Having the chance to visit a place like Zurich is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are so many different things to do, not to mention sites to see and a chance to experience a different culture that you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to take advantage of a trip there at least once. If you're a first-time visitor, you might be a little overwhelmed because there are so many things to do that you can't possibly fit it all in unless you plan on having an extended stay. If you're looking for some guidance, here are 10 things that you can do if you've never been to Zurich before and you want to make the most out of every possible second.
1. Take advantage of the Mount Titlis Day Tour
If you've never traveled up a mountain via cable car, it's an experience of a lifetime. Some people that are scared of heights think they'll be terrified on a trip like this and they avoid it like the plague but it's really not anything to be afraid of at all. It offers some majestic views and it's one of the best ways to take in the scenery of the entire area, not to mention slowing down and enjoying being present in the moment as opposed to allowing your mind to race ahead.
2. Take a day trip through the Swiss Alps
When you consider the amount of beauty that is involved here, there's every reason in the world to take advantage of a trip like this. This is especially true when you can take guided tours, ensuring that you see all of the best the area has to offer without getting off the beaten path.
3. Experience life in the city
Don't be afraid to take advantage of everything that's going on within the city of Zurich itself. This city has a rich cultural life and it's fun to take advantage of everything there is to offer. If you like to watch other people, you might have just as much fun by merely sitting back and seeing what everyone else is doing.
4. Take a trip to the country
Many of the villages on the outer edges of the area have a style all their own. You can take a guided tour through these villages or merely take a trip on your own, going wherever you choose. Either way, you'll be astounded by both the beauty and how welcoming the people native to the area are.
5. Take part in the Rhine Falls tour
This is one of the most beautiful waterfalls that you're ever likely to see. The tour lets you see the river and surrounding countryside as well as the waterfall itself. If you love being out in nature and you're looking for a peaceful and serene way to enjoy your trip, this is the perfect fit.
6. Go camping in the mountains
They routinely send out small groups to go camping in the mountains. That way, you get a chance to experience all of the adventure and beauty of the area without worrying about whether or not you're going to get lost. Even if you don't know much about camping, going on a tour like this with other people who are more familiar with it can help you be more comfortable. At the same time, it gives you a chance to develop some new friendships.
7. Visit museums
Zurich has a lot of different museums and there is so much rich cultural history here that you might find it difficult to choose only one or two to visit. Regardless of your interests, you can find something that is in tune with them.
8. Take the Lucerne day trip
If you love being out on the water, this is the perfect trip for you. You have the chance to enjoy luxurious amenities in a state-of-the-art vessel while being out on the calm waters with the Swiss Alps as the backdrop. It simply doesn't get any better than that.
9. Take a two-day tour of Mount Rigi
This is another opportunity to get out and enjoy nature. Throughout this two-day tour, you can enjoy camping, hiking and some of the most beautiful sights you're ever likely to see.
10. Take a boat tour of Lake Zurich
If you're looking for something that isn't quite as involved as camping overnight, you might enjoy taking a simple boat tour of one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. This can be accomplished in a much shorter timespan and it's extremely enjoyable.
Written by Garrett Parker
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