SWITZERLAND´S BEST DAY TOURS YOU´LL LOVE
Ready for the ultimate experience? Explore Switzerland and be amazed by its jaw-dropping beauty! Whether you want to take an unforgettable hike up a mountain or meander through quaint villages, do not miss these tours of Switzerland.
With so much to offer, it can seem daunting trying to figure out where your journey begins – don’t worry I’ve got all that sorted with my list of top picks for experiencing what this gorgeous country has in store.
From stunning mountain views to quaint Swiss towns and villages and vibrant cities, Switzerland has something for everyone! Not sure how to fit it all into your itinerary?
With this guide in hand, you can discover the best tours that show off everything the country’s beautiful landscape offers without having an endless amount of time on your hands. Ready to experience a Swiss adventure like no other? Let’s get started!
If you are a new reader of my blog, I have good news for you. As I regularly visit Switzerland, I have much content on this beautiful country with much insider knowledge and tips – check them out here.
TIPS FOR PLANNING THE BEST TOURS IN SWITZERLAND
While I want you to see as much as possible of this gorgeous country, the reality is that you would need months. Or even years. I have probably spent around 18 months actively discovering the country, and there are still new places I see.
Thus, you have to decide what has priority for you. But before I talk for too long, here are a few tips that will help you plan your day tours.
- Find out where to stay in Switzerland
- If you’re looking to write up your own itinerary, then be sure to consider my top tips on things to do in Switzerland.
- I have made a list of my absolute favorite places to visit in Switzerland, too.
While buying a Switzerland tour package will help you plan out tours and transport, you can also rent a car and visit the places independently.
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SWISS TRAVEL PASS FOR SWITZERLAND TOURS
If you use public transportation, I recommend using a Swiss Travel Pass. While many of the Swiss tours I mention here, are also available as guided tours, I suggest a Swiss Travel Pass if you need to use public transportation more often.
- The initial price for a Swiss Travel Pass is quite high, but it has many perks and normally pays off. You can choose between several passes – different lengths duration, classes, etc.
- In general, the Swiss Travel Pass allows you to use buses and trains in Switzerland without any extra costs, you can do unlimited boat cruises on most lakes, you have three mountain rides included in it (e.g. Mount Rigi in Lucerne), and you have free entry to over 500 museums.
- Check out prices for a Swiss Travel Pass here. I normally book my tickets through GetYourGuide because of the great customer service and generous cancelation policy – it is actually much better than if you bought them through the official Swiss Travel Pass Website.
Here is the link for a Swiss travel pass.
How to Book Tours in Switzerland
Most of these tours are guided tours in Switzerland, which you can book. If available, I normally book via GetYourGuide. I love GetYourGuide because you can normally cancel tours and activities up to 24 hours in advance without any cancellation fee.
I love this option, as we never know what might happen (that is out of our control). And you normally do not have this option when booking with tour agencies directly – not even when you book with the best tour companies in Switzerland.
And to be honest, some of the tours are very expensive, and if I could cancel for free, I automatically feel better.
However, GetYourGuide does not always offer all the top Switzerland trips. So, sometimes some tours need to be booked directly, or you do them independently.
Top Tours in Switzerland
Whether you’re looking for a 1 day Switzerland tour or a few smaller Switzerland excursions, there’s sure to be a great tour below that’s sure to tickle your fancy.
How could I not list a trip to the “Top of Europe” first? Visiting the highest train station in Europe in Central Switzerlan dis on the bucket list of many Switzerland visitors, and after visiting myself – twice – I can clearly see why.
Get ready for a breathtaking, thigh-burning adventure at Jungfraujoch, nestled right between the lovebirds Jungfrau and Mönch Mountains! Hovering at a dizzying 3,466 meters (about 11,000 feet) above sea level, this pass isn’t just admired for its views. Including views of the stunning Aletsch Glacier – the longest glacier in the Alps.
It’s here that Europe‘s highest train station lives – a place so cool, it’s earned the nickname “Top of Europe.” All aboard for awesomeness! So, what exactly makes Jungfraujoch so awesome?
Hey, snow addicts! Guess what? If your heart melts for icy adventures even in the scorching summer, it’s time to slide into an eternal winter haven – the Jungfraujoch. Get ready to chillax in this frosty utopia, where snowflakes never go on a break! Pack your beanies and let’s snowball into this all-season wonderland, snow kidding!
Not interested in winter sports and snow? Do not worry! Winter sports? We’ve got an avalanche of cooler attractions like an enchanting Ice Palace and the breathtaking Alpine Sensation, just to name a few frosti-licious treats that await you at the summit!
Oh, let me tell you, a visit to Jungfraujoch is an absolute blast, no matter the season! It’s like attending a unicorn’s birthday party on a rollercoaster – truly one of a kind!
Get ready for the magical, breathtaking ride of a lifetime (about two hours, to be precise)! You’ll be treated to a few intermissions of visual wonder with pit stops at awe-inspiring spots, like Eismeer station, which flaunts its grandeur at a whopping 3,160 meters above sea level. An unforgettable adventure packed with oohs, aahs, and fantastic photo ops! Check out my post “A day trip to Jungfraujoch“.
You won’t be shocked to find out that our first two recommendations include epic mountain adventures! But don’t worry, if you’re not a fan of jaw-dropping Swiss panoramas, hang tight – we’ve got more spectacular non-alpine tours coming your way!
Mount Pilatus is the perfect place for those who want to conquer the Swiss Alps in one day! With a spectacular cable car ride and breathtaking views from the top, it’s an awe-inspiring experience you won’t soon forget.
Not only that, but hiking trails around the mountain offer a unique way to explore its rugged terrain. Don’t forget to look out for the resident marmots along your journey!
Get ready to create unforgettable memories on a thrilling escapade to Mount Pilatus, nestled in the picturesque region of Lucerne. Prepare to be enchanted as you grace the shores of the breathtaking Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), because darling, this epic adventure up to the mountain’s zenith might just become the cherry on top of your Swiss-tastic holiday sundae!
Looking to explore the wonders of Swiss scenery? Lucky for you, several fabulous tours are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from hotspots like Zurich, Interlaken, and Bern!
Don’t worry, Montreux and Geneva dwellers, though it’s a teeny bit further, it’s totally doable as a day trip from your neck of the woods too!
Ahoy, adventure-seekers! Are you ready for the most jaw-dropping, swoon-worthy trip to Mount Pilatus? Well, buckle up for the Golden Round Tour – yep, it is the name of the tour!
You’ll sail across the pristine waters of Lake Lucerne, huff and puff on the swanky cogwheel ride to the summit, and then lose yourself in the oh-so-amazing things to do up there. Pssst, don’t worry about getting down – there’s a sky-high cable car journey waiting for you on the other side. So what are you waiting for? Get your sea legs (and your mountain legs) ready!
- For more information on a Mount Pilatus tour, including a lake cruise click here,
- more information on a Mount Pilatus excursion without the lake cruise.
RHINE FALLS AND STEIN AM RHINE
Swiss day tours are so much more than just mountain gazing! Want to know the prettiest Swiss town? Get introduced to Stein am Rhine, a swoon-worthy gem nestled near the German border. Trust me, its charming facades and buildings will make your heart skip a beat.
Stein am Rhein is a quaint little town with an incredibly picturesque landscape. Its cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and centuries-old churches make it a must-visit for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway in Switzerland.
Plus, the banks of the Rhine River offer plenty of opportunities to relax and take in stunning views! So, if you’re looking for a Swiss excursion with a bit of history and culture, Stein am Rhein is a perfect choice.
You may be thinking, “A tiny town? How long can that take to explore?” Well, my friend, you’re in luck! You can see the entire place in just 1-3 hours.
But wait, there’s more! Add an extra splash of excitement to your day by visiting the jaw-droppingly fabulous Rhine Falls nearby – trust me, you won’t regret it.
Hold on to your raincoats, folks! Introducing the magnificent Rhine Falls – Europe’s grandest cascade showstopper! These splash-tastic beauties hold the crown for the highest volume of water plummeting down every second.
Plus, the more it pours, the mightier they roar – what a breathtaking spectacle! Come rain or shine, it’s always a splendido time at Rhine Falls.
Discover the mesmerizing fusion of Switzerland’s enchanting town vibes and Mother Nature’s jaw-dropping beauty, ready to leave you spellbound and grinning from ear to ear!
- Both places are easily accessible via train from Zurich or Lucerne. If you prefer guided tours, click here.
MOUNT RIGI AND LUCERNE
Looking to escape the hustle and bustle? Lucerne’s got a duo of delightful mountains for you! While Mount Pilatus is the life of the party and needs a whole day’s commitment, Mount Rigi is like that low-key, cozy coffee shop offering a charming summit experience you won’t want to miss.
For an unforgettable experience, take the iconic cogwheel railway up Mount Rigi, also known as The Queen of the Mountains. This one-hour journey features incredible panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and surrounding mountains and Alpine meadows – all while traveling on tracks built in 1871!
Once at the summit – which is 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level – you can explore the area on foot. There are several hiking trails for all levels of experience.
Enjoy lunch with a view, visit one of the mountain restaurants, or simply soak in the scenery from many of the observation points scattered around the summit.
Get ready for a jaw-dropping adventure to Mount Rigi, where you’ll be swooning over heavenly views of Lake Lucerne, the Alps, and beyond. Prepare for some serious memory-making in this visual paradise!
And after this trip, you can experience the beauty of Lucerne.
Oh, buckle up, buttercup! Because after this marvelous journey, you’ll be lavishing in the stunning splendor of Lucerne. Lucerne?!?!
Have you heard about the charming gem called Lucerne, nestled by the mesmerizing Lake Lucerne? If not, let it be your trusty base, for its prime location is pure gold! A few hours will do the trick to explore its hidden treasures, like the enchanting Chapel Bridge and a delightful walk through its ancient alleys.
So, grab your boots, and let’s set sail for a swashbuckling adventure!
Lucerne is traversed by the winding Reuss River and encircled by snow-capped mountains. The city is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, which includes the octagonal Water Tower and the Hofkirche, a 13th-century Gothic church with a carved wooden altarpiece.
Start by visiting the famous Chapel Bridge – one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Cross the bridge and take a walk along the banks of Lake Lucerne.
I highly recommend having a peek at the Jesuit Church which is just a 5-minute walk from the Chapel Bridge before heading to the old town of Lucerne – as Lucerne´s historic city center is one of the best ones in Switzerland.
The Old Town of Lucerne is filled with amazing sights and attractions. Visit the iconic Lion Monument, located in a small park near the old city wall. This impressive sandstone sculpture commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Along with this iconic monument, there are plenty of other sights to explore in the Old Town.
Stroll through picturesque lanes lined with colorful wooden shutters, explore medieval buildings and narrow cobblestone pathways, or admire the city’s beautiful fountains. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants to check out in the Old Town, so if you need a break – and lunch – this is the place to enjoy it
- You can get up Mount Rigi for free with a Swiss Travel Card. If you don’t have one, then you can check out prices for tours here.
Even though Annecy is not located in Switzerland, it is a perfect tour from Switzerland, especially from Geneva.
Annecy is a charming town in the Alpine region of southeastern France, known for its crystal-clear lake and stunning mountain views. This peaceful and picturesque spot is perfect for those looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
During your visit, you’ll be able to explore Annecy’s charming cobblestone streets, picturesque canals, and quaint boutiques. You’ll also find a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or paddling around the lake to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful getaway or an adrenaline-filled adventure – Annecy has something for everyone!
This French town near the Swiss border is one of the cutest and most picture-perfect you can ask for. Annecy is a bit like Venice – maybe it would be an exaggeration to say it is even more charming (maybe not!). Colorful houses, a stunning lake (which is almost as nice as the Swiss lakes), and the canals make it a perfect excursion from Switzerland.
It takes less than an hour to get to Annecy from Geneva, and in Annecy, you will have a short city walk before you can explore this place on your own. Here are my Annecy travel tips for this cute town.
Make sure to stroll the old town, walk to the lake, cross at least a dozen of the tiny brides, say hello to the swans, and snap pictures wherever you go.
- Check out prices for guided tours from Geneva here.
Bern is a magnificent and lovely city. The capital of Switzerland should not be overlooked, and when you are in Lucerne or Zurich (or anywhere for that matter), I recommend a tour that will show you the beauty of the city in a nutshell.
Bern, Switzerland’s capital city, is a vibrant and historic destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list. From its ancient medieval architecture to the rolling hills of the Aare Valley – Bern is full of sights and attractions for tourists to explore.
Spend some time strolling around the quaint cobblestone streets or take a leisurely stroll through its sprawling parks. Bern also offers plenty of delicious food options, with a variety of traditional Swiss cuisine as well as international fare. Bern is the perfect spot for an unforgettable vacation!
Ah, Bern city – where stunning Old Town is under the watchful eye of UNESCO and where bears freely roam to guard the Aare River’s fabulous beauty. Visiting here is like stepping into a postcard! Okay, the bears are protected by a fence, but it is still unreal.
Get ready to embark on a magical tour from either Lucerne or Zurich, whisking you away to explore the enchanting city of Bern! You’ll be mesmerized by its picturesque old town, wrapped in a beautiful Swiss embrace.
But wait, there’s more! Unleash your inner explorer and enjoy some free time to delve into hidden treasures before jetting off to your next mysterious destination.
You can also easily get to Bern via train or car – connections are easy and fast.
GRINDELWALD AND INTERLAKEN
Ahoy, my dear traveler! You’re in for a delightful treat if you find yourself in the enchanting land of Interlaken/Jungfrau You, my friend, have made a spectacular choice! And fret not, if you’re just passing by, a whimsical day-trip to Grindelwald shall bless your eyes with unforgettable vistas.
Grindelwald is a breathtaking mountain village in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, situated at the foot of the majestic Eiger Mountain. This charming alpine village has something for everyone – from skiing and snowboarding on one of its many ski slopes to taking in incredible views in the winter months, or hiking or cycling in the warmer months.
Grindelwald is a very charming little town and also has a stunning mountain you should get up to – Grindelwald First.
Grindelwald First is a popular ski and hiking area located in the heart of Grindelwald, with access to some of the best slopes and breathtaking views. From gentle family-friendly slopes to thrilling black runs – there’s something for every level of skier or snowboarder.
The summit of First offers 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks as well as a delicious restaurant, making it an ideal spot for après ski.
In the summertime, Grindelwald First is transformed into a beautiful hiking paradise, with stunning alpine meadows, crystal-clear mountain lakes, and majestic peaks. There are a variety of trails to choose from, suitable for both beginner and experienced hikers.
If you’re looking for a truly magical experience, why not walk along The First Cliff Walk by Tissot – which stretches across the valley at an altitude of over 2000 meters?
Mount Titlis is one of the most iconic peaks in all of Switzerland, located just north of Engelberg. This majestic mountain stands at over 3,000 meters above sea level, offering sweeping panoramic views and a plethora of outdoor activities for adventurers to explore. Take a cable car ride up the mountain and experience breathtaking views or strap on some skis and enjoy the world-class ski resort at the top. Whatever you choose, a visit to Mount Titlis is sure to create lasting memories!
Mount Titlis is also home to many unique attractions like the Erlebniswelt mountain museum, featuring interactive exhibits about local glaciers, or The Cliff Walk suspension bridge offering thrilling views from a 300-meter-long bridge. So if you’re planning your Swiss getaway, don’t miss out on the majestic beauty of Mount Titlis!
Alright folks, it took some time for little ol’ me to venture there, but let me tell you, Mount Titlis is a Swiss extravaganza you don’t want to miss! So, buckle up and join me for an unforgettable tour of this fun-filled mountain paradise.
Embark on a jolly adventure from the charming city of Lucerne to the delightful town of Engelberg. Prepare to gasp and giggle as you ascend Mount Titlis, soaring sky-high at a breathtaking 3,020 meters – yodel-ay-hee-hoo!
Get ready to experience Switzerland like never before! Dive into the depths of a frosty Glacier Cave, whirl around on a gondola that spins 360 degrees for those “wow” inducing panoramas, or brace yourself for even more gasp-worthy sights from the Ice Flyer chairlift.
And hey, why not let loose and go snow tubing too? Missing out on these thrills would be utterly un-Swiss of you! So, let’s fix up that Swiss bucket list and add a bit of chill.
Final Thoughts on Amazing Day Trips in Switzerland
Switzerland is an incredible place to explore in 2023. From the majestic peaks of Mount Titlis to the thrilling ski resorts around Grindelwald, there’s something for everyone!
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for adventure or simply want to take in breathtaking views, Switzerland has it all. So plan your once-in-a-lifetime tour of this beautiful and diverse country – you won’t be disappointed!
As you can see, Switzerland has some amazing places to visit, and there is so much to see. Yes, doing all the tours independently as possible. You can road trip Switzerland and visit all places mentioned above on your own. However, you can also book tours to see these amazing places.
The above-mentioned tours are some of the best tours in Switzerland you can take. I hope the post has helped you find the best tour that is perfect for you (and your travel companions).