Lake Zurich (Zürichsee) Tours

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Fed by clear glacial waters that flow down the Swiss Alps, the crescent-shaped Lake Zurich (Zurichsee) forms the scenic backdrop to Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, which spreads along the western tip of the lake. Measuring 25 miles (40 kilometers) in length and 1.9 miles (3 kilometers) in width, this alpine lake offers an easily accessible escape to nature for those based in the city, with plenty of swimming spots, hiking routes, tranquil islands, and picturesque mountain scenery.

The Basics
Most everyone who visits Zurich will come across the lake at some point. Perhaps the best way to fully appreciate Lake Zurich’s scenic beauty is on a boat tour; options range from leisurely sightseeing cruises to high-adrenaline watersports excursions. Some city tours incorporate a boat trip across the lake, as well as a ride on the Felsenegg cable car, which leads to a 2,624-foot (800-meter) viewpoint overlooking the lake. If you’d rather stay on solid ground, land-based tours from Zurich often combine stops at lake-edge villages, such as the medieval old town of Rapperswil, with trips to storybook mountain towns like Appenzell, or even Vaduz in the neighboring microstate of Liechtenstein.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring a swimsuit to try out the lake’s swimming spots (May through October).
  • Water-based excursions range in duration, from short round-trip outings to leisurely half-day cruises.
  • The Felsenegg cable car is wheelchair accessible. Private sightseeing tours can be customized to meet the needs of wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
Lake Zurich is easily accessible by public transportation. To get to Zurich’s Lake Promenade park, take the tram (5, 6, 7, 8, or 13), train (S, S8, S24, or SN8), or bus (161 or 165) to Zurich Wollishofen station, then walk the short distance to the waterfront. Alternatively ride the tram to Burkliplatz (2, 5, 8, 9, and 11) at the end of Bahnhofstrasse, or Bellevue (2, 5, and 9), which brings you to the edge of Lake Zurich where the Limmat river begins.
 
When to Get There
The best season at Lake Zurich is summer, when warmer temperatures make boating, swimming, and sunbathing feasible. Boats do not run during the winter months (mid-October to early April), though you’ll find ice-skating rinks at the lake’s edge during this time.
 
What to See and Do on Lake Zurich
Among the most popular spots to visit on the lake is Rapperswil, a small town famed for its medieval old center and its public gardens, where a bounty of roses blossom. For the sweet-toothed, there is the Lindt & Sprungli chocolate factory in Kilchberg on the southern lake edge, not far from Zurich, while the sunny stretch along the northeast—known as the Gold Coast (Goldkueste) is dotted with lakeside mansions owned by Europe’s elite.
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Lake of Zurich Day Boat Private Tour

Feel like a VIP as you set sail across Lake Zurich on a private full-day boat tour and enjoy an action-packed itinerary including water sports like wakeboarding, wakesurfing and waterskiing. Cruise around the lakeside towns, jump off to swim at the lakeside beaches, then tuck into a delicious lunch at a waterfront restaurant (not included).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Lake Zurich Sunset Boat Tour from Zurich

Lake Zurich is at its most magical in the evening hours and this sunset boat tour from Zurich is the ideal way to soak up the scenery. Set sail on a private ship and devise your own itinerary as you cruise past the elegant lake houses and sandy beaches. Finally, sip champagne and nibble on fresh fruit as you watch the dreamy sunset over the Zurich skyline.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Lake of Zurich Boat Tour

Cool off from the summer heat as you set sail across Lake Zurich on a private speedboat cruise, including swimming, sunbathing and water sports. Choose from three equally exciting options: an action-packed full-day adventure, a romantic 4-hour sunset cruise or a short but adrenaline-fuelled 1-hour wakeboard or water-ski excursion. Champagne (half- and full-day cruises) or Red Bull (1-hour water sport cruises) is included!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day

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.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Zurich City Highlights with Felsenegg Cable Car Ride

Explore Zurich on a half-day sightseeing tour of the city. Climb aboard a luxury coach for a panoramic tour of top sights like the Swiss National Museum, the Zurich Opera House and the Old Town, and then take to the water for a scenic ferry crossing of Lake Zurich. Marvel at the grand architecture of Fraumünster Church and the Bahnhofstrasse and then gaze at sweeping Alpine vistas as you ride a cable car to the vertiginous Felsenegg vantage point.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Day Trip to Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich

Discover the mountainous majesty of Lucerne and Engelberg on a full-day trip from Zurich. Pass the picturesque Swiss Alps and Lake Zurich as you travel by luxury coach, and then arrive in Lucerne, a charming Swiss town famed for impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge and the Town Hall. Head next to the renowned mountain resort of Engelberg to explore the enticing area independently; visit a Swiss cheese factory; see a magnificent Baroque monastery; or invigorate with a rewarding hike on one of the verdant valley trails. Enjoy illuminating commentary from an expert guide on this enchanting excursion.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Switzerland Mountains, Cheese and Chocolates Tour from Zurich

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Tour: Zurich City Highlights

Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a 2- or 4-hour private tour of the cultural Swiss city. Admire legendary landmarks and historical monuments like the Bahnhofstrasse and the charming Old Town while enriching your knowledge of the region’s rich history. See the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the place Albert Einstein imparted his wisdom; browse the exhibits within the Swiss National Museum; and take a tranquil cruise on the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. Customize the itinerary of this private tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your personal guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Culinary Tour from Zurich with Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue Dinner

Sample Swiss delicacies on a 5-hour culinary small-group tour from Zurich. With a gastronome guide, travel through the countryside to the Lindt Chocolate factory outlet and try heavenly chocolates made on site. Then ascend to a mountain viewpoint for sweeping vistas; stroll through a dense forest on a nature trail; and top off the trip with a 3-course meal in a restaurant overlooking Lake Zurich.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Zurich Highlights Tour

Discover the spectacular sights of Zurich on a comprehensive 2-hour coach tour of the vibrant Swiss city. Cruise past legendary landmarks like the sophisticated Bahnhofstrasse and admire the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich as you listen to illuminating commentary from a knowledgeable guide. See, too, the sacred St Peter’s Church and the charming Old Town, and then ride the Dolderbahn railway to the undulating hills of the Zurichberg district. Select either a morning or afternoon departure to suit your scheduleIf you want more, upgrade your tour at the 1pm option and add an 1-hour cruise and a visit to the Chocolate Lindt Shop!
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Zurich Walking Tour

Receive the undivided attention of a private guide as you discover the spectacular city of Zurich on a 2-hour private walking tour. Admire popular attractions like Frauminster Church, with its prismatic stained glass windows, and gaze at the shimmering surface of Lake Zurich. See, too, the elegant Bahnhofstrasse and explore the charming Old Town while listening to captivating commentary from your insightful guide. Relish the freedom and flexibility of this private tour and customize the itinerary to suit your interests.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Supersaver: Zurich Highlights Tour, Rhine Falls and Stein am Rhein from Zurich

Save time and money with this tour package that combines two tours, so you can visit Zurich’s popular highlights, as well as the town of Stein am Rhein and Rhine Falls. Take the Dolderbahn rack railway up Zurichberg, explore Old Town (Altstadt) Zurich, travel to Laufen Castle to catch sight of Rhine Falls, and go on a walking tour of Stein am Rhein—all in one day.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Chocolate Factory Outlet

See the best of Switzerland's business and cultural hub on a 5-hour tour of Zurich. Follow your guide to the city's top attractions, including the shopping haven of Bahnhofstrasse, the Opera House, National Museum, and charming Old Town. Ride uphill by cogwheel train for panoramic views over the city and then take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Zurich. Top off the trip with a stop at Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate shop.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Zurich Super Saver 2: Rhine Falls including Best of Zurich City Tour

Combine the cultural highlights and natural delights of Zurich at a discounted price on the Zurich Super Saver 2 tour. Emerge early and travel to Rhine Falls waterfalls, a spectacular natural wonder set amid verdant forest, and then spend the afternoon discovering Zurich’s most popular attractions. Listen to expert commentary as you cruise past impressive monuments like Fraumunster Church.
  • Duration: 1 day
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The Great Tour of Zurich

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Switzerland’s cultural capital on a half-day tour of Zurich and the quaint neighboring village of Rapperswil. With a knowledgeable guide, discover blooming rose gardens; see sweeping vistas of the snow-capped Alps; and stroll amid the verdant splendor of a deer park to see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Marvel at the ancient castle that reigns over the village of Rapperswil and then conclude your tour with a tranquil boat ride on Lake Zurich.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mount Titlis day tour with private tourguide - starts from Zurich

Travel to the peak of Mt. Titlis with your own private guide on a day trip from Zurich. With train travel included, the experience includes a journey alongside some of the finest Swiss lakes to Lucerne. Ride in a rotating gondola to the top of mighty Mt. Titlis, then enjoy time at its summit to cross one of Europe’s highest suspension bridges, discover glacier ice caves, and try your hand at alpine activities in the snow park.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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4-Hour Zurich City Tour with Private Guide

Discover top Zurich attractions and hidden gems off the beaten track on this private 4-hour Zurich city tour. Follow a private guide through the bustling streets of Zurich and enjoy the freedom to customize your tour to hit the highlights you most want to see. Perhaps take in landmarks such as the Zurich Opera House, the churches of Grossmünster or Fraumünster, or the Swiss National Museum. Wander along the pretty Bahnhofstrasse and enjoy fine views over the Limmat River. Along the way, travel by bus, cable car, riverboat or tram.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Small-Group Walking Tour of Zurich and Glarus: On the Way to the Liberal Switzerland

On this guided tour, participants visit in Zurich and Glarus historic sites where important events have taken place towards the liberal and democratic Switzerland. This is a tour of an important but relatively unknown part of Swiss history. It can be explored places and buildings, as they are less frequently described in a guide book or in an app.Besides insights into the history of the Glarner Heinrich Hössli, the early champion of men love and Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, who fought the high point of the journal "The Circle" in Zurich for their rights and have registered the first Swiss men couple their partnership experience the customer and the modern Zurich with the most popular bars and clubs of the gay community. The circle in the postwar period achieved an enormous significance for the homosexual movement in Europe and even North America.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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