Drink From a Water Fountain in Zurich, Switzerland

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.

Zurich Water Fountains

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.

Zurich Water Fountains

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.

Zurich Water Fountains

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.

Zurich Water Fountains

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.

Zurich Water Fountains

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?

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17 thoughts on “Drink From a Water Fountain in Zurich, Switzerland”

  1. I was in Zurich once and loved it (although that city is super expensive!!), but I never noticed the water fountains! I have a friend who currently lives there, so planning on going there in a few weeks…will def keep an eye out for them!

  2. My tour guide in Zurich showed us the same thing. I wonder if you had the same guide? There are heaps of cities across Europe where you can drink from the water fountains. One of the most memorable for me was in the Amalfi coast town of Amalfi. There is a beautiful big water fountain just in the square up from the beach. There were so many people crowded around helping themselves to water.

  3. Even if this city is considered as one of the cleanest in the world, I would be suspicious of the water from the fountains ;)

  4. What a contrast – free water compared to an 8 buck latte! Sometime in the not too distant future however, I bet the price of one of our most precious resources will soar.

  5. Zurich, Switzerland. Unless I’m mistaken, it’s always been in the top 5 cleanest cities in the world. Thirsty from sight-seeing? Drink water from their fountains, in the parks, plazas and even churchyards. It’s ok.

  6. Wow! I did not know that this was a thing in Zurich! But I can imagine that they would have really pure-tasting water! If I ever go back again (and boy, do I want to go back), I am definitely trying this! :)


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