09 September 2010



Zurich is the biggest town in Switzerland, and also its most populous. It is home to some nice churches, a lovely lake, and great shopping.

Tram in Zurich

View of Zurich from Zurich Lake
The city is home to many churches, including one with the biggest clock face diameter in the whole of Europe.

I recommend first-timers to start exploring from the Old Town , on both the banks of the river Limmat. Start by walking around the riverside, then on Bahnhofstrasse till it ends on Paradeplatz.

The Hauphbahnhof (Central Station) is right in the Old Town, which is close to Bahnhofstrasse which is a lovely shopping street. It leads onto Paradeplatz .

A great shopping centre is Jelmoli

Zurich's riverside

Another highlight is the riverside, closeby is Limmatquai which has some street food stalls.

Another highlight is the lake cruise where you just sit back and enjoy, and take in some good views (and some food).
A highlight for kids is the Zoo Zurich , slightly away but reachable by tram. It has animals in their (mostly natural habitats) with some indoor rooms like the tropics (humid!).

We stayed in a nice hotel called Hôtel du Theatre in the Old Town.

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Although the hotel looks slim, Hotel du Theatre has not-too-small rooms with a rare combination of price, location and size. I was with a family of 4 so a quadruple here turned out to be quite a deal.
The friendly receptionists will give you directions and maps. The elevator is not very big but good for a few people with a bit of luggage. The hotel is very close to the Hauphbahnhof and when going out, don't forget to pick up those numerous pamphlets about various attractions.

On my school trip we stayed in the Courtyard by Marriott Zurich-Nord . Not very convenient for tourist purposes by close enough to the airport. The hotel itself is very good and next to it is a park.

There is a lovely restaurant called Hiltl in the Old Town- buffet, much vegetarian, and the price is calculated by the weight. Take-away is cheaper (since packets are lighter than plates). An average meal should cost between CHF 20-25, free bread.

Maharani is an OK Indian restaurant in Zurich (north).

Although we were randomly approached by two guys while walking to the railway station in the wee hours, Zurich is generally a very safe city. Follow normal precautions what you will at home and you should be fine.

Itinerary: A day in Zurich
Enjoy a lake cruise in the morning, taking in the views. Check out the Old Town in the afternoon and evening, walking on Bahnhofstrasse to Paradeplatz and along the riverside. The churches may interest you as well.

Last visit- Aug 2010
No of visits- 2
First visit- Apr 2009

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