With its cobblestone streets, medieval alleyways and historic buildings, Lindenhof is the ancient heart of Zurich’s Old Town, with a history dating right back to Roman times. Stretching along the west bank of the Limmat River and centered around the Lindenhof hill, it’s a fascinating neighborhood to explore and easily reached by crossing the footbridge from Zurich’s Rathaus on the Limmatquai.
Whether you want to join locals for an afternoon apero (aperitif), impress your date in chic surroundings or sample award-winning cocktails, here are five of Zurich’s coolest cocktail bars to kick-start your evening.
From swimming at Zurich’s badis to partying at a street festival, summer is an atmospheric time to be in the city, but there are also plenty of great reasons to explore further afield. Make the most of the sunshine and liven up your itinerary with one of these great summer day trips from Zurich.
Climbing up the forested slopes of the Adlisberg hill, a mere 10 minutes from the city center, and riding the Dolderbahn railway from Zurich makes a popular weekend escape for locals and an easy addition to any tour itinerary.
Around 50 kilometers north of the city and just 45 minutes by train, visiting Schaffhausen from Zurich makes a popular choice for a day trip. Small enough to get around on foot, the picturesque Old Town remains the heart of Schaffhausen, and the largely pedestrianized center is architecturally rich, showing off a medley of Gothic, Baroque and Rococo buildings — the remnants of the once-thriving merchant town. Stretching along the banks of the Rhine River, the town enchants with its rows of candy-colored guildhouses adorned with whimsical murals and ornate oriel windows, and a lively clutch of restaurants, cafés and shops lining the waterfront.