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Zurich Tours

Zurich is a great city to visit at any time of the year, so I want to show you my favorite tours of the city. Stay and read!

Andressa García

Andressa García

11 min read

Zurich Tours

Zurich | ©Henrique Ferreira

With large and modern buildings that contrast with the old city that reflects the pre-medieval origin of this Swiss city, Zurich is one of the best options you will have when visiting Europe. So if you don't want to miss out on the best things to see and do in Zurich, you better pay attention to each of the tours I will show you.

From leisurely tours throughout the city to full day adventures, Zurich has a lot to see beyond shopping malls and crowded places. Plus, one of the best things about this city is its beautiful scenery and pleasant climate.

1. Zurich city tour with cruise and chocolate factory visit

Zurich City Cruise| © Razvan Orendovici
Zurich City Cruise| © Razvan Orendovici

I believe that no tour of the entire city of Zurich is complete without taking a cruise on the lake. Nor can it be considered a good tour if you don't go to the Chocolate Factory. This tour gives you all of that in one tour.

The tour of the city's financial center is done by bus, just before boarding the cruise on the city's most important lake.

During the visit to the Chocolate Factory, which you can also do as part of a gastronomic tour of Zurich, you will have the opportunity to taste exquisite chocolate creations, and during the tour you can also taste Swiss cheese at some of the stops you make. To further enhance the experience, you will walk through the Zürichberg district from where you will appreciate panoramic views of the entire city.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 73 euros per person.
  • Duration: This is a half-day tour, so it usually lasts approximately 5 hours.
  • Means of transport: This tour will be done by bus and cruise ship, and a part of it on foot.
  • Advantages of this tour: It includes the accompaniment of an expert tour guide who speaks different languages. It also includes the tour by bus and cruise ship. Included is the walking tour through the center of Zurich and the 30-minute cruise tour, as well as the entrance and visit to the Chocolate Factory. A 24-hour bus ticket is included with the price.
  • Disadvantages of this tour: Drinks and meals are not included. Personal expenses are not included. Food and beverages are not allowed inside the vehicle. The route may change due to weather conditions, so the route is variable.

Book a Swiss Chocolate Gastronomic Tour

2. Zurich by panoramic bus for two hours

Zurich Bus Tour| ©Wells T
Zurich Bus Tour| ©Wells T

For two hours you will have the opportunity to board a panoramic bus from where you can see the city from a different perspective.

Among the most interesting places you will see during this panoramic tour are the place where Albert Einstein studied as well as the Swiss National Museum and the historic center of the city.

This is a tour that you will be accompanied by an expert guide who will take you to see all the interesting places in the city. The tour guide can tell you everything you want to know about the city, in different languages, so you can do this tour in English.

Interesting details

  • Price: Approximately 37 euros per ticket.
  • Duration: It lasts about two hours.
  • Means of transport: The whole tour is done by bus.
  • Advantages of this tour: You will be accompanied by an expert guide who speaks different languages. The entrance to the bus or minivan is included according to the number of people participating in the experience. It also includes the guided walk through the historic center.
  • Disadvantages of this tour: The route may change if there are road repairs or other road works. If there are less than 15 people, the tour is not done by bus but by minivan. Drinks and meals are not included in the price. Personal expenses are not included in the price of the bus ticket.

Book your private bus tour

3. Private Tuk Tuk city tour

By Tuk Tuk| ©Rafael Gómez
By Tuk Tuk| ©Rafael Gómez

The tuk tuk is a very interesting and popular carriage in Zurich, on which you can get to know the whole city in a complete tour. One of the best things about this tuk tuk ride is that your guide will tell you all the anecdotes you want to know about the city of Zurich, its historical center and other places of tourist interest.

You will be able to go aboard a tuk tuk in a private experience that is only available to you and your group. This experience is a must if you are visiting Zurich, as many people choose to use this vehicle as a common mode of transportation.

Among the places you will visit during the tour are the university district, popular for being the place where Albert Einstein studied, also the financial district and at the end of the day, you will also have a tour of the most popular bars in the city.

Details of interest

  • Price: Approximately 73 euros per person.
  • Duration: This tour has an approximate duration of 70 minutes.
  • Transportation: From the beginning to the end of the experience, you will go aboard a Tuk Tuk.
  • Advantages of this private tour: It is included the accompaniment of an expert tour guide who will tell you at all times different anecdotes of the city. It includes the tuk tuk ride and you can also make stops to take pictures and buy anything you want.
  • Disadvantages of this private tour: Personal expenses and meals and drinks are not included. Transportation from the hotel and back is not included.

Book your private tuk tuk tour

4. Half day tour by air, sea and land in Zurich

Felsenegg Cable Car| © Staublex
Felsenegg Cable Car| © Staublex

This is a small group experience, which equals an almost personalized experience. During the tour you will have the opportunity to see not only the most important sights of Zurich, but you will also be able to take a cable car ride to admire beautiful views from the top.

As it is a water, land and air experience, you will also get on a boat on Lake Zurich. This is one of those experiences that you can not fail to include in your complete guide to Zurich in 3 days to make the most of your visit, as it will leave you with beautiful postcards from all angles of the city.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 92 euros per person.
  • Duration: This tour can take between 5 and 6 hours to complete.
  • Means of Transportation: To complete the experience you will have to get on a bus, a cable car and a boat, in each part of the tour.
  • Advantages of this tour: An expert local guide is included to take you to all the places you want to visit. It also includes the cruise on Lake Zurich, the cable car ride and the entrance to the cog railway.
  • Disadvantages of this tour: Drinks and food are not included. Personal expenses and shopping are also not included.

5. Private tour of Zurich with chocolate workshop and lake cruise

Lidnt Chocolate Shop| © Chris Wilson
Lidnt Chocolate Shop| © Chris Wilson

This private tour is very similar to the tour that takes you to see the Chocolate Factory and gives you the opportunity to spend some time cruising on the lake. The big difference between other tours and this one is that it is a completely private tour, which means that only you and your group can enjoy it.

The tour begins with a bus ride around the city of Zurich, where you will enjoy the company and commentary of an expert guide, and then board the cruise that will take you on a ride on the lake that is located throughout the center of the city.

Finally you will go to the chocolate workshop at the Factory, where you will not only have an exquisite tasting, but you will also be taught how to make this type of chocolates.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 250 euros per person.
  • Duration: It lasts approximately 3 hours and a half.
  • Means of transportation: The whole tour will be done on board of a fully equipped vehicle with all the necessary conditions and according to the size of the group.
  • Advantages of this tour: You will have at your side an expert guide who will tell you everything you need to know about each place you visit. A 24-hour premium class pass for Zurich is included. Also included is the entrance to the chocolate workshop and the cruise on Lake Zurich. All taxes and fees of all kinds are included. Hotel pick-up from Zurich hotels is available.
  • Disadvantages of this tour: No meals or drinks are included beyond those included in the reservation.

Book your Lake Zurich Cruise Tour

6. Private walking tour through the entire city of Zurich

Zurich street| © Janmaybach
Zurich street| © Janmaybach

There is no better way to get to know a city than by walking through its streets. That's why this tour offers you the opportunity to take you to the places of greatest cultural interest in the Swiss capital.

This experience lasts approximately two hours, so you have to be willing to walk a lot, and it is an activity that you will love to include in your list of things to do in Zurich in summer. But all that walking will be worth it when you start to see all that Zurich's central district has to show you.

Among the interesting sights you'll see on the tour are St. Peter's Church and the city's town hall. You'll also get to walk through the remains of the Roman baths and learn about the rich history this city has to tell.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 10 euros per person.
  • Duration: Approximately two hours walking.
  • Means of transport: The whole tour is done on foot.
  • Advantages of this private tour: It includes an expert tour guide who will accompany you throughout the tour explaining everything about the city. The tour is conducted in two languages, except on Saturdays. If you have the Zurich pass, this could allow you to get a 50% discount applied to the price of this tour.
  • Disadvantages of this private tour: Hotel pick-up and drop-off are not included. Meals, drinks and additional expenses during the tour are also not included. The city card is not included.

7. Tour of the historical district of the city

Zurich's historic center| © Janmaybach
Zurich's historic center| © Janmaybach

This tour differs from the previous one in that, in this case, you will only be able to visit the historic center of Zurich, without visiting other districts such as the financial district. This tour is completely on foot and lasts approximately two hours.

From the beginning to the end of the tour, you will be accompanied by a tour guide who will tell you everything you want to know about each of the buildings that are part of the historic center. The exploration will be exhaustive, visiting places that few tourists get to know thanks to the company of the local guide.

Details of interest

  • Price: From 26 euros per person.
  • Duration: It has an approximate duration of two hours.
  • Means of transport: This tour is completely on foot. The way you get to the starting point will be your choice, by public transport or walking.
  • Advantages of this tour: You will have a local guide who will speak to you in different languages, including Spanish. Children can participate in this tour, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. There is public transportation close by so you can get to the meeting point.
  • Disadvantages of this tour: Handling fees, taxes and other additional expenses are not included. Food and beverages are not included and personal expenses are not included. Not adapted for wheelchair users.

8. Guided tour of the chocolate factory in Zurich

In a Chocolate Factory| ©martin_vmorris
In a Chocolate Factory| ©martin_vmorris

This is a private tour, which means that only your group of friends will have the opportunity to participate in it. The tour starts with hotel pickup to take you to the Lindt chocolate factory, the authentic chocolate factory of the world.

This is an experience that I love to include in my list of 10 things to do in Zurich in winter, because you will be able to taste hot chocolate, and if you visit the factory in December, you will love tasting the different chocolates to celebrate Christmas.

Once inside the chocolate factory, you will also have a guided tour of all its facilities and you can learn about everything from the chocolate manufacturing methods, to the chocolate museum and the outlet store where you can buy all the souvenir chocolates you want.

Interesting details

  • Price: From 740 euros per person.
  • Duration: The whole tour lasts approximately 3 hours and a half.
  • Means of transportation: From the hotel to the Chocolate Factory you will go in a vehicle properly equipped with all the comforts.
  • Advantages of this guided tour: Includes private transportation from the hotel to the chocolate factory and back. It also includes the guided tour inside the factory and of course, the entrance to the factory. It is wheelchair accessible and it is also possible to enter with strollers. This is a private activity, so only your group will participate.
  • Disadvantages of this guided tour: Food and beverage services are not included during the tour, except for some tasting exceptions.

9. Evening tour of Zurich's nightlife venues

Zurich pub crawl| © Steffen Lemmerzahl
Zurich pub crawl| © Steffen Lemmerzahl

If you're traveling alone or with friends, this is a tour you're going to love, because it takes you through the most popular bars and pubs throughout Zurich. You will get to know the city's nightlife and also get to know its most traditional cocktails.

It is a three to six hour experience in which you can not only experience different flavors, but also dance in the bars you visit. You will be able to participate in the nightlife that usually takes place at night in Zurich and above all you will have VIP access to the nightlife and party life of this city, which is definitely no less festive than others in Europe.

Interesting details

  • Price: Approximately 26 euros per person.
  • Duration: Approximately three to six hours.
  • Means of transportation: The tour is done on foot, but you must get to the meeting point on your own.
  • Advantages of this night tour: There is public transportation nearby. It includes the entrance to the different pubs. You will have an expert tour guide by your side who will teach you everything you need to know about the city and its nightlife scene.
  • Disadvantages of this night tour: It is not adapted for wheelchair users, nor are the prices of drinks and meals included, except for the exceptions that have been previously specified.

Duration of the tours in Zurich

Zurich Building| © zmotywujmnie
Zurich Building| © zmotywujmnie

The duration of this type of tour depends on the transportation used, the itinerary provided by your tour guide and the activities you are going to do during the day. Generally, a sightseeing tour of the city does not usually last more than three hours.

On the other hand, if you are going to visit specific places and also enjoy cheese, chocolate or other food tastings, it will probably last a little more than three hours. In case the tour is complete and includes entrance to interesting attractions in Zurich, the tour can be extended from half a day to a full day.

Tips for taking a tour in Zurich

Zurich's ornate street| © Pedro Szekely
Zurich's ornate street| © Pedro Szekely
  • Bring warm clothes, because regardless of the season, the weather in Zurich can be changeable, so you may be surprised.
  • If you go with children try to ask about special prices for them, many experiences of this type offer this modality.
  • Wear comfortable shoes so that you can walk more comfortably on longer stretches of road.
  • Don't forget to bring enough memory in your devices so you can take lots of pictures, the scenery will inspire you impressively.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the best tour of Zurich?

    The Zurich Sightseeing Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car ride is the highest rated experience on our website, showing you the main sights of the city, such as the Swiss National Museum, Bahnofstrasse and the Fraumunster Church, plus a ferry ride on Lake Zurich.

  • What is the best way to get around Zurich?

    Its points of interest are compacted within the main area of the city so the best way to get around is on foot or by bicycle. In addition, the streetcar is quite efficient and is a unique form of transportation.

  • Where does the Felsenegg cable car stop?

    The lowest station is in Adliswil in the Sihl Valley, about 400 meters away from the Adliswil train station, and the highest station is located on the Felsenegg hill.