Zurich is a city break destination for all the family, in all seasons. Whether you want to soak up the sun while exploring nature or warm up with cheese fondue and hot chocolate during the Christmas market season, there’s plenty to explore whenever you decide to visit.
Words by Lauren John | Extract taken from September's 2022 Il-Bizzilla Magazine | Read more here
For The Best Views
If you are looking for picture perfect views, Zurich can deliver, from a snapshot of architectural styles and a striking sunset, to a capture of lakes and distant mountains. Our favourite suggestions include the Lindenhofplatz, an elevated park in old town of Zurich. Enjoy the tree-covered surroundings and site of a 4th century Roman fort, before taking in views of City Hall, the Limmat River, and wider old town area.
Ideally located near the main Zurich train station, the Adliswil to Felsenegg cable car is another beautiful way of getting back to nature and enjoying the sights. The cable car sweeps you to 800m above sea level, where you can take in local cuisine at the restaurant, and take on hiking trails with three different difficulty levels.
From up high to on the water, why not take a boat cruise? With boat cruises running to and on Lake Zurich, and boat docks at various points along the lake, there’s plenty to see from the water. Example trips include a 50 or 60-minute round-trip tour from Zurich Landesmuseum dock, cruising alongside the old town district, or a one-way cruise from Bürkliplatz in Zurich to Rapperswil, with a train journey back to the city.
For Sweet and Savoury Treats
Local delicacies are a big part of any city break experience, and you won’t be disappointed on a trip to Zurich. The city is packed with dining options to suit all needs, from a quick snack to a relaxing evening meal.
Our savoury favourites include Rosti, Swiss-style potato pancakes served at street food outlets and restaurants such as Hiltl, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. If you’re a meat eater then search out a traditional restaurant with Geschnetzeltes, a tasty veal dish with white wine and cream sauce. Also look out for the Rhystorante Food Truck, rated for their Ox Beef Burgers, handmade potato chips with spiced flavourings, and vegetarian options.
Swiss cheese is world famous, and in the colder month’s fondue is on many menus. Dip bread or potatoes in tasty Gruyère or Fribourg Vacherin, and enjoy it the classic way with a trip to a historic Zunfthaus (Guildhall) with restaurant.
No trip to Zurich would be complete without sampling some chocolate, so be sure to pick up some sweet treats for dessert. Master Chocolatiers include Confiserie Sprungli, known for their Grand Cru Chocolate, pralines and truffles, and Confiserie Teuscher who offer over 100 types of pralines, champagne truffles, and seasonal cakes and biscuits.
For All The Family
Take your children with you on a trip to Zurich, and you’ll find plenty of memorable experiences, whether you want to soak up some culture, visit child-friendly nature and animal attractions, or enjoy a local event. There’s even a dedicated website called Kinderregion for tips and activity listings covering Zurich and the surrounding areas.
All the family will be fascinated by the 4000 species that call Zurich Zoo home, or you could be lucky and see Alpine ibex, European Moose, Eurasian Wolf or Roe Deer at the Langenberg Wildlife Park. Travel between September and March and there’s the unique chance to take a 1-2 hour reindeer trek at the Reindeer Farm in Dachsen, in Zurich’s wine country.
Guided tours, workshops, and activity books are available at many museums in Zurich. Discover the galaxy, stars and satellites with a children’s tour on the first Saturday of every month at the Urania-Sternwarte Observatory, or look at relics from distant cultures, before some have-a-go art at the Museum Rietburg.
Zurich comprises of 12 districts each with its own character and attractions, making up the fashionable, multi-cultural and historic city that many know and love. Old Town is the most central district, and where you’ll find the famous opera house and equally well-known shopping mile of Bahnhofstrasse.
There are three creative quarters, which range from Wiedikon with its cosy cafes and vintage stores, to the nightlife and restaurants you’ll find around Langstrasse. Zurich Nord is a lively centre for sports music events, and public art, while the area at the foot of Uetilberg Mountain offers up creative gastronomy for every appetite.
With the Zurich Card offering unlimited use of public transport, including tram and boat, and free or discounted access to bars and lounges, museums and attractions like the Mühlerama Industrial Mill and Baking School, you’ll never be short of things to do in this inspiring city.
Air Malta operates regular flights to Zurich. More information on www.airmalta.com
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