Swiss Cheese, Chocolates and Mountains Small-Group Tour from Zurich

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From $283.00

123 reviews   (4.34)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 11 hours

Departs: Zurich, Zurich

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Venture to the Heidi-like region of eastern Switzerland on this full day guided coach tour from Zurich. Discover the secrets behind Switzerland's famous cheese and chocolate! Trace the path of raw milk from grazing cows on lush meadows to the production at the Appenzeller show dairy and a boutique chocolate manufacture. Take in fascinating mountain views on an aerial cable car ride to the top of Hoher Kasten and learn about local customs on a guided stroll through the charming village of Appenzell, where old traditions are still alive. Even better, you'll travel in a personalized small group with a maximum of 16 people!

What's Included

Aerial cable car ride up to Mt. Hoher Kasten with its revolving restaurant and breath-taking views

Carbon offset through myclimate

Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide

Goodie bag with typical Swiss products from each visited attraction (worth CHF 40.-)

Guided walk through the charming and traditional village of Appenzell

Small group of max. 16 guests

Transportation in comfortable Mercedes minibus with AC and free WIFI

Visit of a boutique Chocolate Manufacture, chocolate tasting included

Visit of a typical Swiss dairy farm

Visit to Appenzeller diary including museum and cheese tasting

What's Not Included

Food and drinks


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Personal expenses

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 15
  • ADULT: Age: 16 - 99

Additional Info

  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Not suitable for infants under 6 years, exceptions only on request.
  • Specialized infant seats are available

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers

What To Expect

Depart from central Zurich (Sihlquai Coach Terminal) in an air-conditioned minivan and set out on a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Zürich via the City of Rapperswil with its medieval castle to the gently rolling hills of the Appenzellerland with photo stops en route.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Discover a typically Swiss farm and taste a glass of fresh cow milk.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Appenzeller Schaukaserei
Find out how natural Swiss milk and herbs are turned into Switzerland's tangiest cheese at the Appenzeller show dairy in Stein AR. Marvel at the imposing cellar storing up to 12,500 wheels of cheese and try to guess the top secret ingredients of the world-famous Appenzeller cheese during a cheese tasting.

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Hoher Kasten
Your tour continues to the village of Brulisau where you'll board the aerial cable car to the panoramic Mt. Hoher Kasten. At 6,000 feet (1,800 meters), enjoy breathtaking views over the Rhine Valley and Austria's Voralberg region. Go for a walk through the Alpine Garden or enjoy lunch at the spectacular revolving mountain restaurant (not included).

1 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Follow your tour guide on a walk through the quaint village of Appenzell and learn about the ancient traditions and customs of this region while browsing local specialty shops in the pedestrian zone with its decoratively painted wooden facades.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Visit a boutique chocolate manufacture and follow the Maître Chocolatier's explanation of the artisan craft of chocolate making before indulging your senses during a chocolate tasting.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great experience!
Akash_J, 11-10-2022
Very well organised and explained by Guide. Must visit place for everyone. Sunny day made this tour wonderful.
Stunning views and plenty of time to visit
Linda_F, 08-10-2022
Our guide, Franz, was knowledgeable and patient. The view at the top of the mountain was breathtaking. I appreciated the cheese tasting at the cheese factory. We had plenty of time at each place. When we visited Appenzell, we were given freebies in 4-5 shops. I felt like I was trick or treating at 51 yesrs old… cool! LOL. To me, it did worth the price. I would recommend.
A highly recomended tour. We had a wonderful day.
moniquerI3424GL, 23-05-2021
Despite the bad weather, the tour was just fantastic. It has given us a very fine experience of the eastern part of Switzerland. On this one day tour, you can have a perfect view of the Swiss country side, mountains, cheese, milk and chocolate tasting. We even have visited a lovely herb garden. Herb medicine is very traditional in the canton of Appenzell. The pitoresque town of Appenzell, with its colourful houses, gives you a real feeling of local traditions. It was just a wonderful day, with lots of give aways and good memories. Thank you very much.
Monique & Dobi
Appenzell to its best
Touren2022, 21-05-2021
The excellent guide and exclusive route to Appenzell. We had direct contact with the people of the region and could experience a tour out of the ordinary.
Great trip
Swiss_Miss_K, 11-05-2021
Great Trip to the Appenzellerland with the Mountain, Cheese and Chocolate Tour. Got delicious cheese and chocolate to taste, scenery is very pretty, very typical. Can highly recommend the trip.

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