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From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

1. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Heidi’s village of Maienfeld and in the summer months.   Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore.  Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein.  Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories.  Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range. 

Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

2. Zürich: Appenzell Day-Trip with Cheese & Chocolate Tastings

Experience Appenzell in a small group on this fantastic excursion. Explore the idyllic region, which still maintains the old traditions, and discover the world of mountains, cheese, and chocolate. Set out on a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Zürich via the City of Rapperswil with its medieval castle to the gently rolling hills of the Appenzellerland with photo stops en route. Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk before heading to the Appenzeller show dairy in Stein AR. Find out how natural Swiss milk and herbs are turned into Switzerland's tangiest cheese and marvel at the imposing cellar storing up to 12,500 wheels of cheese. Try to guess the top secret ingredients of the world-famous Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting. Go to Brülisau and take the cable car to the Hoher Kasten mountain, where you can admire the panoramic views from a height of 1,800 meters. Visit the impressive revolving restaurant, and enjoy the fantastic panoramic views of the hilly, green Appenzell region, the Rhine Valley, and Vorarlberg. Next, head to a boutique chocolate manufacture and follow the Maître Chocolatier's explanation of the artisan craft of chocolate making before indulging your senses during a chocolate tasting. Back in Appenzell, your tour guide will take you on a short walking tour, showing you the town's beautiful streets, squares, and decoratively painted wooden houses. Discover a traditional bakery and learn more about Appenzeller Biberli (Swiss gingerbread). You then have some time to explore the town on your own and purchase traditional souvenirs.

Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

3. Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Smilestones Miniature World Entry

Explore an interactive miniature Switzerland filled with stunning landscapes, milestones and funny scenes replicated in 1:87 scale. The museum is located near the Rhinefall, the largest waterfall in Europe. With direct access to the train-station and close to the motorway, it is an ideal destination no matter the weather. Rediscover the typical Swiss landscapes and towns like Stein am Rhein, Interlaken, railway bridges, and the Matterhorn. See 30 self-driving cars, 120 model trains, 20,000 little figurines, and interactive buttons that bring this mini-world to life.

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The trip was really excellent! We enjoyed it very much. Everything was perfectly organized, exact timing, we visited all the places as written in the plan, safe journey - skilled driver. The bus was very comfortable. The guide Michael (H.Meier Tourist AG - GrayLine, Zurich) is a top-guide - cultured, educated, who gave us a lot of facts and interesting information about the life, culture, history and nature of Switzerland; his English is really excellent. He was even telling us in short the whole story of Heidi during the journey, so everyone could then just "flow" straight into the Heidi's fairytale in real Heidiland. :-) This was one of our best trips we experienced so far.

An amazing trip ! A very knowledgeable tour guide , Peter, and Peter, the bus driver made the trip so much more enjoyable ! The initial part through Zurich was unexpected but very informative. Recommended to everybody thats wants to see and experience the Heidiland/Heididorf excursion !

The trip was excellent. Walter our tour guide was very informative about all the places. He also showed us important places at Zurich. A great person and good at cracking jokes.. would definitely recommend this tour. Both the places are just too good.

The tour guide and bus driver were punctual. The tour was well-organized and informative. I hope to do this again next time in Zürich with guests.

Maybe it would be good to have more time in Lichtenstein, but in general, I enjoyed the tour.