As autumn creeps in and I find the time passing between now and my last European adventure seems to be growing increasing larger, and I keep dreaming back to the incredible two days I spent in Zurich during my last time on the continent. Between drinking through some of the city’s coolest bars and floating down Zurich’s main river, the 48 hours spent in the city gave me a taste of Switzerland that I cannot wait to return to.
(Window) shop on Bahnhofstrasse
One of the first stops on my tour given to me by a local was Bahnhofstrasse. If you enjoy luxury shopping, or even just luxury window shopping, this is a must visit. Not only is it one of the world’s most expensive streets but also is one of the city’s main destinations. Switzerland is known for it’s wealth and this area is its proof, with large amounts of the world’s currency being stored just beneath your feet…
Take in the views in Lindenhof Platz
Lindenhof, Zurich 8001, Switzerland
One of the most popular (but totally worth it) viewpoints in Zurich is Lindenhof Platz. The lookout boasts views of the Limmat river and architecture throughout the village. Unfortunately I went late in the day so the lighting is not ideal in my photographs, but it is the perfect spot to snap some gorgeous photos of the city.
Explore the winding streets
Take advantage of the winding alleys nearby and take a few moments to get lost on Zurich’s stunning streets. The architecture is uniquely Swiss and you never know what gems you may come across, such as the cute flower shop that fills the fountain outside with colorful flowers. Don’t worry about purchasing water while exploring as the city has cute fountains with drinkable water dotted throughout it.
Sip cocktails above the city at Clouds
Maagpl. 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
Where better to find one of the coolest views of the city than from the top of Zurich’s tallest building? The upscale restaurant/bar Clouds provides views of the city while you sip your cocktails. Go on a weekday to beat the crowd and score a table next to the windows.
Hang out at Frau Gerolds Garten
Geroldstrasse 23/23a, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
Made out of old cargo shipping containers, Frau Gerolds Garten
is easily one of Zurich’s most notable bars (and restaurants!) and perfect for a summer evening. Drink atop a couple stacked shipping containers and people watch below or sit at a picnic bench in the courtyard under the string lights. The coolest bar in the area for a casual night out.
Take pictures at Gerold Chuchi
Geroldstrasse 5, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
While I did not actually go inside this restaurant I did however wander into the alleyway attracting visitors. Above the whole alley outside of Gerold Chuchi there are umbrellas floating above, perfect for anyone looking for a unique Zurich photograph or for anyone trying to escape the rain.
Float the Limmat River
Now this may not be the easiest for every visitor to the city to experience, but my absolute favorite adventure of the trip was floating down the Limmat river running through Zurich. I stayed with a local through Couchsurfing who took his small yellow raft down the river where we spent a couple hours floating and drinking beers surrounded by many other locals. This is a popular activity in the summer months that allows you to pass through cities, parks, and even some nude beaches (you’ve been warned!). The float ends just outside of the city nearby a train station which allows you to get back into the main city easily, just make sure you can carry your raft!
Watch the sunset from a viewpoint
Waidbadstrasse 45, 8037 Zürich, Switzerland
Make sure to end your 48 hours in Zurich with a few beers or a bottle of wine high above the city. A little park situated next to Restaurant Die Waid looks out over the city for miles and is the perfect view to watch the sunset or fireworks if you’re lucky like I was to see a colorful display. There’s no better way to get perspective of a city than sitting above it.
Watch the whole experience in my Zurich vlog here!
Have you been to Zurich? What are your must-sees in the city?