Zurich, Switzerland

Best Season to Visit: Summer / Winter

Weather: I can personally only speak about a couple of days of winter weather. It was chilly yet sunny and actually touched 12C just before Christmas so we were quite happy. Slightly on the windy size, especially on the shores of Lake Zurich. July gets up to 24C as per Wikipedia which makes for a pleasant summer.

Reasons to visit:

  • (Window) Shopping : Bahnhofstrasse (literally: Railway Station Street) in Zurich is an extremely beautiful street to walk on and leads all the way up to Lake Zurich. It’s also a high end shopping haven with a sprinkling of chocolate shops to keep you energized.
  • Zurich Old Town : Along the Limmat river lies the old town of Zurich which is a beautiful place to walk through and has the 2 major churches, Grossmünster and Fraumünster. Apart from that, also has a number of excellent shops and cafes.

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    The spires of the Grossmunster cathedral

  • Chocolate : One of the biggest draws of visiting Switzerland is having some quality Swiss chocolate. Laederach is one of my personal favorites but there are many more chocolatiers to try from while in the city. For hot chocolate, my recommendation is visiting Cafe Peclard (featured in my small Zurich food and drink map).
  • Lake Zurich : It’s a large and beautiful lake and most definitely worth visiting. A boat ride on it during summer would be quite nice 🙂
  • Exploring Switzerland : As Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich is a fantastic entry point for a Swiss holiday. Zurich airport is well connected to major European and international cities and is also one of the largest Swiss national railways hubs.

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    Limmat river in Zurich old town

Getting Around:

  • ZVV is the main transport operator for Zurich. Like everything else Swiss, local transport is quite expensive. We found it a little difficult to obtain a day ticket, even after asking for assistance. Our day ticket costed 13.20 CHF ($13.80) and provided us with 24 hours of travel within the central zone and 1 neghbouring zone (Schlieren).
  • To get around the city centre, trams make the most convenient choice. Zurich city centre is pretty dense so most tourist spots are walkable as well although it’ll be a fair amount of walking. A central Zurich only day ticket costs 8.60 CHF and counts as 2 zones because of the dense network.
  • As city centre hotels and Airbnb flats were quite expensive, we had taken an Airbnb slightly off the city centre and travelled to and fro using the extremely fast and efficient S-Bahn (suburban train) system operated by SBB CFF FFS (Swiss National Rail). The day tickets are also valid on the S-Bahn.

Food and Drink

 

  • Chocolates : Confiserie Sprüngli and Laederach are both on Bahnhofstrasse and I am sure there are many more I don’t know about.
  • Fondue : Fribourger Fonduestübli is our recommendation. Reasonable prices. Book in advance though.
  • Raclette : Raclette Stube  is the sister restaurant of the Fondue place above so should be worth a try.
  • Kirsch : A cherry flavored drink available at most liquor shops.
  • Cigars

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