We spent New Year count-down on a S-train but it doesn't matter, we didn't miss Zurich highlight of a night - the fireworks. If you want best views it is good to be early somewhere by the Zurich lake shores because it will be the crowdest spot of the city as the midnight approach, with countless people participating - in their best mood, with glasses of wine to toast, some will bring their own, other will buy it from the provisoric booze-stands. So, reasonably those who come earlier get the best views - but minds your camera on tripod, nevertheless.
Fondest memory: We had a thick fog that day but this has its atmosphere too when colored fireworks spread along the air - of the glamourous dimensions, accompanied by the blast of sound. The lights by a fog are simply different than lights on a normal night. The 'explosions in the sky' would begin 20 past midnight.
Many buildings, churches and bridges of Zurich are beautifully illuminated at night.
Among them are the main train station with the Alfred Escher monument, the Romanesque Grossmuenster Church, the Fraumuenster Church and St. Peter's Church.
Apart from that a night stroll along the river Limmat in the Old Town offers great views of the lit-up bridges.
Fluntern is one of Zurich's 34 districts. It used to be independent until 1893 and is situated at the southwestern side of the hill Zurichberg.
Due to its sunny location it is nowadays home to many villas and expensive apartments.
Among the sights are the old and the big church.
The old church (Alte Kirche) was built in 1763, whereas the big church (Grosse Kirche) dates back to 1920. It was designed by the famous Swiss architect Karl Moser.
The oldest building in the old centre of Fluntern was constructed before 1650. It used to be a public house.
The district of Fluntern can be reached by tram lines 5 and 6. Get off at the "Kirche Fluntern" stop.
Take a stroll along the River Limmat which flows through the Old Town of Zurich and divides the city in half.
The river Limmat rises at the northern end of the Lake Zurich. One of its tributaries is the Sihl which flows into the Limmat just north of the main train station.
One of the nicest parts for a stroll along the Limmat is the western bank between the bridges Rathausbrucke and Quaibrucke.
Great place to see Zurich from a height. The Jules Verne bar overlooks Zurich city and you can sit back and chill - take in the spectacular views as far as the alps in the distance - over a glass of wine or a beer.
To reach the bar, you'll have to ride an elevator to the 11th floor, after passing through the street-level restaurant (Brasserie Lipp) with which it's associated. Views from the windows encompass the center of Zurich and some of the surrounding scenery, and the decor includes nostalgic references to what the bar's namesake envisioned as the technology of the future. The place can get crowded with talkers and drinkers in their 30s and 40s as music plays in the background. You can expect conviviality but not necessarily intimacy here. It's a great happy hour spot. Open daily from 11:30am to midnight (until 1am Fri and Sat).
Address Uraniastrasse 9
Favorite thing: The River Limmat divides Zurich city before flowing into the Lake of Zurich. It is a very compact area for sightseeing. On the east in the Neiderdorf area is the Grossmunster, cobbled streets, cafes, restaurants, hotels and clubs. A very busy area in the evening. On the west is the Bahnhofstrasse with its elegant shops, St. Peters with its huge clock face and the Fraumunster.
Favorite thing: The Old Town, on the Limmat River, with its winding alleys, medieval houses, and a host of other old world charms, is an excellent starting point for exploring this historic city on foot.
Favorite thing: On nice days you have a great view to the Alps from Zurich. Go up to the University, to the mountain of Zurich or just place yourself near the lake and admire the beautiful mountains.
Favorite thing: If you take the train from the mainstation make sure to sit on the right side... because this is the view you will have out of train.
The "cradle" of Zurich remains of the Roman customs post, as well as a small late-Roman fort. Tombstone from Roman times at the ascent of Pfalzgasse. Wonderful view over the Old Town.