Zurich, largest city of Switzerland, a lovely picturesque and cosmopolitan metropolis, offers a variety of activities, a scenic old town and plenty of nature attractions.
WHAT TO SEE WHEN TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET
Zurich has a wide range of must see sights, plenty attractions and activities to do. If you are travelling on a budget there is a list of popular places and monuments I can recommend.
- Bahnhofstrasse, one of the main shopping streets in Zurich and one of the most expensive districts in world, full of elegant shops and luxury brands.
- Paradeplatz, a popular central square and tram junction, surrounded by bank headquarters, bars and coffee shops in the vicinity, worth seeing.
- Lindenhof Hill, a gorgeous picturesque district in old town, where you will enjoy a breathtaking outlook, amazing panoramic views of the city. A neighborhood of high historical significance, as there are the remains of the Roman castle and the later Carolingian Kaiserpfalz. A lovely place with amazing views to the city, where you have the chance to relax and view city from the top. Don”t miss the chance to climb to the the hill!
- Hauptbahnhof (Zürich Central Station), a quite large building, where the main train station is located, full of shops, stores and budget eats, mostly busy and overcrowded.
- Walking by the lake promenade of Zurich is quite an experience , especially during sunset as view of the city is simply amazing.
NOT TO MISS!!
Polybahn is a funicular train, known as UBS Polybahn, located right in the very heart of the city, a way of popular public transport and a good way to reach the hill and enjoy lovely views all over the city. Polybahn departs from the central square, over the Limmat bridge and is a short – 2 minute – ride to ETH, Zurich university in science and technology and the Polyterrasse, a popular square that offers panoramic views to the city and has a variety of coffee shops to hang out and enjoy a beautiful viewpoint of the town. One way ticket 1,20 CHF (1€).
Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church, in the old town. Beautiful interior and one of Zurich’s main landmarks. Definitely a must visit, not to miss reaching the top of the tower. Long climb – 172 steps – and a very narrow staircase to reach the top of the tower, but views well worth the effort. View to the city and lake is just amazing!! Entrance to the church is free, fee to the tower is 4€.
An affordable way to explore Zurich is by bicycle. “Züri rollt”, is an initiative that provides locals and tourists with the chance to view Zurich on wheels. Velostation is located in the main railway station district in Europaplatz. Bike rentals run from 8.00am to 9.30pm, Monday to Sunday. A valid ID and a deposit of CHF 20 required to book your ride. When you return the bicycle, you get back your deposit. No reservation needed, just turn up! A very good choice, comparing to the expensive public transport fees of Zurich.
Lindenhof is a popular historic neighborhood, in the old town of Zurich. A lovely district where you can stroll in the narrow streets and admire the beauty of the area. Climb to the hill to enjoy wonderful views to the River Limmat, the Lake Zurich and the beautiful city of Zurich.
Dining in Zurich can be pricey but affordable as well, depend on the type of the restaurant. During my stay in Zurich I dined in Green Room, an Irish pub, located near Limmatplatz (main dish and wine 28€) . Drinks in Zurich vary from 7€ (beer), 8€ (wine) to 15€ (cocktail). A Moroccan brunch in Maison Blunt was a really good idea!! A lovely and popular coffee – restaurant, in a relaxing environment and bright venue, serves wide selection of vegan options from couscous, hummus, falafel to lamb, beef and meze platter. Good quality of food, friendly staff in a fair price (cheese platter and hot drink 23€).
You ll find 1200 public fountains with drinkable water around Zurich. Swiss top quality drinking water of natural resources, free of charge.
Photo Awards Zurich March 2019
During my stay in Zurich I visited Zurich photo exhibition, ”Swiss Photo Award 2019″, an interesting photo exhibition, comprising of 150+ local photographers and close to 600+ photos, from landscapes to portraits and animal photography. We had the chance to select and vote three of all photos displayed and I have to admit that competition was too high. Two of the photos I voted awarded with a prize. Quite an experience I have to admit!
Langstrasse, a quarter in district 4, is a lively area full of night clubs, bars and restaurants. A multicultural spot, Zurich’s former red-light district and drug trade area. A little unsafe area to walk in the early hours and quite filthy in early morning, especially weekends.
- Supermarket in affordable prices: Coop, Aldi, Lidl.
- S Bahn train is the most affordable means of transport from the airport to Zurich city centre ( 6€ one way).
- London – Zurich by British Airways 110 € return.
- Kalkbreite Pension & Guesthouse, a lovely guesthouse in a convenient location, providing a quiet accommodation, offering basic facilities and high level of cleanliness, 55-65 € a night.
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