This small city of approximately 400,000 boasts a diversity of activities and experiences for the visitor ranging from leisurely strolls and shopping through the old city to it’s modern enclaves including art centers, food and museums (over 50 museums and galleries are in the city). Zürich-West used to be home to ship building and other factories; today it features a number of cultural and creative endeavors including architecture, unique shops and restaurants. Old Town features a number of cafe’s and restaurants including Hiltl, Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant (dates from 1898).
Visitor’s can get ‘high’ with a trip to nearby Uetliberg mountain which when clear affords one excellent views over the city and its adjacent lake – or simply take the elevator to the top of the tallest building in Zürich (the Prime Tower Building) for cocktails at the Clouds Bar located on the uppermost floor. In Old Town, a climb of one of the towers inside Grossmünster Church (a Romanesque cathedral with twin towers), is a must do activity for stellar views of Lake Zürich, the alps in the distance and Old Town spread along the shores of the Limmat River.
During summer Lake Zürich becomes a center of activity with locals and tourists alike enjoying its views from the city shoreline. And boats regularly depart the lake piers (Bürkliplatz) near Old Town for 1.5 hour cruises.
With an extensive an easy-to-use public transportation across the country, The Swiss Travel System offers passes for both bus, boat and train travel. Public transportation inside Zürich is also easy to use. Bicycles are also available for renting at select locations in the city for free.
Swiss Air (#FlySwiss) offers nonstop flights to and from it’s Zurich hub for a variety of destinations on five continents including Los Angeles (LAX).
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Our trip to Zürich was in part sponsored by Visit Zürich. All content and editorial opinions are my own.