Be charmed by Zurich’s highlights in just one day
Zurich is the country’s largest city, but that doesn’t mean it’s too big to explore in a day. There are a few places you simply must see, and you can do this in just three hours. This gives you plenty of time for relaxing, sampling local tasty treats and just enjoying this beautiful city in between its attractions. So put on your walking shoes and grab your camera, it’s sightseeing time.
Niederdorf, Old Town
A visit to the Old Town is mandatory when in Zurich and a good place to start is Niederdorf. The whole area is a pedestrian zone, making it perfect for walking around, taking in the atmosphere. Watch the architecturally stunning buildings and interesting sights, enjoy some culinary delights or do some shopping. You could easily spend the whole day here, but remember that there’s much more to see. After dark, the Old Town has a vibrant nightlife scene, so you might want to come back in the evening for beer or cocktails and to watch the many street artists performing.
No visit to Zurich is complete without a visit to the Grossmünster Church. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula, as a monastery. Construction started at the Romanesque-style Protestant church around 1100 and it was not completed until 1220. The highlights include the amazing glass windows, the Romanesque crypt, beautiful choir windows and bronze doors.
If you’re looking to buy something particular you can be sure to find it here. Bahnhofstrasse provides everything from fashion and art, to Zurich specialties and is a popular haunt amongst locals as well as visitors. The world-renowned shopping boulevard is 1.4km long and connects Lake Zurich and the Main Railway Station. Enjoy some mulled wine in the winter, which you’ll find on every corner, or sip a refreshing lemonade in the summer. This place is worth visiting the whole year around.
Opera, Theatre and Concerts
Culture enthusiasts with more time to spare should pop by the Opera House, which is actually the smallest of all the large opera houses in the world, but still as impressive. Catch a classical production or take the kids to one of the children’s shows. Visit the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, for some magical orchestra music or the Schauspielhaus Zurich, which is the city’s grand theatre.
All these places are within walking distance from each other, so decide which ones you would most like to see and easily stroll between them. Keep your eyes open, you might just discover some hidden gems along your way. For a stopover in Zurich, stay at the conveniently located Park Inn by Radisson Zürich Airport Hotel, less than 20 minutes from the city centre.