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ZÜRICH | A SWISS CITY ESCAPE

ZÜRICH | A SWISS CITY ESCAPE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY JAINI SHAH OF JAINI’S DIARIES

PHOTOS BY HITESH AND DIVA SHAH

Culturally vibrant and attractively set at the meeting of river and lake, Zürich is Switzerland’s biggest city. Often the first port of entry into Switzerland, people don’t usually spend much time in Zurich itself and use it as a landing stop before heading to the Swiss Alps. But that’s changing now. Zurich, Switzerland’s largest and wealthiest metropolis, has emerged in the 21st Century as one of central Europe’s trendiest destinations.

 

WHERE TO STAY

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious or budget-conscious hotel, Zurich has got it all. With good public transport and good infrastructure for driving yourself, you can easily explore the city regardless of where you’re staying.

 

WHAT TO DO

Visit the Rhine Falls

Less than an hour driving from Zurich is Neuhausen, a little town where Rhine Falls, Europe’s largest waterfall, lies. Behind the 150-meter-wide and 23-meter-high falls is the Schlöss Laufen, a cliff-top castle that now serves with as a tourist attraction with a bridge and panoramic lift over the falls, an elegant restaurant, and a visitor’s centre. The Rheinfall Railway Line passes through a tunnel under the castle and the hourly train stops at the Schlöss Laufen am Rheinfall station, which is linked to the castle by a walkway.

 Check out the Fraumünster Church

Renowned for its stunning stained-glass windows, the 13th-century Fraumünster church was designed by the Russian-Jewish master Marc Chagall (1887–1985). Appreciate the beauty of the stunning architecture including the series of five windows in the choir stalls in 1971 and the rose window in the southern transept in 1978.

 Visit the Kunsthaus

A must-visit for art lovers, Kunsthaus is Zürich’s impressive fine-arts gallery. Boasting a rich collection of largely European art from the Middle Ages, enjoy a mix of Old Masters to Alberto Giacometti stick figures, Monet and Van Gogh masterpieces, Rodin sculptures, and other 19th- and 20th Century art.

 Climb Uetliberg

At 2,850 feet above sea level, the small mountain, Uetliberg, towers over the rooftops of Zürich, offering an impressive panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Alps. in the summer, there’s plenty of hiking trails and in the winter, the hiking trails to the summit are converted into sledding runs.

 Check out Lake Zurich

In the past, Lake Zurich was a route for traffic and transport, but today it is a popular place for excursions. One of the best ways to explore the lake and its surrounding is on a boat trip, gently rocking to the water currents soaking in the peace and tranquillity. There’s a vast choice of watersport activities available, ranging from sailing, kayaking, and swimming to surfing and wakeboarding. During summer, the Lakeside Promenade is a popular hangout spot overlooking the lake to spend the evening or the weekend.

 Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse

You can find everything that your heart desires in Bahnhofstrasse: Zurich’s Fifth Avenue for shopping and restaurants.

 Pay a visit to Old Town (Altstadt)

See a little bit of Zurich’s rich past in Altstadt – or Old Town – which remains one of the most atmospheric parts of the city with its historical buildings and enchanting architecture. As soon as the sun sets, the old town turns into a bustling night-life scene with numerous bars and cosy restaurants.

 Indulge at Lindt & Sprüngli

Ever wanted to feel like Charlie in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory? Visit Lindt & Sprüngli. Unfortunately, Lindt’s chocolate factory doesn’t conduct tours but you can pop into the adjoining chocolate shop. For a small fee, enjoy the specialty chocolate experiences, where the chocolate connoisseurs: Lindt Maître Chocolatiers, show you how to make your own Lindt.

WHERE TO EAT

A foodie paradise, Zurich has become a cultural hub for food lovers. The City West, a former industrial area that’s now a trendy district is filled with the coolest food and art scenes in the city. For all potato lovers, make sure you get your hands on a Rösti, a better version of the hash-browns you know. And don’t forget to indulge in all the Swiss chocolate and ice-cream!

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