Zürich + The Northern Cities

Zürich + The Northern Cities Travel Guide

Everyone has their favorite cheese shop. This is one of the best.

Every Tuesday and Friday, early in the morning, this plaza plays host to local stalls of beautiful flowers and delicious breads, cheeses, and meats that are farm fresh.

Worth taking in a game of pro soccer where you'll meet Swiss fans in all their glory as they celebrate the local heroes FCZ.

Few places in the city offer more respite than the botanical gardens. This beautiful and expansive set-up is maintained by the university and is an absolute delight for an afternoon stroll.

For a modest refundable deposit after you return with the bike, you're to be able to enjoy a day of riding all over town. It's a great way to see and experience the city like a local.

Definitely worth a visit, the town hall has great architecture and a history of the city on display. A lovely cafe is on the ground floor right beside the fast and flowing Limmat river.

In the city center and reachable by a flight of stone steps, this is a very large and peaceful plaza with many linden trees and benches that make it perfect for picnics. Great views of the city abound.

Between the Bahnhofstrasse and the Limmat river are narrow alleys and medieval structures that make for wonderful sightseeing and quiet afternoons of musing. There are also several hard-to-find upscale shops.

Along the Limmat river are bathing houses and along the shores of Lake Zurich are grassy beaches. On hot days, few things are as pleasurable as a swim in Swiss waters before lounging around with a cold drink.

You needn't venture into the high mountains to enjoy Swiss nature. This local mountain, just above the city, is perfect for day hikes and biking as well as paragliding. For the more sedentary, there are terrific restaurants and cafes dotting the mountain where you can sit and enjoy the view.

The city's preeminent art museum has a first-rate collection of old masters and impressionist paintings as well as exhibitions.

This magnificent Protestant church has a beautiful interior as well as courtyards that are so enthralling that you can easily spend a couple of hours taking it all in.

Sprüngli serves its iconic hamburger shaped Luxemburgerli. The shop also has one of the best deals in Zurich, 10 truffles for $7.