Zurich is one of those cities that is nothing like what you expected and yet everything you expected. The expected is the gorgeous medieval buildings and cute shops. The unexpected is the bustling nightlife, street art scene, and modern food scene. I left Zurich totally impressed with its’ ability to respect its’ history while embracing the modern movements.
Top Things To See in Zurich
Explore Old Town Altstadt
Walk the cobbled streets and admire the 19th-century buildings. You are transported back to simpler times and its one of the prettiest areas in Zurich. There are a ton of cute shops and the medieval buildings are very instagrammable. Don’t forget to stop by Fraumünster Church in Old Town Zurich. Five stained glass windows bathe the church in a rainbow of light.
Okay well not exactly something to see, this is something you must do! Fondue was invented in Switzerland to combat the stale bread during cold winter months. It is now one of their most famous foods. So grab your fork and dip in.
Visit Zurich West
The hippest and coolest part of Zurich is the west. Once an industrial area, warehouse have been turned into museums, boutiques, clubs, and restaurants. Here the culinary scene is exploding and has a growing street art scene. If you wanna go out the best nightlife in town is in Zurich West.
Take a Boat Tour
One of my favorite ways to see a city is by the water. Hop on a boat tour and get great views from the Limmat River or head to Lake Zurich by the sea. From the Landesmuseum station, you can get on a 51 passenger boat that will take you on a one-hour tour of Zurich along Limmat River.
Hop on a Cable Car
One of the best views of Zurich is from up high above. For the best view head to Felsenegg Lookout. You must take the aerial cable car to get there and that in its’ self is a reason to go.
Visit Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich is picturesque and one of my personal favorite parts of Zurich. There are a ton of gardens and parks and cute cafes all along the lake. Grab some snacks and head down there for a picnic and to mingle with locals.
Shop at Bahnhofstrasse
Window-shop or splurge at one of the most beautiful shopping streets in the world. Lined with beautiful storefronts and insanely cute shops Bahnhofstrasse is a must when in Zurich.
Visit Kunsthaus Museum
Kunsthaus is one of the most important museums in Zurich and a must for a modern art lover. It has an impressive collection with pieces from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Matisse.
Old Botanical Garden
Old Botanical Garden is a picturesque spot to people watch or explore. There are a lot of cute nooks and crannies to explore and great backdrops for some selfies.
Zurich Opera House
Built in 1891the opera house is stunning. If you’re feeling extra special grab a ticket for an opera, play or ballet. Tickets range in price but start at as lows as $30.