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Zurich, Switzerland

Quick Overview

Who is this Trip For?

Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, is a treasure trove of history, art, and natural beauty waiting to be discovered! From the medieval charm of its Old Town to the serene waters of Lake Zurich, this City has a lot to offer!

Ideal for solo travelers, couples, or families embarking on a 3-5 day trip to explore the rich cultural heritage, culinary delights, and breathtaking landscapes.

Stroll through the enchanting streets of Old Town, admire panoramic views from atop Grossmünster Church, and indulge your sweet tooth at the famous Confiserie Sprüngli.

The best time to visit Zurich is between May and September, when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities, city strolls, and picturesque boat rides. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of Switzerland’s most enchanting city!

Suggested Activities

With landmarks like St. Peter’s Church that has Europes largest clock face, and charming half-timbered houses, the Old Town is a must-see on your visit to Zurich!

Climb up the church’s tower for a stunning 360-degree view of Zurich, and learn about this 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral’s interesting history!

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Take a relaxing boat ride, either during the day or at sunset, and pass little villages, historic castles, and the picturesque shoreline framed by the Alps.

Perfect for Art enthusiasts, discover an extensive collection of works from renowned artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Giacometti.

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Escape from the city and make the most of the surrounding Alps by hiking along well-marked trails through lush forests up to the Summit of Uetliberg Mountain, rewarding you with a vast panoramic view of Zurich, Zurich Lake, and the Alps.

In front of the Opernhaus is an impressive square, and next to it a wonderful lakefront promenade, perfect for relaxing or walking along. 

Enjoy the many street-performers and grab an ice-cream as you enjoy the atmosphere!

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Top Tips

Zurich a very walkable city, and has so many hidden gems that a very fun way to explore is to put aside your itinerary, and just walk around.

Set yourself a challenge to find 

  • A cool little Café
  • An interesting shop

 

Or to snap some cool photos in an obscure park!

This is the best way to experience the City beneath the surface of the main tourist attractions!

Aside from Swiss Chocolate or Cheese, try some of the other Swiss foods like Fondue and Raclette!

This is because they are the BEST WAY to Learn about and Explore a city!

Book one and ask your Guide all the Questions you may have, as well as seeing all the Hidden Gems that Zurich has to offer!

For Solo travellers, these offer a perfect opportunity to make friends!

Make it Unique

Aside from walking, cycling is the best way to explore MORE of the City while still experiencing the atmosphere, which you don’t get when you take a bus or tram.

Also, Zurich has many beautiful Lakeside paths to explore.

If you are a football fan, then this Museum offers a unique interactive experience.

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Every Saturday (March-November) you can browse unique antiques and collectibles at this Lakeside Square.

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How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Zurich internationally is by flying into Zurich Airport (ZRH), which has flights from major European & International cities

Other: You can take a Train or Bus or Drive from other parts of Switzerland or neighboring countries.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of Walking and Public transportation.

Buses, Trams, Trains, Ubers, Taxis, or Bike-Rentals are available.

How to get There?

Flying: The best way to get to Zurich internationally is by flying into Zurich Airport (ZRH), which has flights from major European & International cities

Other: You can take a Train or Bus or Drive from other parts of Switzerland or neighboring countries.

How to get Around?

Getting around the city is easy with a combination of Walking and Public transportation.

Buses, Trams, Trains, Ubers, Taxis, or Bike-Rentals are available.

Safety Concerns

Safety concerns for tourists in Zurich are minimal.

As with any tourist destination, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables safe.

Where to Stay?

Stay as close to the Old Town as you can to be within walking distance of most Attractions.

  • Hostels: There are a few great options for affordable hostels with shared or private rooms. Hostelworld is an excellent resource for finding and booking beds. This is the best value option and ideal for solo travelers. The most highly recommended hostel is the Zurich Youth Hostel.
  • There are many great Airbnb offerings, and this option may be the best value for families or groups.
  • Hotels are a good option for families, or people looking for maximum comfort.