THINGS TO DO IN ZURICH – PLACES TO VISIT IN ZURICH

 

BEST THINGS TO DO IN ZURICH

PLACES TO VISIT IN ZURICH

 

Things to do in Zurich – Places to Visit in Zurich

 

Without question, Switzerland is one of my favorite countries ever. Although I fall in love with many of the places I visit, there’s one place I love a little bit more than the other places I have visited in Switzerland, and that is Zurich.

Zurich is the biggest city in Switzerland and a must-see place. If you plan a visit to Switzerland, you should definitely add a trip to Zurich to your itinerary, you will not regret it!

In the last eight or nine years, I have visited Zurich as many times and I cannot get enough of it. It is one of those places that makes you feel at home because it is so peaceful and pretty. Because it is small you won’t get lost, but it is not so small that you will feel bored.

There are a lot of cafes and restaurants as well as lots of opportunities for shopping, in addition to loads of greenery and nature to surround yourself with.

 

 

It is a city, small, but a city – and one of the best places to see in Switzerland (btw: here are more tips about the best things to do in Switzerland) and if you are asking yourselves questions like “What to do in Zurich?”, “Where to go in Zurich?” or just about the “Best things to do in Zurich” you will find all your answers in this post! Also, you will get some important Zurich travel information.

But before I talk about the best things to do in Zurich, I will provide you with some important travel information and so I have provided a Zurich pre-travel guide for you. If you do not need that information just keep scrolling down and you will find my top tips for things to see in Zurich.

Zurich is also very, very, very expensive. This is a fact that no one can ignore, however, I think it is still worth every penny

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VISIT ZURICH – IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR ZURICH

HOW TO GET AROUND

Zurich has amazing public transport – so I recommend getting around by tram/bus.

With the Zurich Card, you can use public transport and have free entry to almost all museums in Zurich which is great to explore much of the city. Public Transport is pretty good and you can rely on it.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH

As mentioned, Zurich is very expensive, and there are no real bargains.

If you need to budget, I recommend booking an Airbnb apartment

I recommend staying close to the city center but since the public transport is pretty good, you can also book a hotel a bit further away and you will still be mobile. Most often, I stayed at the house of my friend who lives in Zurich, but I also stayed at Renaissance Zürich Tower and Mövenpick Zurich Regensdorf which I can recommend, though they are not very central (but since public transporting is great, it is fine to stay there in Zurich).

Luxury Hotels in Zurich

Dolder Grand & Baur au Lac & Storchen Zurich are some of the best-rated luxury hotels close to the city centre.

Mid-Range Hotels in Zurich

Hotel Krone & Arlette am Hauptbahnhof & Hotel Opera are some of the best-rated mid-range hotels close to the city centre.

Budget Hotels in Zurich

Warning, there are not many budget hotels in Zurich, this one is a good-rated hostel in Zurich.

WHERE TO EAT

Zurich is a paradise for vegetarians and vegans. There are so many restaurants offering vegan food and even several complete vegan delis and restaurants – which are very well visited. Read the review of a great 4* hotel and about my vegetarian dining experiences at Mövenpick Hotel Zurich so when you visit Zurich as a vegan you will be pleased (and as a non-vegan you will also be pleased :).

There is so much to do and see but I will just focus on: what to visit in Zurich and what to do in Zurich.

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BEST THINGS TO DO IN ZURICH

SWIM IN THE LAKE

The lakes in Switzerland are pretty clean and it was in Switzerland where, for the first time as an adult, I voluntarily hopped into lake water.

top things to do in Zurich

I must admit, though I still sometimes feel weird swimming in lake water, to me Lake Zurich is one of the places where I feel OK with it. The water is pretty clear and if you head from the town center to Lake Zurich, if you turn right then you will find a lot of greenery and places to rest before hopping into the water.

One of the best places to swim is close to the Rentenanstalt. If you walk down the Bahnhofsstraße towards Lake Zurich, turn right at Bürkliplatz and walk a few hundred meters (there is also a tram stop) you get to enjoy a wonderful day at the lake.

DO A BOAT TOUR

Of course, I have to mention doing a boat tour on Lake Zurich.

Here you have a few options, you can either do a short, medium or long cruise on Lake Zurich. The short cruise is free with the Zurich Card at a charge of five euros and with the Swiss Travel Pass, you can do all of these tours for free (plus a surcharge of five euros).

There are several stops where you can get off to have a break, just make sure not to miss the last boat back to Zurich Bürkliplatz!

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TOP PLACES TO SEE IN ZURICH

OPERA DISTRICT

One area which has become one of my favourite places in Switzerland is the Opera House area.

It is located close to Lake Zurich and it has free Wi-Fi. Since you probably all need Wi-Fi once in a while I am happy to tell you there are some chairs where you can sit with a beautiful view of the Opera and Lake Zurich and at the same time have free Wi-Fi. If you need to get something to drink or a snack, there are also some little stores where you can buy something.

RENT A BIKE

One of the fun things to do in Zurich is to rent a bike and explore this beautiful town on two wheels.

Zurich what to see- see Zurich on two wheels and rent a bike

The best thing about it is…it does not cost a dime. Nothing! Not one cent, this news is awesome, right? I have to find a way how to make my dog stay in the basket so I can do some bike tours as well, but I am sure this is one of the cool things to do in Zurich.

UETLIBERG IN ZURICH

If you prefer hiking and great views, you will surely enjoy the Uetliberg (Uetli Mountain) as much as I do – there is a reason why this one of Zurich´s best attractions.

Uetliberg in Zurich @shutterstock Zurich attractions

It is the “house” mountain in Zurich, which offers the best views and if you are not into hiking you can also just take the tram up there. The views from up there are great and it is one of the best places to visit in Zurich.

MORE THINGS TO SEE IN ZURICH

VISIT LINDENHOF

Lindenhof offers a great view of Zurich and is found in the old town of Zurich on Lindenhof Hill – which allows you to soak in the view of the Limmatplatz or just to relax and chill. You cannot do any Zurich sightseeing without getting up here!

VISIT THE OLD TOWN

I love Zurich´s beautiful old city.

Zürich @shutterstock Where to go in Zurich

Switzerland’s Old Town is very cute and is located between Lake Zurich and the train station.

It has a lot of cobbled streets which I love to stroll around and there are many cafes and restaurants too which makes it a great place to aimlessly walk around and to have your lunch or dinner afterwards. Though it’s probably not the most beautiful old town in Switzerland it is still colorful with beautiful houses and is one of Zurich´s best places to visit.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN ZURICH

BAHNHOFSPLATZ – BAHNHOFSTRASSE

Forget Dubai or any other place. When it comes to luxury, Zurich is the place to visit!

Zurich points of interest - places to visit in Zurich - the Bahnhofsstrasse

Why?

Though the Bahnhofstrasse doesn’t look overly fancy, the main shopping street in Zurich, the Bahnhofstrasse is actually the most expensive shopping street in the world. Renting a shop there costs a fortune and though you will find some more affordable shops such as the main chains in the area you will also find a lot of luxury brands. It is an especially nice walk if you start at the train station and go towards Lake Zurich.

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RAPPERSWIL

If you are in Zurich you should definitely visit Rapperswil which is a very cute town on the shores of Lake Zurich.

Because it is at the far end of Lake Zurich, if you do a long boat cruise which takes four hours in total, then you can get out there and spend a couple of hours seeing this romantic medieval town.

Are you wondering about more places to see in Zurich? Well, why not visit the Chinese Garden?

CHINESE GARDEN

The Chinese Garden is another favorite place of mine although I have only visited it once. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to visit it since, but it is such a serene and tranquil place, well cared for and has lots of interesting architecture so I highly recommend it.

My Favorite Places in Zurich – Things to do in Zurich, visit Chinese Garden- Zurich what to do

VISIT AN OPEN-AIR CINEMA

Switzerland in summer means visiting open-air cinemas and it is no different in Zurich. If you are taking your holiday in Switzerland in the summer, one of the best things to do is to see a movie in the open air.

WHAT TO DO IN ZURICH

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VISIT CAFES

Personally, I think Zurich has some beautiful cafes.

Things to see in Zurich Switzerland - visit cafes

Actually, I think the cafes are one of the most beautiful in Switzerland, especially the ones around the lake. They are often very modern, pretty and colorful, though they can get quite busy after work people when just flock to the cafes. So, make sure to explore some cafes and why not try my favorite,  Quai 61?

END YOUR DAY AT LAKE ZURICH

Normally when I travel I tend to go home quite early, but my recommendation for Zurich and one of the best things to do in Zurich, is to end your day at Lake Zurich on a sunny day.

There is always a lot going on with musicians playing beautiful music and lots of young people walking around having a good time which creates a great atmosphere, so don’t forget to add this to your Zurich itinerary.

Cannot get enough of info about points of interest in Zurich? Then here are some more answers to your question: What to see in Zurich?

USE A POLYBAHN

The Polybahn is a funicular railway and it is actually one of the very very first things that I did in Zurich and it is one of the things I recommend you do in Zurich.

My friend took me and it takes you up a small mountain, the university area, with a beautiful view of Lake Zurich and the Old Town of Switzerland. You should definitely visit here at least once!

As it just a short journey up and is located pretty much in the town center it is very convenient. Just remember that there is no Polybahn service on Sundays but you can still walk up if there is no service and hike down which is quite easy.

DO DAY TRIPS FROM ZURICH

Though Zurich is amazing and I could stay there forever and still find new little things to fall in love with, I actually recommend doing a couple of day trips from Zurich whether it’s a trip to Lucerne, to the Rhine Falls, or a trip to hike up Ebenalp Mountain (Appenzellerland).

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These were just a few of my recommendations for the top tourist attractions in Zurich. I hope you have a great time when you visit, just as I always do whenever I visit Zurich and let me know if I’ve missed out any of the great things to see!

I hope this post has helped you to find out about things to do in Zurich Switzerland – I would love to hear your feedback, so comment below!

 

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