The tours and tourist destinations in the Bündner Herrschaft area are known collectively as Heidiland, travelers with children and/or the young at heart won’t want to miss the pleasures of one of the many guided day trips that are based out of Zurich.
You’ll visit the so-called Heidi House from the beloved Heidi stories and other related sites, wend through stunningly beautiful alpine valleys, and enjoy views of striking peaks, lakes, gorges, caves and waterfalls.
Generally, tour groups cross over into neighboring Liechtenstein. The capital, Vaduz, is an excellent place to catch your breath and indulge in a little novelty shopping.
One of the most pleasant stops on the typical tour of Heidiland is Rapperswil. Known as the City of Roses, this delightful town owes its nickname to its justly famous rose gardens. Be sure not to miss Rapperswil Castle, the deer park on the Lindenhof, and the picturesque Old Town perched atop a rocky hill at the bay of Kempraten.
A proper city tour of Zurich is often part of the bargain (you’ll want to check that your tour includes all of the above if you want to get your money’s worth), making the overall experience a highly commendable one for first-time visitors with a limited amount of time to explore the region.