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7 Must-See Things in Zurich

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7 Must-See Things in Zurich

Zurich is the city where you’ll likely land when coming to Switzerland from across the pond. It’s the country’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city, with rich cultural, culinary and entertainment offer. It’s definitely worth to make a longer stop here and get lost in Zurich’s beautiful streets. 

Here is our suggestion for 7 Must-See Things in Zurich.

must-see things in zurich

Zurich, the biggest metropolis in Switzerland, is unequivocally considered to be the center of business, trade, and technology. Beautifully located at the shore of Lake of Zurich, the city boasts a vibrant cultural, culinary, and outdoor offer.

This urban center of Switzerland is not to be missed if you’re looking for a blend of highlife, rich heritage, and great outdoor possibilities

If you’re planning a visit, here are our favorite 7 must-see things in Zurich that will make your trip truly remarkable. 

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1. Take a Stroll Through the City

Delve into Zurich’s history by wandering through the enchanting alleys of the Old Town. For a more immersive experience, join a walking tour with a local guide and learn more about the history of the sites you’re looking at.

Admire the striking architecture of Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches, and ascend Lindenhof Hill for panoramic views of the city’s skyline against the backdrop of the Alps.

Don’t miss visiting Cabaret Voltaire, a cafe and live theater opened in 1916, a cradle of Dadaism in Switzerland.

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2. Enjoy a Relaxing Lake Zurich Experience

Embrace the tranquility of Lake Zurich. Take leisurely strolls along its promenades or embark on a delightful boat cruise. The eastern promenade, starting around Zurich Opera Hall, showcases beautiful turn-of-the-century villas and streets lined with plane trees.

The western promenade leads to a few marinas and quaint docking areas. Dive into the refreshing waters for a swim, try paddleboarding, or simply unwind on its shores, soaking in the serene beauty of the lake.

3. Explore the Cultural Gems

Zurich has a vibrant cultural offer, where everyone will find something for themselves.

In September, take part in the Zurich Film Festival, which offers premiere screenings of the new releases. Discover exquisite art collections in Kunsthaus Zurich, showcasing an impressive collection of Swiss art, and the Swiss National Museum, offering a journey through the country’s history.

Immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant theater and music scene by catching a performance at venues like the Zurich Opera House or Zurich Hallenstadion.

If you’re here during Christmas time, make sure to visit Zurich Christmas markets and Iluminarium, an impressive light show at the National Museum. They are definitely among our 7 must-see things in Zurich.

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4. Indulge in Culinary Delights

Zurich has one of the most interesting food scenes in the country. Treat your taste buds with Zurich’s culinary offerings, trying both Swiss and international cuisine.

Delight in traditional Zuricher specialties like Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, as well as typical Swiss fondue and raclette. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend trying Luxemburgeli, a special Swiss type of macarons.

Stroll around the city, popping by charming cafes and trying pastries and coffee the city is famous for. Embrace the city’s cosmopolitan nature by exploring international cuisines that add a global flair to Zurich’s dining scene, for instance, in the famous Zurich West district.

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5. Visit Uetliberg Mountain Or Go On a Day Hike

One of our top 7 must-see things in Zurich is escaping into nature. Uetliberg mountain is reachable on foot and by tram, this mountain is a great vantage point for everyone seeking urban panoramas of Zurich and beyond. Hike through scenic trails and catch breathtaking vistas of Zurich and Lake Zurich. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a casual nature enthusiast, Uetliberg’s panoramic views make it an ideal spot to connect with the outdoors. If you’d like to learn more about the region and hike in a company of an experienced local guide, book ECHO Rails half-day Zurich ridge hike experience.
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6. Shop At Bahnhofstrasse

Indulge in a shopping spree along Bahnhofstrasse, where luxury boutiques and exclusive stores beckon. 

Whether you’re looking for an expensive Swiss watch or sustainable handmade crafted goods, you’re in a good spot. Bahnhofstrasse is also a great place to simply stroll around, have an ice cream and admire impressive urban architecture of the biggest city in Switzerland. 

Zurich’s urban scene is rich and vibrant and waiting to be explored. Stroll around Niederdorf and Langstrasse, home to eclectic boutiques, local crafts, and a lively nightlife scene that captivates visitors.

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7. Discover Zurich's Botanical Garden and Parks

After a whole day of urban exploration, it’s time to unwind amidst greenery. One of our 7 must-see things in Zurich is the city’s botanical garden and parks. They invite you to slow down and relax on one of their many benches and green, well-maintained lawns.

Lose yourself in the tranquility of the Botanischer Garten or find serenity in the Chinese Garden. Landiwiese offers a sense of a green oasis in the calming presence of water directly at the lakeshore. These oases within the city offer a peaceful escape and a chance to reconnect with nature.

7 Must-See Things In Zurich

Zurich invites you on a journey that seamlessly blends historical charm, cultural richness, natural beauty, culinary delights, and vibrant urban experiences.

Stroll around its vibrant streets inviting to be explored and make the best of the shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings. Join us for a day hike in Uetliberg and learn more about the city’s history and urban character. 

Check the details of our guided Zurich hike below. 

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