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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
Zurich City Highlights Tour with Felsenegg Cable Car and Ferry Ride
$67.65 per adult
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This was a very nice tour...
This was a very nice tour for a reasonable price. The tour guide was very informative and fun! Highly recommended way to spend an afternoon in Zurich!
Victor_S, Sep 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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Walked 18000 steps!
Christine_P, Sep 2021
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Greg was our tour guide and he was awesome! He was knowledgeable and lots of fun for our group. He had the perfect blend of humor and history/facts. This tour is not for anyone with trouble walking or handling hills. Lots of walking and more walking, much if it uphill. The highlight of our tour was arriving on top of the "hill" to hear the sounds of the Alps horns. Recommend to anyone, but remember it is a LOT of walking.
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Good way to spend an afternoon
Azizah-, Sep 2021
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
A memorable tour . It was a wonderful way of getting to know some history of Zurich . The trip is on bus and takes u around Zurich city , followed by a small half hour trip on a ferry in lake Zurich . One tip don’t order drinks on the ferry they are ridiculously priced The tour ends with a visit to the Lindt factory which is lovely. You don’t have to do the special Lindt factory tour which has too much unnecessary info . Whereas with this tour u enter the premises and can do the tour yourself which is good enough This tour includes the ferry ticket and the entering to the Lindt factory
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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.

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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