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. Uetliberg above Zurich (Google Map)
    – 17.20 for S10 ticket (15 min walk)
    – free with car (1 hour walk)
  4. Bruno Weber Park Dietikon, museum of spooky phantasy figures
  5. Restaurant Hasenstrick, Bachtel, with nice view into the alps

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