On a recent trip abroad we had the opportunity to spend the day in Zurich, before boarding our flight back to the UK. I’m so glad we had this opportunity because Zurich is honestly one of the most beautiful cities we have ever visited. It is actually one of those places that makes you feel like you are walking around in a living fairytale. It is also a very small city which makes it perfect for a stopover. Here is our guide to spending one day in Zurich.
Enjoy the coffee culture
If you are in Zurich on a cold day there is nothing more satisfying then stepping into a warm coffee shop and sipping cappuccinos. It was even more satisfying for us because we were jetlagged and really needed a pick me up.
If you are looking for inspiration the Odeon is a great starting place. It was said to be frequented by some of history’s greatest intellectuals including Albert Einstein. Literary fans will also be interested to know that James Joyce was a regular too.
There is also Cafe Schober, which is a timeless coffee shop with a cosy, traditional interior. This is definitely somewhere you could spend the day people watching. It is also a nice place to sit and snuggle up as a couple, as it has an element of romance with a grand setting.
Indulge in some chocolate
It is Switzerland after all, so it would be rude not to. A great place to nibble is Sprungli, the famous Swiss confectioner. They certainly have some decadent sweets, and are known for their signature Macarons. It can get really busy here, so a reservation is recommended, especially on the weekend. We spent over 30 minutes waiting for a table. The good news is though we were given some Macarons whilst waiting, which helped pass the time, and got the appetite going.
Get spiritual at one of the churches
Zurich really does have some beautiful churches with those classic spires. The most prominent church in the centre of Zurich is the Grossmunster, or the Grand Church. Identifiable by its two twin towers, legend has it that this church was built on the graves of Zurich’s patron saints Felix and Regula. Apparently you can climb up one of the towers for a small fee and you will be rewarded with some incredible views of the city. Just be warned you have to climb 187 steps for this privilege.
Admire some lakeside views
Zurich is located on the aptly named and incredibly picturesque Lake Zurich. We definitely recommend taking a walk around the lake and admiring the scenery.
For fairytale views over Zurich visit Lindenhof. It is a park with some amazing views over the Old Town. This is one of the best places in Zurich to take photos. It is also lovely just sitting on a park bench as the autumn leaves fall and you gaze out at the spired buildings.
Play a life sized game of chess
In the Lindenhof sits a giant chessboard, perfect for playing some life sized chess on a crisp autumn morning. I just wish I actually knew how to play chess!
Splash some cash on Bahnhoffstrasse
It’s no secret that Zurich is expensive. But if you love designer stores then Bahnhoffstrasse is the place for you. Sadly for us it was the place to go window shopping, but still sometimes you have to pretend.
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