The morning coach tour of Zurich with picture stops at Lake Zurich and the Dolder Grand Hotel were a great way to start off to see Zurich’s highlights of places you want to see later. Our guide was Marcel who kept the pace upbeat and interesting with his info bits on Zurich and the Swiss urban life. We got an idea of how Zurich is laid out for what we might want to do later. At the last photo stop at the Fraumünster, I opted to separate from the group on the bridge in front of Grossmünster Church and Marcel was kind enough to clearly point out the way to the Shilquai Bus parking for the afternoon half of the tour. With the 1 hour break, I managed to have lunch and tea on Limmatquai and had time for a scenic walk back to the Shilquai bus stop.
The afternoon half started promptly with Marguerite as our guide and Peter as our driver. She too was engaging as she shared info about the Swiss vineyards along the way to Schaffhausen. Rhine Falls was beautiful and we had a short but exciting boat ride to get close to the cascades. It was an extra 10 CHF (cash only) which Marguerite had explained clearly prior to arrival at Schloss Laufen. We spent enough time at the Schloss Laufen admiring the powerful Rhine Falls. We had quite a work out navigating steps to get back up to the viewing platform from the boat ride, but for me it was a great exercise. After a few minutes of browsing souvenir shops at Schloss Laufen, we proceeded to charming Stein Am Rhein, a beautiful medieval Swiss town lined with colorful and artful buildings.
We were given more than an hour to explore this charming little town and upon Peter’s suggestion, tried the some gelato at a popular spot.
Stein Am Rhein is so beautiful, I just kept snapping photos! Kudos to Best of Switzerland tours for this well-managed day tour! I highly recommend it.