Zurich Bucket List: 15 Things to Do

15 Amazing Things to do in Zurich

If you aren’t immediately sold on Zurich just by its quaint cobbled streets of the Old Town (Altstadt), then head over to the trendy Kreis 5 district or take a boat ride on the picturesque lake. The “things to do” in this Swiss city are plentiful, and here is just a taste. 

15 Cool Zurich Things to Do

Switzerland Fondue in Zurich

1. Eat Fondue

Fondue was invented as a way to use stale bread and aged cheese in the cold winter Swiss months when fresh produce was unavailable. It is now one of the most recognized Swiss dishes and quite possible the most delicious. What can be better than a hot pot filled with a blend of gooey cheese? You can get your fondue fix at Swiss ChuchiRaclette Stube or Le Dezaley. Or, for a more unique experience take a cheese fondue cruise along the lake.

Read > Eat Traditional Fondue in Switzerland

Gerold Cuchi umbrellas in Zurich Switzerland Gerold Cuchi umbrellas in Zurich

2. Photograph the Gerold Cuchi Umbrellas

Even if you don’t eat at Gerold Cuchi restaurant, head over to the Kreis 5 district of Zurich to photograph the artsy umbrellas hanging over the patio. The colorful canopy consists of over 50 umbrellas each with a unique design: polka dots, stripes, plaids and vibrant flowerals.

Gerold Cuchi | Geroldstrasse 5 | Website | MAP

Zurich Water Fountains

3. Drink from a Water Fountain

There are over 1200 unique fountains located around the city of Zurich, most of which spew drinkable water 24 hours a day. There is no need to purchase bottled water, just stick your water bottle under one of the flowing spouts and drink from an iconic Swiss fountain. 

Read > Drink From a Water Fountain in Zurich, Switzerland

 Zurich Old Town Altstadt Zurich Old Town Altstadt

4. Explore the Old Town (Altstadt)

Typically walking through a historic old town would not make one of my bucket lists, but I will easily make a special exception for Zurich’s beautiful Altstadt. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets, ogle the 19th century buildings or walk uphill to Lindenhof park to get a glimpse of the city in action. The streets are filled with history as well as modern shops and cafes. For a more in depth experience, take the Zurich Extended City Tour from Get Your Guide where you will begin by seeing all the major attractions.

View of the Zurich Old Town Altstadt

5. Soak in a Thermal Spa

Enjoy the pure relaxation of the Thermalbad & Spa Zurich where the water varies from 35 to 41 degrees Celsius.  Located in an old brewery, you can either choose to soak in the wooden tubs of the thermal baths, take in the view from the rooftop pool or have an Irish-Roman spa ritual. Whichever you choose,  you are in store for a special bathe experience.

Thermalbad & Spa Zurich | Brandschenkestrasse 150 | WebsiteMAP 

Read > Themalbad Zurich: Spa Overlooking the City

Sausage plate in Zurich, Switzerland

6. Eat Sausage at Zueghauskeller

A former Swiss armory, Zeughauskeller is now a huge beer hall with over a dozen sausage dishes to choose from. It is full of tourists most of the time, but there is a reason…the sausage is really good. Try the sausage sampler where you will be able to test six different types of sausage topped of with slabs of bacon. Don’t forget to order a Eidgenoss, a ginormous flaming beer, but be prepared to be video taped by all the surrounding tables as they watch the show. 

Zeughauskeller | Bahnhofstrasse 28A | WebsiteMAP 

Glass Biodomes at the Zurich Botanical Gardens

7. Go Inside the Glass Biodomes at the Botanical Gardens

Zurich’s botanical garden is compact, yet comprehensive with around 9,000 different species. This is not so much a tourist attraction as a place where you can see the locals sunbathing on the grass, having a picnic or watching the frogs in the large pond. Be sure not to miss the architectural glass biodomes that house a variety of exotic tropical plants.  .

Botanical Garden | Universitat Zollikerstrasse 107, Zurich | Website | MAP

Zurich Frau Gerolds in Switzerland

Zurich's Frau Gerolds in Switzerland

8. Relax on the Patio of Frau Gerolds Garten

Located next to the train tracks, this trendy spot is a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. The grounds house a garden, small shops, a cafe and beer bar. It’s a little bit of Bohemian meets college dorm meets urban garden. The bar is made of shipping cargo boxes, plus you can lounge at picnic tables, on large cushioned stairs or at a bistro set near the fresh garden. It is the perfect setting to enjoy a beer on a warmer Swiss night.

Frau Gerolds Garten | Geroldstrasse 23/23a | Website | MAP

The Chagall Windows in Zurich
Jonathan Khoo

9. See the Chagall Windows

The world famous Chagall windows can be found at Fraumünster Church in Old Town Zurich. Marc Chagall, a Russian-French artist, created these five magnificent stained glass windows that bath the chapel in a rainbow of light. Each window located in the choir depicts a different Christian Story.

Fraumünster Church | Münsterhof 2, Switzerland | WebsiteMAP

Hiltl Vegetarian Buffet in Zurich
Diane Duane

10. Eat at the World’s Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant 

According the the Guinness Book of World Records, Hiltl is the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. You will find over 500 dishes when choosing either to order from the al a carte restaurant or opt for the famous Hiltl buffet. At the buffet every gram will count as they will be weighing your food to determine the cost of your meal.

Hiltl | Sihlstrasse 28 | 8001 Zurich | WebsiteMAP 

The Opera House in Zurich
Dani Mettler

11. See an Opera

Enjoy a special evening watching the famous opera stars at the 1,100 seat Zurich Opera House that sits on the shore of the lakes left bank. It is known as being one of the best opera houses in the world and In 2014 was named the Best Opera Company of the Year.

Zuricher Opernhaus | Falkenstrasse 1 | Performance Schedule | Website | MAP

Zurich Things to Do: Drink at Old Crow bar in Old Town

12. Drink Whiskey at the Old Crow

There are plenty of places to get a cocktail in Zurich, but none quite like Old Crow, cozy bar where liquor bottles line the walls and Old Crow memorabilia is scattered about. Choose from over 1200 spirits, everything from a $170 shot of Glenfiddich 30 Years 1974 “Playboy” to a $1,300 shot of 1963 Glen Grant 50 years. Or order a specialty cocktail and watch the expert barkeeper make it right before your eyes. 

Old Crow | Schwanengasse 4, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland | WebsiteMAP

Zurich Things to Do: A Flat Boat Ride on the Limmat River

13. Take a Boat on the Limmat River 

Take a leisurely boat ride along the River Limmat and be rewarded with views of the beautiful buildings of the Zurich Old Town, continue on to explore Lake Zurich by sea.

Limmat River Cruises | Website | MAP 

Zurich Things to Do: Cabaret Voltaire

Daniel Lobo

14. Drink Absinthe where Dadaism was born

Dadaism is an artistic and literary movement that born out of a distaste for political and cultural values of the time. And Cabaret Voltaire is where this art form all started. Head over, drink a glass of absinthe (a potent green aniseed-flavoured liqueur) and take a peek at the newest exhibitions.

Cabaret Voltaire | Spiegelgasse 1 | Website | MAP

Read > An Introduction to Dadaism

Zurich Things to Do: Ride a Cable Car

15. Ride a Cable Car for the Perfect View of Zurich

One of the best known vantage points for a spectacular view of Zurich is from the Felsenegg lookout. But, you must take the one and only aerial cable car to get there. Once at the top, not only can you take in the view, you can also hike the several trails and enjoy a meal at the cafe. This excursion is included in the Zurich Extended City Tour from Get Your Guide.

Luftselbahm Adliswil Felsenegg | Website

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  1. Adrian October 18, 2015 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    If I was there I would love to ride the cable car to view the perfect lanscape of Zurich. Great country, but I heard it’s pretty expensive! Is that true?

    • Anastasia January 6, 2017 at 5:39 am - Reply

      I live in Switzerland and yeah, it’s actually pretty expensive when you compare it to other countries in Europe. Some people who live in Switzerland near the border to Germany often go shopping in Germany

      • Averly August 4, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

        Where are some nice and cheap places to shop in Germany then?

  2. Day Tour Agra October 20, 2015 at 12:02 am - Reply

    Thanks for blog posts!

  3. India Tour Packages October 20, 2015 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks for provides the excellent news. This is amazing bucket lists for the best place Switzerland.

  4. Izy Berry October 27, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Thanks for all this ideas all the things that we can do do in SWITZERLAND!! i love your blog and you look like the actress of the tv show younger

  5. Mason November 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Did you happen to visit the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland? I have always wanted to see it!

    • Annette White November 7, 2015 at 7:28 am - Reply

      Close, I was in Interlaken and it was absolutely beautiful!

  6. suraj January 20, 2016 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    The streets are filled with history as well as modern shops and cafes. For a more in depth experience, take the Zurich Extended City Tour from Get Your Guide where you will begin by seeing all the major attractions.

  7. Ashfaq April 2, 2016 at 4:14 am - Reply

    Switzerland is a dream country for almost all Asians,the city view from the cable car is really awesome. all the food look delicious. take a boat tour also not a bad idea at all.

  8. wtglimo August 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I like this blog. thanks for the blog. it was very informative and the pictures are captured very beautifully.

  9. Dominick March 11, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Love the photos, thanks for sharing! I have to visit Zurich now!

    – Dominick

  10. Switzerland Traveller (Jessy) July 13, 2017 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Awesome post Annette White. I and my husband plan to be in Switzerland for about 6-7 days. We have never been to Switzerland before. We would love to spend 2-3 days just around some mountain area and stay in a small town. Any suggestions on where we could go? Also we are checking local tour operator like http://www.theswissholidays.com, can you suggest few more?

  11. Shila August 8, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Annette, thanks for your tips and I found it is very useful and informative. I’d like to seek some advice from you about an itinerary about Zurich. Do you think this(https://www.43km.co/published_trips/29682d21-af07-4b3d-8a9a-db1b9dfe26ef) covers most of the places people should go or it might missing some important attractions? Thanks a lot!

  12. Rosmaizura November 11, 2017 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am planning to go to Zurich middle of December 2017. Could you suggest which part of the mountain side that is nearest to Zurich

  13. lauren February 18, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    the best zurich reco list I’ve found… thank you!

  14. Mat February 28, 2018 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I you can, take a look at the Giacometti murals inside the police station.

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  16. Mel September 4, 2018 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Wonderful list! Thank you. I’ll be sure to check some of these out when I go in a couple of weeks.

  17. Lilly September 17, 2018 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I actually read this years ago and it was the only place online that mentioned Hiltl, which I was super excited about and finally got to eat at! Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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