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

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: Switzerland, Zürich, Zurich

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  • 11 hours
  • Zurich
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  • Not-Cancellable


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!

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Zurich, Zurich

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Stein, Stein, Canton of Appenzell

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

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Appenzeller Schaukaserei, Dorf 711, Stein 9063 Switzerland

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.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Hoher Kasten, Dorf 22, Bruelisau 9058 Switzerland

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).

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Stop At: Appenzellerland Tourismus AI, Hauptgasse 4, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Appenzell, Appenzell, Canton of Appenzell

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.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Appenzell, Appenzell, Canton of Appenzell

Stroll through the town with your tour guide and learn about local customs and women's voting rights in Switzerland for around 15 minutes. Enjoy the remaining time to continue exploring the charming village of Appenzell at your own pace.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Zurich, Zurich

After a great day, we will drop you off again in Zurich, where the tour started.

  • Visit to Appenzeller diary including museum and cheese tasting
  • Aerial cable car ride up to Mt. Hoher Kasten with its revolving restaurant and breath-taking views
  • Visit of a boutique Chocolate Manufacture, chocolate tasting included
  • Visit of a typical Swiss dairy farm
  • Guided walk through the charming and traditional village of Appenzell
  • Goodie bag with typical Swiss products from each visited attraction (worth CHF 40.-)
  • Transportation in comfortable Mercedes minibus with AC and free WIFI
  • Full guided tour by professional multilingual guide
  • Small group of max. 16 guests
  • Carbon-balanced operations certified by myclimate
  • Entry/Admission - Hoher Kasten
  • Entry/Admission - Appenzeller Schaukaserei

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Personal expenses
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not suitable for infants under 6 years, exceptions only on request.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 12 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Departure Point

Best of Switzerland Tours AG, Sihlquai Coach Parking, Limmatstrasse 4, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Departure Time

08:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


11 hours

User's Reviews


11 Oct, 2022

Very well organised and explained by Guide. Must visit place for everyone. Sunny day made this tour wonderful.


08 Oct, 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.


23 May, 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


21 May, 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.


11 May, 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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Great trip


Swiss cheese, chocolates and mountains


Great fun for the whole day


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