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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
$76.32 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Chocolate and More Chocolate
Well worth doing. The tour highlighted interesting aspects of the city as well as providing expansive views. The cruise on the lake was relaxing while the interactive display at the Lindt factory was interesting and informative and then it was wall to wall chocolate and more chocolate. Our guide Elizabeth was knowledgeable, helpful and delightful in her approach
John_T, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Zurich

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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
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Good enough
Elman_S, Jul 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Efficient time organized by tour leader, the tour leader/security officer at Lindt Home need to tell visitor about bag/backpack before joining factory tour
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.
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The professor
Hans_B, Jul 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable. In fact, several people on the tour who are teachers and former teachers discussed how calmly and firmly she shared her knowledge with the group. She gave the information in digestible bits to ensure that everyone even young children where able to follow along.
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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
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Tour worth undertaking
Erika_V, Jul 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
Guide,Daniel, was excellent. Tour was at a nice pace. Very informative. Free travel card good idea-trip on Lake Zurich very nice
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.
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Greg was an informative...
Christine_C, Jun 2022
3 in 1: Zurich Walking Tour - Cruise on the Lake - Cable Car Ride to Felsenegg
Greg was an informative knowledgeable and engaged w/all people in our group from 7 & 9 yr old kids to a couple who were very very slow. Beautiful view in Felsenegg. Wish we had more time there.
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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.
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Great overview of Zurich
Thomas_F, Oct 2021
Zurich Small-Group Guided Walking Tour Including Lake Cruise
Greg engagingly showed the highlights and reviewed the history of Zurich. He even treated us to some Swiss chocolate! Will book Viator again.
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Fantastic
ray_s, Jun 2022
Zurich Tour Including Lake Cruise and Lindt Home of Chocolate
A great tour ! the guide was knowledgeable and accommodating The walking component of the old town wasn't strenuous and the lake tour was good despite the heavy rain The tour of the lindt chocolate museum was wonderful It was informative and there were free samples !
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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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