Zurich, Switzerland is one of the cleanest cities I have ever been to, as well as one of the most expensive. So, on one hand it did not surprise me that you could drink the water straight from the hundreds of beautiful water fountains scattered throughout this enchanting town.
Though on the flip side, it was completely shocking that the potable fountain water was free. Especially when a venti vanilla latte will run you a whopping eight bucks.
There are over 1200 unique fountains located around Zurich, most of which spew drinkable water 24 hours a day.
Though I would never be able to sip from all of them in my limited time in Switzerland, I did want to quench my thirst at a few.
My Zurich fountain introduction began with a ‘Stories of the Old Town’ tour, which I found was half price when using the discount ZurichCARD. Bonus.
We were guided through the cobbled streets of the town, learning about its rich history and then to a tree-filled park overlooking the city. Of course, a distinct feature of this park was a large concrete fountain.
Here, the tour guide gave each of us a paper cup to fill with the flowing water. Drink up. It tasted fresh and clean, minus the mineral taste that is present in some ‘filtered’ waters.
It was so good, as far as water goes, that I filled my glass a second time.
After this experience, I went searching for fountains. And they weren’t hard to find.
They could be spotted in quaint piazzas, while traveling along busy streets and near popular attractions. Each one was unique, a work of art in their own way.
It is comforting to know that you won’t go thirsty while in Zurich. Though next time I am traveling in Zurich I will remember to bring a water bottle.
Now if they can just figure out a system like this for chocolate.
Is drinking from a water fountain in Zurich, Switzerland on your bucket list?