Zurich- My Hometown
Have you ever been to Switzerland before? It's a small but beautiful country full of diversity. Our culture has a long history. Switzerland, as it exists today was founded in 1848. You might think that Zurich is the capital city - wrong: It's Bern. I will post a blog about it later in time. I grew up in Zurich and I love to spend time here. Below I show you the highlights of the city. You can find places to eat, sleep and sightsee. The guide below shows you an example of what you could do in Zurich in one day.
Eat Raclette at the Raclette Factory
If you want to try typical Swiss Food then I suggest you try "Raclette". It's simply melted cheese poured over potatoes. There are traditional restaurants serving the dish. However, I recommend you visit the Raclette Factory which is much more contemporary and you don't smell like cheese after your dinner. You can choose from a variety of flavors. On the picture you see the melted chili and pepper cheese with typical mini corn and silver onions. Order a hot beverage like tea to your cheese as your stomach will handle the food better. I would plan to 1 to 2 hours for this visit.
Address: Rindermarkt 1, 8001 Zürich
Visit the Old Town of Zurich
The old town is the heart of the city and has super small alleys, it can sometimes be like a maze. I would consider 2 hours for this.
The buildings are super old but each house has its own charm. You can go shopping in very expensive stores but also unique ones that only exist in Zurich. If you want more popular stores you need to go to Bahnhofstrasse.
Address: see map below, the light grey area
This is also in the old city. It's where the river flows into the lake. You can walk along the river for hours. It's very peaceful and if you walk long enough it can bring you to a city called Baden.
Suggestion: drink a coffee at the Hotel Storchen, the peach colored building in the picture
Zurich has a very big lake which is crowded during summer and sunny days. However, this is definitely a must see. You can stroll around, eat ice cream, listen to street musician or sit by the lake and watch the scenery. You can consider around 2 hours for this highlight.
If you are interested in art I can recommend the "Kunsthaus Zürich". You can visit the website and check what exhibition they currently have.
One of the most beautiful buildings in Zurich is the Opera. It is situated close to the lake. If you have the change go see a concert or ballet. Unfortunately, the tickets have its price. Look how wonderful it looks from inside:
Getting Around in Zurich
You have several options to get around in Zurich. My absolut favorite way is to rent a bike for free and explore the city. The areas you might want to visit are mostly on flat roads. The city has a lot of bicycle paths. Otherwise you can take the Tram or Buses. You will find public transport everywhere and all seven minutes. You can validate a ticket at every station and pay by cash or card. If you are exploring Zurich for one day I recommend to buy a day ticket. In the evening and if you are too lazy you can definitely use Uber, it's much cheaper than taxis and they are everywhere.
Where to Stay in Zurich
The Dolder Grand
Hotels are quite expensive in Zurich and I recommend you stay somewhere in the center, especially if you do not have a lot of time to visit. The good thing is that you have many options on Airbnb as a lot of people offer they apartments. I noticed that many people are on Couchsurfing therefore, I am sure you can find a cheap place to stay. You can always get great deals on Booking.com. Watch out for special deals on the weekend as the city is more expensive during the week due to business people.
A very good price-performance offers the CitizenM for around CHF150 per night for two people on a weekend. It is located very central and the rooms are modern and new. I had some friends sleeping there and they were happy.
A luxurious option is the Dolder Grand. It's a five star hotel which is known for its beautiful spa and a lot of celebrities go there. You can get a room for around CHF800 per night for two people. It's located on a hill around 15 minutes away from the city center. You have an amazing view.
Short Hike in Zurich
If you have more than one day in Zurich you can hike up the Uetliberg mountain from where you will have stunning views over Zurich. The way up will take around 1 hour and is only uphill through forest. However, on top there is an amazing restaurant where you can eat and drink.
The most common starting point is from the final station of Tram #13: Albisgütli. From there you start your ascent and if you want on the way down you can end there again.