WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

WOW Zurich Tour: 6 hours on shore, on water, in the air!

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Gain a new perspective on Zürich on a small-group excursion that includes a ferry ride across Lake Zürich, a cable car journey during the summer, and a tour of the Old Town. Visit landmarks including Lindenhof and Grossmünster, gaining insight into the city’s history and culture from your local guide.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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 a gastronome guide, travel through the countryside to the Lindt Chocolate factory outlet and try heavenly chocolates made on site. 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 meal in a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich.
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  • 4 hours 45 minutes
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Zurich City Tour Experience

Zurich City Tour Experience

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If you want to experience all of the outstanding things Zurich has to offer in a single sightseeing outing, this is the tour package for you. Experience the town on this unique city tour with detailed commentaries in one of eleven languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi.  The air-conditioned Panorama bus takes you on a 100-minute round trip to the sights of Switzerland’s largest city. The route leads across the famous Bahnhofstrasse and the banking center of the lake with a view of the snow-capped mountains, part of the old town with its magnificent guild houses and the churches St. Peter, Grossmünster and Fraumünster. You’ll see the university quarter and the residential area Zürichberg, the National Museum and the Kunsthaus. At the two most scenic viewpoints we will make a short photo stop.
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 4 hours
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$414.45
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Zurich Old Town Walking Tour

Zurich Old Town Walking Tour

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Delve into Switzerland’s colorful past and discover top Zurich attractions on this Zurich walking tour. Follow your guide along the beautiful Bahnhofstrasse, where locals mingle in bustling boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. Head towards Lindenhof, and discover local landmarks including the City Hall and St. Peter's Church. Stroll the winding alleys of Niederdorf in the Old Town, home to the attractive churches of Fraumünster and Grossmünster.
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  • 2 hours
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$28.59
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Mt. Titlis Snow Experience Day from Zurich

Mt. Titlis Snow Experience Day from Zurich

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Swap the streets of Zurich for the snowy peaks of Mt. Titlis with this day-long trip out of the city. After starting with a tour of Lucerne and a photo stop at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument, you'll continue to Engelberg to travel up the mountain by gondola. Then, at the Trübsee middle station, your time is your own to kick back in the snow. Test your nerves on the snow tubing run, or try skiing; rental of the basic equipment and supervision is included. Later, you'll ride the Rotair revolving cable car to soak up alpine views from the summit.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Swiss Gourmet: Cheese and Chocolate Class

Best of Swiss Gourmet: Cheese and Chocolate Class

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Get your cheese and chocolate fix during a delicious workshop in Zurich. Taking place in a cooking school near Lake Zurich, the experience lets you taste and create cheesy and chocolatey souffles using the finest Swiss ingredients. Learn about the history of chocolate and cheese in Switzerland before you roll up your sleeves to cook. Finally, savor your creations with a hot drink before you leave.
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  • 2 hours
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