Switzerland is a stunning country, known for its landscapes and natural treasures – but while in Zurich, you also realise that it is one of the classiest cities of the world. Its fine dining, fine chocolates, luxurious cruises, classy people, high-end shopping and beautiful lakes stood out the most to me. So, holidays in Zurich are obviously not the most budget friendly ones, however it is worth every penny you spend. I only had a day to spend in this beaut city, but I did well for exploring what it has to offer, and here’s a quick look into it:
Shop at Bahnofstrasse
Bahnofstrasse is the main shopping street in Zurich located right infront of the main HB Train Station. The street is one of a kind because you will only see the world’s most high end brands, fine chocolates, watches, banks and cafes, which I believe is very representative of what the city stands for.
Coffee & chocolates at Sprungli
Sprungli is a café and chocolate confectioner. They have two branches on the Bahnofstrasse. Wait until you get to the end of the street for the branch where you can sit and enjoy their delicacies in the café. Here you can also buy chocolate in the ground floor or go upstairs to the seating area. Coffee’s presentation and taste is on point! Sit by the glass windows to appreciate the view of the street while you eat and drink.
Cruise from Burklinplatz to Zurichorn
If you walk to the end of Bahnofstrasse, it will take you to the Burklinplatz Port where all the cruises have their pick and drop points for Lake Zurich. The views of Lake Zurich and Albis & Zimmerberg Hills from here are breath taking. There is many different tours you can opt for on the cruises, the shortest one being 1.5 hours long and you would need to buy a separate ticket for that. However, I was not too fussed about a lengthy cruise ride, so I just took the 10 minutes cruise journey to Zurichon (first stop), whose fares were included in my return train ticket from the airport. It is a nice, short cruise ride with beautiful views of the city, hills and the lake. I found it amazing that there were people swimming in the lake in the same area as the cruises and boats. So, if you have the right weather and timing, swimming in the lake might be a good idea.
Walk from Zurichorn to Grossmunster
I always walk cities that I visit as it allows you to engage with the locals and experience the city to the fullest. From Zurichon Port, I walked all the way back to the city to Grossmunster Church. The walk is stunning as you get views of the lake, hills and water falls as you walk along the lake in the park.
View from the Grossmunster
Grossmunster is located fifteen minutes’ walk from the HB Train Station in the city. It is a beautiful church, which has a staircase (a rather small one) taking you to its top to witness some amazing views of the city, Limmat River, Lake Zurich and the hills. Its location is perfect as it gives you the bird’s eye view of the whole of Zurich.
Take Poly-Bahn Funicular to the University
Sadly, while I was in Zurich the funicular transport, which Switzerland is famous for, was undergoing repairs but they say if you take the funicular up to the university, the views are breath taking and the journey must be an experience in itself. I hope to experience it myself if and when I am back in the Switzerland.
Good to know
The dining in Zurich is made very easy with its many cafes and restaurants in all major areas across the city. You can find excellent food from all different cuisines of the world among these restaurants. However, these restaurants like other things in the city are not cheap.
Your return train ticket from airport to HB Train Station allows you access to most of the public transport in the city including trams, buses, funicular and the cruises (unless you take a route far out from the centre of the city). So, in many cases you might only need to get a return train ticket from the airport to get around the city, like I did.