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Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)
Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

Lake Zurich (Zürichsee)

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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 City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride

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Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
$68.38 per adult
Awesome
Comprehensive tour of Zurich, covering the city as well as some of the outskirts. The tour guide was fantastic and gave a very good insight of the culture and lifestyle of Zurich - absolute value for money.
Ram, Jun 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

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Cannot Go Wrong with Viator
Harris, May 2021
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
The coach was comfortable, clean and sterile. The customer service was superb. Very impressive. You have me as a customer.
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Best Tour in Zurich
RussJ894, Oct 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Best tour we've ever taken with Viator. Our guide, David, was superb. He was very knowledgeable, made the tour enjoyable, followed a pace that was convenient for all, and we would recommend you try to get David as your guide.
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Wonderful introduction to Zurich
lenored2016, Oct 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Our guide, Greg, was excellent with an impressive knowledge of Zurich history presented in a delightful and easy manner. Nothing was a trouble to him and all the transport connections happened seamlessly. A most enjoyable day all round. Thank you Greg.
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Great tour good value for our limited time in Munich.
Zoila M, Aug 2019
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Excellent -informative and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. I recommend it - had a great time.
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Great Way To Experience Zurich
Douglas D, Aug 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Our guide Dave was knowledgeable, interesting, humorous, efficient, and FUN! The old town tour was very informative, and the water tour and cable car added to the experience and understanding of Zurich!
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Zurich 3 in 1 Tour
kalamalkapiper, Aug 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
We almost missed this tour as the directions we had were quite vague. We ran in to another family who were having the same issue but together we found our tour just in time! Greg our guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. All aspects of the tour were enjoyable. I highly reccomend this tour if you go to |urich. Be careful though, it's very expensive in Switzerland!
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wonderful day
lenisauer, Aug 2019
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
we had fun with the walking tour and the boat tour. We were then let off at the outlet and had to wait a very long time to get our ride back to town. it was a wonderful day other than that.
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Highly recommended!
AlexT2020tr, Aug 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
If your guide's name is Greg - this will be a must-have in Zurich. No doubts. Don't leave the city without having done this tour! You'll tremendously enjoy it.
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Zurich Tour
LightPacker779753, Jul 2019
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Way too high price, it's very easy they can reduce the tour prices, for this amount I feel not worth. Nothing much to see. Not enough to given to spend in respective locations to get pictures, lot of time wasted in chocolate outlet. Tour heading with Lindt chocolate factory visit, but reality they visited a small outlet with chocolate displayed
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Great overview of the city
E L, Jul 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
This tour was wonderful! The walking portion is about 3-4 miles in total just for reference. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and he knew a lot of fun facts about Zurich. There are some absolutely beautiful places to stop and take photos and places you can bookmark to spend more time at later. I'd highly recommend this tour if you don't have a lot of time in Zurich to explore but you'd like to see a great overview of what the city has to offer.
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Zurich walking tour
Elaine G, Jul 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Greg - the tour giude-was very informative and his style to challenge and engage tourist was very enojable. This excersion is totally worth the money and gives a substantial overview of Zurich - a really gorgeous city.
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Wonderful walking tour
Venture00595958561, Jun 2019
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Well -paced, informative and varied. This tour left us well-oriented with Zurich. Our guide Greig was so helpful and interesting. Totally recommend it for adults.

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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