Things to do in Central Switzerland

Our most recommended things to do in Central Switzerland

Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

1. Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

Visit the interactive Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum, built next to the historical Lindt & Sprüngli factory. Discover the long journey that cocoa takes from bean to bar on an audio-guided tour. See an impressive chocolate fountain in the entrance hall, over 9 meters tall. Learn how chocolate conquered the world and explore every step of the production process through multimedia exhibitions. Visit the tasting room, where you can savor a variety of chocolate delicacies. See the production line through panoramic windows and watch as new products are created.

From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

2. From Milan: Lake Como, St. Moritz & Bernina Train Day Trip

Board a luxury coach and head to the historic town of Lecco before making your way to the shores of Lake Como. Board a private boat and cruise across the calm water just after sunrise. During the cruise, enjoy the view of picturesque villages like Bellagio and Varenna and of some famous villas. Continue to St. Moritz by coach and get stunning views of the valleys and breathtaking landscapes like Chiavenna and Bregaglia. Pass through the Alpine valleys of Graubünden and the dramatic Maloja Pass through the Swiss Alps. Arrive in St Moritz and get some free time to explore and enjoy lunch or a snack at your own pace. Browse the upscale fashion stores, go for a promenade along the lake or sip a hot chocolate in one of the village cafés. Then, board the Bernina Red Train and take a breathtaking ride along one of the most beautiful rail routes in the world. Arrive at the village of Tirano to cross the Valtellina on the way back to Milan.

Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

3. Zermatt: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car Ticket

Secure your ticket to take a trip on the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car. Ascend to Europe's highest mountain station and travel to Trockener Steg to ride by heated cable car across the Theodul Glacier. Start your journey at the Zermatt-Matterhorn valley station. Within 45 minutes, reach Europe’s highest mountain station at 12,740 ft (3,883 meters) above sea level - the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. First, travel in comfort in an 8-seat gondola of the Matterhorn Express on your way to Trockerner Steg. Pass lush green meadows, old Valais hamlets, and enchanting forests before the landscape changes to one with impressive moraines and stones polished by ice and glaciers.  At Trockener Steg, hop into the highest 3S cable car transporting you up to the peak. Take in spectacular views through the panoramic windows and enjoy the heated seats while crossing the Theodul Glacier. Once you reach the summit, visit the viewing platform and marvel at 38 alpine giants of the French, Italian, and Swiss Alps as well as 14 glaciers. At the cinema lounge, enjoy short movies about mountaineering, the local fauna and flora, the lift facilities, and ice and snow. Or explore the highest ice palace in the world and admire handmade sculptures in the eternal ice. Before you leave the magical fairytale behind, try regional specialties at the restaurant or purchase Matterhorn souvenirs.

Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

4. Zermatt: Gornergrat Bahn Cogwheel Train Ticket

Cross stunning bridges, ride through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes as your climb the Gornergrat on the cogwheel train with the Matterhorn continually in view. At the summit, explore the picturesque alpine world of the Swiss Alps. With a sunny observation deck that remains accessible throughout the year, the Gornergrat at 3,089 metres above sea level provides spectacular views. The Gornergrat is surrounded by 29 four-thousand metre peaks including the highest Swiss mountain, the Dufourspitze, which has an altitude of 4,634 metres, and the third-largest glacier in the Alps, the Gorner glacier. The mountainscape panorama you'll experience is completely unique.

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

5. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

6. From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Zurich to the winter wonderland of Mount Titlis with a guide. Discover the beauty of Lake Lucerne, enjoy a scenic drive to Engelberg, experience an unforgettable adventure on the Ice Flyer chairlift, and cross the Titlis Cliff Walk bridge suspended over the Swiss Alps. Departing from Zurich, take a bus ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne on the way to the city of Lucerne. Once there, take a short tour of the city's most important sights, including a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Vierwaldstätter Lake, depending on traffic. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore Lucerne on your own. From there, continue the journey to Engelberg. The breathtaking ride up into the high alpine glaciers of Mount Titlis begins here. From the Rotair revolving cable car on your way up to the mountain, get spectacular views of the deep crevasses in the glaciers, and the immense chunks of ice that break off in spectacular fashion. Enjoy incredible views over the Swiss Alps from the Panorama Restaurant on top of Mount Titlis. Visit the Ice Grotto, or take the Ice Flyer chairlift to get up close to the glaciers at an altitude of over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). Adventure seekers can slide through the snow and down the mountainside on a snow tube  – the choice is yours.

Zurich: Roman-Irish Spa Ritual

7. Zurich: Roman-Irish Spa Ritual

Experience a touch of luxury as you relax above the rooftops of Zurich. Step into a spa located in the vaults of a former brewery and indulge in a high-quality spa experience. Work your way around a circuit combining the best of Roman and Irish cultures for a unique and intimate experience. Bathe under hundred-year-old vaulted ceilings in huge wooden barrels, reminiscent of the barrels used at the former brewery, and enjoy Zurich's renowned thermal water in numerous forms. Experience complete relaxation in the emerald bath, the meditation bath, and the steam room. Finish your circuit with a dip in the scenic rooftop pool and admire panoramic views of the city stretching out below you.

From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

8. From Milan: Bernina and St. Moritz Day Tour by Scenic Train

Spend a full-day traveling to St. Moritz on this exciting rail journey. The Bernina red train is one of Switzerland's most scenic railways, climbing more than 1,800 meters, making it the steepest railway journey in the world. Round-trip transfer from Milan is included in the tour. Your rail journey begins in Tirano, Italy, and takes you all the way to the world-renowned Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Tirano is a picturesque Mediterranean town in a mountain setting dotted with palms and oleanders. On the journey, marvel at the scenery of the Alps. UNESCO named the Bernina route a world heritage site. See monumental glaciers, cross steep gorges, and pass through tunnels under some of the area’s most massive mountains. In St. Moritz you’ll have time to explore Switzerland's most famous mountain resort before the return journey to Milan.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

9. From Zurich: Day Trip to Grindelwald & Interlaken

Explore the idyllic Bernese Oberland and magnificent Jungfrau mountain region on a full-day tour from Zurich. The day includes free time to explore the famous mountain resorts of Grindelwald and Interlaken, located between 2 lakes. Journey through the countryside to Interlaken in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. After orientation, continue to Grindelwald, also known as “Glacier Village.” Lookout points provide stunning views of the impressive mountainscape, including the triple peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. Take the cable car to the sunny terrace of Mt. First, where you can rent unique and fun Trottibikes to whizz down to town (optional, not included). In the early afternoon, return by train to Interlaken, where you will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the region’s shopping paradise. Choices on offer include regional produce, precious jewelry, and Swiss watches. If you don’t want to shop, you can visit Interlaken’s Harder Kulm mountain. A funicular will take you to the top for breathtaking views (optional, not included). Breathe in the fresh mountain air before meeting your guide for the return journey to Zurich and the end of the tour.

Kriens: Mount Pilatus Roundtrip Cable Car Ticket to the Peak

10. Kriens: Mount Pilatus Roundtrip Cable Car Ticket to the Peak

Visit Lucerne's landmark mountain, Mount Pilatus, with a round-trip cable car ticket. Experience breathtaking views of Fräkmüntegg as you travel up to 2132 meters above sea level. Look out over Lake Lucerne and the Swiss mountains before finding a restaurant at Pilatus Kulm. Start your trip at Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30-minute ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, where you can raise your adrenaline during the visit of the biggest rope park of Central Switzerland. In the winter, try sledding routes and snowshoe trails going from the station Fräkmüntegg down to Krienseregg. At Fräkmüntegg change into the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and arrive at Pilatus Kulm, 2132 meters above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views of the Swiss mountains and Lake Lucerne. Walk in the Swiss mountains or on the Dragon Path, named after legends of the mythical creature in the area. You can try some Swiss specialties in any of the restaurants in Krienseregg, Fräkmüntegg, or Pilatus Kulm. Even Queen Victoria stayed at the Pilatus mountain and one of the restaurants at Pilatus Kulm is named after her.

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This activity was an amazing experience! The bus that took us to Chamonix was good and the guide was very supportive and fun! It was very positive to have a guide that spoke english, who literally guided us throught the visit. I had a very good time during this activity, and I really recommend it!

Our afternoon Zurich tour exceeded expectations. Guide, Annette, was very informative and pleasant. We had limited time in Zurich and this tour hit many of the high spots we likely would have missed. Recommend highly.

The guide suggested some spontaneous sightseeing on the way, which was incredible. Free time in town was reasonable (adequate and not too long). Clear instructions of gathering point and time.

Amazing way to spend a day on your Switzerland trip! It was an adventure filled day and a great guided tour to Mt Titlis and also through the beautiful town of Lucerne. Loved it!

From start to finish, every aspect of the tour was of the highest quality. Our tour guide was very informative and could not have been more helpful. Would highly recommend.