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  • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration:6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

Visit the breathtaking Black Forest region and the Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfall – in one day on a tour from Zurich! The full-day trip starts with a visit to Titisee-Neustadt, a pretty town in the heart of Germany's Black Forest. Admire its star attraction, Lake Titisee, and visit the locally renowned Drubb watchmaker to see traditional German cuckoo clocks being made. Before returning to Zurich, stop at Rhine Falls to watch the waters of the Rhine River crashing down a 75-foot (23-meter) drop.


  • Day trip to the Black Forest and Rhine Falls from Zurich
  • See two countries in one day: Germany and Switzerland
  • Learn how German cuckoo clocks are made at the Drubba watch showroom in Titisee-Neustadt
  • Stroll around Lake Titisee in the Black Forest and try the region’s Black Forest Gateau, if you wish
  • Enjoy free time at Rhine Falls to take photos and admire the scenery

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What You Can Expect

Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

Admire the Rhine Falls on your day trip from Zurich!

Meet your guide in central Zurich and then hop aboard your luxury coach for the journey north to the Black Forest in southern Germany. The journey lasts just over 1.5 hours, so sit back and relax, taking in the postcard-perfect scenery; as Lake Schluchsee drops from your view, the lush green hills and woods of the Black Forest take center stage.

Stop for roughly two hours in the town of Titisee-Neustadt on the edge of Lake Titisee – an area that’s known for being the heart of the Black Forest. One of the area’s famous exports is German cuckoo clocks, so head inside Drubba – a prestigious clock producer – to see how these traditional clocks are made.

Then, spend the rest of your time in the town at leisure; stroll around Lake Titisee independently, enjoy a boat ride or perhaps visit a café to sample the region’s legendary Black Forest Gateau (activities and food at your own expense). The rich cake -- also known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte -- is constructed as a chocolate cake, layered with cherries, whipped cream and lashings of cherry brandy.

Meet your guide and travel south through the impressive spruce forests of Lenzkirch, working your way back into Switzerland. Head into the Upper Rhine region to stop at Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfalls – and enjoy a break of roughly 45 minutes. Gaze at the water as it crashes down a drop of 75 feet (23 meters), pose for photos, and stroll around admiring the scenery, before traveling back to Zurich.

Your tour then finishes at the start point in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing!
Absolutely beautiful! Ana and Armando were great. They are very warm and friendly. I was traveling alone so that made a huge difference. Love the falls too, but my favorite was the forest and the way to the forest. I highly recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful! Beautiful locations and Anna was a fantastic guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I enjoyed that sights on this tour. Lake Titisee is beautiful and the Falls, while not big on a world scale, was very pretty and the boat ride up to the falls was fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Rhine Falls are a must. The rainbow created through the mist generated by the falls is a sight not to be missed. The Black Forest and the beautiful Swiss countryside were also impressive. The guide was very informative and friendly. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour guide Ana was great and informative. The views on the way too and from Titisee through the Black Forest were awesome. Cuckoo clock demonstration was interesting and do yourself a favor and get a piece of Black Forest Cake while there. Boat ride at the Rhine falls got you up close and personal with the falls.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What more can i say, the Black Forest Cake certainly lived up to its reputation, it tasted amazing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was nice. Our guide explained everything in detail. Liked boating near Rhine falls and also enjoyed Blackforest trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We enjoyed this tour with Anna, our guide. She is very knowledgeable. It was an overcast day, but we still managed to enjoy the Swiss Alps, all the views and most important - Black Forest Cake!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing , we had a great day , my only criticism would be by the time we arrived at Rhine falls all the shops and cafe's were closed so we couldn't even buy a drink.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We loved this tour, a bit longer stay at the clock factory/village would have been nice but eating Black Forest Cake in the Black Forest, learning about the cuckoo clock making and the boat ride to the falls were all that we had hoped for and more.

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