ZURICH TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget + Itinerary) 2019

This is a comprehensive Zurich travel guide with Zurich itinerary, sample budget, things to do, and budget hotels.

Zurich would not have existed without Limmat River, which provided the means to use the land, the forest, marshes, and islands.  Situated near the Limmat River, Lindenhoff Hill was once embraced by water, making it a key location for fortified settlements as early as the Neolithic and Bronze Age.   It is said that during the Middle Ages, Lindenhoff Hill was inhabited by the Celts, as proven by some artefacts and ruins of an ancient Roman fort excavated by archaeologists.

Fast forward today, Zurich is one the world’s most liveable cities.  It is the largest city in Switzerland, a clean, well-organised financial center that is home to a large number of headquarters of major banks, and international companies.

While we were initially preparing our Europe itinerary, Zurich wasn’t part of it.  But we added it last minute since it’s accessible from France and Italy, countries that we planned on visiting.  Zurich may not be as popular to tourists as other European cities like Paris, Rome, or Venice, but it has interesting attractions up its sleeves that are worthy of your attention.

To help you plan your Zurich trip, here’s my Zurich travel guide with sample Zurich itineraries.

 


ZURICH SWITZERLAND PRE TRAVEL GUIDE


zurich itinerary

BEST TIME TO VISIT ZURICH:

  • June – August: The peak months to visit Zurich is  during summer – from June to August.  Expect the weather to be pleasant during summer, but everything is expensive (hotel, flights, etc.) and the city can be quite crowded as it the season when tourists flock Zurich.
  • September – November: This is the autumn season for Zurich and the shoulder season, meaning there’s lesser crowd.  The weather is starting to get cold during fall, so bring warm coats and jackets. This is a good season to visit not just because of the colorful trees but also because the hotels and flights aren’t as expensive as during the summer season.
  • December – February: We visited Zurich during the winter season, which is the off-peak season, and the city is not crowded at all! But it can get very cold, so bring enough warm coats and jacket.  The hotel rates are cheaper during this off-peak season.  However, some of the tours are halted during the winter season. Nevertheless, if you love shopping, you’ll surely enjoy the Christmas markets in Zurich!  If you visit in January, there’s a huge price drop for many boutiques and shops, so you can shop until you drop!
  • March – May : Another pleasant season to visit Zurich is during spring, when the temperature is still quite cool. It’s not peak season yet so it won’t be that crowded.

 

ZURICH MONEY:

The currency in Zurich is franc (CHF), like the rest of Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Cash and credit card are accepted, but please make sure to call your bank to inform them that you will be traveling to Switzerland, as some banks may put the transactions abroad on hold thinking they’re fraud. The best rate is still the bank’s rate, tere are plenty of international ATMs scattered around Zurich City. Some establishments in Zurich or other parts of Switzerland may accept euros, so if you still have extra, you may spend it in Switzerland.

 

 ZURICH WI-FI:

 It’s important to stay connected online when traveling around Zurich.  You can rent a pocket Wi-Fi before flying to Switzerland or Europe below

If coming from the Philippines: RESERVE HERE

If coming from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam & other countries: RESERVE HERE

 

ZURICH ELECTRICITY:

Electricity in Zurich is 220V and 50Hz. Use adapter for gadgets and appliances from other European countries.  If you are coming from the Philippines or Southeast Asia, bring travel adapter to be able to use their socket.  I suggest buying one from your country before leaving, because if you buy from Switzerland or Europe, the socket of the adapter where you plug in your gadget before plugging to the actual electrical socket will most likely be a European or Swiss socket.

 

ZURICH SAFETY:

Zurich is pretty safe for travelers.  My friend left his bag with all his valuables (credit card, cash, camera, & phone) inside the train when we got off at Zurich Station from France, but a young Swiss guy hurriedly called us and gave us  his bag.

But then again, as in any other cities, be careful with your valuables, don’t just leave it lying anywhere especially in touristy areas.  I lost my watch because I didn’t realize right away it had slipped off my hand while we were walking. I only found out it was missing after a couple of hours, so when I retraced my footsteps, I could no longer find it.

 


WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND


 

zurich budget hotel

I recommend finding a hotel near District 1 and near the tram stations so you can get around easily.  Most of the tourist spots in Zurich, Switzerland are situated in District 1.

Here’s some of the budget hotels in Zurich according to online users.

  • City Backpacker Biber

Nearest Tram Stop: Rathaus (Tram # 4,15)

CHECK RATES HERE

 

  • Oldtown Hostel Otter

They have cheap dorm beds.

Nearest Tram & Bus Stop: Bellevue (Tram #2,4,5,8,9,10,11,15)

(Bus # N1,N2,N4,N6,N7,N12,N13,N14,N15,N16,N17,N18,N19)

CHECK RATES HERE

 

  • Homestay Zurich

Nearest Tram  & Bus Stop: Lochergut (Tram # 2,3,19) (Bus #N14)

CHECK RATES HERE

  •  Ibis Budget Zurich Airport

Nearest Bus Stop: Glattbrugg, Unterriet (Bus #510)

Nearest Tram Stop: Unterriet (Tram #10,12)

CHECK RATES HERE

 

  •  Zurich City Lakeside

Nearest Tram & Bus Stop: Frolichstrasse (Tram # 2,4) (Bus #33, 912, 916, N18)

CHECK RATES HERE

  • Hotel Gregory

Nearest Bus Stop: Militar-/Langstrasse (Bus #31, 33, N2, N8)

CHECK RATES HERE


ZURICH SWITZERLAND PASSES


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Here are my recommended Zurich Passes.

 1.ZURICH CARD

 The best way to explore Zurich’s top tourist attractions and museums is by getting a city pass, and the Zurich Card is highly recommended.  The Zurich Card is available in 2 variants: 24 hours and 72 hours unlimited travel.  The Zurich Card includes FREE airport transfers and locals transport (bus, train, and tram), plus FREE entrance or reduced admission to about 40 Zurich Museums and river cruise.

Here’s the Zurich Card price:

 

 

Validity  AdultChild
24 hoursCHf 27 – 1,279 ($27,AUD 40, SGD 38)CHf 19 – 1,012 ($19,AUD 28,SGD 26)
72 hoursCHf 53 – ₱2,823 ($54,AUD 79, SGD 75)CHf 37 – 1,971 ($37, AUD 55,SGD52 )

 

Where to purchase Zurich Card: BUY HERE

 

2.ZVV DAY PASS or MULTIPLE DAY PASSES

 Another recommended pass in Zurich is the ZVV  Pass that comes in 2 types: the ZVV DAY PASS and ZVV MULTIPLE DAY PASSES.  What’s the difference between the ZVV Day Pass and Zurich Pass? Well, the ZVV Day Pass only covers the public transportations, you cannot use it to get discounts or FREE admission on museums in Zurich. So why buy it? Well, if you’ve already explored the top Zurich Museums and you still have 1 day left or perhaps a few days left in Zurich, then you can purchase the ZVV Day Pass (good for 1 day) or the Multiple Pass (good for travel on any 6 days)

 

 ZVV Day Pass

 If you only want to use transport for 1 day, best to get the ZVV Day Pass that allows you to unlimited travel using public transport (train, tram, and bus) within specified zones for 24 hours.  So, if you’re traveling in Zurich for 1-5 days, this is a great option.

How much is the ZVV Day Pass? Here’s the price list for 2019:

 

ZVV Multiple Day Pass

 If you plan on exploring Zurich for 6 days , the ZVV Multiple Day Pass is a great option because it offers up to 10% discount compared to getting a day pass only.  Basically, the ZVV Multiple Day Pass provides 6 DAY PASSES for use on any travel dates required.

Important: ZVV Multiple Day Pass must be stamped in a machine before traveling.

 

3.SWISS TRAVEL PASS

If you plan on traveling around Switzerland, getting a Swiss Travel Pass is recommended. Train rides to and around Switzerland are pretty expensive especially if you are booking it within the day or a day before.

Where to buy Swiss Travel Pass: RESERVE HERE

 

4.SWISS HALF-FARE CARD

 Perfect for tourists traveling with kids age 6 -15.

Where to buy Swiss half-fare Pass: RESERVE HERE

 

5.EURAIL PASS

If you want to explore other parts of Europe aside from Switzerland, you can get a Eurail Pass.  With the Eurail Pass you’ll be able to get unlimited train rides for consecutive and non-consecutive days.  It’s good for 31 countries across Europe!

Where to buy Eurail Pass: RESERVE HERE


HOW TO GET TO ZURICH, SWITZERLAND


 

Zurich Airport

By Air

 Zurich Airport (ZRH) or Flughafen Zurich-Kloten is Switzerland’s busiest and largest airport. It is conveniently located in the town of Kloten, about 10-15 minutes from Zurich city center. This means that public transport like trains, trams, and buses are widely available here to connect you to Zurich city center.

Zurich Airport (ZRH) is composed of 3 terminals: Terminal A, B/D, and E. Terminal A and B/D are connected to the main airport complex also known as Airside Center, while Terminal E is reachable underground by Skymetro.

You can reach Zurich Airport from many airports around the world as well as from Europe, e.g. Paris, Germany, Italy, etc.

 

zurich main station

By Train

 Regular trains from other cantons in Switzerland and other European cities leave and arrive at Zurich Main Station or Zurich Hauptbahnhof (Zurich HB). It is centrally located in the Zurich city center next to Zurich National Museum and the start of Bahnofstrasses (Zurich’s main shopping street) near Zurich Old Town.

Zurich Main Station has 4 distinct tracks:

  • Tracks 3 – 18: Tracks located at the ground floor and used by long distance trains throughout Switzerland and international trains like TGV, Euro City, Inter City Express, and Cisalpino.
  • Track 21 – 22: Underground tracks served by SZU S-Bahn trains towards west and south like Uetliberg and Sihl Valley.
  • Track 31 – 34: Underground tracks served by long distance and S-Bahn trains to and from Oerlikon Station via the Weinberg Tunnel.
  • Track 41 – 44: Underground tracks used by S-Bahn trains running via the Hirschengraben Tunnel and Zurich Stadelhofen Station.

 


ZURICH AIRPORT TO ZURICH CITY CENTER


 1.BY TRAIN

A fast way from Zurich Airport to Zurich city center is by train. If you are headed to Zurich Main train station (near National Museum and beginning of Bahnofstrasse) or Stadelhofen train station (near the main tourist spots in Zurich), from Zurich Flughafen (Zurich Airport Station) you can hop on train S, S16, IC1,IR13,and IR 75.  The train passes through 3 fare zones. Fare is CHF 6.80 (adults) and CHF 3.40 (child 6-16 y.o) or FREE with Zurich Card (ZC).  You can also get a day pass for the 3 fare zones for CHF 13.60 (adult) and CHF 6.80 (child 6-16 y.o).  If you don’t have a Zurich Card, you can purchase your train ticket at the SBB ticket machines at the Arrival Hall or at the Switzerland travel info.

Here are the train stations in Zurich city center with direct connections to Zurich Airport (ZRH).

 

Train StationTravel TimeNearest Landmarks
Zurich Main Station15 minutesZurich National Museum, Bahnofstrasse, Old Town
Stadelhofen15 minutesBellevue, Lake Zurich, Grossmunster Church,Kuntshaus, Zurich Old Town
Oerlikon4 minutesHallenstadion, Theater 11
Hardbrucke8 minutesViadukt, Prime Tower, Schiffbau
Enge17 minutesKongresshaus, Tonhalle
Tiefenbrunnen18 minutesZurichhorn, NONAM

 

 

 2.BY STREETCAR

 If you have the luxury of time, you can take a scenic ride via tram (streetcar) at Line 10 from Zurich Airport to Zurich Main Station. Transit time is approximately 35 minutes.  You can use your Zurich Card for a FREE ride.

 

3.BY CAR RENTAL

 

If you are traveling as a group with many luggage or if you are traveling with seniors, a hassle-free way to reach your destination or your hotel is by private transfer.  Yes, you can rent a car  or minibus and the rate is quite reasonable if you through the link below..

 RESERVE HERE 

 

4.BY TAXI

 Taxis at Zurich Airport are located in front of Arrival 1 and 2.  Regular taxis charges a basic fare of CHF 6 plus additional CHF 3.80 per kilometer.  Taxis from Zurich Airport to Zurich city center usually costs around CHF 50 to CHF 70.  But if you are carrying many bags, you may be required to pay additional fee.

There are also fixed price taxis such as 7×7. So you have to know how much is the price before you hop in.

 

5.By Shuttle Bus

7×7 shuttle bus runs every hour between Zurich Airport and Zurich city center.  Fare is CHF 25 (adult) and CHF 12 (child, under 12 y.o).

 


GETTING AROUND ZURICH


 

ZURICH TRAVEL GUIDE: TRAM

Since most of the best places to visit in Zurich are concentrated in District 1, a leisurely walk is one of the best ways to explore this bustling city. However, if you are pressed for time and want to maximize your stay, you can ride a tram or a bus.  Taxis are pretty expensive, so if you don’t want to empty your wallet, avoid it at all cost.

I prefer taking the tram when traveling in Zurich, and I saved a few bucks by getting a day pass.

 


ZURICH THINGS TO DO


 1.VISIT THE ZURICH NATIONAL MUSEUM

Zurich Museum Entrance Fee:

Adult – CHf 10

Reduced Fee: CHf8

Child up to 16 y.o : FREE

FREE with Zurich Card, Swiss Museum Pass, Zurich Museum Pass.

 

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Closed on Mondays

High Days and Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM / 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Nearest Tram Station: Bahnofquai

Tram #: 2,4,11,13, 14, 17

 

Nearest Bus Stop: Bahnofquai

Bus #: 31

Nearby Zurich Tourist Spot: Bahnofstrasse, Limmat River

ZURICH ITINERARY: VISIT ZURICH MUSEUM
Why is visiting the Zurich Museum one of the top things to do in Zurich, Switzerland?

 Fronting Zurich Main Station is the jaw-dropping Zurich Museum that looks like a real-life castle.  It takes pride in having the largest collection of relics and documents of the cultural history of Switzerland.  There’s roughly 860,000 artefacts exhibited, which are split  into 14 sections:

  • Ceramics and Glass
  • Jewelry and Timepieces
  • Textile and Fashion
  • Technology and Traditions
  • Arms and Uniforms
  • Paintings and Sculptures, Graphic Arts
  • Photography, Manuscripts, and Facsimiles
  • Furnishings
  • Carriages, Sledges, and Wagons,
  • Numismatics and Seals
  • Contemporary Witnesses
  • Special Collections
  • Archaeology
  • Precious & Non-ferrous Metal

 

“Heidi in Japan” is one of the temporary exhibits here.  “Heidi, Girl of the Alps” is probably the most popular Swiss resident, it’s actually a Japanese anime series that rose to fame in Japan, Mexico, and Europe.  The exhibition at the Zurich National Museum tells the history of  the making of Heidi and how Switzerland and its culture is perceived in Japan and in other parts of the world. Based on anecdotes, the 4 Japanese artists who drew Heidi traveled to Switzerland in 1973 to do the research for the anime.

If you want to visit Heidi House in Switzerland from the famous anime series ‘Heidi, Girl of the Alps Anime”, you can join a group tour. The tour also includes a visit to Liechtenstein, a neighboring country of Switzerland.

 

HEIDI, GIRL OF THE ALPS TOUR: RESERVE HERE

 


2.SHOP AT BAHNHOFSTRASSE

Nearest Tram Stop: Bahnofstrasse, Borsenstrasse, Paradeplatz, Renwegg, Burkiplatz,

Tram #:

(Bahnofstrasse) 2,6,7,11, 13,17,19

(Paradeplatz) 2,6,7,8,9,11,13,17

(Borsenstrasse) 2, 6,7, 8,9,11, 13, 19

(Renwegg) 2,6,7, 11, 13,17

(Burkiplatz)

 

Bus #:

(Bahnofstrasse) N1, N6, N13

(Paradeplatz) N1,N6, N13, N14

(Borsenstrasse) N1, N6, N13

(Burkiplatz)

Nearby Tourist Spots: Urania Sternwarte, Zurich Old Town, Rennweg, Paradeplatz

 

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Why is shopping at Bahnhofstrasse on the list of Zurich top things to do?

 Bahnhofstrasse is said to be Europe’s most luxurious shopping street.  It connects Zurich Main Train Station to Lake Zurich. Bahnhofstrasse starts at Bahnhofplatz passing through Bahnofstrasse, Rennweg, Paradeplatz, Borsenstrasse, and terminating at Burkiplatz.

Near Bahnhofplatz is Swarovski and Franz Carl Weber.

Near Bahnofstrasse you’ll find H&M, PKZ Women, Mango, Apple, and, MAC Cosmetics.

Near Rennweg is United Colors of Benetton, H&M, Zara, Long Champ, Lacoste, Swatch, and Rolex.

Near Paradeplatz is Hermes, Louis Vuitton, and Montblanc.

Near Borsenstrasse is Bally,  Dior, Graff, Tiffany and Co.

Near Burkiplatz is Charriol.

 


3.WALK AROUND ALTSTADT (ZURICH OLD TOWN)

 Nearest Tram Stop: Rennweg

Tram #: (Renwegg) 2,6,7, 11, 13,17

Nearby Tourist Spots:  Zurich Toy Museum, Lindenhof Hill, Bahnofstrasse, Urania Sternwarte, Schipfe,

Zurich Old Town Tour: RESERVE HERE

 

ZURICH ITINERARY: WALK AROUND THE ZURICH OLD TOWN

Why is exploring Altstadt one of the must-see do in Zurich?

 Altstadt Zurich refers to Zurich Old Town composed of the area of the whole historical city before 1893, that’s way before the District 2-12 was established.  Zurich Old Town is District 1 composed of the following: Rathaus, Hochschulen, Lindenhof, and City.

 


4.CLIMB THE LINDENHOF HILL

 Entrance: FREE

Nearest Tram Stop: Renwegg

Tram#: 2,6,7,11,13,17

Best places to visit in Zurich - Lindenhof Hill

Why is climbing the Lindenhoff Hill one of the top things to do in Zurich?

 While you are at Altstadt (District 1), don’t miss the Lindenhof Hill that offers a picturesque view of Limmat River, Zurich Old Town,  Niederdorf Quarter, Zurich Limmatquai, Rathaus, and Grossmunster Church. Lindenhoff is included in the list of the Swiss Inventory of Cultural Property of National and Regional Significance.

Back in the days, Lindenhof  Hill was mostly bounded by water, which makes it a major location for the fortified settlements as early as the Neolithic and Bronze Age.


5.VISIT ST. PETER CHURCH ZURICH

Entrance Fee: FREE

Nearest Tram Stop: Rathaus

Tram#: 4,15

Nearby Tourist Spots:  Lindenhof Hill, Museum Strauhof, Limmatquia, Schipfe, Bahnofstrasse

 

zurich CHURCH

Why is visiting St.Peter Church, one of the best things to do in Zurich?

St.Peter Church is one of the 4 main historic churches of Zurich and the oldest of them all. It has the largest tower clock face in Europe measuring roughly 8.6 meters in outer diameter.  You can easily spot St.Peter Church as its spire rules over the area near Limmat River. This historic church is a few meters away from Lindenhof Hill.


6.PAY A VISIT TO THE FRAUMUNSTER

 Entrance:FREE

Open Hours: (November to February) Daily 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, (March to October) 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Nearest Tram Stop: Paradeplatz, Helmhaus

Paradeplatz Tram#: 2,6,7,8,9,11,13,17

Helmhaus Tram #: 4,15

Nearest Bus Stop: Paradeplatz

Bus#: N1,N6,N13,N14

Nearby Zurich Tourist Spot: Limmatquia

zurich FRAUMUNSTER CHURCH
Why is seeing the Fraumunster one of the top things to do in Zurich?

Fraumunster is one of the 4 old churches in Zurich. Fraumunster is included in the list of Swiss inventory of cultural property of national and regional significance.

Situated on the bank of Limmat River, Fraumunster Church  was established sometime in 853 CE by Louis German.  Fraumunster Church was actually a former Benedectine monastery  that served as home of the female aristocrat in Europe. Back then, the Fraumunster abbey had a great political power granted as it was granted by King Henry 111 the right to hold markets, collect tolls and mint coins in 1045. By 1218, Emperor Frederick II also endowed Fraumunster the Imperial immediacy, where they are free from the authority of any local lord therefore increasing its political power.

Fraumunster is now known for its beautiful 5 stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall that depict Bible stories. It also houses the beautiful frescoes made by Paul Bodmer.

 


7.SEE THE STADTHAUS ZURICH

Nearest Tram Stop: Paradeplatz, Helmhaus

Paradeplatz Tram#: 2,6,7,8,9,11,13,17

Helmhaus Tram #: 4,15

Nearest Bus Stop: Paradeplatz

Bus#: N1,N6,N13,N14

 

ZURICH TRAVEL GUIDE: STADTHAUS

 Why is visiting the Stadthaus a must-do when in Zurich, Switzerland?

Because Zurich became a huge city after the merging of other cantons, Zurich needed its own town house. Stadthaus Zurich, standing near Fraumunster Church is the neo-gothic townhall of Zurich that was constructed between 1898 to 1900.  Today, the age-old Stadthaus hosts regular exhibitions that centers on socio-political issues in Zurich and in Switzerland.

 


8.CRUISE AT THE LIMMAT RIVER

 Entrance Fee: FREE

Open Hours: 24/7

Nearest Tram Stop: Helmhaus, Rathaus,

Tram #: (Helmhaus and Rathaus) 4,15

Nearby Tourist Spots: Limmatquia, Lake Zurich, Rathaus, Schipfe

Why is cruising the Limmat River one of the Zurich top things to do?

When in Zurich, take a leisurely cruise at the Limmat River that begins at the river bank of Zurich National Museum and winds down the scenic Zurich Old Town, all the way to Lake Zurich near Burkliplatz.  The boats have glass roofs so passengers can sit comfortably while watching the scenic views. The trip only runs from April to October and could take up to 50 minutes.

You can also take a leisurely walk along the Limmat River or grab a chair in Limmatquai or at Lindenhof Hill for a pleasant view of Zurich city.


9.CLIMB THE GROSSMUNSTER

Entrance: FREE to enter the church but there’s a fee to enter the tower: (Adult) CHF 4, (Child 6-16 y.o) CHF 2

Nearest Tram Stop: Helmhaus

Helmhaus Tram #: 4,15

Nearby Zurich Tourist Spot: Karlsturm, Helmhaus, Ulrich Zwingli Monument, Limmatquai, Limmat River,

 

ZURICH ITINERARY : GROSSMUNSTER CHURCH

 Why is visiting the Grossmunster one of the best things to do in Zurich?

When walking along  the Limmat River, one of the most noticeable buildings is the Grossmunster  Church with soaring twin tower. Grossmunster is one of the 4 historic churches of Zurich, along with St.Peter Church and Fraumunster. It boasts of Romanesque design featuring medieval columns.

Grossmunster Church is believed to be erected by Charlemagne on the graves of the brothers Felix and Regula, Zurich’s patron saints. Story has it that the brothers are members of the Theban Legion in Valais, Switzerland. When the legion was ordered to be executed after converting to Christianity, the brothers escaped to Zurich. However, they were caught and beheaded.  It is believed that they picked up their heads, and walked uphill (about 40 paces) to pray before dying. The same exact spot where they died and were buried was discovered serendipitously by Charlemagne when he his horse lurched.  Charlemagne then decided to construct a monastery here now known as Grossmunster Church.

Beneath the Grossmunster Church is Helmhaus, a popular platform for modern arts with emphasis on Switzerland. Most of the exhibits here are works of Swiss artists or artists residing in Switzerland.


10.TRY THE LOCAL FOOD IN ZURICH

 When in Zurich, don’t miss trying the Swiss traditional food. Cheese fondue originated in Zurich, this is where the first recipe was written down. This dish is composed of melted cheeses blended with mushrooms, tomatoes, and herbs. Cheese fondue is typically served with bread and white wine.

Another dish from Zurich is Zurcher Geschnetzeltes or meat cut Zurich style.  This traditional dish consists of slices of veal cooked with cream, onions, whine, and mushroom and typically served with rice, noodles, or rosti.

Zurich is also where muesli originated.  It started when Dr. Maximilian Bircher-Benner fed his patients with cereals and fruits, which later on rose to fame.

Zopf is a popular braid bread in Switzerland that is traditionally eaten on Sunday mornings. It is said that before baking the zopf, the rough is coated with egg yolk to make it rich and shine.

Bunder Gerstensuppe is a Swiss barley soup that is traditionally eaten by farmers in the alps, to keep them warm.

 


11.CRUISE AT LAKE ZURICH

 Nearest Tram Stop: Burkliplatz Station

Trams: 2,5,8,9, 11

Bus: 161, 165, E

Nearby Zurich Tourist Spots: Burkliplatz, Bahnhofstrasse, Market at Burkliplatz, Townhouse Complex, Rentenweis/Arboretum

 

ZURICH TOURIST SPOTS - LAKE ZURICH

Why is Lake Zurich one of the best Zurich tourist attractions?

The crescent-shaped Lake Zurich is fed by the glacial Linth River.  Lake Zurich is actually fringed by Zurich, St.Gallen, and Schwyz. Today, Lake Zurich a popular tourist spot for lake cruises that depart from Burkliplatz.  There are several types of tours/cruises to choose from (short river cruises to full day cruises), but perhaps one of the most popular things to do in Zurich is the Lake Zurich cruise from Burkliplatz to the medieval old town of Rapperswil in the canton of St.Gallen. Boat tours in Lake Zurich are not available during winter (from mid-October to early April), but, you can find ice skating rinks ate the edge of Lake Zurich during this season.

If you are visiting around May to October, you can bring a swimsuit and take a dip at one of the swimming spots in Lake Zurich.

For chocolate lovers, you can join tours to the Lindt and Sprungli chocolate factory in Kilchberg, situated at the southern edge of Lake Zurich.

LAKE ZURICH TOUR: RESERVE HERE


12.ENJOY THE VIEW AT FELSENEGG VIEWPOINT AND UETLIBERG

 Nearest Train Station: Uetliberg

Train #:S10

 

ZURICH TOURIST SPOT - UETLIBERG

 Why is climbing Uetliberg one of the top things to do in Zurich?

 If you think Zurich is all about buildings, museums, churches, and shopping, then you must not have heard of Zurich’s very own mountain – Uetliberg.  This mountain is easily accessible by train from Zurich city center.  Soaring at 2,850 feet, Uetliberg offers a scenic, panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, Lake Zurich, Limmat River  and Zuric City. There’s plenty of hiking and biking trails in Uetliberg for you to enjoy the scenery. But the best month to visit is during November when the summit is covered by fog that beautifully blankets the city.

Tourists often ride the cable car to Felsenegg Viewpoint to soak up the view of Lake Zurich and Zurich city. You can also hang out at one of the cafes there with a scenic view of the surroundings.

How to get to Felsenegg Viewpoint:

You can use the Zurich Card, the train ride + cable car are covered. if you don’t have one, you can buy the Albis Pass at Zurich Main Station for CHF 17.60 to cover the train & cable car.

1.Make your way to Zurich Main Station.

2.At Platform 21, ride the S4 train tro Langnau-Gattikon. (Covered by Zurich Card)

3.Alight at Adliswil. (8th stop from Zurich Main Station. 15 mins)

4. Follow the sign to Luftsilbahn Cable car (Adliswil). 10 mins.

5.Ride the cable car (CHF 4.40 one way/Covered by Zurich Card).

6.Alight at Felsenegg Station.

Note: At Felsenegg, there are many trails. You can follow the trail to Uetliberg if you still have the energy (about 1 hour and 35 minutes).

 


ZURICH ITINERARY

ZURICH ITINERARY


 Here’s 2 sample Zurich itineraries to help you plan your trip.  Feel free to tweak them depending on your budget, schedule, and preferences.

 

ZURICH  ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS (Zurich + Rapperswil (St.Gallen) + Grindelwald)

 

Take note of the following:

 

For the itinerary below, I’ll be referring to Zurich Card as ZC, and ZVV Day Pass as ZVV.

 

Pass to get for this Zurich itinerary:

Day 1: ZVV Day Pass (ZVV) (1-2 Zones). CHF 8.80  (₱462 – SGD 12.21).

Day 2: Zurich Card (ZC) 24 hours. CHF 27  (₱1,420 – SGD 37.55). RESERVE HERE

Day 3: No Pass. Buy Individual Tram Ticket.  (CHF 2.30 x 2 ) = CHF 4.60

Day 4: No Pass. Buy Individual Ticket. CHF 2.30. Train to next destination. BUY TICKET HERE

 

Tour for this Zurich itinerary:

Day 1: Rhine Falls Tour RESERVE HERE

Day 2: DIY Zurich City Tour + Felsenegg (Tour optional: RESERVE HERE)

Day 3: Grindelwald + Interlaken Day Tour (RESERVE HERE)

 

Where to stay for this Zurich itinerary:

Day 1, 2, 3, & 4: hotel in Zurich  RESERVE HERE

Zurich Tourist Attractions Covered:

Day 1 (Zurich):  Laufen, Rhine Falls, & Stein Am Rhein

Day 2 (Zurich): Zurich Old Town, Rathaus, Limmatquia, Lindenhof Hill, Schipfe, St.Perer Church, Fraumunster Church, Stadthaus, Helmhaus, Grossmunster Church, Burkliterrasse, Lake Zurich, Geiserbrunnen, Bahnofstrasse, CentralofMonument, Confiserrie Sprungli, Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, & Felsenegg Viewpoint

Day 3 (Zurich): Grindelwald + Interlaken

Day 4 (Zurich): Departure

*Hotel, airfare, train fare from other European cities, and souvenirs not included in the sample itinerary below.

 

 

Day 1LAUFEN CASTLE + RHINE FALLS + STEIN AM RHEIN
11:00 AMArrival in Zurich by train
  
11:05 AMETD Hotel
 Use ZVV Day Pass.  CHF 8.80  (₱462 – SGD 12.21)
 Important: Make sure to validate your ticket before your journey.
  
 1.From Zurich Main Train Station walk to Bahnhofquai Tram Station
 2.Take tram to Zurich city. If hotel is near Rathaus, take Tram #4 to
 Tifenbrunnen, Bahnhof. (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
 3.Alight at Rathaus Station. (3rd stop). 6 mins.
 4.Walk to hotel.
 
12:00 PMHotel check-in.
  
01:00 PMRhine Falls + Stein Am Rhein Half-day tour. RESERVE HERE
CHF 66 (₱3,102 -SGD 82.05)  
 1.Meet up with guide at Sihlquia Car Park or at Zurich Airport
 2.Tour bus ride to Laufen Castle
 3.Visit Rhine Falls
 4.Take the panoramic lift
 5.Visit the medieval towns of Stein am Rhein
06:30 PMETD Zurich City
  
08:00 PMDinner. CHF 20 (1,049 – SGD 28)
  
09:00 PMBack Hotel.
  
09:30 PMLights out.
  
DAY 1 ExpensesCHF 94.80 – 4,613 (SGD 122, RM 399, $96, € 87, AUD 141)
  
DAY 2ZURICH CITY TOUR + FELSENEGG
  
 Zurich City Tour.  RESERVE HERE
 

 

Zurich City Tour + Felsenegg RESERVE HERE
 For DIY tour, follow the itinerary below. 
 Use your Zurich Card (ZC) for 24 hours.  BUY HERE
 CHF 27  (₱1,420 – SGD 37.55)
  
 Note: Since most tour packages to Felsenegg are late in the afternoon, if you are doing a DIY tour, you can go there early
 morning to avoid the crowd.
 
07:30 AMETD Felsenegg.
 Use your Zurich Card (train ride + RT cable car to Felsenegg covered)
 1.Make your way to  Zurich Main Station. (If coming from
 Rathaus, take Tram #4 to Alstetten, Bahnhof Nord)
 (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
 2. At Zurich Main Station Platform 21, ride the S4 Train to
 Langnau-Gattikon. (CH 3.40/FREE with ZC)
 3.Get off at Adliswil. (8th stop).15 mins
 4.Walk to the Luftseilbahn cable car station in Adliswil. 10 mins.
 Just follow the sign.
 4.Ride cable car to Felsenegg. (CHF 4.40/FREE with ZC)
 
08:30 AMFelsenegg Viewpoint
 Note: There are many trails at Felsenegg. You can follow the
 trail  to Uetliberg if you want (1 hour 35 mins). To go back, from
 Uetliberg, take the SB10 train to Zurich Main Station.
 
 Or, just stay put at Felsenegg Viewpoint and soak up the view.
 To go back to Zurich city from Felsenegg Viewpoint, follow
 direction below.
 
09:30 AMETD Zurich City.
 1.Take the cable car down to Luftseilbahn station (Adliswil).
 (CHF 4.40/FREE with ZC)
 2.Walk to Adliswil Station. 10 mins.
 3.Take SB4 train to Zurich Main Station. (FREE with ZC)
 
10:15 AMETA Zurich Main Station.
 1.Exit Zurich Main Station (near Platform 18)
 2. Cross to Swiss National Museum (use pedestrian lane).
 
10:30 AMSwiss National Museum. (CHF 10/FREE with ZC)
  
11:30 PMWalk back to Zurich Main Station.
 Lunch. CHF 15  (787 – SGD 20)
 
12:00 PMWalk to Bahnhoftrasse.
 Shopping or window shopping.
 
12:30 PMTram to Rennweg. (Tram #7,11,13) (FREE with ZC)
 Window shopping or shopping
 
01:00 PMWalk to Lindenhof Hill. 4 mins. 270 meters.
 
 1.Head south on Bahnhofstrasse to Kuttelgasse Street.
 2.Turn left on Kuttelgasse.
 3.Continue walking towards Fortunagasse.
 4.Turn right on Lindenhof Hill (It’s on the left side)
 
01:10 PMLindenhof Hill. (FREE)
 Schipfe (FREE)
 Limmatquia (FREE)
 Rathaus (FREE)
 Church of St.Peter (FREE)
 Fraumunster Church (FREE)
 Stadthaus Zurich (FREE)
 Grossmunster (FREE)
 Helmhaus (FREE)
 
03:10 PMETD Opera House Zurich
1.At Helmhaus Stop, take Tram# 4 to Tiefenbrunnen, Bahnof.
 2.Get off at Opernhaus Stop (2nd Stop). 3 mins.
 3.Walk to Zurich Opera House
 
03:15 PMZurich Opera House
 Secselauthenplatz (FREE)
 
04:15 PMETD Bürkliplatz
 1.Walk back to Opernhaus Stop.
 2.Take Tram #2 to Schlieren,Geissweid. (CHF 2.30/FREE
 With ZC)
 3.Get off at Bürkliplatz (2nd stop). 3mins.
 4.Walk to Bürkliplatz
 
04:20 PMBürkliplatz
 Burkliterrasse (FREE)
 Lake Zurich (FREE)
 Music Pavillion (FREE)
 Floral Clock (FREE)
 Geiserbrunnen (Fountain + Statue of Man & a Bull) (FREE)
 
05:00 PMETD Paradeplatz
 1.Walk back to Bürkliplatz.
 2.Take Tram #2 to Schlieren,Geissweid or Tram #8 to
 Hardturm. (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
 3.Alight at Paradeplatz Stop (2nd stop). 2 mins.
 
05:05 PMParadeplatz
 Beyer Clock and Watch Museum (CHF 10/FREE with ZC)
 Confiserie Sprungli
06:30 PMDinner.  CHF 20 (1,049 – SGD 28)
 Shopping/window shopping
 
08:30 PMETD Hotel.
 1.Walk back to Paradeplatz. Take tram. (CHF 2.30/FREE
 with ZC)
  
 If hotel is near Rathaus, you can walk from Paradeplatz to
 Rathaus. 5 mins.
 
09:00 PMHotel. Lights out.
DAY 2 ExpensesCHF 62 – 3,256 (SGD 85.55, RM 261, $63, € 56, AUD 92)
 
 
DAY 3GRINDELWALD + INTERLAKEN
7:15 AM

 

Day trip to Grindelwald + Interlaken CHF 94 (4,893 – SGD 129.20) RESERVE HERE
 1.Make your way to Sihlquai Station. (Tram #4,13,17)
  
If coming from Rathaus:
 1.Walk to Paradeplatz Stop.
 2.Take Tram #13 to Frankental. CHF 2.30 (121 – SGD 3)
 3.Get off at Sihlquai. (4th stop) 7 mins.
 4.Walk to the entrance of Sihlquai Car Park.
 4.Meet up with tour guide at White Ticket Office at the entrance
 of Sihlquai Car Park.
 
08:00 AM5.Depart for Interlaken
 6.Orientation
 7.Depart for Grindelwald
 8.Explore Grindelwald
 9.Optional: Cable Car at First Cliff Walk (own expense)
 10.Shop for souvenirs (own expense)
 11.Depart for Interlaken
12.Explore Interlaken
 13.Depart for Zurich
  
08:00 PMETA Zurich.  (Sihlquai Car Park)
 Dinner. CHF 15  (787 – SGD 20)
  
09:00 PMETD Hotel.
 Walk back to Sihlquai Station. Take tram.
  
 1.If hotel is near Rathaus, take Tram #4 to Tiefenbrunnen,
 Bahnhof. CHF 2.30 (121 – SGD 3)
 
09:20 PMHotel. Lights out.
  
DAY 3 ExpensesCHF 113.60 – 5,922 (SGD 155, RM 478, $115, € 104, AUD 169)
  
DAY 4 DEPARTURE
  
08:00 AMHotel check-out.
  
08:15 AMETD Zurich Main Station
 1.Take tram to Bahnofquai Station. CHF 2.30 (121 – SGD 3)
 2.Get off at Bahnofquai Station
 3.Walk to Zurich Main Station.
 
 If hotel is near Rathaus:
 1.Walk to Rathaus Station, and take Tram #4 to Altstetten,
 Bahnhof Nord.
 2.Get off at Bahnofquai Station.(3rd stop) 4 mins.
 
09:04 AMTake train to next destination.
Day 4 ExpensesCHF 2.30 – 121 (SGD 3, RM 9.69, $2.32, €2.10, AUD 3.43)
  
TOTAL EXPENSESCHF 271 – ₱13,912 (SGD 366, RM1,139, $273, €248, AUD 403)

 

*If you opt to stay in a backpacker hostel for CHF 36₱1,091 (SGD 50, RM 153, AUD 54) per night per person, then for a 4 days 3 night stay, add additional CHF 108₱3,273 (SGD 150, RM 459, AUD 162) to the sample budget above.

Total budget for the sample Zurich itinerary (4 days 3 nights) listed above is roughly CHF 379₱17,185 (SGD 516, RM 1,598, AUD 565).

 


 ZURICH ITINERARY FOR 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS (ZURICH + LUCERNE)

 Where to stay for this itinerary:

 Day 1, & 2 – hotel in Zurich  RESERVE HERE

Day 3 – hotel in Lucerne RESERVE HERE

 

Pass for this Zurich itinerary:

 Day 1: ZVV Day Pass (ZVV) (1-2 Zones). CHF 8.80 (₱462 – SGD 12.21)

Day 2: Zurich Card (ZC) 24 hours.

Day 3: No Pass. Buy Individual Tram Ticket.  (CHF 2.30 x 2 ) = CHF 4.60.

Train to next destination. BUY TICKET HERE

 

Zurich Tourist Attractions Covered:

Day 1 (Zurich) –  Laufen, Rhine Falls, & Stein Am Rhein

Day 2 (Zurich) – Zurich Old Town, Rathaus, Limmatquia, Lindenhof Hill, Schipfe, St.Perer Church, Fraumunster Church, Stadthaus, Helmhaus, Grossmunster Church, Burkliterrasse, Lake Zurich, Geiserbrunnen, Bahnofstrasse, CentralofMonument, Confiserrie Sprungli, Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, & Felsenegg Viewpoint

Day 3 (Lucerne) – Lucerne

  

Day 1LAUFEN CASTLE + RHINE FALLS + STEIN AM RHEIN
  
11:00 AMArrival in Zurich by train
  
11:05 AMETD Hotel
 Use ZVV Day Pass.  CHF 8.80 (₱462 – SGD 12.21)
 Important: Make sure to validate your ticket before your journey.
 
 1.From Zurich Main Train Station walk to Bahnhofquai Tram Station
 2.Take tram to Zurich city. If hotel is near Rathaus, take Tram
 #4 to Tifenbrunnen, Bahnhof. (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
 3.Alight at Rathaus Station. (3rd stop). 6 mins.
 4.Walk to hotel.
 
12:00 PMHotel check-in.
  
01:00 PMRhine Falls + Stein Am Rhein Half-day tour. RESERVE HERE. 
CHF 66 (₱3,102 -SGD 82.05)  
 1.Meet up with guide at Sihlquia Car Park or at Zurich Airport
 2.Tour bus ride to Laufen Castle
 3.Visit Rhine Falls
 4.Take the panoramic lift
 5.Visit the medieval towns of Stein am Rhein
 
06:30 PMETD Zurich City
  
08:00 PMDinner. CHF 20 (1,049 – SGD 28)
  
09:00 PMBack Hotel.
  
09:30 PMLights out.
  
DAY 1 ExpensesCHF 94.8 – ₱3,584 (SGD 122.26, RM401,$96, €87,AUD 142)
  
DAY 2ZURICH CITY TOUR + FELSENEGG
  
 Use Zurich Card (ZC). CHF 27  (₱1,420 – SGD 37.55)
  
08:00 AMWalk or take tram to Rathaus Station. (Tram #4 or #14)
  
08:15 AMZurich Old Town Walking Tour
 Rathaus
 Limmatquia
 Limmat River
 Lindenhof Hill
 Schipfe
 St.Peter Church
 Fraumunster Church
 Stadthaus
 Helmhaus
 Grossmunster
  
10:30 AMLunch. CHF 15  (787 – SGD 20)
  
11:00 AMFrom Helmhaus, walk to Bellevue. 5 mins.
  
11:10 PMETD Burkliplatz.
 1. Take Tram #5 (bound for Enge Bahnhof) or Tram #8 (bound
 for Enge Bahnhof), or  Tram #8 (bound for Hardtrum), or Tram
 #9 (bound for  Heuried).
 (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
  
11:20 PMBurkliplatz
 Burkliterrasse
 Lake Zurich
 Music Pavillion
 Floral Clock
 Geiserbrunnen (Fountain + Statue of Man & a Bull)
  
12:30 PMWalk to Bahnhofstrasse
 Shopping at Bahnhofstrasse
 CentralhofMonument
 Confiserrie Sprungli
 Beyer Clock and Watch Museum. (FREE with Zurich Card)
  
02:00 PMWalk to Paradeplatz
  
02:05 PMETD Zurich Museum
 1.Tram to Bahnhofquai.Tram #6,7,11,13 (FREE with Zurich Card)
 2.Alight at Bahnhofquai. 6 mins.
 3.Cross street to Zurich National Museum.
  
02:15 PMZurich National Museum (FREE with Zurich Card)
  
03:15 PMETD Felsenegg
 Use your Zurich Card, it covers the train ride + RT cable car.
  
 1.From Zurich Museum, cross street to Zurich Main Station.
 2.At Zurich Main Station Platform 21, ride the S4 Train to
 Langnau-Gattikon.
 3.Get off at Adliswil. (8th stop from Zurich Main Station). 15 mins
 4.Walk to the Luftseilbahn cable car station in Adliswil. 10 mins.
 Just follow the sign.
 5.Ride the cable car to Felsenegg Viewpoint. (CHF 4.40/FREE
 with ZC)
  
04:30 PMFelsenegg Viewpoint
  
 Note: There are also many trails at Felsenegg. You can follow
 the trail  to Uetliberg if you want (1 hour 35 mins). Then, to go
 Uetliberg, take the SB10 train to Zurich Main Station.
 back from Or, just stay put at Felsenegg Viewpoint and soak up the view. To go
 back to Zurich city from Felsenegg Viewpoint, follow direction below.
 
06:00 PMETD Zurich City
  
 1.Ride the cable car down. (CHF 4.40/FREE with ZC)
 2.Walk to Adliswil Tram Station. 10 mins.
 3.Ride S4 train back to Zurich Main Station. 10 mins. (FREE with
 Zurich Card)
 
06:30 PMETA Zurich Main Station
  
07:00 PMDinner. CHF 20 (1,049 – SGD 85.55)
  
08:30 PMBack to hotel.
 Take tram. (CHF 2.30/FREE with ZC)
 
09:00 PMLights out
DAY 2 ExpensesCHF 62 – 3,256 (SGD 28, RM 262, $63, €57,AUD 93)
  
DAY 3LUCERNE
  
08:00 AMHotel check-out.
  
08:15 AMETD Zurich Main Station
 1.Take tram to Bahnofquai Station CHF 2.30 (121 – SGD 3)
 2.Get off at Bahnofquai Station
 3.Walk to Zurich Main Station.
 
 If hotel is near Rathaus:
 1.Walk to Rathaus Station, and take Tram #4 to Altstetten,
 Bahnhof Nord.
 2.Get off at Bahnofquai Station.(3rd stop) 4 mins.
 
 
09:04 AMTake train to Lucerne. BUY TICKET HERE
  
09:49 AMETA Lucerne. 45 mins. CHF 12.50 (656 – SGD 17.34)
  
09:49 AMTake bus to bus stop near hotel.
  
 If hotel is Roesli Pension Guesthouse. RESERVE HERE
 1.From Luzern Bahnhof (Lucerne Main Station) Platform F,
 Take N5 Bus. (CHF 2.50 – ₱131 – SGD 3.47)
 2.Get off at Hirzenhof (3rd stop). 2 mins.
 3.If you see Unicum and Ristorante Toscana, beside the stoplight
 and pedestrian lane, turn right to Rutligasse Street (small street
 street) in between.
 3.Continue walking until you see a fountain in the middle.
 4.Turn left to Pfistergasse Street. Along Krienbrucke in front
 of Hotel Wilden Mann.
 5.Walk until you see Rosli Guesthouse on your right.
 
10:10 AMHotel check-in or leave luggage.
11:00 AMEarly lunch. CHF 15  (787 – SGD 20)
12:00 PMETD Pier 7,  Schweizerhofquai
 RESERVE CRUISE HERE
 1.Walk or take a bus to Schwanenplatz (Bus #1,6,7,8,14,19,
 23,24, or 25)
 2.Alight at Schwanenplatz.
 3.Cross to Pier , Schweizerhofquai.
 
12:30 PMMeet up with the guide.
  
12:45 PMStart of Lake Lucerne cruise
  
01:45 PM End of cruise
  
01:50 PMHead to Lucerne Old Town. (Consult Google Maps)
  
02:00 PMWalking tour of Lucerne Old Town
 Kapellplatz (Chapel Square)
 Kappelbrucke (Chapel Bridge) and Wassertum (Water Tower)
 St.Peter Kirche (St.Peter’s Church)
 Kornmarkt
 Lucerne Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
 Hirschplatz
 Weinmarkt
 Rathaus-Steg
 Jesuiten Kirche (Jesuit Church)
 Franziskanerkirche (Franciscan Church)
 
06:00 PMBuy souvenirs
  
07:30 PMDinner. CHF 15  (787 – SGD 20)
  
09:00 PMBack to hotel.
 Pack luggage.
 Lights out.
DAY 3 ExpensesCHF 47.3 – 2,482 (SGD 63.81, RM 200, $48, €44,AUD 71)
  
Day 4DEPARTURE
  
DAY 4 ExpensesN/A
  
TOTAL EXPENSESCHF 204.1 – 9,322 (SGD 214, RM 863, $207, €188,AUD 306)

 

 


ZURICH TRAVEL TIPS


 

Bring refillable water bottle, you can get drinking water from fountains dappled around Zurich.

You can visit COOP supermarket chain (there’s one in Rennwegg) for your groceries and cheap chocolate souvenirs.

Department stores cafes serve cheaper and fresh meals, compared to restaurants. Mediterranean restaurants also serve cheaper food.

Buy the Zurich Card to save on transportation and museum entrance fees.


 

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