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Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

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Zürich, Switzerland
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Travel into the heart of the breathtaking Black Forest region on this day trip from Zurich, with a stop at Rhine Falls. Cross into Germany from Switzerland to visit the charming town of Titisee-Neustadt, where you visit the locally renowned Drubba watchmaker to see how cuckoo clocks are made. Enjoy free time here with the option to take a boat ride on Lake Titisee. Later, witness Europe’s largest waterfall tumbling into the Rhine River. Enjoy informative commentary from your guide and a round-trip ride by luxury coach.
  • Day trip to the Black Forest and Rhine Falls from Zurich
  • See two countries in one day: Germany and Switzerland
  • Learn how German cuckoo clocks are made at the Drubba watch showroom in Titisee-Neustadt
  • Stroll around Lake Titisee in the Black Forest and try the region’s Black Forest Gateau, if you wish
  • Enjoy free time at Rhine Falls to take photos and admire the scenery
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Food & Drinks
Boat ride at Rhinefalls (optional)
Bus Station , 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Bus Terminal Sihlquai is located 200 meters behind Zurich HB (central station). IMPORTANT: When using GPS - please type in ‘Limmatstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich’. You can find our Gray Line check-in booth right at the first parking lot.

12:15 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Settle aboard your luxury coach, departing central Zurich for the drive north to southern Germany. Watch the scenery slip past, including Lake Schluchsee, as you approach the picturesque town of Titisee-Neustadt, situated on the edge of Lake Titisee in the heart of the Black Forest. 

Your guide makes a stop in town to visit to the prestigious Drubba clockmaker. Step inside the shop and learn about the traditional art of producing cuckoo clocks, the area’s renowned export.

During your free time, explore the town independently. Stroll at your leisure around Lake Titisee or take an optional boat ride. Perhaps head to a cafe to taste the region’s signature chocolate and cherry cake, Black Forest Gateau—aka Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. (Activities and food are your own expense.)

When it’s time, meet up with your guide and re-board the coach for the drive south back toward Switzerland. Journey through the spruce forests of Lenzkirch until you reach the Upper Rhine region. Before returning to Zurich, disembark at the impressive Rhine Falls to watch the waters of the Rhine River crashing down a 75-foot (23-meter) drop. During a break here, stroll around admiring the scenery and posing for photos.

Your tour concludes with drop-off at the starting point in the evening.
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Check in for your tour at the bus parking Sihlquai. Hop aboard a luxury coach for the journey to Black Forest in southern Germany.
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The drive lasts just over 1.5 hours, so sit back, relax and take in the postcard-perfect scenery. Pass by lake Schluchsee, the lush green hills and woods of the Black Forest.
Stop At:  
Lake Titisee
Stop for roughly two hours in the town of Titisee-Neustadt on the edge of Lake Titisee – an area that’s known for being the heart of the Black Forest. One of the area’s famous exports is German cuckoo clocks, so head inside Drubba – a prestigious clock producer – to see how these traditional clocks are made. Then, spend the rest of your time in the town at leisure; stroll around Lake Titisee independently, enjoy a boat ride or perhaps visit a café to sample the region’s legendary Black Forest Gateau (activities and food at your own expense). The rich cake -- also known as Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte -- is constructed as a chocolate cake, layered with cherries, whipped cream and lashings of cherry brandy.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Meet your guide and travel south through the impressive spruce forests of Lenzkirch, working your way back into Switzerland.
Stop At:  
Rhine Falls
Head into the Upper Rhine region to stop at Rhine Falls – Europe’s largest waterfalls – and enjoy a break of roughly 45 minutes. Gaze at the water as it crashes down a drop of 75 feet (23 meters), pose for photos, and stroll around admiring the scenery. (or take an optional boat ride)
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Return back to Zurich and finish your tour in the city center in the evening.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid PASSPORT is REQUIRED on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hans Meier Tourist
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "The boatride at Rhine Falls is also cash-only and is definitely worth it for the photo opp and the chance to be outdoors on the water." See review
  • "as far as black forest goes, if one is really interested in buying a cukoo clock, which by itself is a master piece, one must go there." See review
  • "Definitely choose the boat ride at Rhine Falls, waterfall is breath taking." See review


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Last minute cancellation
, Aug 2020
Tour was cancelled last minute. I got a full refund but I had already gone all the way to Zurich for the tour to only find out it was cancelled upon arrival. They said they tried to call me the day before but I had no calls or emails about the cancellation. I ended up going to the Rhine Falls on my own... took the train from Zurich HB. However since I actually never got to do the tour, I have nothing to give feedback on.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Natalie we regret that the tour became cancelled but honestly we contacted you on the given contact phone number several times and left twice a message on Natalie's answering machine. The evening before and in the morning. It would not have changed the situation but at least you would have been prepared about the it. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you still had an enjoyable visit to Europe's largest falls - The Rhine Falls. best regards / Madeleine
More of a shopping trip
, Jan 2020
Ok tour if you just wanna visit Black Forest from Zurich and you're pressed for time. I enjoyed the Rhine Falls experience however, I felt that a big chunk of the time was spent for the shopping. Our tour guide Ana did not give us any background about the places we will visit. She was more enthusiastic about bringing the group to the place where the clock demo would be held. Just a tip, if you are not into cuckoo clocks, do not follow the tour guide in the place where the clock demo will be head. Skip it and just explore the place on your own. You will know where to meet the group when it's time to leave the place anyway. The back forest cake is a must try.
3 travelers found this review helpful
Trip never took off
, Oct 2019
I had received message that my trip was confirmed but when I reached the pick up point, I was told that the tour cannot take place because there was not enough number of people.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worth neither the money nor the time.
, Oct 2019
To go by boat near the Rhine Falls was an interesting experience. However not included, but for an extra expense. The next stop, at the Titlii sea i Germany, offered only a street with tourist items. And no visit to a factory that makes the clocks that makes the town an attraction. Only a lady at a counter, who in five minutes explained how these clocks are made. Moreover, the guide on the tour was mostly silent, she had not much information to offer, so the trip (which lasted many hours in a mini-bus) was utterly boring. Worst of all was the driver, an old man who probably has made the trip a hundred times, and who drove terribly fast in the mountains, sick-sacking as he now and again ran over on the opposite file. He was not even fully concentrated on his driving, since he was continuously talking to the guide (who sat in a seat next to him). It was a terribly frightening experience, and one that really made me angry since he "had my life in his hands". I was not the only passenger who reacted. Others too drew sights of relief when we finally reached Zürich again. "We made it!", one of them exclaimed as the bus stopped. I particularly want to point out this part of the tour. As Your guest, one is not paying for being frightened for one's life. As a compensation, Viator ought actually to give us all our money back.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect trip
, Oct 2019
We had a great time. Our tour guide Raymond was very helpful, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. Driver Richard was very nice as well. Thanks for such an amazing and funfilled day..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Very good trip
, Oct 2019
Guide was very unfriendly and bitchy, not very knowledgable, but trip was on time, well organised, driver was good, drove smoothly
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
, Oct 2019
Perfect amount of time to get to both places in one day. Definitely choose the boat ride at Rhine Falls....waterfall is breath taking.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Tour could have been better
, Oct 2019
Visit to the sites were beautiful, but the guide was rather boring. Having been on many tours like this, we usually have guides who explain and have things to say along the way. Expect a quiet journey with some information along the way and you will be left on your own to figure out and guide yourself at the sites.
Best day tour from Zurich
, Oct 2019
Anna is an amazing tour guide! She is friendly and detailed with a good sense of humour. She is also patient with troublemakers in the tour group. The driver is polite and an expert with sharp turns. We had a pleasant and smooth journey thanks to him. Highly recommended!!
Good trio
, Sep 2019
I did enjoy this time in black fiorest and also time at Rhine waterfalls. Both placescwere excellent. Wish I could have had more time at both places but that I would make the tour longer. The bus route took up 4 of the 7 hours but was a an enjoyable ride.

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