Climbing up the forested slopes of the Adlisberg hill, a mere 10 minutes from the city center, and riding the Dolderbahn railway from Zurich makes a popular weekend escape for locals and an easy addition to any tour itinerary.
Around 50 kilometers north of the city and just 45 minutes by train, visiting Schaffhausen from Zurich makes a popular choice for a day trip. Small enough to get around on foot, the picturesque Old Town remains the heart of Schaffhausen, and the largely pedestrianized center is architecturally rich, showing off a medley of Gothic, Baroque and Rococo buildings — the remnants of the once-thriving merchant town. Stretching along the banks of the Rhine River, the town enchants with its rows of candy-colored guildhouses adorned with whimsical murals and ornate oriel windows, and a lively clutch of restaurants, cafés and shops lining the waterfront.
Switzerland’s fashion-forward financial powerhouse might not seem like the kind of place where you can have an adventure, but there’s much more to the city than shopping and dining. Whether you want to soar to the Top of Europe, ride a vintage trolley or indulge in some of the world’s finest chocolates, liven up your itinerary with one of these eight unique Zurich tours.
The scenic gateway to the Bernese Oberland, surrounded by majestic peaks and bordered by its eponymous lake, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most postcard-worthy cities and at just an hour from Zurich it’s the perfect choice for a day trip.
Tucked in the folds of the Eastern Alps, between Austria and Switzerland, landlocked Liechtenstein is all-too-often overlooked by visitors, and at just 25km long, the teeny-tiny country measures up as the sixth smallest country in the world. The miniature country’s biggest selling point is its size and location, and at just 1.5 hours by car, visiting Liechtenstein from Zurich is a good choice for a day trip, offering the unique opportunity to visit 2 countries in one day and often accompanied with a visit to nearby Heidiland.