Get lost in a world of mountains, valleys, alpine lakes, meadows, and fascinating scenic routes on a guided coach tour from Zurich to Heidiland and Liechtenstein. Ok, I know that sounds a lot like advertising. But seriously, I can’t word it any other way – the possibilities are endless on the Heidiland Viator tour. The full day trip offered by Viator includes a city tour of Zurich, Rapperswil Old Town, Heidiland and the Liechtenstein Principality. The trip is from 11am to 6pm and gives you an exclusive view of some of the most beautiful parts of Switzerland.
We were only in Zurich for a few days and the Heidiland Viator tour allowed us to see so much more of this incredible country than would otherwise have been possible. There are a number of tours on offer, so if you prefer something different, you could always take a tour into the Swiss Alps or tour Mount Pilatus in Summer. The truth is, it doesn’t matter which tour you choose, it’s a wonderful way to see a lot more of a breathtaking country.
The lowdown on the Liechtenstein and Heidiland Viator tour
We started off in the Zurich city centre and were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, from the moment we set foot on the coach. His name was Marchello and coincidently, he was a Swiss man who had lived in South Africa for 16 years. Thus, we had a lot to talk about. He was truly amazing with endless interesting facts to share about Switzerland and many of his own travel stories.
Probably most incredible was that he spoke ten languages, including Afrikaans. A language spoken only in South Africa, it’s truly impressive to hear someone of another nationality speak it. Our tour was full of people from all over the world and Marchello spent the whole day switching between English, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and of course, Afrikaans. He was 100% committed to his tour guide role in the Heidiland Viator tour.
1. First stop: Zurich City
The first part of the trip is a panoramic tour of Switzerland’s cultural capital, Zurich. We stopped off to snap some photos of the city from just outside the University of Zurich. It was quite cloudy so we didn’t get great pictures but if you go here on a clear day I imagine the photo’s would be epic.
Since we were staying in Zurich and had plenty of time to explore the city, this wasn’t the highlight of the tour but it’s definitely worth seeing from a different point of view and with a tour guide giving you all the background information. It was a great way to discover what part of the city we wanted to explore more of.
2. Second Stop: Rapperswil
After our city tour, we followed Lake Zurich all the way to Rapperswil, the city of roses. More than 16,000 roses flower in the rose gardens of the Capuchin monastery and on the “Schanz”. The Schanz is a rose garden for the blind, home to particularly fragrant roses, of which names are written in braille on guide panels. Unfortunately we were not there during the “Rose season” but this town is spectacular. You will find a medieval castle at the centre of the picturesque streets of Rapperswil and breathtaking views of the surrounding town from the castle perched on top of the high hill found up a staircase.
This is also where we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Falkenberg. We didn’t have much time to “fine-dine” since we still had a busy day ahead of us but we indulged in some traditional quiche. I’ve eaten quiche a few times in my life but I’m convinced that nothing can beat the Swiss version. It was tasty, fresh and filling. To be honest, I can hardly remember what was in it but I enjoyed every minute of chewing. Peter naturally had a local beer with his meal and I opted for a cappuccino. For those of you who don’t know, I am a coffee addict! I can’t go anywhere without getting my dose of caffeine. Much to my delight, the coffee in Switzerland was amazing, I didn’t have a bad cup the entire trip #winning 🙂
3. Third stop: Lietchenstein
After filling our bellies and exploring Rapperswil, we hit the road again and made our way over to Liechtenstein. The drive here is truly beautiful, with panoramic views of the Alps and scenery of pretty hills and valleys along the way. Setting foot in Liechtenstein was a surreal experience. It kind of feels like a country within a country and while we didn’t get to explore that much of it (we were only in the capital, Vaduz), we still got a taste of the 6th smallest country in the world.
We’ve heard the discussions many times before, it’s not about just “ticking countries off the list”. While I do agree, I will be honest, it is a little bit about that. It’s a constant reminder to us of how blessed we are to be seeing so much of this beautiful world. We live on a planet that is so full of hidden treasures and untouched gems and I want to see and experience as much of it as I possibly can. I love that the Heidiland Viator tour covers this incredible country.
Liechtenstein has the natural beauty of Switzerland but the added advantage of small town charm. If you are collecting passport stamps from all the countries you visit, you can get your stamp at the local post office. We didn’t bother because we don’t get any stamps in Europe, something which does not sit well with me because I would love a passport full of stamps. We travel on British passports, which are Electronic throughout Europe 🙁 Lol. I’m grateful because they get us places but I would love a few stamps.
4. Last stop: Heidiland
Finally, after leaving Liechtenstein, we make our way to Heidiland to end off our tour. This is probably the highlight of the trip for most people. This region stretches from the western part of Lake Walen to Bad Ragaz in Eastern Switzerland. It’s hard not to stare out over the hills and into the distant horizon, filled with complete awe at the view in front of you.
You can even go into Heidi’s house for just 9 CHF. It’s really cute and will only take you about 10-15 minutes to explore. If you’re not interested in seeing inside the house, the surrounding views are enough to keep you captivated. Heidiland is one of the most iconic areas in all of Switzerland so it’s definitely a must see if possible.
After Heidiland we headed back to Zurich in time for dinner and a fabulous evening filled with fun and wine. I couldn’t recommend the Heidiland Viator tour enough. From our tour guide, to the site seeing to the food, everything was perfect.
- Professional tour guide
- Transport by coach
What’s not included:
- Food and drinks (there is water to purchase on the coach)
- Hotel pickup and dropoff (you need to make your own way to the coach)
- Fantastic tour guide, Marchello
- Fun filled day with people from all over the world
- Breathtaking views of a breathtaking country