Switzerland Countryside and Traditions Tour from Zurich

Cultural & Theme Tours in Appenzell
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Tour description

Delight in some real Swiss traditions on this full-day small-group tour from Zurich. Even those pressed for time will find this tour an ideal way to experience some scenic Swiss country-life. Visit a local cheese factory and taste some of the famous Swiss chocolate, drive through scenic landscapes and see historic villages and learn more about some unique political traditions of the Appenzell region in Eastern Switzerland. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: SihlquaiDepart from central Zurich in an air-conditioned minivan and travel along the scenic shores of Lake Zurich on your way to the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet. Stop At: Lindt Chocolate Shop Altendorf, AltendorfYour tour starts with a panoramic drive along beautiful Lake Zurich. At your first stop, a great shopping opportunity awaits you at the world-famous Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop - a must-do for chocoholics!Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Schloss Rapperswil, Rapperswil, Canton of St. GallenAfterwards, your tour continues to the picturesque region of Appenzell in Eastern Switzerland. On the way, you'll pass the town of Rapperswil, well known for its impressive medieval castle. Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaeserei, Stein, Canton of AppenzellYou'll then stop in the village of Stein where you'll learn more about the traditional method of cheese-making at the local cheese factory.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Appenzellerland Tourismus AITake a guided walk past decorative houses, before enjoying approximately two hours at your leisure. You may choose to visit the Appenzell Museum for a closer look at traditional Swiss customs or enjoy a local speciality at one of the cosy Appenzell restaurants. Alternatively, go for some souvenir shopping along Appenzell's pedestrian zone.Before heading back to Zurich, your guide will take you to the historic town square, setting for one of the most unique political traditions in Switzerland. All local elections and parliamentary decisions are publicly debated here by show of hands.Duration: 3 hours 20 minutesStop At: SihlquaiAfter a great day we will drop you off again in Zürich.Duration: 1 minute

What's included

  • Professional guide
  • Visit to the Lindt chocolate factory outlet shop
  • Visit of cheese factory
  • Walking tour of Appenzell
  • Visit to the cultural and historical museum of Appenzell
  • Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaeserei

What's not included

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small-group tour by minibus