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Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich

Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich
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Tour snapshot
Cross the border and see Germany’s Black Forest and Rhine Falls in a day
Duration:
7h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
60
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    7h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    60
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
This is the ideal pick for nature lovers visiting Zurich. Swap Switzerland for Germany on this scenic day trip to the Black Forest and Rhine Falls. Avoid the hassle of figuring out public transport schedules, and travel with ease on a luxury coach. Highlights include a visit to the scenic town of Titisee-Neustadt to see how cuckoo clocks are made, and the impressive natural wonder of Rhine Falls.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • No need for public transport—travel comfortably in a luxury coach
  • Learn how cuckoo clocks are made in the town of Titisee-Neustadt
  • Choose to upgrade and add on a Lake Titisee boat ride (own expense)
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • No need for public transport—travel comfortably in a luxury coach
  • Learn how cuckoo clocks are made in the town of Titisee-Neustadt
  • Choose to upgrade and add on a Lake Titisee boat ride (own expense)
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 2460FOREST
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Titisee
  • Entry/Admission - Rhine Falls
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food & Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Boat ride at Rhinefalls (optional)
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Bus Station, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland Bus Terminal Sihlquai is located 200 meters behind Zurich HB (central station). IMPORTANT: When using GPS - please type in ‘Limmatstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich’. You can find our Gray Line check-in booth right at the first parking lot.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid PASSPORT is REQUIRED on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 60 travellers
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Titisee
  • Entry/Admission - Rhine Falls
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food & Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Boat ride at Rhinefalls (optional)
Departure details
  • Bus Station, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland Bus Terminal Sihlquai is located 200 meters behind Zurich HB (central station). IMPORTANT: When using GPS - please type in ‘Limmatstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich’. You can find our Gray Line check-in booth right at the first parking lot.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid PASSPORT is REQUIRED on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 60 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 7 Jul 2020
A note from Black Forest and Rhine Falls Day Trip from Zurich
Approved Health & Safety Concept COVID-19 under the "Clean & Safe" campaign supported by Switzerland Tourism. Requirements and measures can continuously be adjusted.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Bus Station
    8005 Zürich, Switzerland
    Bus Terminal Sihlquai is located 200 meters behind Zurich HB (central station). IMPORTANT: When using GPS - please type in ‘Limmatstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich’. You can find our Gray Line check-in booth right at the first parking lot.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Zurich
    Schluchsee
  • 1
    Lake Titisee
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Lenzkirch
  • 2
    Rhine Falls
    Stop: 50 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Sihlquai
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

3.5
27 reviews
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shyamalherath
Doha, Qatar1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Friends
We left Zurich around 12.30 and reached Black forest after few hours. Black forest village and the lake was really nice. Then we reached Rhine Falls, where we spent around half an hour.
Over all the places were valuable. But the tour guide we had was bit rude. She was hurrying everyone to go back to bus like a school teacher. We had very limited time to enjoy Rhine Falls. Basically the satisfaction of this tour depends on what you expect from it... my suggestion, if you are searching for an adventurous interesting tour...this is not the tour you need.. but if your purpose is just to cover Germany and Rhine Falls in few hours this tour is good.
Written 19 October 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Robert T
Coatesville, PA102 contributions
I’ve done plenty of similar tours throughout Europe. Some have been very good and others so-so.

There were two primary stops on this tour.

The first stop was in Germany in the town of Titisee. The stop included a brief demonstration on building a cuckoo clock and then lunch on your own time.

Key reminder: bring your passport and possibly some Euros. Germany has different currency than Switzerland.

There is a beautiful lake, plenty of souvenirs and cafes.

Depending on your level of interest in the clocks, this stop feel like wasted time.

The highlight for me was the stop at Rheinfall. Such a breathtaking wonder. The stop is short but you have time for a boat ride at your own cost and a chance to experience the falls up close.

The driver and guide were efficient and kept us on time. They handled the border crossing paperwork and VAT assistance if you spent more than 75 Euros in Germany.

I really wish we had more time at the falls and a chance to complete a short hike in the Black Forest. I think doing that would have made the experience more tangible and enjoyable.
Written 15 May 2018
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vani k
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India17 contributions
Titisee is beautiful! The drive from zurich to the black forest was amazing. The cuckoo clock shops were quaint infact we even bought a clock! We had yummy black forest cake at one of the many restraunts overlooking the lake. The rhine falls were beautiful.
Wish we had more time in Titisee though.
Written 10 July 2018
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Yi-Jiun C
1 contribution
Sep 2018 • Family
The trip is advertised as a trip to the black forest and the Rhine falls. The black forest part of it is a glorified tourist trap. The tour guide continuously advertised multiple shops where they most likely receive kickbacks. Watch shops, restaurants, cuckoo clock makers, leather goods, LUGGAGE. The majority of the trip is spent shopping in this scam disguised as a black forest excursion. The ability to walk in the forest? Laughable. They give the option to walk out of the town and into the forest, but that's completely unfeasible with no tour guide guidance. She literally said "does anyone want to go in a picnic and eat with the squirrels? I didn't think so." and completely glossed over it. The tour was maybe 6 and a half hours-ish. 2 of those hours were spent in that town and 45 minutes on the Rhine. The rest was spent driving. Waste of money and more importantly vacation time.
Written 20 September 2018
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Melissa B
3 contributions
This tour, at best, is a comfy, overpriced ride to two tourist attractions- only one of them worth going to. The “tour guide” tells you nothing about what you’re passing and only spends a couple sentences on the actual destinations. If you need a nap to recover from jetlag, this tour is for you. The first part of the tour takes you tp a glorified outdoor tourist mall where the tour guide spends 10mins talking about the shops and what they sell (nothing local and every brand that can be find where ever you’re visiting from), with a view of the Black Forest. She said, in passing before we got off the bus, “oh and if you want to go into the forest, ask me and I’ll show you where to go”. So you pay about $80 for a ride to a self guided tour. While at the Black Forest Tourist Sinkhole, you “learn” about cuckoo clocks...by hearing a sales pitch in a store and literally see nothing about how theyre made or the history. After that, you go back on the bus to nearly 2 hours of silence to Rheinfall where you’re charged more for the boat ride on the bus than advertised at the actual place (maybe they include their own tip?). You’re rushed onto the boat after being instructed not tp stop for the restroom or photos, told to mention their names if you want souvenirs so they can get a credit for it, and then taken on another tour without information. I still don’t understand why they call the falls the “highlight” of the tour when it is not even included in the price. Total tourist scam.
Written 16 August 2018
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Chris M
1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Couples
I purchased the "Black Forest, Lake Titisee & Rhine Falls Excursion" by Gray Line Zurich, given by Meier tours under contract. We completed the trip yesterday, and I'm extremely disappointed. The tour was a best, a blatant excuse to exploit tourists, and at worst an outright scam.

First, the tour guide added very few facts to offer, talking ~5 minutes at a time at the very beginning and before each stop. The vast majority of the time was spend in silence.

Next, the tour doesn't actually go to the black forest. You drive past it, and stop near a lake in Titisee at what can best be described as an outdoor mall. The tour guide made a comment how she could offer directions on how we could walk, alone out to the edge of the forest. One of the very few facts the tour guide did mention was that the black forest was so named because of how dense it is, something we naturally had hoped to see, and the reason we took a guided tour was to show that to us. My wife is seven months pregnant so there is no way we are going for a long walk alone into the forest.

What the tour guide did spend a significant amount of time talking about was the goods available at Drubba shopping. Watches, jewelry, clocks, etc. It was clear there was some sort of agreement between this retail company and the trip as she provided us a "history of Cuckoo Clocks" facts sheet which was 1/3rd a sales pitch for this company, as well as a VAT tax exemption card good if we spend enough money at this company, then walked the entire group to one of their shops for a long sales pitch on the clocks they were selling. We had hoped that the Cuckoo Clock portion of the tour would at least be held somewhere the clocks were manufactured. Instead it was just a souvenir store selling overpriced trinkets and the same clocks available in a dozen other stores within a quarter mile and all manufactured somewhere else.

Next we went to the Rhine Falls. This is the only actually interesting thing we saw on the trip. Alas here this goes from abusing tourists to outright scam. The boat trip to the falls isn't included in the price of the trip, but is described as "the highlight of the tour" during the tour guide's heavy sales pitch for us to purchase the boat trip from her for 8 CHF. I purchased this trip through Expedia who explicitly calls out bringing spending cash in Euros, not CHF. Annoying, but she took 8 Euros instead, which just made it a bit more expensive. Then we took a 15 minute boat trip, which is arguably the worst option, as a ferry across the water for 3 CHF would let you walk much closer to the falls, and the 30 minute tour for 20 CHF lets you get off in the middle of the falls. But worst of all, the published price at the walk up kiosk for the exact 15 minute tour we took was 7 CHF. 1 CHF might not be a huge price difference, but I don't usually anticipate to spend all of this money on a tour for the opportunity to pay an additional premium. And of course once the boat ride ended, the tour guide directed us towards the souvenir stand with a recommendation to say that she sent us.

Overall, the only thing this trip offers is an uncomfortable bus ride to one tourist trap and one actual attraction. Rhine Falls can be reached by a direct train from Zurich Central for significantly less than this trip. I wish I had taken just that.

Expedia and Gray Line should be embarrassed for selling this tour, and Meier tours who actually gives it under contract with Gray Line should re-evaluate what value they think they actually provide. I will be asking Expedia for a refund.
Written 16 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ankit Khurana
New Delhi, India53 contributions
We have booked this trip. It was good experience but guide was not attentive while doing his job. Due to that we were not able to completely experience rhine falls. He was in hurry and we were having our infant with us but he was not cooperative. He almost ruined our trip because he took boat to rhine falls without us. Anyhow we able to manage it. But it’s waste of money for us

I would say please check same trip with another company who are having good and responsible guide
Written 23 May 2018
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Nawaf N
1 contribution
The locations we visited were nice, especially the falls. However, this trip was mostly memorable for the rude tour guide who responded rudely to my question about the trip. She said that she already explained enough for me to know the answer to my question. Her attitude is not acceptable if she was not a tour guide. It is even more unacceptable when she is. She was even rude to others. I am glad I forgot her name. If I remember it, I would state her name in this review for people who want to avoid such attitude. I took another tour with another tour company (best of Switzerland) and the tour guide was fantastic. It was the mount titlis tour number 2 on the 13th of June 2019. After coming back to Zurich, people couldn't help but to hug her and take pictures with her. Grayline tours should learn from them.
Written 13 June 2019
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RobinKABZ
Aberdeen, UK1,098 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The tour lasts about seven hours and much of the time is spent in the coach, probably about four hours. The first stop at Titesee is essentially a shopping opportunity. The town is attractive, next to a lake, with many shops all selling the same tourist orientated produce, notably cuckoo clocks. We refrained from buying a clock but did have lunch in one of several cafes.

The coach then took us to the Rhine Falls. This is really the highlight of the trip from a scenic point of view. There is time to take a boat out to the falls before leaving again to return to Zurich.

My companion and I enjoyed the scenery during the drive, but I found it too much time spent on a coach and the visit to Titisee a largely commercial opportunity of no great interest.
Written 17 September 2018
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diorshow
Singapore, null, Singapore45 contributions
This is how the day goes:
You’ll first drive to Black Forest which is quite overhyped. There are just a few shops to visit and it’s very touristy. There’s little to buy there unless you wanna spend huge sums on cuckoo clocks. You’ll just see the forest faraway and it’s just trees anyway. I ate the Black Forest cake and it is not nice. The waiters are also inefficient. I did not enjoy my stay at the Black Forest region.

However I am giving 5 stars as I have enjoyed the Rhine falls boat trip a lot. You’ll have to pay extra to go on the boat trip. At the Rhine falls, you’ll see rainbows so it’s great. Get to take nice photos. The boat is not bumpy at all and it’s fun.

You’ll have to manage your expectations that the tour guide is less of a tour guide but more of a driver. However he is very friendly and approachable.
Written 3 August 2018
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