In some ways, Zurich is just what you’d expect – an appealing, industrious city with fine museums and a great riverside setting. But Switzerland’s biggest city is also a fresh, surprising place, brimming with energy and an infectious sense of fun. On Zurich holidays you can expect to find cool food halls, daring modern art and wild nightlife.
The Old Quarter, with its cobbled alleys, churches, twisting lanes and swish shopping streets is the place to experience classic Zurich. Here you’ll find the Fraumunster – an elegant 13th-century church – and cafés offering macaroons, fondue and frothy beers. Just east of here, the Kunsthaus has an impressive selection of fine art, with works by Monet, Van Gogh and Rodin. Zurich’s success was built on merchant guilds and banking, but many former industrial sites have now been taken over by bars, clubs and markets. In Zurich-West, you can enjoy street food and art installations by day, before settling down to cocktails amid fairy-lit shipping containers at night.
Outdoors, holidays to Zurich can include scenic river and lake cruises, and the nearest ski resorts are only an hour away. Uetliberg, the city’s own mountain, has trails for hiking and mountain biking, or sledging, and an observation tower at its summit – perfect for gazing back at a city that bubbles with life.
Visitors to what is arguably Switzerland’s best gallery can gaze on fabulous Gothic and Venetian paintings, Swiss works and modern art from around the world.
Zurich curls around the northern tip of Lake Zurich, and you can gaze on its calm and rather lovely waters from waterfront gardens or rooftop restaurants.
This former railway viaduct is a great place to see Zurich’s alternative side. It’s filled with boutiques, coffee shops and bars, with a market hall and restaurants.