Winter may not be warm, but it’s still beautiful and pleasant to a certain extent, especially in places such as Switzerland. The postcard perfect country is a great getaway destination, although far away from being cheap, it’s enjoyable on a modest budget too.
Zürich, the largest of the swiss cities, still small on an international scale, with just above 400 thousand inhabitants, is the main hub for visitors and expats. With its international airport located just 10 minutes train ride out of the center, Zürich is a cosmopolitan city that offers everything that any other city may have to offer. From shopping malls to cinemas, local and international couisine, a lake, two rivers, a hill that swiss people like to call mountain and a lot of delicious chocolate and cheese, Zürich has it all.
A dayticket for the local transport costs Chf 8,80 and it’s valid 24 hours. With such a ticket you’re good to go on bus, train, boat and tram, but make sure you limit yourself to the city only, which is zone 110, for further than that you’ll need an additional ticket.
The main train station is walkable distance from most attractions, however the cold winter temperatures will most likely force you into a tram.
Bahnhofstrasse is the central shopping street, where, if you’re on a budget you’ll be only window shopping, because stores like Louis Vuitton and Prada, won’t be inviting.
On the other hand, Zurich is a great spot for outdoors lovers, even in winter, the panoramic viewing points being for free and available for everyone that wishes to have a look at the city from above.
By tram 3 from Central to Römerhof station and from there by the Dolderbahn you’ll reach the gorgeous castle that serves as a posh hotel, called Dolder Grand. The viewing point from next to the hotel is amazing and the surrounding forest is great for strolling around in the snow.
Grossmünster, the church with the two tours, visible from everywhere in the center area, is a great place to go for a view. The ticket costs Chf5 to climb up to the tower, but it definitely does worth it.
You can’t leave Zurich without strolling around the lake, which on a good day, when the sky is blue will be looking amazing, with the mountains in the far backdrop .
Walking around in Zurich is tempting in any weather and the old town is charming and pretty. Lots of boutiques, cafes and sweet local shops, it’s a nice place to visit.
Although the coldness of people and the general rigid and formal atmosphere, Zürich is nice to visit for a few days.