Best Zurich Day Trips

7 Of The Best Day Trips From Zurich

Zurich is a financial capital of the world, but just outside the major metropolis is an abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities and luxurious escapes. Visit these best day trips from Zurich for a completely different experience of Switzerland.

You’ll love the art, nature and culture you find.

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1. Lucerne

A favorite among travellers to Switzerland, Lucerne is a beautiful city right on its namesake lake. The building facades are covered in intricate murals, and the swans that stay along the shore are surreal and atmospheric. Walk the covered bridge to see the story of the city, and eat at a restaurant along the river.

2. Bern

The capital of Switzerland is home to one of the country’s most famous chocolatiers, Toblerone. Wander the cobblestone streets and keep an eye out for the city’s mascot, bears, which appear everywhere. Shop under more than six kilometers of arcades, and duck down into the converted cellars for shops, cinemas, wineries and much more.

3. Fribourg

A city of dualities, Fribourg is both a French- and German-speaking city. The medieval town is stunning, and there are tons of unique shops and restaurants to pop into. See the cathedral and the old bridge, but don’t miss the chance to try some of this region’s delectable cheeses.

4. Gstaad

A slope-side resort town to the rich and famous, Gstaad is postcard-perfect. Filled with ritzy hotels and incredible fine dining, this is a place to indulge. Go to the spa for a day, shop in the specialty market and enjoy a divine meal.

5. St. Moritz

Another wonderful resort town, St. Mortiz is known as a ski destination, but it is just as beautiful in the spring, summer and fall. Get active with a rigorous hike or cycle up the mountains. Active adventure is met with next-level pampering at the spas, so it’s an all-around winning location.

day trips from Zurich

6. Gruyere

This region and town might be known for its namesake cheese, which is a must-taste when you visit, but the quaint medieval town has so much more to offer. Walk the cobblestone streets and visit the castle that towers over the town. It’s a quiet but gorgeous stop for that small-town feel.

Go during October to see the désalpes, or when the cows descend from the Alps for the winter.

day trips from Zurich

7. Spiez

Located on Lake Thun, this quiet city is a restful escape among the blue waters–which are great for sailing–and terraced vineyards stretching up above the city. Enjoy a meal on the water, and take a leisurely walk around the lake on the stone paths.

day trips from Zurich


Molly Harris
Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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