How to Tackle Zurich as a First Timer
Pretty as a film set and bursting with Alpine charm, Zurich is Switzerland's largest city. From cultural offerings and historical landmarks to natural attractions and culinary highlights, the city has something to please visitors of all stripes. Here are the essential experiences you should plan during a first-time visit to Zurich.
Cruise Lake Zurich
Zurich is situated at the northern edge of Lake Zurich, and this clean, glittering body of water is one of the city’s loveliest attractions. Embark on a cruise of the lake for a relaxing way to sightsee and take in the fresh Alpine air.
Indulge in Swiss Fondue
It isn’t a trip to Switzerland until you’ve indulged in a classic fondue dinner. Made with copious quantities of melted cheese, as well as a glug of white wine and kirsch cherry brandy, fondue is a particularly decadent option during the snowy winter months. Just don’t drop any bread into the fondue—if you do, according to legend, you either need to buy a round of drinks or kiss your dining companions.
Explore the Old Town (Altstadt)
The most picturesque and history-saturated area of Zurich, the Old Town (Altstadt) is also home to many of its top landmarks. Embark on a walking tour to soak up the area’s charming ambiance, and spot highlights such as the Lindenhof, the winding alleys of Niederdorf, Fraumünster and Grossmünster churches, and more.
Learn How to Make Chocolate
Alongside watches, knives, and cheese, chocolate is one of Switzerland’s best-known exports. During your time in Zurich, don’t just visit the city’s many master chocolatiers—sign up for a hands-on course and learn how to make your own sweet treats.
Escape into the Mountains
Zurich is only a hop, skip, and a jump from the rugged mountains, and a day trip to the Alps’ peaks and valleys is one of the city’s most popular pursuits. For a gentle, 1-day introduction to the region’s scenery, venture to Mt. Titlis.
Take a Cable Car to Felsenegg
Falsenegg is one of the best lookout points in Zurich. To get there, hop the canton of Zurich’s only cable car to the summit and take in panoramic views of the city, Lake Zurich, and the snow-capped Alps in the distance.