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Zurich on a budget | What to see and do

Zurich, the largest city of Switzerland is a cosmopolitan metropolis offering a variety of activities. What can you do on a budget in Zurich?

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the lake of Zurich in Switzerland,

WHAT TO SEE IN ZURICH ON A BUDGET

Zurich has a wide range of must-see sights, plenty of activities to do. If you are travelling on a budget there is a list of popular places and monuments I recommend you to visit.

  • Bahnhofstrasse is one of the main shopping streets in Zurich. Bahnhofstrasse is one of the most expensive districts in the world, plentiful of elegant shops and luxury brands.
  • Paradeplatz is a popular central square and tram junction. The area is surrounded by bank headquarters, bars and coffee shops in the vicinity.
  • Hauptbahnhof (Zürich Central Station) is a quite large building, where the main train station is located. The area is full of shops, stores and budget eat.
  • Walk by the lake promenade of Zurich. The view of the city is breathtaking.
  • The Polybahn is a funicular train located in the heart of the city. The funicular is a way of popular public transport. Take the funicular to reach the hill and enjoy lovely views all over the city. The Polybahn departs from the central square over the Limmat bridge and offers a short – 2 minute – ride to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
  • Visit the Polyterrasse, a popular square offering panoramic views to the city and has a variety of coffee shops to hang out and enjoy a beautiful viewpoint of the town.
view of buildings and the lake of Zurich in Switzerland,

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buildings view from the Polyterrasse in Zurich Switzerland
  • Visit Grossmünster. Grossmünster is a Romanesque-style Protestant church, located in the old town. Grossmünster is one of Zurich’s main landmarks. Grossmünster is a must-visit.
  • Reach the top of the tower of Grossmünster. The top of the church requires a long climb – 172 steps! There is a narrow staircase to reach the top of the tower. The views will amaze you.
Panoramic view of zurich from the Grossmünster church
  • Ride a 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. The bike rentals run Monday to Sunday from 8.00 am to 9.30 pm. A valid ID and a deposit of CHF 20 are required to book your ride. When you return the bicycle you are getting back your deposit. There is no need to reserve just turn up! (FREE).
Buildings and the lake of Zurich, Switzerland
view to the lake from Lindenhof  hill
Lindenhof
  • Lindenhof is a popular historic neighbourhood located in the old town of Zurich. A lovely district to 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.
  • Drink water in one of the 1200 public fountains around Zurich. Swiss top quality drinking water of natural resources.
  • Visit Langstrasse, a quarter in district 4. Langstrasse is a lively area full of night clubs, bars and restaurants.
cheese platter  in a restaurant in Zuric in Switzerland

WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH ON A BUDGET

Kalkbreite Pension & Guesthouse. Address: Kalkbreitestrasse 6, 8003 Zürich.

WHERE TO EAT IN ZURICH

  • Dining in Zurich can be pricey but affordable as well depending on the type of the restaurant. During my stay in Zurich, I dined in the Green Room, an Irish pub, located near Limmatplatz (28€). Drinks in Zurich vary from 7€ (beer), 8€ (wine) to 15€ (cocktail).
  • Maison Blunt is located in a relaxing environment and serves a wide selection of vegan options from couscous, hummus, falafel to lamb, beef and meze platter. The quality of the food is good, the staff is friendly and the price fair.

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WHERE TO SHOP IN ZURICH ON A BUDGET

  • Supermarket in affordable prices: Coop, Aldi, Lidl.

Photo Awards Zurich March 2019

During my visit in Zurich, I visited the Zurich photo exhibition, ”Swiss Photo Award 2019″, a photo exhibition comprising of 150+ local photographers and close to 600+ photos from landscapes to portraits and animal photography.

Zurich, Switzerland,
No 3 public prize photo by Loic Rais – Eingefangen. Photo: Swissphotoclub

HOW TO GET TO THE CITY FROM THE AIRPORT

Buildings and the lake of zurich from the Grossmünster church

Take S Bahn train to commute from the airport to Zurich city centre.

This post was most recently updated on June 9th 2020.

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