Switzerland is a type of locations individuals know from images or postcards, however have hardly ever had the prospect to go to.
With the attract of the Swiss Alps, cities like Lucerne and Zermatt, in addition to the chocolate and the cheese, there may be a lot to go to on this nation, it’s usually exhausting to decide on!
Irrespective of the place you resolve to spend your time in Switzerland, one place you’ll usually find yourself is Zurich. And though most individuals are in a rush to depart this bustling monetary metropolis, there may be truly lots to see and do. And sometimes you are able to do all of it in at some point. The town is so compact and straightforward to navigate on foot.
So, should you resolve to spend a day or two in Zurich…
Listed below are among the highlights you completely mustn’t miss in Zurich:
ETH & The Polybahn
The ETH shouldn’t be solely probably the greatest universities in Switzerland however additionally it is an incredible place to get an incredible view over the town of Zurich. So, I like to recommend you come right here right away to get a incredible overview of the town earlier than you begin exploring things additional.
The ETH is reached both by foot about 10-15 minutes uphill from the Central tram station, or through the well-known Polybahn cog railway from subsequent door to Starbucks. Meaning you can even cease off for a espresso earlier than you head up on the practice.
The cog railway is a part of the Zurich practice community, so should you purchase a day card for public transport, this can even be included.
When you arrive on the high, it’s only a brief stroll to the ETH Polyterrasse the place you possibly can see the entire of Zurich unfold out earlier than you. This implies additionally it is an incredible spot for sundown, and the good information is you possibly can seize a drink from the coed bar slightly below the terrace to make that susnet all the higher!
Niederdorfstrasse is the principle road working by means of the outdated city of Zurich and as luck would have it, it begins proper subsequent to the Polybahn practice station. As such, it’s a nice observe on out of your experience as much as the ETH.
The road winds its manner by means of the East aspect of the outdated city, connecting to a different road additional personal after the Grossmunster church. This truly takes you all the way in which to Bellevue and the Lake of Zurich, so it’d take you a number of hours to discover.
There are cozy aspect streets, small outlets, cafes and bars, in addition to an enormous vary of eating places alongside right here. One in every of which is fashionable with vacationers because it lets you have a Swiss cheese fondue whereas absorbing the environment of the road. Nice on a balmy summer time’s night time, and even on a cool winter night when cheese fondue is basically at its greatest!
No go to to the outdated city of Zurich is full with out popping in to the Grossmunster. Not solely is it the most iconic, and standout constructing alongside the river working by means of Zurich. However the stain glass home windows inside are stated to be among the greatest in Switzerland, if not Europe.
There’s additionally the chance to climb one of many towers and get yet one more beautiful view of Zurich, solely this time from a unique perspective. For those who missed the ETH and Polyterrace, then that is an absolute should! And at solely 5 Swiss francs, it is among the least expensive sights you can find in Switzerland!
When you attain the tip of the outdated city of Zurich, you arrive on the grandiose and scenic shores of Lake Zurich. Right here you’ve a number of choices, relying on the climate and period of time you’ve accessible.
You possibly can take a stroll alongside the shores in both course. Zurich has stored numerous the cityside lakeshore accessible to the general public. This consists of walkways, public parks and benches the place you possibly can take 15 minutes to absorb the lake views, which stretch all the way in which to the Alps within the distance.
There’s additionally the chance to go for a swim within the lake in summer time. You possibly can leap in from the park itself round Bade Enge, or you possibly can pay to enter the swimming baths themselves. In addition they grow to be a bar at night time, and generally have leisure.
On each side there are additionally paddle boats accessible for hire, so if swimming shouldn’t be your factor, or it’s not heat sufficient, you possibly can nonetheless benefit from the water immediately! And for the extra adventurous, there are additionally rise up paddle board leases at varied factors alongside the lake which is a as soon as in a lifetime experience.
Zurich is known for the boatloads of cash which might be stashed within the vaults of the various banks that decision this metropolis dwelling. And Bahnhofstrasse is the place all of the bankers who work there come to buy and hang around.
So, if you wish to get a sense of how it’s to be wealthy, and even a little bit well-known, that is the road to walk alongside. Beginning on the lake finish of the road, you’ll go the likes of Bulgari, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Cartier, Omega watches, and a complete lot extra.
As you attain the halfway level alongside the road, the worth of the products within the outlets begins to enter the “regular” realm. It’s right here that you could be wish to pop into among the extra run of the mill shops like H&M, Zara, WE and different manufacturers you may already be aware of.
One other beauty of Bahnhofstrasse is that one aspect of additionally it is the second half of the outdated city of Zurich. So, should you head off the principle road a little bit additionally, you will discover much more alleyways and hidden treasures to discover.
A few of my favourite spots embrace:
Lindenplatz which is a spot excessive above the Limmat River the place you possibly can come to calm down, or take probably the greatest images in Zurich. It features a view over the town and of the long-lasting Grossmunster you hopefully visited earlier!
St Peter’s Church is tucked away on this space, proper alongside the river, and has the biggest clockface in Europe. In case you are fortunate sufficient to listen to the bells ring, you will note how spectacular they’re too.
In fact you got here to Switzerland to pattern the chocolate, so let me provide you with a number of ideas and how one can discover the “good things” whereas exploring Zurich.
My absolute favourite is Laderach, and they’re very straightforward to search out as of late. They appear to have an increasing number of outlets round Zurich, so that you actually can’t miss them. From their major store on the Bahnhofstrasse, to their smaller store underneath the practice station.
Sprungli is one other absolute treasure and in addition scattered in varied corners of Zurich. One of many greatest outlets is on Paradeplatz, midway alongside Bahnhofstrasse, the place additionally they have a restaurant. They’re well-known for his or her goodies and muffins, however their most famous merchandise is the Luxemburgerli, which is definitely a macaroon. Seize a small field of blended Luxemburgerli, you received’t remorse it.
If you wish to pattern some extra area of interest chocolatiers as an alternative, then you definately even have a number of choices. There’s the Max Chocolatier close to the Frauenmuster church, the Confiserie Teuscher additionally close to the St Peter’s church and final however not least – Say Chocolate within the Europaallee, not removed from the Sihlpost close to the principle practice station.
It might appear to be Zurich is all about buying, consuming and stress-free, however there are literally an enormous vary of out of doors actions to do right here. The forest is just a stone’s throw away from the town, on virtually all sides, and there’s a lake proper in the course of the town. And on high of that, Switzerland is unquestionably not flat!
The house mountain of Zurich is the Uetliberg, which is a 15 minute practice experience from downtown. You possibly can experience the practice to the highest and go for a stroll alongside the ridge path, in addition to take within the beautiful lake views when you are there. Or, you possibly can hike all the way in which to the highest from Triemli tram cease, which is once more round 15-20 minutes from downtown.
The identical goes on the opposite aspect of the lake the place you’ve each the Zuriberg and Pfannensteil, nice locations to lose your self within the forest for hours. In fact, you possibly can by no means actually get misplaced in Switzerland as a result of the following city, street, practice or bus is often simply across the nook.
And for these desirous to get in a little bit snowboarding whereas on the town, that can also be very straightforward to do. The closest resorts are both Flumserberg and Hoch-Ybrig, each round 45 minutes practice experience from downtown. So, if you’re right here within the winter months of January or February, there may be certain to be some nice snowboarding available, even should you solely have a number of days in Zurich!
In fact, there are way more outside actions to get pleasure from should you enterprise even additional afield, however that’s for an additional time.