Chocolate box pretty - be sure to taste some too
Breathe in the mountain air, talk to the animals, taste fine confectionery and immerse yourself in history.
Ok, they're not the Niagara Falls but it is Europe's biggest waterfall. The falls are only a short ride from the centre of Zurich but be prepared to be out for the whole day. There are a couple of viewing platforms on each side of the falls which offer spectacular views. For a few extra pennies board one of the boats for a close up of the falls.
Just south of the city centre is the Lindt & Sprüngli Chocolate Factory. You know the chocolate we're talking about - it's the fancy stuff you probably get at Christmas. Tours of the factory offer an insight into how the chocolate is made, and, naturally, you even get to taste it as you go round.
Tip: To burn off the calories you've just put on, why not use the city's free bicycle hire and ride to the factory.
Take the tram to Zurich Zoo, home to over 2,000 animals and a manmade rainforest. Animals range from apes to penguins to big cats and a particular delight is the daily penguin parade. During the winter the penguins set their Rolexes and head off on a tour of the zoo, visiting all the other animals. It's true, it's cute and you can even join in.
Tip: Stop off at the zoo shop to take a home a souvenir.
Prices based on lowest available Standard Class return fare.
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