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Swiss Countryside Day Trips from Zurich

By Viator, November 2017

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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne, Lucerne, null
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a day full of fresh mountain air and unforgettable Alpine scenery on this mostly independent day trip from Lucerne. Travel through the Bernese Oberland ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.27
Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

This independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne combines a round-trip boat cruise, cogwheel railway ride and aerial cable car ride for an epic Swiss Alps ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: Varies

From USD $120.16
Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

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Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Sample local cheese and chocolate, walk the streets of ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $151.99
Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.07
Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Zurich

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Travel from Zurich for a mostly independent day trip to the Swiss towns of Grindelwald and Interlaken, with transport included. Enjoy a coach ride through the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.54
Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day, Zurich, Day Trips
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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day

4 star rating: Recommended 885 Reviews

Immerse yourself in a world of mountains and valleys, alpine lakes and meadows, waterfalls, gorges, caves and fascinating scenic reserves on a guided coach ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $88.32

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