Zurich (the largest of the Swiss cities) sits on Lake Zurich, the main selling point of this destination for me. I explored with my good friend Zanna and we enjoyed a diverse weekend of lake jumping, mountain hiking, catherdral ascending and city mooching, all without venturing far from the city centre at all.
More about the water… It is incredible.
Lake Zurich is filled with the most gorgeous shade of turquoise fresh water which is clear enough to see through, swim through and runs through the whole city. Yup, you’ll witness people jumping in to cool off left, right and centre and we did exactly the same.
Zurich Airport (ZRH) is a big international airport with links all over the world! Once you’re at the airport, you can get the following transport to the city centre:
You can also get to Zurich by bus or train if you are travelling from a nearby city (in or out of Switzerland) or would prefer an eco-friendly alternative to flying!
Once you’re in the city centre, a lot of what you want to see can be done on foot. If you’d prefer not to walk, don’t panic – there’s a huge train, tram and bus network within the city! Check out more information here.
The rumours are true and I have to be (Swiss) Frank with you: Switzerland is expensive. Well Zurich, where I’ve spent the last 3 days, was.
I’ve heard many times before about countries being ‘expensive’, including Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Honestly though, they’ve never shocked me, I guess because I’m already used to London prices. Switzerland however IS expensive, so it’s important to note that when planning your trip and make sure you save the extra pennies.
Average meal price eating out: 17CHF (£16)
Average coffee: 4-7CHF (£3.50-6.50)
Saying that, Zurich is stunning and the prices wouldn’t put me off coming again.
I stayed at the gorgeous Marktgasse boutique hotel during my stay which was located in the heart of the Old Town. The Old Town is a gorgeous maze of cobbled streets, coloured shutter windows, shops and icecream stalls. It was a beautiful place to wake up and its central location never had us needing to walk long to reach any of our adventures. The breakfasts here and the marshmallow pillows and duvets were my highlights.
In the three days I spent in Zurich, of course I scanned the city for the best places to eat drink and play to bring you a well rounded choice of activities.
We went on a 7km route with City Runners who run free group runs 3 times a week!
Need a break? Grab coffee and cake at Cupcake Emporium. I can vouch for the iced matcha latte, passionfruit and chocolate cupcake and the peanut butter vegan one too. Yep I had both. Cupcake Emporium is located in the Old Town.
Take this opportunity to go for a swim in one of the city lidos. There are many to choose from including a female only and male only (old traditions that have remained) one, but many unisex too. We swam at Seebad Utoquai and paid the day rate of 8SF for a day entry (entry, showers, lockers and bathing space).
Choose from one of my favourite dinner options…
Hop on tram number 13 (yellow line) tram to the end of the line at Albisguetil and continue to walk up the hill until you get to the trees and you’ll see a map. This is where the hike starts. It’s a pretty intense walk and takes an hour to hike or 40 minutes if you deem yourself rather fit. At the top there’s a cafe and lots of places to sit and enjoy the view before heading back down.
Hungry? Grab an acai bowl at Roots and Friends.
Head for an urban dip in Lake Zurich at Flussbad Oberer Letten. You’ll see people jumping off the bridge and floating down the river on inflatables… join in! It’s safe to jump, the water is glorious and there’s a decent current which will weave you down the river. There’s space for you to pitch up with a towel and enjoy the afternoon right by the water. A popular choice amongst locals!
Need a pick me up? Head for the yummiest coffee of your entire life at Vicafe. If you normally take sugar like me, you just won’t need it! It’s creamy, it’s strong and you can enjoy it on the cobbled steps just outside the shop.
Depending whether you have an early flight or an evening flight…
Voila! That’s 3 days of pure adventure and fresh city living. I can assure you you will soon fall in love with this city, be it the extensive access to active living, the incredible vegetarian and vegan cuisine on offer or the crystal blue waters that you cannot miss jumping into.
I hope I’ve assisted you in planning your adventure! If you want to see my live updates from my trip, check out #MollieInSwitzerland on Instagram or head to @wheresmollie to see where I am now!
Where were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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