Zurich Pictures Guide, Switzerland
Lunchtime on the Limmat River east bank, Zurich, north Switzerland
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and has the highest living standard in the country, if not in Europe. But this comes at a price so Zurich is also the most expensive place in Europe, offering few major attractions but excellent night activity options and quite a few interesting lesser sights. The clumsy Grossmunster cathedral and stern Fraumunster (picture below) are often quoted as primary attractions but offer little of interest apart from Marc Chagall’s brilliant stained glass windows in the Fraumunster. The Swiss National Museum just north of the main rail station, however, is terrific. Zurich’s primary language is Swiss-German.
The River Limmat’s west bank, with Munster Bridge, the blue spire of Gothic Fraumunster (the Church of Our Lady), famous for its Chagall windows. On the right is St Peter’s church, sporting the largest clock face in Europe.
The magnificent Swiss National Museum building, the Schweizerisches Landesmuseum.
A favourite summer lunch break spot where Lake Zurich, Zurichsee, meets the Limmat River.
On a sunny day walking around the key tourist target of the Old Town lining both banks of the river and the lake is a delight and no problem at all. In the summer months there is a ‘Free Walking Tour Zurich’ around the downtown area daily at 11: 00am, and weekends also at 1. 00pm. Meet in front of the UBS building at Paradeplatz or Zurich West.
You can borrow cycles and even skateboards daily from May to October at Zurich Central Station for free, with passport and a small deposit. This system is known as Zuri Roll and also found at a few other locations such as the Globus City shopping center. You can return the bike to any of these bike rental spots. Beware tram tracks that can suddenly catch/divert your wheels and send you flying. Downtown is a particularly difficult area for cyclists.
Don’t even consider driving around Zurich. Nightmare navigation, heavy traffic and difficult/expensive parking!
Trips out of town
Baden is just 15 minutes up the Limmat River and home to Europe’s most famous and Switzerland’s best mineral-rich thermal springs, along with more medieval goodies and a great range of cultural activities.
Zug, 25 minutes away, for the old town sunsets, caves, lakeside walks and the amazing railway station and its new art attack.
Luzern/Lucerne, less than an hour away, perhaps Switzerland’s #1 tourist destination and packed with old-town interest as well as a great lake and mountains.