This hill in the heart of Zurich’s old town, Lindenhof Hill is the city’s crowning jewel. The view from the top (once the site of Roman fortifications) is impossible to beat. A geological formation carved out during the last glacial period, the now largely flat summit of the hill is home to a beautiful public square situated roughly 100 feet above the Limmat River.
The dense vegetation and stone tables are among the features that make this a popular destination for residents and tourists seeking some urbane recreation. Historically, bowling and chess were favored recreations (and they’re still played enthusiastically by the Swiss). Today, these pursuits compete with some of the best shopping and restaurants in the city.