As parks, gardens and green-spaces go, Zurich’s iconic lake is easily one of the city’s most pleasant and easily accessible incarnations. Best explored during the warmer summer months, however casual or carefully organized, a tour of the lake is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, interact with locals or treat your special someone to a romantic excursion, picnic or tour.
Zurich’s largest park, Belvoir Park offers a bucolic expanse that is well-suited for a variety of recreational activities and pleasant strolling. It’s an ideal spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Another great choice for travelers seeking respite is Zurich’s botanical gardens (Botanischer Garten). There are plenty of benches and places to relax and unwind, and if you take the time to interest yourself in the wealth of information on the flora that is on display, you will learn a lot.
Located alongside the lake, Zurichhorn is justly famous for its Chinese Gardens, which draw more than 50,000 visitors annually. If you find yourself in the area during the springtime, you won’t want to miss the pink cheery trees as they come into full bloom.
Bruno Webers Weinrebenpark in central Zurich, features noteworthy sculptures and some stately, well-designed gardens.
If you’re looking for some ducks to feed while you take your repose, the smallish Irchelpark and it’s popular pond have got you covered. There is also a good cafe and a little museum. Admission is free and the facilities are open every single day of the week.