Swiss Bliss: Day Trips from Zurich That’ll Leave You Speechless

Mountain in Switzerland

When you think of Switzerland, you might envision lush green hills, the melodious ringing of cowbells, and the tantalising aroma of Swiss chocolate wafting through the air. Well, dear travellers, if you’re planning to explore Switzerland, Zurich is a fantastic starting point, with three Leonardo Hotels to choose from for your comfortable and elegant stay. Not only is it a bustling metropolis, but it also serves as the gateway to some of the most enchanting day trip destinations.

Buckle up, as we’re about to embark on a journey to Grindelwald, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Mount Titlis, Engelberg, Stein am Rhein, Schilthorn, and Lucerne, and we promise you won’t leave without saying “cheese!”

  1. Grindelwald: The Playground of the Alps

Grindelwald, Switzerland

Just a couple of hours away from Zurich, Grindelwald is a picture-perfect Swiss village that seems like it was plucked right out of a fairy tale. Nestled in the Bernese Oberland region, Grindelwald offers breathtaking views of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau peaks. Whether you’re a hiker, a skier, or just a nature lover, Grindelwald has something for everyone. You’ll be surrounded by stunning alpine scenery, making it the perfect destination for a day trip.

  1. Interlaken: Where Adventure Meets Tranquillity

Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken, known as the adventure capital of Switzerland, sits between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, and it’s a mecca for thrill-seekers. From paragliding and skydiving to serene boat rides and picturesque walks, Interlaken has it all. But what sets it apart is its central location, making it a fantastic base for exploring the entire Jungfrau region.

  1. Jungfraujoch: The Top of Europe

Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe, mountain in Switzerland

High above Interlaken, you’ll find Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe.” This glacier-clad saddle between two towering peaks is accessible by a scenic train ride that cuts through the Eiger and Mönch mountains. Here, you’ll be greeted with incredible views, an ice palace, and an array of activities that’ll have you feeling on top of the world.

  1. Mount Titlis: Snowy Splendor and Cable Car Delights

Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland

Venturing east of Zurich, you’ll reach Engelberg, where a cable car ride to Mount Titlis awaits. At 3,238 metres, this mountain will leave you breathless, both due to its breathtaking scenery and its high altitude. The famous “Rotair” cable car rotates 360 degrees, offering unparalleled views of the Swiss Alps. Once at the summit, you can explore the glacier caves, ride the Ice Flyer chairlift, and test your courage on the Titlis Cliff Walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe.

  1. Engelberg: An Angelic Alp Town

Engelberg, Swiss lake

While Mount Titlis is the star of Engelberg, the town itself is charming and tranquil. If you have time after your alpine adventures, take a stroll through the serene streets, and perhaps enjoy a Swiss fondue in one of the cosy restaurants.

  1. Stein am Rhein: A Mediaeval Masterpiece

Stein am Rhein

Travelling north of Zurich, you’ll find Stein am Rhein, a town that seems like it’s frozen in time. The beautifully preserved mediaeval architecture will transport you back in time. Cobblestone streets, half-timbered houses, and colourful frescoes make this town a photographer’s dream.

  1. Schilthorn: Bond, James Bond

Schilthorn, day trip from Zurich, James Bond movie location in Switzerland

Calling all James Bond fans! Schilthorn, home to the famous Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, was featured in the Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.” The views are just as mesmerising as the movie. Located in the Jungfrau region, a visit to Schilthorn offers jaw-dropping 360-degree panoramas of the Swiss Alps.

  1. Lucerne: The City of Lights

Visit Lucerne with Leonardo Hotels - day trip from Zurich

Last but certainly not least, a day trip to Lucerne is a must. Known for its well-preserved mediaeval architecture, including the iconic Chapel Bridge, Lucerne exudes charm. Take a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets, indulge in Swiss chocolate, and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Lucerne for a perfect end to your Zurich day trip adventures.


So, there you have it, an enchanting glimpse of some of Switzerland’s most enchanting day trip destinations from Zurich. These Swiss gems will undoubtedly leave you spellbound, so pack your bags, hop on a train, and prepare for a day of unforgettable adventures. Your Swiss escapade is just a short journey away, promising memories that’ll leave you lost for words.

Say ‘Swiss cheese,’ and let’s embark on a journey with Leonardo Hotels you’ll cherish forever!
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