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From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

1. From Zurich: Bus Day Trip to Heidiland and Liechtenstein

Visit the incredible alpine world of Heidi on this bus day trip from Zurich. Take a walk in the Old Town in Rapperswil, have free time in the capital of Liechtenstein, and explore Maienfeld and in the summer months, Heidi’s village. Enjoy pickup from an area next to the centrally-located Zurich HB train station. Board spacious coach and relax while taking in the views on the way to Rapperswil. Follow your guide to the picturesque Old Town and its Medieval Castle, before having some free time explore. Continue on your journey through Ricken Pass with its panoramic views of the snow-peaked Alps. Reach the pretty hills and valley scenery of the Toggenburg region. Arrive in Vaduz, the capital of the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Spend some free time visiting the iconic post office to purchase some prized stamps or stop at a café to buy some coffee and snack. Travel on to Maienfeld, the setting for the Heidi stories. Head up to Heidi’s village in the summer months on a short walk that leads to a collection of picturesque mountain houses, a village shop, and a heard of goats. In the winter months, head to see the oldest houses of Switzerland in Werdenberg, which is famous for its beautiful castle. Finally, make the bus trip back to Zurich along the banks of Lake Walen, which is guarded by the majestic Churfirsten mountain range.

Maestrani’s Chocolarium 1-Hour Discovery Tour Ticket

2. Maestrani’s Chocolarium 1-Hour Discovery Tour Ticket

Learn how happiness get into chocolate on a 1-hour self-guided tour of Maestrani’s Chocolarium. There are a lot of exciting things to be discovered throughout the chocolate factory. Interactive experiences abound and a visit is great fun for the whole family. The 100-meter-long chocolate machine is fascinating. Learn facts about cocoa and world trade. Enjoy fresh liquid chocolate, the latest chocolate creation or the nuttiest chocolate bars in Switzerland. Snacking is encouraged! Before or after the tour, enjoy some sweet treats in the Schoggi Café and browse the Schoggi Shop for something to take home.

St. Gallen Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

3. St. Gallen Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know St. Gallen at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of St. Gallen’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. The tour route includes St. Gallen Railway Station, Roter Platz, Broderbrunnen, Textilmuseum, old town, the Abbey of Saint Gall, Ortsbürgergemeinde St. Gallen, St. Lawrence Church, Market Square, and Kirche St. Mangen, where the tour ends.

St. Gallen: Discovery Walking Tour

4. St. Gallen: Discovery Walking Tour

Explore the city that began as a monastery and discover why thousands of art lovers from all over the globe visit St. Gallen each year. Home to countless cultural events and well-preserved cultural and literary heritage from the Middle Ages, St. Gallen is multi-faceted and will come alive with the descriptions given by your local guide.  Whether you are visiting St. Gallen as a newcomer or as a returning tourist, this tour is sure to please. Wander past colorful street art and get to know the city's galleries and museums. Learn about Gallus and Otmar as well as modern and young artists who have recently joined the scene.

St. Gallen: Express Discovery Walk with Local Guide

5. St. Gallen: Express Discovery Walk with Local Guide

Short on time to discover the city of St. Gallen? Then this is the tour for you. Discover St. Gallen and learn the most intriguing facts about the history, local lifestyles, and contemporary transformation of the city. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time or for someone that wants to rediscover it. Private and public versions of this tour are available. Meet your guide at the train station and go from there. As you see St. Gallen through the eyes of a local, discover what everyday life looks like and find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from. While walking through St. Gallen, you will discover parks, monuments, and historical architecture. It's also a fantastic chance to get insider tips about the best cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit during your time here.

St. Gallen: Photography Walking Tour

6. St. Gallen: Photography Walking Tour

Join a local tour guide and discover St. Gallen through your camera lens on a short city walk. Get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and take stunning pictures at the same time. After meeting your guide in the heart of the city center, continue around the city's 3 lakes, stopping at the best spots for photos along the way. As you capture the beauty of St. Gallen with your camera you will also discover local spots and hidden gems. Don't miss the opportunity to see an alternative side of the city, full of history and unique beauty. Don't forget to book the experience at a suitable time in order to guarantee the best lighting for your pictures.

St. Gallen: Private 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

7. St. Gallen: Private 2-Hour Historical Walking Tour

Discover the historical side of St. Gallen with a passionate local tour guide. Begin your tour at the iconic Vadian statue and embark on a journey through various time periods and their corresponding architectural styles as you discover some of the city's most important buildings. Learn more about how St. Gallen has changed over time and get off the beaten track as you visit churches and learn about the history behind the old city gate and the Cathedral, encountering sites that a normal tour group would not visit. During the tour, benefit from the knowledge and experience of an insider local guide who will share with you insider tips and the city's best-kept secrets. Feel free to inform your guide of any particular interests or desires you may have as they will be happy to adjust the itinerary to your requirements.

Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

8. Swiss Coupon Pass: 2-for-1 Offers in Switzerland

The coupon book contains 100 exclusive vouchers with 50% discounts on food, sightseeing tours, entrance fees to tourist attractions, theme parks, UNESCO world heritage sights, Swiss castles, car and motorbike rental as well as class upgrades for train and boat journeys with a total value of 4,500 CHF. The Swiss Coupon Pass is available in English and German. Choose to either have your pass delivered (only available in Switzerland) or pick it up in Zurich, Geneva or Basel.

St. Gallen: Private Architectural Walking Tour

9. St. Gallen: Private Architectural Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in St Gallen's rich history and impressive architecture on this private tour with a local guide. Discover the most impressive buildings in the city and learn about the history behind each of those historical buildings and structures on this educational walk. Join your guide on an adventure to discover the beauty and history of the city’s most significant buildings and find out a bit more about the local culture in Switzerland from a local perspective. During your tour, become better acquainted with the local architecture and learn how it has changed over the years while still retaining its unique character. You will also be able to see the city's iconic 15th-century houses and learn more about the secret underground tunnels located beneath the streets of the Old Town.

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What people are saying about St. Gallen (Canton)

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 20 reviews

It was very revealing

Already at the entrance the friendly staff, the interesting film, a very good presentation like all the products that are used for chocolates grow, etc. Of course you also appreciate the "Probiereli" and then the great range of chocolates.

Interesting and varied tour of the chocolate factory. With great attention to detail, lots of places to snack and well-explained backgrounds. Highly Recommended.

Very interesting

For children from 5 very educational and exciting. Staff very nice and accommodating. WC very clean, well-kept. Recommended !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice fototour up and down by foot. Our guide Liz was amazing. Always up to date and knows everything. Thanks Liz. We can recommend this tour

Excellent activity for all ages! It was great to learn about the city at our own pace.