- More about your oliver guide: Sherrill Lybrook
- Trip type: Adult, Family, Solo, City
- Activity level: easy
- Ideal length of trip: Depending on your vacation, 2-4 days leaves you with a solid impression of Zurich.
to & from
We arrived in Zurich by train from Bolzano, Italy via Innsbruck after a Backroads trip in Italy. Gorgeous scenery and extremely efficient and comfortable train service made this 7 hour ride a hit with the kids as well as the adults. Additional tip- the route takes you through the tiny country of Liechtenstein which could serve as a one night stopover for hiking or a quiet evening.
- Our quick 7 block jaunt from the train station to the hotel required two taxis- they are small- each could hold two people and luggage. Might consider walking next time.
- We flew out of Zurich to Bordeaux on Swiss Air. Zurich is a decent hub for intercontinental flights.
Where to Stay
Favorite hotel this trip was the Widder Hotel in Zurich. It’s a winner for location, customer service and wow factor. Zurich can’t be beat for those interested in history and architecture, but love the modern hip feel of a bustling town.
- We loved the old buildings renovated with hip modern flair in the center of old town.
- Concierge is attentive and knowledgeable- loads to do within walking distance.
Where to Eat and Drink
Boucherie August— We found a favorite spot and returned for two more meals!
- Outdoor tables on a cobble stone street was front and center for the parade of locals walking home from work.
- Delicious housemade sausages, avocado toast and kale salad accompanied by a a refreshing local biere or french wine.
What to Do
We were using Zurich as a gateway from Italy to France after a Backroads trip in the Dolomites so only had a couple of nights. If walking, shopping and history are your thing, you’re covered.
- Stroll through the old town shops and down to the water side to walk along Lake Zurich.
- Take a tour of the Fraumunster and Grossmunster churches- the heart of the reformation in Europe.
- Schwarzenbach Colonial Goods store worth the browsing for all of the fascinating finds and endless thank you gifts for those back home.
- Fabulous collection of clocks and watches at the Beyer Clock and Watch museum housed in the basement of the of the prestigious Beyer watch store and although comprehensive and impressive, the crowds were not there for our visit.