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Avid Globetrotter: 24 Hours in Zurich

zurich quick facts

Zürich, the lifestyle capital on the water with a view of snow-covered Alps in the distance, is just waiting to be discovered.

In Standard German, the city name is written Zürich. In the local dialect of Swiss German, the name is pronounced without the final consonant, as Züri.

Zürich is situated at 1,339 ft above sea level on the northern end of Lake Zürich  about 19 miles north of the Alps, nestling between the wooded hills on the west and east side. The Old Town stretches on both sides of the Limmat, which flows from the lake, running northwards at first and then gradually turning into a curve to the west. The geographic (and historic) center of the city is the Lindenhof, a small natural hill on the west bank of the Limmat, about 2,300 ft north of where the river issues from Lake Zürich.

Where to Eat

  • Breakfast
    1. Differente Hotel Krone Unterstrass – Swiss, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
    2. tibits – European, Asian, International, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
    3. Kafi Dihei –  Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
  • Lunch
    1. Tamarind Hill Indian Restaurant –  Indian, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
    2. La Fonte – Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean
    3. Gustav Restaurant & Bar, Cafe & Confiserie –  Mediterranean, European, Central European
  • Dinner
    1. Didi’s Frieden – French, Swiss, European
    2. My Kitchen – Asian, Malaysian, Vegetarian Friendly
    3. Ristorante Da Angela – Italian, Mediterranean, European

Where to Shop

Zurich has the reputation of a shopping city, even if not quite that of London or Milano. Especially Bahnhofstrasse is well known around the globe as one of the most exclusive and expensive shopping streets in the world.

  • Chocolate & Sweets
    1. Honold La Confiserie – Since 1905 Honold Confiserie has been producing chocolate, cakes and pastries just next to Bahnhofstrasse. Their chocolate cake and the birchermüesli are also well-known.
    2. Läderach Chocolatier Suisse – The traditional Swiss chocolatier Läderach sells freshly produced chocolate, filled chocolates and pralines. You even get an insight into the craft of confectionery here, as some of the chocolate is actually produced on site – creating irresistible aromas!
    3. Max Chocolatier – Originating from Lucerne, Max Chocolatier sell their sweet 100% natural delicacies in Zurich too – in their shop next to St. Peter church. They sell chocolates and pralines of outstanding quality.
  • Watches & Jewelry
    1. CHRIST Watches & Jewelry – With more than 70 shops, CHRIST is the biggest jeweler in Switzerland. Find top watch brands like Rado, Tag Heuer, Certina, Frederique Constant and their very own CHRIST Swiss Made as well as many fashion jewels.
    2. Les Ambassadeurs – Find a large selection of Swiss watches and jewellery in the elegant Les Ambassadeurs store. Their sales staff provide expert advice in many languages.
    3. Partime – This Swiss designer watch simultaneously shows the time of day and how much of the day is left. The blue area within a circle represents the amount of time still remaining in the day, while a white area gradually eats into the blue.

Top 5 Tourist Spots

  1. Uetliberg Mountain – At 2850 feet above sea level, Uetliberg towers over the rooftops of Zürich.The mountain affords an impressive panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Alps.The Uetliberg is particularly popular in November, as its summit is often above the blanket of fog that can cover the city at this time of year.
  2. Museum of Art – an art museum in the Swiss city of Zürich. It houses one of the most important art collections in Switzerland, assembled over the years by the local art association called Zürcher Kunstgesellschaft.
  3. Lake Zurich – The bent, almost banana-shaped Lake Zurich is framed on the southern side by the Albis and Zimmerberg hills and on the north by the Pfannenstiel chain of hills.
  4. Old Town (Altstadt) – a cultural, social and historical melting pot. Zurich’s Medieval houses, contorted, narrow lanes and guild and town halls from the Renaissance period offer an attractive backdrop for world-class entertainment.
  5. Lindenhofplatz – a quiet park overlooking the city’s charming old town. The park draws local chess players to compete against one another amidst large, leafy trees. From your vantage point in the square, take in views of the old town and Limmat River, as well as historical buildings such as Grossmunster Church

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