48 Hours in Zurich
How to spend two days in Zurich, Switzerland, with the top sights to see
Zurich, the city known as the financial epicenter of Europe… maybe the world? By far one of the most efficient cities I’ve been to that has up to date convenience mixed with extravagance (which you’ll notice on your wallet) and an old-world charm. Upon exiting the train station you’ll see that this European city has the best of both worlds; winding cobblestone streets mixed with flourishing businesses and modern design. Even if you only have 48 hours to spend in Zurich, you should visit this beautiful city. Whether you decide to take the efficient train from the airport and walk to your lodging or hire a car to do so, you’ll witness the city transform from a hustling business center to the easily accessible, albeit booty working, walkable European town.
With so much to explore, here are the
Top 10 things you need to see & do in 48 hours in Zurich, Switzerland
Wander the Aldstadt (Old Town)
With its iconic teal-blue spire and clock tower, Fraumunster Church is by far the most stand out church in Zurich. Mostly known for its Chagall stained glass windows, this site was originally home to an abbess (get it ladies! …Is that inappropriate to say?) Go in the early morning to witness the morning light shine through the windows. However, keep in mind that there is a small fee of to enter. (*there was a wedding the day of our visit so we weren’t able to get inside) *Image directly above is of a different church
If you’re a fan of stunning vistas than trek up to Lindenhoff. A great viewpoint for Zurich with a bit of a climb, but worth it for the views of Aldstadt Zurich. Be sure to head there early in the day as this attracts many visitors; we could see Lindenhoff from our Airbnb and there were large crowds even at the end of the day.
Have lunch at Hiltl
Fondue at La Dezalay
Enjoy a night out on Langstrasse
The nightclubs and more popular bars are on or around this street. We went to Fat Tony’s based on a friend of a friend’s recommendation (with the assumption it would be a dive bar based on its name) and really enjoyed it. Hip place with good music. If you walk along this street you’ll be sure to find many places for a great night out.
As a great hub location for Switzerland, you can embrace all that Zurich has to offer within a short time period of time without feeling rushed. This city is one where a slow pace as a visitor will provide an exceptional day (or two!). Because short and sweet can leave you feeling ready to explore other places this stunning (and efficient) country have to offer! If you visit Zurich and use this list of places let me know! And comment with any additions you feel were just as great. More importantly if you found that eating fondue multiple times made you happier than the free range cattle in Switzerland let me know so we can be best friends.
TIPS for visiting Zurich, Switzerland
- As like most other European cities, not much will be open on Sunday, so plan accordingly
- Switzerland is an expensive country, if you are on budget I would pack your own snacks/protein bars so you don’t need to stop at a restaurant for every meal (or hit up a grocery store)
- Swiss people speak many different languages (german, italian, english), depending on the location and the person so you won’t insult anyone if you say ‘hello’ in german, and ‘thank you’ in italian
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