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Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)
Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Zurich

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.

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Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
$76.97 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Guide is knowledgeable. ...
Guide is knowledgeable. He introduced and provide information about Zurich history. Chocolate is fantastic. Enjoy the free chocolate and bought alot of chocolate too.
Amy_C, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

star-4
Fun, enjoyable and a good day
Wayne_F, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
I enjoyed the tour as it was good fun. 1. The Zurich tour gave a couple of nice spots to take pictures. 2. The cruise was short but it is required to get to the chocolate factory. I would suggest going back for a longer one afterwards to see the full lake. 3. The chocolate was very good and informative. This is the highlight of the tour, so enjoy. 4. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful.
star-5
The tour was a great way to see Zurich in a short time.
Shawna_G, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
The chocolate factory and the lake were our favorite parts. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer questions or tell you again if you didn't hear something.
star-5
Tour guide was...
Krishna_N, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour itself provide good historical background on chocolate making.
star-5
Excellent
Ranjith_P, Aug 2022
Zurich Highlights Half-Day Tour with Lake Cruise
Guide was excellent. Bus driver was also very kind. We enjoyed the tour a lot. Cruise was amazing too.
star-4
The guide was excellent...
Yousef_A, Jul 2022
Chocolate Workshop, Tasting, and a cruise on the Lake of Zurich Private Tour
The guide was excellent and know the history of attractions we visited . Timing was accurate and she was very helpful in providing guidance to all of us . Chocolate tasting and workshop was amazing
star-5
Capturing the greatness of Zurich!
Anette_H, Jul 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
The best way to see the greatness of this city on a recap of 6 hours. Fantastic guide with so much knowledge & upbeat spirit! Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Great
Erin_Z, Jul 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Really wonderful tour! We learned so much! Guide was friendly and helpful. The tour was well planned out. Lunch time was great/well planned
star-5
Great tour
Tamara_F, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
We had a wonderful tour. At one point we got disconnected from our group but the company and our tour leader got everything straightened out.
star-5
Well worth it!
Steven_Z, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. We learned so much and saw so much of Zurich even before the wonderful boat cruise and Lindt Chocolate Factory.
star-5
Good experience
Paul, May 2022
Chocolate Workshop, Tasting, and a cruise on the Lake of Zurich Private Tour
Lina was prompt and very knowledgeable. Taking the train was useful since it gave us a chance to learn about the station with Lina’s help. Chocolate making was fun. Boat trip back to Zurich was pleasant and easy. Chocolate tasting at Rafael’s was the best. Bratwurst very close and very busy for lunch. Lina then explained the tram system to get back to hotel. Tram ticket included. Overall a good tour.
star-5
Fun time
Ron_W, Mar 2022
Zurich Small-Group Guided Walking Tour Including Lake Cruise
Very informative... great experience of the city. Enjoyed ourselves. Thanks David for the tour of Zurich.
star-5
Our tour guide was wonderful giving us interest information about Zurich and some of its history. The chocolate factory
Kimberly_S, Aug 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
The Lindt Chocolate factory was a little like walking into a modern day Willy Wonka factory. Love their chocolate.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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