The following tours are easy one-day touristic excursions from Zürich:

  1. Rhine­fall / Schaffhausen (Google Map)
  2. Col­lect­ing mush­rooms in the ger­man black for­est / vis­it­ing a trout farm
  3. Fox­town fac­to­ry stores out­let cen­ter Men­dri­sio (Google Map), vis­it to italy, if time avail­able, vis­it to Swiss Minia­ture
  4. Rigi, the queen of the alps (Google Map) — near Lucerne
    — car to Vitz­nau, (68) cable­car to Rigi and back
    — car to Lucerne, (120) boat to Vitz­nau, cable­car to Rigi and down to Weg­gis, boat to Lucerne
    — car to Lucerne, (110) boat to Vitz­nau, cable­car to Rigi and down to Art-Goldau, train to Lucerne
  5. Lucerne (Google Map) — maybe includ­ing steam boat ride on the lake of lucerne (addi­tion­al fare prices apply)
  6. Berne, the cap­i­tal of Switzer­land (Google Map)
  7. High alps, three pass­es tour: Susten (2264 m), Grim­sel (2165), Fur­ka (2436)
  8. Inter­lak­en / Lauter­brun­nen + (expen­sive) Cable­way somwhere high up, such as Schilthorn (102) orJungfrau­joch (205)
  9. Out­door muse­um Bal­len­berg (more for long-term vis­i­tors)

Short tours to the environments (can be done in an afternoon)

  1. Zurich Down­town / Bahn­hof­s­trasse shop­ping
  2. Zurich, Tour of old town
  3. Bud­dhist Cen­ter Zurich, Seefeld (Google Map)
  4. Uetliberg above Zurich (Google Map)
    — 17.20 for S10 tick­et (15 min walk)
    — free with car (1 hour walk)
  5. Bruno Weber Park Dietikon, muse­um of spooky phan­ta­sy fig­ures
  6. Restau­rant Hasen­strick, Bach­tel, with nice view into the alps
  7. Wat Sri­na­garindravararam, Gret­zen­bach (Google Map), Thai Tem­ple (1 hour car ride)

Longer tours (may take more preparation, or even an overnight stay)

  1. Gene­va
  2. Lau­sanne
  3. Lenk
  4. The prin­ci­pal­i­ty of Licht­en­stein
  5. Locarno / Verza­s­ca dam
  6. St. Moritz / Oberen­gadin
  7. Under­ground Lake of St. Leon­hard
    - 10 francs admis­sion fee
    — spe­cial nights with con­certs are avail­able
  8. Zer­matt / Mat­ter­horn