Zurich is a global financial powerhouse in northern Switzerland, located at the north end of Lake Zurich. Like most European cities Zurich has a long history dating back to medieval times. This history is showcased through the architecture of the central Altstadt (Old town). Switzerland has 3 official languages of bordering countries (German, Italian and French) only increasing the language barrier. Switzerland is quite an expensive country compared to most European nations and Zurich is no exception. Travelling to Switzerland from Poland may of been a mistake as the difference in the cost of living between those two country is so great.
What to do in Zurich
Whether you travel to Zurich in Summer or Winter you can’t leave without doing a tour of one of the many mountains that make up the Swiss Alps, especially in winter. The tour will last the whole day as it is roughly 2 hrs each way with stops but definitely worth it. I personally recommend Mt Titlis as it;s the one I did and couldn’t fault it however others such as Mt Pilatis are also incredible. During winter the Christmas markets in Zurich are a must, selling everything from Christmas jumpers to lollipops and not to mention hot chocolate.
Thermalbad & Spa Zurich is another amazing experience on offer in Zurich. Not only is there and indoor spa but there is also a roof top heated pool offering amazing views over Zurich. It also gives you an opportunity to relax and escape the cold especially in winter. Massages and complete day packages are available along with an Irish-Roman Spa Ritual offering something for everyone.
Zurich is home to the Fifa World Football Museum showcasing collections featuring over 1000 exhibits, books and texts and 1400 photos. The Museum is a great experience for any football fan. Other popular attractions include a cruise on lake Zurich or taste testing chocolate from one of the many stores scattered around Zurich.
The train and tram network around Zurich is quite good offering easy access to various locations around the city and it’s quite easy to understand despite the language barrier. Single tickets are available via ticket machines and make for a significantly cheaper option than Ubers. On average an Uber in Zurich will set you back roughly 20-45 AUD compared to 10 AUD of most single tickets.
Whilst in Zurich I stayed at ‘The Guests’ House Zurich’ and I would highly recommend it. It’s relatively cheap compared to most other accommodation you’ll find within Zurich and it is located within walking distance of a tram station offering easy access to the CBD of Zurich which is a lot cheaper than getting an Uber. Free parking is available and the rooms offer views of Uetliburg Mountain. This hotel is perfect for travellers looking for reasonably priced accommodation with the added convenience of public transport.
What to Eat?
You can’t go to Switzerland without trying some Swiss chocolate especially as it is everywhere. I highly recommend going to Confiserie Sprungli, they have a huge range of chocolate and macarons and so much more. It is a little expensive but it is worth it. The various Christmas markets around Zurich offer treats such as crepes, waffles and warm donuts and of course hot chocolate. Cheese fondue is something else to try in Zurich and there are quite a few restaurants that specialise in fondue so you’ll get an opportunity to not only try cheese fondue but indulge in chocolate fondue. Whilst in Zurich I pretty much survived of biscuits and chocolate during the day and Burger King for dinner in an effort to save some money which is so healthy I know.