At the beginning of the month, I went on my first trip of the year to Zurich. Visiting Switzerland had not been on my agenda up until a few months ago but I was still excited about visiting this small country that I didn’t know much about. To be honest, all I knew was that it was expensive, small and offered a very high quality of life. And oh yeah, I had heard that it was very similar to Sweden where I grew up.
Flying out to Zurich
I flew out with EasyJet which felt like a journey from hell. I missed my flight that was then delayed but the group of us that weren’t on the plane were not allowed to access. I got on the next flight to Basel as the flight to Zurich was fully booked but then that flight was delayed for over an hour so, by the time I left London, I had been at Luton Airport for almost eight hours. Needless to say, I was over that day!
Despite the problems that I ran into, I had a great time in Switzerland. Smaller than Stockholm, the beautiful Swiss city reminded me of the Swedish capital. While it was less populated and quieter than my hometown, you could feel the quality of life that the country is famous for.
Due to its size, you can explore Zurich in just a couple of hours if you devote the time. With the majority of the tourist attractions located in the city center, I was able to tick a lot off of my travel list. I started off at Bahnhofstrasse, which is equivalent to London’s Oxford Street or Stockholm’s Drottninggatan. Being the long street that it is, as you continue to walk you will get to high-end luxury stores like Gucci and Hermes. Although you can find these shops in many other countries, considering how expensive Switzerland is, it’s known for being one of the most expensive streets in the world. Even if you’re not looking to splurge on designer items, it’s still worth visiting since you’re there anyway.
Zurich tourist attractions
My favorite attraction was definitely Weinplatz, a square where the Limmat river runs through and Limmatquai, a promenade also located by the river. The river itself runs through the southern part of Zurich and is also close to the city’s Old town, also known as Altstadt. While there’s not much to do at the square, I simply liked the view of the colorful buildings surrounding the river.
Altstadt looks very much like other old town neighborhouds in Europe and is also an area where you’ll find many tourists. The area is beautiful and surrounded by colorful buildings, making it an Instagrammable place. If you’re taking the train, get off at Zurich Main Street and exit Bahnhofstrasse. As you walk down the famous street, you’ll eventually get to Zurich’s Old Town.
The main downtown street in Zurich that is also known as one of the most expensive streets in the world. Known for being a shopping boulevard, Bahnhofstrasse is filled with both locals and tourists, particularly during the weekend.
The Swiss cathedral is located close to the square and offers a beautiful view of the city, particularly in the evening when the lights are on. Located on a small hill, whilst up there, you’ll have a view of Limmatquai, the river, and parts of the old town.
To get the most out of your visit, opt for walking rather than taking the bus or tram. Although I visited Zurich during the month of February, meaning it was cold, I only ended up taking the train if it was too far to walk.
How expensive is Zurich?
Honey, it’s expensive! While it’s fine for a person that’s earning that Swiss money, as a tourist, be prepared to spend more than you had originally planned. Hotels are very expensive with some offering a rate for two nights that was equivalent to what I paid for four nights in Paris. If possible (and if you’re interested) go for an Airbnb as there’s not really a way to get around the high costs.
I found a room on Airbnb that was located two stops from Zurich Main Station (central Zurich) and ended up paying less than some of the hotels that were located 30 minutes from the main station. As stated above, there’s not really a way to get things cheaper in Zurich as everything is pricey. I had the pleasure of buying the most expensive Burger King meal I’ve ever had in my life, and I didn’t even splurge at the fast-food restaurant. Ha! A whopper meal will cost you around £13, which is equivalent to 16 Swiss Franc!
I visited Pur Pur bar and lounge whilst out there, a cute little venue with beautiful decor, chill music and welcoming staff. Be prepared to spend money if you’re planning on getting drunk as some cocktails costs as much as 25 Swiss Franc which is equivalent to £19.
Nevertheless, I had a great time, mostly thanks to my cousin that lives out there. I’m happy I was able to visit Switzerland and tick another country off my list. The next I visit the country, it’ll be to visit the beautiful city of Geneva.
Until next time! ❤️