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10 Things to do in Zurich, Switzerland by Swiss Experts

Oct 14, 2020
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Very often travelers to Switzerland skip to explore Zurich and use it only to arrive or depart from the country. Unfortunately, these travelers have no idea of what they are missing, since they don't take the efforts to experience things to do in Zurich.

Zurich is far from the just the commercial and financial hub that it is made out to be. One can easily spend a few nights exploring the town and its surroundings and still be left wanting for more.

To help you make up your mind on spending time in this city, here are the Top 10 things that you can do on your next visit to Zurich.

1. Altstadt (The Old Town)

Spanning both banks of the Limmat is the medieval historic Old Town of Zurich. Hidden in the meandering cobblestone streets, you will find quaint one-of-a-kind stores, restaurants and family run businesses. Alongside this, are some of the jewels of the citys architectural and religious landmarks. The area houses 4 medieval churches including the famed Grossmunster and Fraumuster and Zurich's 17th century Town Hall.

Don't be deceived by all the culture and religion that you see around here. Come sundown, the Old Town is alive and throbbing with nightclubs. In fact, this part of town has the highest concentration of nightclubs where you can relax with your favourite tipple after a day in town.

2. Swiss National Museum

Swiss National Museum looks more like a fairy tale castle than a museum. It houses Switzerland's largest collection of historical and cultural artefacts which will give you an insight into the country's past.

Marvel at the different eras of history that are masterfully represented. From prehistoric pottery and tools, Medieval Gothic art and wood carvings from the Renaissance period there is an amazing number of captivating exhibits. You can rent an audio guide or even download one on the museums app. Usually, visiting museum is popular thing to do in Zurich in one day.

Moreover, Swiss Travel Pass holders enjoy free entrance at Swiss National Museum, Zurich - just one of the many benefits of Swiss Travel pass.

Remember to visit the souvenir shop to pick up a few exquisite handcrafted souvenirs made by Swiss artisans.

3. Zurich Zoo

Nothing fascinates kids more than a trip to the zoo. Visit the Zurich Zoo spread over 27 hectares and home to over 4000 animals representing over 300 species.

The enclosures are among the best that you can hope to find in any zoo. If you are an animal lover demanding that the animals and the attractions must adhere to the highest ethical standards, then this zoo sets the highest standards.

Make sure to spend some time at the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park, where you even have the chance to see the elephants taking a dip thanks to the underwater viewing areas. Walk through the African Savannah, Himalayan heights and South American grasslands, all perfectly created ecosystems to allow the animals to roam freely and fearlessly in the heart of Switzerland.

4. Uetliberg

Often called Zurich's own little mountain, Uetliberg panoramic point is a must-do thing to do in Zurich on any given day.

Standing 2850 feet above sea level, Uetliberg offers you stunning views of the surrounding lakes, Alps and the city and it is still very easily accessible from the city by train or tram. You can also decide to walk to the peak and back. It is a very gentle climb and will not require any hiking equipment or experience. There is a lookout tower and a restaurant at the top where you can have a nice meal.

Uetliberg is an unmissable attraction that every elated traveller makes it a part of its Switzerland itinerary.

5. A Cruise on the Limmat

Get a different perspective of the city from the water. Just walk to the pier in front of the Swiss National Museum and get into one of the boats that depart every half an hour. You get amazing views of Zurich's Old Town which spans both banks of the river. The cruise will pass by historic guild houses, the Town Hall and the imposing facades of the Grossmunster and the Fraumuster.

6. Walk the Bahnofstrasse

The Bahnofstrasse, Zurich's famous shopping street and one of the highest priced real estate in the world, is home to every luxury brand that you can imagine.

Whether you are interested in some retail therapy or just want to window shop, this is one street that you have explore. Other than the luxury brands, there are numerous high street brands, watch shops and restaurants. The street stretches from the main station to the lake and is just 1.4 kms. The street is like a year round attraction, but particularly delightful in December when the Christmas decorations are out.

7. FIFA Museum

Since its opening in 2016, the FIFA museum has quickly become one of the must-do attractions of Zurich. Its modern layout and numerous interactive attractions has made it a favourite for football enthusiasts and others alike. The museum displays the history of football and every one of its world cups since the very first one in 1930.

Entry to Fifa Museum, Zurich is free with free with Swiss Travel Pass.

8. Dolderbahn

Take a ride up in the single cabin rack railway that takes you up to the Dolder recreation area and the amazing Hotel Dolder Grand. The ride takes just under 6 minutes and once on top, gives a lovely view over the surroundings. There are hiking trails, a wave pool and mini golf courses at the top. It is also a winter attraction when it offers ice-skating and ice hockey.

9. Zurich's Munsters

No visit to Zurich is complete without visiting its famous churches.

The Grossmunster: The twin towers of this famous church are one of Zurichs most recognizable landmarks. The church which has been built, rebuilt and renovated several times has stained glass windows, a Romanesque crypt and bronze doors that are all worth seeing. You can even try climbing the 187 steps to the top of one of the towers for a bird's eye-view over the city.

The Fraumunster: Founded in the 9th century this church is particularly noteworthy for its 5 stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. The church is situated on the west bank of the Limmat and can be distinguished by its green steeple.

10. Zurich Street Parade

Young, restless, and in love with electronic music? Head to Zurich in August.

Every year, the Zurich parade is a crowd puller that takes place on the second Saturday in August. May reckon the lively Zurich parade as the world's largest electronic parties on the street! The parade draws almost million people who all find some party or the other in the street.

The Alpine country hosts many parades throughout the year in different regions. It is one of the most popular things to do in Switzerland, other than the regular attractions.

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