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  • Location:Zurich, Switzerland
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

Delight in some real Swiss traditions on this full-day small-group tour from Zurich. Even those pressed for time will find this tour an ideal way to experience some scenic Swiss country-life. Visit a local cheese factory and taste some of the famous Swiss chocolate, drive through scenic landscapes and see historic villages and learn more about some unique political traditions of the Appenzell region in Eastern Switzerland. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!


  • Small-group day trip from Zurich to the Switzerland countryside
  • Learn about Swiss traditions and customs in picturesque Appenzell
  • Shop at the Lindt chocolate factory outlet store
  • Visit the cheese factory in Stein

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

On this picturesque excursion to less touristy spots, you see the historic town of Appenzell, probably one of the most traditional places in the country. You'll also visit a cheese factory and shop for famous Swiss chocolate!

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What You Can Expect

Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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Your tour starts with a panoramic drive along beautiful Lake Zurich. At your first stop, a great shopping opportunity awaits you at the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop - a must-do for chocoholics!

Afterwards, your tour continues to the picturesque region of Appenzell in Eastern Switzerland. On the way, you'll pass the town of Rapperswil, well known for its impressive medieval castle. You'll then stop in the village of Stein where you'll learn more about the traditional method of cheese-making at the local cheese factory.

You'll then drive to the picturesque village of Appenzell. Take a guided walk past decorative houses, before enjoying approximately two hours at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Appenzell Museum for a closer look at traditional Swiss customs or enjoy a local speciality at one of the cosy Appenzell restaurants. Alternatively, go for some souvenir shopping along Appenzell's pedestrian zone.

Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you to the historic town square, setting for one of the most unique political traditions in Switzerland. All local elections and parliamentary decisions are publicly debated here by show of hands.

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Customer Reviews

Renee C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This trip was excellent. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. We decided not to go up the mountain by cable car and spent a couple of hours in Appenzell. What a charming little Swiss village. The shops were quaint, the restaurant served excellent food, and the village was very picturesque. We loved this tour and the tour guide, Beat, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and shared all kinds of information about the region and life in Switzerland. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Tour truely was amazing. Ann our guide was very good and informative.

Allan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was just and excellent tour. Guide very informative and interesting. Tour party was small which made the experience all the better.

Vaishali S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was out of the world tour. The best experience in the entire Europe n let me tell u, you hv the best guides ever. I love them n I loved the trip!! It gave me the best day of my life !!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Really enjoyed the day! Was in a small minibus, so by the end of day we all knew each other. The scenery in this area is picture-perfect and Appenzell is a beautiful town with great character. Enjoyed the free samples of chocolate and cheese! Andy our guide was a really nice man too!

George W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013


Myra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Great, small bus and group was ideal. We had an excellent, knowledgeable driver/guide. Well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Beautiful bird's eye view of life in Swiss countryside. Bus driver/guide Ernst was very personable and informative which highlighted the day's experience.

Joshua O USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

We had a wonderful time at all the stops! We didn't stay too long at any of them, just enough time. We took this tour with a 2 year old, and she enjoyed the tour as well! We had a wonderful lunch and the tour guide was very good at showing us all the things to look at.
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