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Our most recommended Central Switzerland Museums & Exhibitions

Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

1. Zurich: Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum Entry Ticket

Visit the interactive Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum, built next to the historical Lindt & Sprüngli factory. Discover the long journey that cocoa takes from bean to bar on an audio-guided tour. See an impressive chocolate fountain in the entrance hall, over 9 meters tall. Learn how chocolate conquered the world and explore every step of the production process through multimedia exhibitions. Visit the tasting room, where you can savor a variety of chocolate delicacies. See the production line through panoramic windows and watch as new products are created.

Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

2. Zürich: City Tour, Cruise, and Lindt Home of Chocolate Visit

Climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy a scenic drive through the Zürichberg district with views of the city, the lake, and the Alps. See the highlights of Zürich, such as the castle-like National Museum, the shopping avenue of Bahnhofstrasse, and the famous financial district. Stop at the picturesque harbor of Enge and enjoy the beautiful vistas of the crystal-clear Lake Zürich. Continue past the Zürich Opera House and go into the Zürichberg district. Admire numerous mansions that reflect the glorious past, and take in the panoramas of the lake and the snow-covered Alps before going to the university quarter. See buildings such as the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZürich) and the Zürich Museum of Art. Enter the Old Town to learn Zürich's history during an entertaining stroll through the medieval streets. See the patriarchal guild houses, Zürich Town Hall, and Europe's largest clock face on the Romanesque church of St. Peter. See the imposing cathedral of Grossmünster, and look at the Fraumünster church, whose stained-glass windows are by Marc Chagall. Take a 30-minute boat cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Zürich, then stroll along the shore to the newly-opened Lindt Home of Chocolate. See the world’s tallest free-standing chocolate fountain and join an audio-guided tour of the museum, followed by an unlimited chocolate tasting. Browse the gift shop before returning to Zurich Main Station. Ride the trolleybus and tramway to get familiar with Zurich's public transportation system. While your tour ends here, your 24-hour ticket allows you to continue exploring the town like a local and make use of public transportation.

Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Pass on Train, Bus, Boat

3. Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Pass on Train, Bus, Boat

Travel all over Switzerland with a Swiss Rail pass, valid all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive day pass. This ticket offers you hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Train Network, buses and public boats. This pass includes the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. This pass includes museum admission, boat rides, and discounts on many mountain excursions. Enjoy unlimited usage of public transport and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country.

Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

4. Chaplin's World Entrance Ticket

The Manoir: Charlie Chaplin behind closed doors The 500 m² staging of the Manoir is dedicated entirely to Charlie Chaplin the man, and to his daily life – some rooms have been recreated with furniture and personal items. Learn about Charlie's family life and gain insight into the reasons that led him to Switzerland, how he was welcomed, and how he spent the final 25 years of his life. In the dining room, learn about the family’s culinary traditions and the parties and many celebrity guests invited into the home. The Studio: Welcome to Hollywood! The Studio is a 1350 m² structure built on the estate to present the cinematographic world of the artist, actor and filmmaker. The tour starts with a montage of images tracing Chaplin’s life and work. It continues on against a backdrop of 20th century history, moving on to a street right out of an Easy Street decor, one of the most emblematic settings of his movies. The Park: A 10-acre park surrounds the Manoir and the Studio, offering visitors a breathtaking view overlooking Lake Leman and the Alps. It is evocative of the special relationship that Chaplin cultivated with nature, in particular the mountainous landscapes, the lake and the vineyards that surrounded his estate. The Shop: Come into Chaplin’s old Bentley garage and browse through a range of exclusive souvenirs. Here you will find quality products reflecting the life and work of Charlie Chaplin, including every one of his DVDs and box sets, and his celebrated movie posters. A wide selection of books, stationery and cards, tableware, and children’s toys are also offered. You can even buy your very own version of Chaplin’s iconic hat and cane!

Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

5. Zürich Card: Save on Attractions, Transport, and Dining

Explore Zurich with a ticket for day visitors who want to include a visit to a museum or an excursion to a local recreation area (Uetliberg-Felsenegg or Lake Zurich) on their trip. The ticket is also valid between the airport and the city center. Enjoy Zurich to the fullest and save at the same time. The principle is very simple. When you purchase a Zürich Card you save on transportation, admissions, dining, souvenirs, and more. The Zürich Card is valid for either 24 or 72 hours, and is available at a discount for children between the ages of 6 and 16. When you explore the sights of beautiful Zurich with your Zürich Card you receive great benefits and savings. Enjoy free rides on trams, buses, trains, and boats. Your card is also valid on the cableways in Zurich and the surrounding area. You get free admission to most museums in the city and delicious surprises at special restaurants in Zurich. You will reap the rewards of a 10% discount at 16 traditional and urban shops in the city, and save on souvenirs and tours offered by Zürich Tourism. When you use the Zürich Card you save as you stay and play. Don’t miss out on the unbeatable savings and perks that the Zürich Card offers. Save 50% on the ‘Zurich Old Town Walking Tour’, the ‘City Tour: Me, My Zurich and You,’ and the ‘Pub Crawl-Nightlife Tour. Save 20% on the ‘City Tour Through Zurich by Bus’ and save 33% on the ‘Urania Sternwate’ tour. Take off 10% on the ‘E-Bike Tour City,’ the ‘Zurich Food Tour,’ the ‘Tuk Tuk-City Tour,’ the ‘City Tour by eTukTuk with Chocolate Tasting,’ and the ‘Zuri Bar-Quest Tour.’ Enjoy free admission to the Grossmunster Church and the Fraumunster Church. Have free entry to the National Museum Zurich, the Kunsthalle Zurich, the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Museum Strauhof, Helmhaus Zurich, the Museum fur Gestaltung, the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, the North American Native Museum, the Pavillon Le Corbusier, and the Swiss Finance Museum. View the the Alterhumer-Magazin, the Zurich City of Guilds, Muhlerama, and the Zurich Museums Association with free addmission. Get 30% off the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Fifa Museum. Have a half off the Cabaret Voltaire and the Kulturama Museum of Mankind. See the Lindt Home of Home of Chocolate with 10% off, the Musee Visionnaire with 44% off, and the Museum Rietberg with 60%. Indulge with a 10% discount at the Airport Fitness and Wellness, aja Zurich Wellness, and Hurlimann and Spa Zurich. Go for a dip with 50% of swimming at Dolder Bad. Savor a culinary surprise at Brasserie Spirgaten, Café and Restaurant Sprungli, Haus Hiltl, Restaurant Spitz, and Siagon. Shop your heart out with a 10% discount for Berg und Tal, Lindt Shop Home of Chocolate Kilchberg, Schweizer Heimatwerk, Vollenweider Chocolatier Confiseur, Zurich Souvenir, Meng Cutlery, Franz Carl Weber, and Teddy’s Souvenir-Shop.  Stay connected with 20% off Travel’s Wifi. Make a splash with 15% off Alpamare. Admire views with free admission to the Zurich Airport Observation Deck B. Get back to nature with free admission to the Zurich Wilderness Park Sihlwald and the Zurich Wilderness Park Langenberg. Keep your buget with 20% off the Bruno Weber Park and the Unwelt Arena Schweiz, and 10% off the Zurich Zoo. Feast your eyes with 10% off Arthouse Cinemas Zurich, Kino Houdini, the Zurich Opera House, Riffraff, and the Schauspielhaus Zurich, and up to 12% off at the Kulturhaus Kosmos. Listen in with 10% off at Moods and Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich. Dance your heart away with free admission to the Plaza Club and play some cards with free entry to Casino Zurich. Sip some drinks with 10% off the Cabaret Voltaire bar and a 2 for 1 beer or sparkling wine deal at the Plaza Bar. 

Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

6. Geneva City Pass: Discounts and Free Offers at 40 Sights

With the Geneva City Pass, you can explore city and countryside in all their splendor. Free entry, reduced rates, vouchers and many surprises await you with the Geneva Pass, which will help you to discover the city and its cultural and cosmopolitan riches, as well as its parks, mountains, and lakes. The Geneva City Pass offers many tours such as a guided walking tour of the Old Town, a classic city tour from the iconic Jet d'Eau water fountain to the International district of Geneva, or a guided tour in Carouge, a wealthy suburb of Geneva with a well established art scene. Don’t want to walk too much? Take a mini-train along the shores of Lake Geneva. From there you could also hop on a boat to see more of the beautiful Lake Geneva and the sights it has to offer as you cruise along the Rhône, or you could rent some water vehicles (sailing, pedal, or motorboats) yourself. It's all included in your pass! Not enough yet? Take the cable car up to mount Salève and look over Geneva from above. Speaking of mountains, a night skiing package with fondue afterwards is also included in your pass. Nothing caught your fancy yet? How about spending some time in one of Geneva’s numerous museums! Whether you're interested in science, modern art, ethnography, or the history of Switzerland, there is something to suit all tastes. Visit the Fondation Baur and Musée des Arts d’Extrême-Orient to see art from the Far East, or stop by Musée Ariana which has a one of a kind collection of glass and ceramic art pieces. This and much more awaits you with the Geneva City Pass!

Zurich: FIFA Museum Entry Ticket

7. Zurich: FIFA Museum Entry Ticket

Visit the must-see FIFA Museum in Zurich with this entry ticket. Immerse yourself in this museum created in honor of international football. Gain insight into football history, access all three floors, see over 1,000 exclusive exhibits and the famous FIFA World CupTM Trophy to top off your trip. Marvel at the museum displays exclusive memorabilia and apparel items, including the national soccer shirts of all the FIFA member associations.  Test out your footwork at the giant pinball machine, which invites visitors to playfully test their ball skills, guaranteeing plenty of fun for football or non-soccer fanatics. Football fan or not, no visit to Zurich is complete without a visit to the FIFA Museum. Besides learning the history behind FIFA and seeing the Football World Cup, you will also see the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup ball from the final in Vancouver.  Enjoy a visit to this interactive museum, which offers a great day out for all the family.

Bellinzona: 3-Castle Ticket including Villa dei Cedri

8. Bellinzona: 3-Castle Ticket including Villa dei Cedri

This Bellinzona pass is an entrance ticket to the three Castles of Bellinzona, which have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Following that, visit the Civic Museum Villa dei Cedri, which is open from Wednesday to Sunday. With a single ticket you can visit the three manors and the wall, the Museum of Castelgrande, the recently renovated Archaeological Museum of Montebello, the temporary exhibition at the Arsenal Hall of Castelgrande and the Villa dei Cedri. You are also free to decide in which order you are going to visit the attractions, with a suggested itinerary starting with a visit of Castelgrande and its temporary exhibition. From there, advance by foot to Montebello Hill to see the second castle. You then travel by bus to Sasso Corbaro Castle, which is the highest of the three. This location allows visitors to have amazing views over the city. Following the final castle, descend by bus for the last part of your tour to the Villa dei Cedri Art Museum.

Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

9. Lugano: 3-Hour Monte San Salvatore Tour with Funicular Ride

Your guided excursion begins on the lakeshore, where you can take a look at some cultural and artistic sites, such as the LAC Lugano Arte Cultura and the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church. Then, make your way toward the funicular. The Gulf of Lugano is special for having 2 mountains that demarcate its borders: Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore.  After reaching the top with the funicular, take in the breathtaking views. Enjoy some free time to explore and have a picnic before it’s time to ride the cable car back down, concluding the tour. During your time on the mountain, benefit from a discount at the panoramic restaurant and check out all of Monte San Salvatore's activities, sure to please gourmets, sports enthusiasts, and lovers of culture and nature. Head off on a variety of hiking trails, which provide the opportunity to discover truly unspoiled nature, or try your hand at climbing on the “Via Ferrata”. On Monte San Salvatore, there is even space for culture; the Museum San Salvatore is home to a precious collection of rare religious art. It also features an exhibition dedicated to rocks, minerals, and fossils, in addition to rooms that illustrate the history of the confraternity over centuries and the history of the lightning-research center, which sheds light on the historical significance of storms for the region.

Lausanne: The Olympic Museum Entry Ticket

10. Lausanne: The Olympic Museum Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to Switzerland’s The Olympic Museum in Lausanne and feed your passion for sports and the Olympic Games. Explore thousands of exhibits in the museum, then visit the Olympic Park or the TOM Café. Enrich your trip with a complimentary audio guide. On the day of your visit, step into the museum’s 3000 square meters of exhibition space, featuring over 1500 exhibits and 150 screens to create the ultimate visitor experience. From the permanent exhibition to the Olympic Park and the TOM Café, you’ll leave with memorable stories to tell. The Olympic Museum in Lausanne is the essential storyteller for the Olympic idea. The Museum is not about a collection, it is about the idea of Olympism. The museum’s vocation is to let people discover the Olympic Movement, help them witness its essential contribution to society, and to transmit the Olympic values beyond the celebration of the games and competitions. History, culture, design, technology, and sociology are some of the themes addressed beyond sport, in turn reflecting the richness and diversity of Olympism.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

We came here becoming my other half is a massive football fan. There’s timelines of the game and the changes to the rules; the men’s World Cup and the Women’s World Cup, with many of the trophies on display. Even as a non follower of football I enjoyed my time at the exhibit.

Fantastic experience! Learn about the history of the cacao bean and chocolate invention in a fun, hands on presentation. Try out different chocolate tastes and lots of flavored candies. Check out special chocolate bars and many tasty chocolate items in the shop.

Fantastic day out. Follow the journey of the cocoa beans and the history of chocolate & chocolate making. At the beginning there are free lockers for bags. To get to the exhibition the automatic entry barriers won’t open until your allotted time slot.

Great value tour with a bit of everything, live guide and great experiences. Thoroughly enjoyed the day, would recommend.

Informative, well-paced, enjoyable tour. Monique, our guide, was absolutely fantastic.