Between the glitzy department stores of Bahnhofstrasse, one of Europe’s most exclusive shopping streets, and the high-end designer boutiques of Storchengasse, you’re more likely to max out your credit card than bag a bargain in Zurich. Thankfully, the shopping mecca also has some great options for budget buyers and even designer-clad locals can be seen haggling over goods at Zurich’s flea markets.
With a massive 15,000-square-meter redesign set to expand the plaza to the front of the grand Zurich Opera House, the Sechseläutenplatz will soon be the largest square in Europe and a major focal point of central Zurich. The tree-lined square is planned to be one of Zurich’s most picturesque spots with monumental fountains, picnic benches and alfresco cafés transforming the space into a hub of activity.
A lively student town, known as the embroidery and lace capital of Europe and crammed with historic architecture, St Gallen has a number of claims to fame, including being renowned as one of Switzerland’s most picturesque towns. Less than an hour from the city and linked by regular trains, visiting St Gallen from Zurich is a popular choice and the town’s main attractions can easily be taken in on a day trip.
Switzerland’s largest metropolis and most fashion-forward city might not be one of Europe’s most affordable destinations, but there’s certainly no shortage of things to do. Whether you’re in town for several days or passing through on a tour of Switzerland’s top sights, these 40 Unforgettable Experiences to have in Zurich should keep you busy – see how many you can check off.
It might not soar to the dizzy heights of Jungfrau, but the 871-meter peak of Uetliberg still offers spectacular views and with a short train ride connecting the summit to central Zurich, it’s top of many traveler’s must-do lists. For adventurous types, the real challenge is hiking the Uetliberg from Zurich and the surrounding hills are laced with scenic hiking and cycling trails for all levels.
Whether you prefer quaffing champagne over the glittering Lake Zurich or dancing in to the early hours at the city’s mammoth street party, the ‘Silvester Zauber’, or ‘New Year’s Magic’, is the biggest of New Year’s Eve Events in Zurich.