I usually enjoy visiting behind the scenes tours in factories, waterworks, water towers, industrial areas, airports, libraries, hotels, abandoned basements, caves or just closed old buildings etc. I have found that these places are mostly closed for public but sometimes they are accessible and it's a great experience if you can visit one.

We're going to Zürich for a few days in the next week and I'm looking for tours like these ones. Any tips?

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    How many are you? There are places with minimum numbers of participants for guided tours, such as the lake police.
    – Jonas
    Jan 25, 2015 at 16:39
  • @Jonas: Nine people
    – jgrg
    Jan 25, 2015 at 19:51
  • you might have gotten away with their (lake police) minimum requirement of 10 people, then, but they require you to be a resident of the province, unfortunately.
    – Jonas
    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:19

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In addition to the standard city tours (which are quite nice, btw.), there are quite a few places that are open to visitors, though most are by appointment only, and several require minimum group sizes. I've been to several of these (and some more that are only possible if you know people working there), and found all of them really nice. Note that in several places, the tour might be in German only, so you should inquire should that be an issue for you.


Bus tour of Zurich Airport (there are additional, more behind-the-scenes-y tours if you're willing to pay for them and sign up in time).

Tour of ETH Zurich (every Tuesday; free, but only in German).

By Appointment

Zurich's train station seems to be a bit difficult to visit, but you can get tours of the train station of Bern, which is only 1h away by train from Zurich.

Another visit that might be interesting for you is a tour of a historic factory near Zurich.

Prime Tower, Zurich's tallest building, but you have to apply two weeks in advance, and they'll charge you for 14 persons even if your group's smaller than that.

NZZ newspaper printing facility in Schlieren - no mention of minimum group sizes.

Hydro-electric power plant in Zuerich Hoengg, a recently modernized power plant inside the city (every Wednesday and Friday afternoon).

Places with requirements you don't meet (but may be interesting for others)

Letter-sorting facility Zuerich-Muelligen of the Swiss postal services require at least 10 people.

Zurich lake police require at least 10 people (some of?) whom must be residents of the canton of Zurich.


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