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Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland (but not the capital, that’s Bern) and is a cosmopolitan metropolis. It’s a beautiful mix of modern and traditional blessed with spectacular natural beauty in the form of a river, a lake and lovely mountains! What more can you ask for from a city?!
Stroll by the lake front and watch the swans swim by. It’s an incredibly relaxing and peaceful thing to do, especially after a tiring a day in office!
How to Get to Zurich
By flight: Zurich has a large international airport, very well connected to most places in the world. The airport is just 10 minutes away from the city centre and is very well served by trains and buses.
The train station is located right at the airport and you can buy tickets from the multiple kiosks available at the station. You can pay either by card or by cash (including Euro). The trains from the airport bring you to the main train station (Zurich HB) which is located in the heart of the city. Cannot get more convenient than this!
By train: Zurich has a large train station very well connected to a lot of places in Europe, including direct trains to Paris, Milan etc.
Switzerland, including Zurich has excellent public transportation – extremely efficient and impeccably clean. You cannot walk for more than 10 minutes without encountering a train/ tram or bus stop. I absolutely recommend making use of the public transportation system and forget about taxis/Ubers.
Where to Eat in Zurich
Sprüngli // This is Zurich’s most famous café and a must visit. It’s known for it’s amazing bakery items – cakes, tarts, macarons, truffels – everything is to die for! This historic café is located on the famous Bahnofstrasse.
Tibbits // A vegetarian restaurant in the beautiful neighbourhood of Seefeld, located next to the Opera House very close to the city center. Serves very creative, very delicious food.
La Fonte // A great place for Italian food, this restaurant is located in Duebendorfstrasse. You’ll need to take a tram from the city centre to reach this restaurant.
Restaurant Weisses Rossli // Try some Swiss food at this beautiful restaurant. It is located in Enge and you can easily reach there on a tram from the city center
Differente Hotel Krone Unterstrass // This highly rated restaurant is known for using seasonal and local produce and has a wide array of Swiss specialties to offer. It is located very close to the city center and you can walk there in 10-15 minutes
Things to See in Zurich
Walk down the famous Bahnofstrasse // Zurich’s famous shopping boulevard is one of the most beautiful shopping streets in Europe. Lined with broad sidewalks, beautiful buildings and plentiful stores, café and restaurants, this street is a must visit while in Zurich. To get to the street simply walk out from the main railway station and you’ll be greeted by throngs of people headed to Bahnofstrasse.
Visit Lindenhof // This is a historical site located in the old town of Zurich atop a hill called the Lindenhof Hill. The spot provides spectacular views over the river and the old town and is the home of the first settlements in Zurich. To reach the hill, walk along the Bahnhofstrasse towards the old town.
Stroll in the Old town // Situated along the sides of the Limmat river, the old town is an awe inspiring place with its rich history and beautiful architecture. There are several walking tours that you can join to learn more. The old town is also the place to enjoy the night life of Zurich at one of the many bars and restaurants.
Visit Grossmünster // The Grossmünster is one of Zurich’s most beautiful landmarks. This cathedral built in the 13th century is known for its stunning architecture and towering twin spires. You can get the best views of the cathedral from the bridge atop Limmat leading to the cathedral.
Swim in the Limmat // Limmat is the beautiful river that flows through Zurich. Summers will find people thronging to the river for a refreshing dip or a swim.
Boat ride on the lake // Zurich lake is a beautiful, relaxing place with its gently rocking waves and peaceful atmosphere. You can either relax on the lake promenade or take a boat tour along the lake to discover more.
Things close early in the city and nearly everything (stores, restaurants) is closed on Sunday so do plan ahead and make restaurant reservations. Use the SBB app to easily navigate public transportation (and to buy tickets too!).
Also check out:
- Ljubljana, Slovenia After 5:00 pm
- Genova, Italy After 5:00 pm
- Reykjavik, Iceland After 5:00 pm
- Porto, Portugal After 5:00 pm
- Prague, Czech Republic After 5:00 pm
- London After 5:00 pm