5 good reasons to go to Zurich
To see / do
Culture and history
Zurich, past and present
There’s something captivating about Zurich. The historic city centre is full of architectural and artistic masterpieces. As you wander the brightly-coloured streets, you’ll see Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches. Fraumünster is famous for its stained-glass windows designed by Giacometti and Chagall. You should also explore the innovative architecture of new, trendy districts like Zurich West.
Ascend Mount Uetliberg
Uetliberg Mountain reaches a height of 900 m and overlooks the city. When you take the train to the top, you’ll have incredible views of the surrounding landscapes and all over the valley. Follow the hiking trails for stunning walks through the Swiss countryside, or in winter, have a go at sledging instead.
The amazing Rhine Falls
It takes less than an hour to drive from Zurich to the Rhine Falls. If you come to Switzerland, you have to visit this magical place. For something a bit different, take a boat trip and sail up close to Europe’s largest waterfalls. Don’t be scared of getting splashed! You’ll also get to see Wörth and Laufen Castles as both are close by.
The totally Dada café
The Cabaret Voltaire is a bit of an institution in Zurich. This is where the Dada artistic movement was started. The movement questioned societal conventions, ideological constraints, aesthetics and politics. Soak up the relaxed and uninhibited atmosphere, and release the Dada artist within you… or just have a coffee, watch the shows and visit the exhibitions.
Zurich’s outdoor bars
Travellers to Germany will have heard of outdoor biergarten. Well, Zurich has outdoor bars too! In summer, go for a drink at an outdoor bar or try something a bit different to eat. The dishes are often quite creative. And you can chill with friends by the River Limmat.
Traditional Zurich Veal
If you think Zurich has no culinary traditions then you’re wrong! The local speciality is definitely Züri Gschnätzlets, Zurich-style sliced veal. Züri Gschnätzlets is a creamy dish made with slices of veal, kidneys and onions. It’s usually served with potato rostis.
Switzerland might be famous for its chocolate, but a rival sweet treat has to be the luxemburgerli. These tasty little cakes are the pride of Zurich. They’re made from two mini macarons sandwiched together with a light and creamy mousse. Luxemburgerli come in lots of different flavours.
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