Zurich is the fifth largest city in Switzerland and has 828,000 inhabitants. Located on Lake Zurich and with a view of the Swiss Alps, the city offers a breathtaking panorama with lots of nature and modern flair.
Zurich is an important financial center on the European continent and the Wall Street of Switzerland. Despite the modernity, Zurich is known for its traditional festivals and historical buildings. The picturesque, dreamy old town with its small streets and cute shops, which is located on both sides of the Limmat River, takes you back to the early days of the city in the 17th century.
Zurich is one hour from Geneva and two hours from Bern by train. From Switzerland you can travel anywhere in Europe by train from Zurich. The city lies on the Limmat River. The Limmat is the longest river in Switzerland.
If you look, you will find - nothing is easier than that. Especially in a city as vivid as Zurich, where the neighborhood is so close together, the variety of entertainment, culture and leisure activities that you can experience all year round is astounding.
The long-standing trend towards expanding the range of cultural events seems to be being picked up by global competition. The city of Zurich offers, among other things, an extensive program of art exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater and film events as well as festivals.
But the city is more than these well-known buildings. In addition to the beauty of the old town, in which original Swiss charm is combined with modernity, there are also many other sights in Zurich.
Sights in Zurich:
The sublime church of the Grossmünster with its towers that rise up is the landmark of Zurich.
Everyone who moves into the city dreams of at least once climbing the stairs to the dome and getting a view of the city from above.
It is not to be confused with the city towers that have survived from the Stone Age.
The church stands on the spot where the city saints Felix and Regula were buried. It is a 14th century complex that has been designed over many times to this day. The church building is very impressive with its slender, majestic columns and the large, light complex. The Zurich Church Days take place there once a year.
- The Bahnhofstrasse is the oldest shopping street in Switzerland, an important place for locals as well as tourists. It frames the Bahnhofplatz, a historic site that represents Zurich's tourist hub. Around the Bahnhofstrasse you will find shops, restaurants, bars, places of entertainment and lots of Zurich specialties.
In the Bahnhofstrasse there is everything your heart desires: fashion, art and Zurich specialties attract locals as well as guests. It is the oldest shopping mile in Switzerland, an important place for locals and tourists alike. Around the Bahnhofstrasse you will find shops, restaurants, bars, places of entertainment and lots of Zurich specialties. It frames the Bahnhofplatz, a historic site that represents Zurich's tourist hub.
- Lake Zurich
There are times of the year when there is nothing better to do than stand on the shore of Lake Zurich. The sun is shining, the water is pounding and the air is filled with laughter and conversation. Lake Zurich seems like a place where you should stop and enjoy.
Anyone who thinks there is nothing better to do than stand on the shore of Lake Zurich is completely wrong. Because I think it's also nice to have a picnic in the sun or just jump in.
One appreciates the walk from Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse to the Lindenhof, which one enjoys anew every day. A coveted photo hot spot because from here you have a wonderful view over the city, it is a place of rest and breathing deeply. The Lindenhof gardens with their playgrounds and sunbathing areas, the Lindenhof shop with a wide range of spices, coffee, tea, cheese, wine, oils, beer and spirits, and the Lindenhof canteen with café and bistro invite you to linger.
The Polyterrasse is a meeting point between the research institutions and a real insider tip, because here you will find cafés, pubs, restaurants and the best view of Zurich's old town and Lake Zurich that there is. With the 'Polybähnli' you are in a few minutes from the old town up.
Coco's insider tip:
Near the main train station, there is a new upper floor with an open area above the PKZ Women in Zurich. You might think it's just a restaurant, but nothing is further from the truth. The Hiltl roof terrace offers healthy enjoyment all day long. The Hiltl Roof Terrace only opened in late 2015 and since then it has worked to establish itself as a new home for business meetings, family photos and breaks from the city centre.