The independent city guide to Zurich


While most people often prefer sunshine and open-air bars to snow, we think that Zurich can be at its most charming when the mercury approaches the freezing mark.

Ice skating rinks pop up in the city including a scenic option in the forest on Zürichberg – an excellent winter getaway. The journey there with the Dolder cogwheel train is nearly as exciting as the destination and offers great views of the lake and the snowy Alps. If, however, the journey seems like too much trouble then an open-air swim in the rooftop pool of Zurich’s own thermal baths might pique your interest. The water is warm and the vistas of the city are spectacular.

Winter is also the best time to taste some fondue or raclette, Switzerland’s melted cheese specialities. Locals prefer to eat them during the chilly season and that’s also when the options become exponential. Try these delicious traditional treats on the special fondue tram or ship, at a random pop-up location or at a restaurant that specialises in serving the gooey comfort food year-round.

Many mountain resorts are also only two hours away, so Zurich is the perfect starting point for a day in the snow. Go for an Alpine hike, a horse-drawn carriage ride or some proper skiing or snowboarding in the mountains.

The perfect Zurich winter holiday can be found allover our website, so start exploring and enjoy your stay!

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