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.
From singing Christmas trees and swimming Santas to world-class shopping, Zurich might be one of Europe’s most unique places to celebrate the festive season, and there’s a host of fun events to keep visitors busy over yuletide.
With the riverside beach bars closing their doors and the days already getting shorter, it’s time to wave goodbye to summer, but there are plenty of good reasons why you should still visit Zurich in autumn. Cheaper accommodation and cooler weather make the low season the ideal time for sightseeing, but it’s also the city’s main season for cultural events.
As the weather heats up in the city, landlocked Zurich doesn’t let its lack of coastline hold it back – the city maintains 17 open-air swimming spots, known as ‘Badis’, dotted around the Limmat riverside and the banks of Lake Zurich. Taking advantage of the clean lake and river waters, the badis range from sectioned off swimming lanes to fully enclosed swimming pools perched on the banks of the river.