Switzerland’s largest city may not have the glamour of Paris, nor the streetwise credibility of London, but Zurich has many other qualities to make anyone love it there. Unlike what many people think, it is not just about finance and fondue. Being in the city makes us feel the famous Swiss quality of life in a metropolis that has everything to not let anyone get bored. Though it has no super famous spot like Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower, the city itself is already a sideshow. We have those beautiful and bucolic landscapes with lots of parks and lakes living side by side with shopping streets, trendy restaurants, art galleries and other lively places.
OF COURSE! We are talking about Switzerland! It’s impossible not to think about chocolates! Besides the famous Lindt, Sprüngli chocolates should not be missed as well. It’s the most famous confectionery in Zurich and has quite sophisticated sweets in its store. Very traditional in the city, Srunüngli was responsible for discovering the Luxembegerli, a smaller version of the French macaron that is a trademark of Zurich confectionery. For hot chocolate, the best option is certainly Péclard at Café Schober in Niederdorf (Old Town). Close to Café Schober, Beschle also has the great chocolates, pralines and truffles.
2. It’s artsy
Zurich is a very artsy city. Birthplace of Dada movement, it assumed a major role in setting the global contemporary art scene. Today, it’s home to more than 50 museums and 100 art galleries. Three great options of museums in the city are the Kunsthaus, the Migros Museum of Comtemporary Art and the Beyer Watch Museum (Uhrenmuseum). The Kunsthaus is the most important art gallery in Switzerland and houses a collection of all the important periods of European art from the Middle Ages to the present.
Bahnhofstrasse is the most famous shopping street of the city. A part of it is exclusively for pedestrians and trams. You will find shops of familiar brands around and it’s as good as other better known shopping streets worldwide like the Fifth Avenue (New York), the Saint Honoré (Paris) or the Kings Road (in London). The more south you are on Bahnhofstrasse, the most exclusive shops are. The clothes and accessories are only one aspect of Bahnhofstrasse. Galleries, restaurants, luxurious cafes and bars flank the entire length of the street.
4. Lake Zurich
In the greatest Swiss style, the lakes are part of Zurich landscape. Walking around the city, you will find beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Zurich and many green areas. The water of this lake is extremely clean. In the summer, you can find people swimming around.
5. Public transportation
Public transport in the city is extremely efficient. Zurich is covered by trams, trains, buses and boats. The best option is using the trams inside the city once some areas of Bahnhofstrasse are exclusive for this kind of transportation and pedestrians.