Bringing the best of national and international Blues acts to Switzerland since 2003, the legendary Blues Festival Baden is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013. A week of music concerts, all-ages workshops, pub performances and jam sessions, the Blues Festival has become one of the most anticipated music events of the year, with festival organizers also dishing out the prestigious Swiss Blues Award to the most notable homegrown act and crowds of music lovers pouring in from nearby Zurich.
With an incredible variety of museums and galleries to choose from, making a list of Zurich’s best museums is no easy task, but whether you’re into art, history or something a little different, here’s our pick of the best.
1. Museum Reitberg
Specializing in world art and history, the Reitberg Museum offers an eclectic mix of works amassed by collector Baron von der Heydt who donated his personal collection to the city of Zurich back in 1952. The varied pieces make for a fascinating permanent exhibition, showcasing a vast assembly of Islamic art and crafts, Chinese ceramics, Buddhist art, Armenian carpets and elaborately patterned African masks.
Zurich might not be the cheapest city to indulge in gourmet cuisine, but the city’s vast range of restaurants make it a great place to tuck into some Swiss specialties. Here’s a few ideas for what to try.
1. Zurich Geschnetzeltes
Zurich’s most famous traditional dish, Zurich Geschnetzeltes is made from thin strips of veal, cooked up in a creamy mushroom and white wine sauce. Couple it with another Swiss special, Rosti – pan-fried grated potato cakes.
As the ski season slows down and the Swiss countryside returns to green, Zurich is an atmospheric place to visit. The warmer weather makes the perfect time for city sightseeing, with boat trips running along Lake Zurich, buskers lining the cobbled streets of the Niederdorf district and café seating spilling out onto the streets. Exploring the city’s natural attractions is a popular pastime in Spring – go bird watching in the Voliere park, home to over 150 species; cycle to the Wildnis Park Langenberg, home to an array of wildlife; or take a picnic to the blooming Botanical Gardens. As the temperature heats up, open-air swimming is also possible at a number of spots along the lake, as well as on the picturesque Werdinsel Island.
Famed as an international banking center and home to the ‘most expensive shopping street in Europe’, Zurich isn’t the place to bag a bargain, but there are still plenty of budget friendly things to do. Here are some ideas for stretching out your travel funds in one of Europe’s most expensive destinations.
The self-proclaimed shopping capital of Switzerland, Zurich’s vast range of shops and markets draw in crowds from all over Europe but to get the most out of your spending spree, here’s a quick guide to where to go and what to buy.
Bahnhofstrasse is the city’s premier shopping street, a mass of flagship designer stores, luxury clothing boutiques and world-class jewelers. Jelmoli, Globus and Manor are the three major department stores found here, alongside technology mavericks like Apple and some Switzerland’s very own Swatch watch store. Allegedly ‘the most expensive shopping street in the world’, Bahnhofstrasse isn’t the place to snag a bargain, but it’s an excellent choice if you want to purchase some quality Swiss products, including engraved Victorinox and Wenger Swiss Army knives, handmade clocks and Swiss watches.