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Must knows about city tours in Switzerland

  • Swiss cities are small and can easily be explored on foot. The train station is a good place to start and end your walk;
  • You can book a guided tour in order to see a lot in little time, without the need to prepare;
  • A couple of hours is enough for a first impression of most Swiss cities, excluding the time to visit museums. A guided tour saves time;
  • You'll find some independent city walks in the hiking section.
Lausanne Cathedral

The medieval Notre Dame Cathedral in Lausanne.

Explore the Swiss cities

Swiss cities and towns are relatively small and easy to explore on foot. You can do it on your own or book a guided tour. There are tours combining a city visit and another site, such as a mountain top, as well. In November and December you can visit Christmas markets in many Swiss towns. You'll find our suggestions below.

CITY TOURS IN SWITZERLAND

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Bahnhofstrasse Zurich

One of the most famous luxury shopping streets in Europe.

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  • Attraction type: city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
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Castles of Bellinzona

Explore the three castles of Bellinzona, a UNESCO World Heritage site from the Middle Ages.

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  • Attraction type: culture, museum;
    culture, monument;
    city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Bellinzona (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

The Ticino region in one day

Don't have much time, or looking for an introduction to the Ticino region? This one day trip to Lugano and Locarno makes sure you won't miss the best spots.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by funicular;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, lake;
    culture, monument;
    city tour;
    scenic trip, by train;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Maggiore (Ticino), Lake Lugano (Ticino)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Zurich tour by panorama bus

Board an air-conditioned panorama bus and enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour ride along all the major sites and museums. This is a good way to get to know the city quickly. The audio commentary explains what you get to see. There are two short photo stops along the way.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Independent day trip to the Mont Blanc and Chamonix from Geneva

This tour includes a comfortable transfer from Geneva to Chamonix. You can explore the town on your own, and optionally add a ride with the cableway to Aiguille du Midi and a ride on the Montenvers railway to the sea of ice of Mer de Glace.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Geneva (South-West Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses

Self-guided Lausanne audio tour

You'll get an app for your smartphone. It tells you where to go to reach highlights like the historical town center and the cathedral. Internet access during the tour is not required. This self-guided walking tour of Lausanne takes at least 30 minutes, but count on a few hours to thoroughly explore.

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COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Self-guided audio tour of Bern

Would you like a walking tour in Bern at your own pace? You can pick up an audio device from the tourist information center and start exploring and learning about the UNESCO World Heritage in the Old Town of Bern.

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  • Attraction type: city tour
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Bern (Region Bern)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: GetYourGuide
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Zurich city highlights plus cable car ride

A packed half day of exploring Zurich! Your guide takes you to the town center, on to lake Zurich and to Felsenegg for a view of the lake and the city from a higher perspective. Transportation is by coach, boat and cable car. A varying tour with lots of highlights.

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Geneva walking tour and chocolate tasting

This 3 hour guided walking tour takes you to the old town center, along the best chocolateries, and on a short boat trip across the lake.

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Interlaken and Grindelwald day trip from Zurich

A day trip by luxurious coach from Zurich, to Interlaken and Grindelwald in the Jungfrau region. You'll have plenty of time to explore these towns on your own. We'd recommend shopping or visiting Harder Kulm in Interlaken, and a ride up to First in Grindelwald.

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  • Attraction type: city tour;
    scenic trip, by bus
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

Varied Zurich walking tour on shore, on water and in the air

This is a long tour in and around Zurich on foot, by cogwheel train, cable car and boat. A local guide will take you along all the best spots. You'll experience Lake Zurich, the historical town center, as well as a nearby mountain with views of the city.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    sport, hiking;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    scenic trip;
    city tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Zurich Old Town guided walking tour

You'll get a quick introduction to Zurich during this 2-hour walking tour in the old town center.

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Guided Mount Titlis & Lucerne day trip from Zurich

The comfortable bus ride includes a photo stop in Lucerne. There's a short drive through Lucerne before you continue to the foot of Mount Titlis. You'll take the cable car to the top to enjoy the views and snow. Finally the bus takes you back to Zurich.

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Lucerne and Engelberg day trip from Zurich

A day trip by luxurious coach from Zurich, to Lucerne and Engelberg. You'll have plenty of time to explore the towns on your own. We'd recommend to focus on the historical town and the lake in Lucerne, and to make a cable car trip to the Trübsee in Engelberg.

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Guided "Golden Round Trip" to Mount Pilatus from Zurich (summer)

The day starts with a bus ride to Lucerne and time to explore the town on your own. Next, your guide takes you to the Pilatus by cable car. After enjoying the views, you'll be taken to the cogwheel train down to the valley. Finally there's a scenic boat ride to Lucerne and a bus ride back to Zurich.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by boat;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car;
    natural site, mountain top, by train;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: GetYourGuide
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Tour to the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein from Zurich

This tour combines a one hour visit to the Rhine Falls and its castle with a visit to the historical little town of Stein am Rhein.

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  • Attraction type: city tour;
    natural site, waterfall
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Tiqets
Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided walking tour through the Old Town of Bern

Your guide will explain about the history of Bern while showing you the historical town center, including the clock tower, House of Parliament and the cathedral. The tour takes 1.5 hours.

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Heidiland and Liechtenstein full day 2-country tour from Zurich

This tour starts with a short ride across Zurich. Next, there's a break in the medieval town of Rapperswil. The ride continues via the Toggenburg region to Liechtenstein, where you can explore the town of Vaduz. Next, you will visit Maienfeld, and optionally enter the Heidi House.

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by bus;
    city tour
  • Escort: mix of guided/not guided
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Geneva city tour by coach, mini-train and on foot

2.5 hour guided tour along Geneva's famous fountain, the Old Town and the St. Pierre Cathedral.

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Guided two hour walking tour of Lucerne

Small group guided walk in the historical town center of Lucerne. Apart from many medieval buildings, the city wall, old town squares and the lake, you'll see famous sights: the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Culture and Convention Centre on the lake front.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Tour of Zurich city, the Rhine Falls and historical Stein am Rhein

This full day package starts with a guided coach tour in the center of Zurich. In the afternoon you'll continue to Laufen Castle and the Rhine Falls. Next is a walking tour of the historical little town of Stein am Rhein. This long day ends in Zurich or optionally at the airport.

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  • Attraction type: natural site, waterfall;
    city tour
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Small group mountain, cheese & chocolate tour from Zurich

Your day trip starts with a short city tour of Zurich. Then, the bus continues to the countryside for a visit to the Lindt chocolate outlet store, the Appenzeller show dairy and the cable car to the Hoher Kasten for great views. A full day of experiencing Switzerland!

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  • Attraction type: culinary tour, cheese;
    scenic trip;
    natural site;
    city tour;
    culinary tour, chocolate
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Zurich (Region Zurich)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
  • Details & booking: Viator.com
  • More ways to book: Klook Worldwide
COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Guided walk in Lucerne and a boat ride

A local guide takes you to the historical town center, including the Chapel Bridge and the castle (Château Gütsch). A one hour boat ride to see Lucerne and the mountains from a different perspective is included as well. This small group tour takes about 3 hours.

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COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Rhine Falls plus the best of Zurich city

You'll visit the Rhine Fall during one half of the day. The other half of the day is a guided tour in the city center of Zurich. Transportation from and to central Zurich is by coach. A short scenic ride on a cogwheel train (Dolderbahn) is included as well.

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Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

Walking tour of the Geneva Old Town and United Nations

2 to 3 hour guided walking tour from the United Nations buildings via the historical town center to Lake Geneva.

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Insider tips about the city tours in Switzerland

  • Save your city trips for bad weather days, as you'll need good weather for trips to the mountains;
  • A guided tour is ideal to save time and learn a lot about the town and its history;
  • A self guided walking tour is a wonderful activity to end the day, so you can explore a town at your own pace. That allows you to plan for time constrained activities earlier in the day, like boat, train or cable car trips.

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