The independent guide to Zurich


While a trip to Zurich is a worthwhile endeavour all year round, it’s the summer season when this Swiss gem offers up some unexpected experiences. One of these is having a refreshing dip in the River Limmat right in the city centre. With pristine water and free facilities offered by the city, this is authentic urban summer fun that other cities can only dream about.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Many of these delightful swimming areas turn into lively open-air bars in the evenings, perfect for mingling and cocktail sipping. Other outdoor hotspots include squares like Idaplatz or Hechtplatz that exude a Mediterranean vibe on a hot summer day, when people flock to them for rounds of pétanque and drinks. Click the respective links for our favourite open-air bars and swimming places.

And if the weather lets you down, which occasionally happens north of the Alps, Zurich has other attractions and distractions for all tastes including dozens of museums ranging from world renowned art at the Kunsthaus to sports memorabilia at the FIFA World Football Museum. We hope you have a great time in summery Zurich with this essential guide to the city.

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