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Swiss Countryside Day Trips from Zurich

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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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Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne

Queen of mountains round-trip from Lucerne

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Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Zurich

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 eastern 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; discover the impressive sights of Appenzell; and ride an aerial cable car over the magnificent Swiss Alps. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only 16 explorers.
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  • 9 hours
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne

Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne

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Absorb the sweeping vistas and fresh mountain air of the Swiss Alps on an independent day-trip from Lucerne. Travel by comfortable coach through the UNESCO-listed Jungfrau region and admire scenery as you approach the mountain towns of Interlaken and Grindelwald. Listen to commentary from your guide and then spend half of the day exploring Grindelwald independently. Then, board a train to Interlaken to enjoy free time in the lively lakeside resort. Meet your guide at a prearranged time for the relaxing journey back to Lucerne.
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  • 10 hours
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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Delve into the rich cultural traditions of Switzerland on a full-day tour of the scenic countryside from Zurich. With a guide, visit a cheese factory to sample esteemed Swiss cheese, let squares of Swiss chocolate melt on your tongue during a tasting session and travel through quaint villages. Gain fascinating insight into Switzerland’s history from your guide and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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  • 9 hours
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