Zürich Travel Guide

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Zürich Things to Do

  • Lake Zürich

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Henry Moore's Sheep Piece by Lake Zurich is name for two connected huge bronze abstract sculptures. This sculpture was erected in 1976 and in that time Henry Moore has exhibition of his work at the lakeside promenade at Zürichhorn. Supposedly that attracted 74000 people as a public work of art. Henry Moor (1898-1986) was English artist and...

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  • Grossmünster Churche

    Like all Zurich's older churches, the Grossmuenster had its interior pretty much stripped bare of its Medieval decoration during Switzerland's Reformation (I cannot bring myself to approve of this, although I understand why the actions were taken). But you can still, if you look closely, see snippets of what the Grossmuenster looked like in its...

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  • Uetliberg

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    That is, assuming the weather is reasonable. If you only want the views...and they are superb....I think there would be little point in going up Zurich's very own little mountain on a less-than-clear day. But if you want to walk, it's excellent in any sort of weather (barring torrential rain, I suppose). There are lots of potential trails and...

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Zürich Restaurants

  • Local Bratworst.

    I was walking down the street in Bellevue Zurich iacross from the opera house when I saw this giant line in front of a place that solid bratwurst so I got in line it was worth the wait Good bratwurst. I noticed people picking up a Bun and small cup of mustard so I did the same. I noticed people were looking for any empty seat and joining. I love...

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  • Persian in Zurich

    this is a cute small (very small) little Persian/Iranian run by one Persian man he takes your order and than cooks your food. Realty enjoyed the personal family feeling like you had your personal cheif. Persian lamb shish kebab cooked on a bed of charcoal with green pepper chili pepper and whole tomato the lamb was first marinated in, oil, onion,...

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  • Shawarma Lenanse style - the real deal

    Lebanese restaurants with walk up Shawarma window. It serves the same good Middle eastern food with many different types of mezze cold and warm starters. Open 9 am until Midnight Shawarma is one of my all time comfort foods it is Arabic meat dish which I like as lamb but can be chicken, turkey, beef, veal, or even mixed meats it is layered on a...

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Zürich Nightlife

  • General nightlife

    We, a few VTers, recently visited the Plaz(d)a Bar on a weekday evening around 11 pm. When we were there it was very pleasant and roomy, but mind you, on weekends it's packed. Note the decorations (lamps, walls) while you are there. In the same building which used to be a couple of cinemas until not too long ago, there is now a club which features...

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  • Kaufleuten

    The Kaufleuten is probably the most famous club in Zurich and the place to meet some swiss celebrities. While some people love the unique atmosphere and enjoy the music, others think that the club is rather snobby and full of wannabes. If you dont like the club there are also a restaurant and a smaller lounge.

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  • Niederdorf

    Find in the heart of the old town in Zurich a place to relax and enjoy - " the Chateau Barrique ". Here you find a romantic winebar with modern Lifestyle. Sit together with friends and enjoy a good glass of wine. To our variety of winesfrom all over the world we serve some fine tapas! Casual...

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Zürich Transportation

  • Free bicycles from Züri rollt

    Photos:1. Girl on a free bike from Züri rollt2. My bicycle advertising a new website3. Free bikes at Bicycle Station North4. Sign at Bicycle Station NorthLike several other Swiss cities, Zürich has a great bicycle lending service. From several places in the city you can borrow a bicycle for the day at no cost. You just have to show your passport or...

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  • Rail car to Rauchen

    The rail car labeled Rauchen is not to a city named Rauchen. It is the smoking car. Big city trains are often segmented, forming groups of cars to the same destination. They are labeled, so make sure you get on a car that will get you to where you want to go.Rick

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  • Boat trip on the lake

    There are several different boat trips on offer on Lake Zurich and, if the weather is good, they do provide a very pleasant experience with some super views of the lake shore and the sitant mountain peaks.I used my 9 o'clock pass to take the boat to Rapperswil. I'm not sure whether the ticket covers all departure times for that trip; the leaflet I...

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Zürich Shopping

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  • Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland

    Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. In 2011, a study has named the Bahnhofstrasse the most expensive street for retail property in Europe, and the third most expensive worldwide.What I like at the Bahnofstrasse is the easy atmosphere, no rush at all, u can do ur...

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  • If you must buy water.....

    ......or want to picnic on Uetliberg (or in your hotel room), or want a hot meal without paying a hug amount for it...........and you are near Zurich's Hauptbahnhof...........go to the Coop.Whilst I'm told that it is not the cheapest of Swiss supermarkets, it is certainly worth a visit. Small bottles of water cost 0.6CHF, which is very reasonable...

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  • best shoes for your feet

    If you're looking for fashionable shoes, then don't read my review. If you care about your feet, want a personalized service, understand what size and shape of shoes are good for your feet, have a great pair of good-looking shoes for specific purpose(s), then go ahead and visit Friemel AG. Tram lines 2 and 3 stop right across this shop so it is...

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Zürich Local Customs

  • Banking secrecy aka confidentiality,...

    All the big Swiss banks are based in Zürich, and they all make huge profits thanks to their tradition of banking secrecy (Bankgeheimnis in German), which means that they never divulge the names of their account holders or any information about them.In particular, they never give any information to the tax authorities of the countries where their...

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  • A Wallace Fountain from Paris

    In the middle of Zürich there is a Wallace Fountain just like the ones in Paris, with explanatory plaques in several languages.The explanation in English reads:"Fountain from Paris, 1870, to initiate the 1982 World Convention of Water Experts in Zurich. The four nymphs personify simplicity, purity, sobriety and charity. They symbolize international...

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  • Luxemburgerli sweets

    Luxemburgerli are Zurich traditional cake-sweets consisting of cream, butter, milk etcsourced from the Zurich region. Luxemburgerli were developed more then 50 years ago by confiserie Sprüngli. Local people are very proud of local sweet products and especially Luxemburgerli. These small cakes have different taste - vanilla, chocolate, chmpagne,...

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Zürich Warnings and Dangers

  • A very expensive toilet.

    If you need to use the toilet when you are in Zurich's Hauptbahnhof (or Luzern's, come to that) be warned that the 'McClean' toilets on the lower floors are.........absolutely beautiful, pristine and truly sparklingly clean (with showers available as well as loos).And the toilets will cost you 2 Swiss francs to use! The pissoir is only 1.50 francs,...

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  • Red light cameras

    Be aware of the red light cameras in and around Zurich, which are are pretty good hidden.The ticket will be around 200Sfr.Just stop the car if the traffic lights go yellow.Some of them are even enforce speed limits.

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  • Speed cameras!!

    Be aware of the speed cameras in Zurich, which are pretty good hidden (see picture). The margin for speeding is just +3km/h!Watch your speed and don't overtake the locals (license number plate ZH). They know where the speed cameras are :-)Just to give you a roughly estimation of the ticket price:Within cities limits:1-5km/h to fast = 40Sfr6-10km/h...

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Zürich Tourist Traps

  • Beware of bottled water rip-off @...

    The 'Asia im Foodland' Take away just at the entrance of the Airport Shopping Foodland is selling 0.5l of still water (Arkina) for a whopping sFr. 4.80 (eur 3.20/ usd 4)!! Again just for over the counter sale, not sitting down or anything the like. If you want to have some water on the go please do get it elsewhere, this is even for swiss standard...

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  • Adler's Swiss Chuchli -- say nein danke...

    Adler's Swiss Chuchli is a large restaurant in the Niederdorf area (part of the old town, where many many many tourists stroll aimlessly at all hours of the day). They serve Swiss specialities, most particularly fondue. The food is not that good and the prices do not reflect the quality of the food or the service. Your life will not be ruined if...

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  • Kunsthaus, Monet exhibition

    The exhibition Monets’ Garden is on until 13 March 2005-02-28The exhibit is narrated in many different languages with a phone guide.We found the narration far too long for each picture. The room was packed & it made it difficult to view the paintings from a distance which needs to be done with impressionists paintings. There were lots of paintings...

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Zürich What to Pack

  • universal adapter for travellers from...

    If you are travelling from UK Ireland or US it is necessary to bring an adapter for your electric equipment. I was really lucky my B&B had a i-pod dock because I was not able to find an adapter and had forgotten mine at home.

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  • Free city map

    Don't forget to take a free city map of Zuerich at the Tourist Information Office.The map includes the locations of the most important sights and an overview of the public transportation network.Zurich's Tourist Information Office is located in the Main Train Station.Website: http://www.zuerich.com/

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  • In Your Pocket guide Zurich (IYP)

    On the 1st of October 2010 the no. 1 edition of the Zurich InYourPocket guide appeared and I just had to grab it on its first day out on my way to Germany. I'm a big fan of those city guides and know them from various destinations in Eastern Europe.Zurich IYP will appear 6x per year and has excellent information on various issues like arrival,...

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Zürich Off The Beaten Path

  • Uetliberg

    Uetliberg of course makes a wonderful defensive and watchtower position so it is hardly surprising that people have used it as such for millennia. Archaeological excavations have shown that it was an oppidum (fortified settlement) in the Bronze Age and it was almost certainly inhabited long before that. Late, six forts (or 'castles') were built...

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  • Daytrip to Solothurn

    Founded in roman times as Salodurum and independent city state from 1218 and after the alliance with Bern 1295 part of the Swiss Confederation. From 1530 to 1792 the French ambassador to Switzerland was in Solothurn. Most of todays town center was built in the 16. to 18. century.There is a excellent confiserie, Suteria, opposit the St. Ursen...

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  • Daytrip to St. Urban

    Founded in 1194 as a cistercian monastery and rebuilt in baroque style by Franz Beer in the early 18. century, baroque organ in 1721 by Joseph and Viktor Ferdinand Bossard, sold by the Kanton Luzern 1848 for paying liabilities, then a kantonal "lunatic asylum" (still there), today some cultural activities, organ and baroque concerts (some are...

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Zürich Sports & Outdoors

  • Monday Night Skate (Inline Skating in...

    The Monday night skate is a public inline skating event on the streets of Zurich, which is free of charge on every 2nd Monday, from Mai to September.If you like inline skating, then this might be something for you. You will skate with around 2000-6000 other people, on different public roads through Zurich. The police (on inline skates) will stop...

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  • ice skating for children (and parents)

    Okay, we went there with friends and their pre-school kids to the small, provisory ice skating ring by National Museum, in the courtyard that faces park. Looks like a spot local families love to go but it's 'little' crowded. Well, you see funny things and also falls, but there's always someone watching so you're generally safe and enjoy nice...

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  • Beaches

    When it gets hot in Zürich in summer (which is quite often I think) locals enjoy a lazy day at one of the many beaches along the lake shore or the river banks. Zürich must be the city with most beaches worldwide!I happened to walk by the Mythenquai beach and saw that entrance was free that Sunday - the watch shop Beyer had an anniversary and...

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  • Zürich views

    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...

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  • Outside Zürich

    Another idea to escape the hectic city - as beautiful as Zürich might be, it *is* very busy - is a day trip to the Alps. They're actually not *that* far away, you can see the Alps on a good day from Bürkliplatz. Sonja, Holger and I decided we wanted to go to the really *high* Alps, see some glaciers, cows, get the full experience. And ride some...

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  • Cows everywhere

    I was looking for cows for whose Zurich is (was?) famous for sometimes by the end of last century and it's not an easy thing to find - and especially if you don't know where they are now, so I almost gave up trying; but then I saw one from the window of a building in a street towards Le Courbuiser Centre in a street called Hoeschasse when we walked...

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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Zurich

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Besides being a banking hub and the home of the WTO, Zurich also boasts Europe's biggest indoor Christmas market in its ShopVille-RailCity railway station. In addition to over 160 wooden chalets, there is an enormous Christmas tree, sparkling with over 5,000 Swarovski crystal ornaments.

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