9. Best of Zurich City Tour: Rhine Falls & Stein am Rhein
Explore Zurich's Old Town and see the highlights of this unique town in the morning. Pass by the castle-like National Museum, the Bahnhofstrasse shopping avenue, Zurich's famous financial district and the renowned Zurich Opera House. Enjoy a photo stop at the picturesque Lake Zurich before continuing uphill into the "Zurichberg" district with its many impressive mansions of glorious times past.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the city, lake and snow-covered Alps. Cruising by the university quarter, see the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and Zurich's art museum before reaching the charming Old Town.
Stop to take a picture with a view of the patriarchal guild houses, St. Peter's Church with Europe's largest clock face, the "Grossmünster" cathedral and the "Fraumünster" church with its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. After an introduction to the Old Town, take a scenic drive back to Limmatquai to the Sihlquai coach park. After the city tour, you have around 1 hour of free time to enjoy lunch (not included) or relax.
In the afternoon, a bus will drive you through a picturesque landscape with gently rolling vineyards and charming farming villages to reach the splendid medieval Laufen Castle. Enjoy your time at the mighty Rhine Falls, Europe's biggest waterfall and one of Switzerland's major attractions. Experience unique views from the panoramic lift and see an average of 700,000 liters of water per second plunge into the basin below, across a width of 150 meters.
The Belvedere panoramic trail brings you to the viewing platform right above the falls where you can feel the spindrift of the rumbling waters. Those seeking the ultimate adventure might take the optional boat ride into the fizzy waters below the falls (available in Summer only).
Continue via Schaffhausen with its renowned Munot Fortress to the medieval town of Stein am Rhein. Learn about the well-preserved old town and see the many distinctive medieval buildings such as the church, St. George's Abbey, the townhouses and the gates and towers, as well as the town hall and armory. Most of these half-timbered frame houses are made of stone with delicate wooden window frames and impress visitors with their exceptional frescoes.