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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily; hours vary by vendor and restaurant

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5

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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Zurich's Old Town is the historic part of town – and by historic, we mean medieval. Winding cobblestone alleys run alongside quintessential Zurich attractions like the Great Minster. You'll also find several acclaimed museums – such as the Swiss National Museum and the Museum of Art – and hotels in and around the district.

Though all of the neighborhood's buildings are worth admiring, when visiting Old Town, be sure to check out Muhlesteg Footbridge. This bridge, which is famous for its array of love locks, comes highly recommended by past travelers. But those traveling with kids should consider visiting during the day. Old Town boasts the highest concentration of nightclubs in Switzerland, which come alive once the sun goes down.

Getting to Old Town is a cinch thanks to the city's tram system. Multiple tram stations can be found throughout the Old Town area, including Neumarkt and Central stations. Bus Nos. 31 and 33 also make multiple stops here. While the area itself is free to visit, fees apply for purchases made at Old Town's shops, bars and restaurants. Additional information about Old Town can be found on Switzerland Tourism's website.

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#1 Lake Zurich (Zurichsee)

Backing lower Lake Zurich is a tangle of parks and gardens, collectively known as the lake promenade, that make for a picturesque place to spend an afternoon. And in warm weather, the lake is peppered with boats, while the banks are filled with picnickers and sunbathers. If you're a jogger, the area is also one of Zurchers' favorite places to pound the ground.

For some of the best views of Zurich and the nearby Alps, travelers suggest taking a boat ride on the lake. One-and-a-half-hour boat tours are available throughout the year and are free for Zurich Card holders.

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