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Kick off your first day in Zurich with a visit to the Old Town (Altstadt), a charming area full of narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and cultural landmarks. Start at the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world's most exclusive shopping streets, and make your way towards Grossmünster, an iconic twin-towered church with a rich history. Climb to the top of the Grossmünster for panoramic views of the city and the Alps. As you explore the Old Town, take some time to visit Fraumünster, known for its stunning stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall. Grab a coffee at one of the quaint cafes along the Limmat River, offering a picturesque setting.
For a taste of Swiss art and culture, head to the Kunsthaus Zurich, the city's premier art museum. Home to an impressive collection ranging from the Middle Ages to contemporary art, the Kunsthaus showcases works by Swiss and international artists. Afterward, stroll through the nearby Lake Zurich promenade, enjoying the serene views of the lake and the distant mountains. Consider a boat ride on Lake Zurich for a relaxing afternoon on the water. For lunch, explore the culinary delights of the Niederdorf district, where you can find a variety of restaurants serving Swiss and international cuisine.
As the sun sets, experience Zurich's vibrant nightlife in the trendy area of Langstrasse. This lively district is known for its eclectic mix of bars, clubs, and cultural venues. Explore the diverse nightlife scene, from traditional Swiss pubs to contemporary cocktail bars. For a more relaxed evening, head to Lindenhof, a peaceful park in the heart of the city offering a tranquil atmosphere and stunning views of Zurich. Enjoy dinner at one of the nearby restaurants, savoring Swiss specialties or international cuisine. Lindenhof provides a perfect setting to unwind and reflect on your first day in Zurich.
Start your second day in Zurich with a visit to the Swiss National Museum, located near the main train station. Housed in a fairytale-like castle, the museum showcases Switzerland's cultural history from prehistoric times to the present day. Explore the diverse exhibits, including artifacts, art, and historical objects that provide insight into the country's rich heritage. After immersing yourself in Swiss culture, take a leisurely stroll through the nearby Lindenhof district, known for its charming streets, boutiques, and cafes. Grab a coffee and pastry at a local café, enjoying the relaxed atmosphere.
For an afternoon of nature and tranquility, make your way to the Zurich Zoo, located in the Fluntern district. This well-regarded zoo is not only a home to a diverse range of animals but also offers a beautiful setting with views of the city and the lake. Explore themed areas like the Masoala Rainforest Hall or the Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park, where you can get up close to a variety of wildlife. After the zoo, take a stroll through the nearby Zurichberg area, enjoying the scenic landscapes and perhaps stopping at one of the local restaurants for a late lunch.
Conclude your day with a visit to the vibrant district of Zurich West. This former industrial area has been transformed into a hip and artistic neighborhood. Explore the industrial-chic atmosphere, filled with galleries, boutiques, and trendy restaurants. Visit the Freitag Tower, an architectural marvel made from shipping containers, for panoramic views of Zurich. Dive into the local food scene by choosing one of the innovative restaurants for dinner. Afterward, if you're in the mood for entertainment, Zurich West offers a variety of theaters, clubs, and live music venues to cap off your second day in this dynamic city.
This 5-star hotel is housed in 9 contiguous, meticulously restored old houses in Zurich's Old Town and is 650 feet from the Bahnhofstrasse shopping strip. The hotel is furnished with artwork by well-known painters. There is free WiFi and a gourmet restaurant that has won awards. In Hotel Widder, you can see artwork and furniture by artists like Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Adolf Loos, as well as paintings and sculptures by artists like Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and others. The expansive, lavishly appointed rooms of The Widder Hotel each feature a unique design. They are air-conditioned, come with free soft drinks, a cutting-edge B&O video and audio entertainment system, and a tasteful toilet.
From $538 per night
La Réserve Eden au Lac Zurich, built in 1909, has been hosting guests from all over the world for almost a century. It is situated next to a beautiful lake on Zurich's upscale Utoquai, about ten minutes on foot from Bahnhofstrasse. In the summer, the rooftop bar La Muna is open and has a 24-hour reception. The hotel is a historically significant structure with contemporary Philippe Starck architecture. The hotel offers uniquely designed rooms and suites that blend perfection, urbanity, and flair. The majority of rooms feature a balcony or patio with views of the city, the distant snow-capped Alps, and Lake Zurich. The restaurant Eden Kitchen & Bar features contemporary culinary concepts and an array of foreign wines. The Bar,
From $774 per night
FIVE The Zurich - Luxury City Resort in Zürich features a restaurant, free bikes, a seasonally open outdoor pool, and a fitness center. This hotel, which is charmingly located in the Wiedikon neighborhood, provides a bar, a nightclub, a number of dining options, an indoor pool, and a hammam. The lodging offers its visitors a front desk that is open around-the-clock, room service, and currency exchange. Air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes, and slippers are all included in the hotel rooms. All rooms come with a kettle, but some also have a fridge, a kitchen with a dishwasher, and an oven.
From $327 per night
The Dolder Grand, which enjoys a prime location in beautiful settings above Zurich and is close to the cog railway station, provides a 4,000 m2 spa, two award-winning restaurants, and free Wi-Fi. Bathrobes and slippers are provided in every room, along with a flat-screen satellite TV. Views of Zurich, Lake Zurich, the Alps, or the neighboring forest are available from them. A big pool with panoramic views, a ladies' and a men's spa, workout facilities, 18 treatment rooms, and 2 spa suites are all included in the upscale Dolder Grand Spa's 4,000 square meters of space. It offers a variety of body rituals, massages, and facials.
From $1,096 per night
The 5-star Baur au Lac offers exquisite and opulent rooms and suites with free minibar usage in a unique location in its own private park in the center of Zurich with views over Lake Zurich and the Alps. An award-winning restaurant, free WiFi, and a fitness center on the top floor are available to guests. The prestige of the Baur au Lac is a result of its two renowned restaurants, one of which has a patio in a picture-perfect garden and a warm bar. Gault Millau gave the Restaurant Pavillon 1 Michelin star and 18 points.
From $818 per night
At the start of Bahnhofstrasse, across from the main station, the Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich has soundproofed rooms with electrically adjustable beds and free high-speed WiFi. The French restaurant "La Soupière" at the Schweizerhof serves delectable seasonal fare and Swiss specialties cooked with farm-fresh ingredients. The Café Gourmet offers an array of delectable antipasti, salads, pastries, and caviar. The Schweizerhof Bar is renowned for its extensive whiskey selection and domestic and foreign beers.
From $460 per night
In Zürich, 150 feet from Bahnhofstrasse, the Hotel Seidenhof offers a bar, a garden, and city views. This property's amenities include a restaurant, a front desk open around-the-clock, room service, and free WiFi all around the place. There are family rooms in the hotel. Air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with a shower, bathrobes, and slippers are all standard amenities in the hotel rooms. Every room has a kettle, and some also include a kitchenette with a burner. Every room at the Hotel Seidenhof has a coffee maker.
From $333 per night
The Dufour, Suites & Rooms is a hotel in Zürich's City Center that has a restaurant, a fitness center, and a bar. It is positioned 1,300 feet from the Swiss National Museum. Concierge assistance and valet parking are provided by this five-star hotel. The hotel provides guests with a 24-hour front desk, room service, and currency exchange. The accommodations include desks, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, kettles, showers, and hairdryers. They also have air conditioning. Every room at the hotel has a closet and a private bathroom.
From $753 per night