In summers, the lake has plenty of sailing boats, which are interesting to watch too. The lake’s promenades are great to take long walks and if you are a runner, to take a jog around. Round off the day by visiting shopping places like Deer Park Town Centre and Ice House Mall and Village Shops to indulge in window-shopping.
Don’t miss to visit Confiserie Sprungli that’s a 180-year-old chocolatier located here. This street houses some of the most iconic Swiss watch and jewellery brands like Victorinox, Charriol, Baume & Mercier, Bucherer, etc. This is a place where you can spend hours surrounded by classy glamour and glitter like nowhere else in the world.
This is a 2- hour trail that mimics the distances between the planets where each kilometre represents 1 million kilometres. You can also spend time hiking and mountain biking here at the numerous rugged trails surrounding the mountain.
The summit of the mountain offers stunning views of the city framed by the majestic Alps and soaking in these views surrounded by silence and wisps of clear & crisp breeze is a great way to spend time here.
Old Town (Altstadt)
Other interesting things to explore here are Peter’s Church, that houses Europe’s largest clock face, the world-famous Chagall and Giacometti stained glass paintings at the Fraumunster, and the majestic Grossmunster (Great Minster).
The Old Town area, edging around both sides of the River Limmat, has many river-facing vantage points and promenades that are great for soaking in the vibrant buzz of the place, views of the setting sun, and the glimmering skyline of the city.
This thickly tree-lined place lets you switch off from the world and soak in stunning views of the Limmat River, the city, and the Alps in the background. Make new friends as you indulge in a game of chess at the giant chessboard.
Great Minster (Grossmunster)
Its majestic building has bronze doors with Bible engravings built by Otto Munch, carved columns with figurines of angels on top, humongous arches, and stone walls. Don’t miss to see the fascinating stained glass windows by Augusto Giacometti.
When here, take a 180-stair flight to the roof to see panoramic views of the city and the mountains. It is interesting to note that the church is always in a state of architectural reconstruction as none of the structures here belong to the same year and still look like a beautiful singular structure.
- March to October: Weekdays- 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
You will see a huge variety of palms, ferns, orchids, and cacti from climatic zones like the Mediterranean, Wadi, Savannah, etc. There are greenhouses that look straight out of a sci-fi movie here, which are a must-visit to see the futuristic technology used to maintain flora from around the world.
March to September-
- Weekdays: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Weekdays: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Weekdays- 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
It’s quite an experience breathing in air perfumed by thousands of irises and lilies and the only sounds that you will hear here are birdsong. Spend time soaking in the views of the Zurich Lake, the city’s skyline, and the snow-capped Alps in the background from the numerous viewpoints at the park.
Langenberg Wildlife Park
The most famous residents of the wildlife park are the wisents and forest horses that are now almost extinct in Switzerland. Since the animals are not caged, this is one of the best places to see them in their natural behaviour as they mate, play, and rear their young ones, making for fascinating encounters and experiences.
- 28th October to 20th March 2020- Every day from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
There is a beautiful outdoor rockery and 7 greenhouses that are a must-see to know more about the cultivation of these fascinating plants.
The museum also has great photographs, books, films, and documents that trace the history of the evolution of native Swiss trees, birds, and animals. You will see how the birds used to look like millions of years ago, what caused their evolution and why did they get extinct.
There are life-size skeletal remains and stuffed figures of marine and land dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, etc. There are sandpits for children to do mini excavations and solve giant animal puzzles.
There are impressive and interactive exhibits that detail the origin of precious stones, fossils, mountains, etc. One of the most fascinating things here is a 3-tonne earthquake simulator that can mimic an earthquake of level-8, which one can experience.
Other museum highlights include The Omniglobe (installation of the earth that showcases processes like tectonic shifts & climatic changes) and The Indergand Crystal (a 160 kg lump of quartz crystal transported from the Uri Glacier in the Alps).
Aviary & Bird Sanctuary
You will not only see parakeets, parrots, toucan, owls, etc. but can also have close encounters with them including feeding sessions. There is even a bird guesthouse here that serves as a shelter and hospital for injured and abandoned birds.
- Monday to Saturday: 8:30 am to 7:00 pm
Zoological Museum of the Zurich University
You will see displays of extinct animals like dinosaurs, mammoths, sloths, Large Frogmouth, wombats, Minke whales, etc. It’s a sheer joy to put on your headphones here and hear the whales singing, dolphins whistling, and insects buzzing. You can also use the powerful magnifying glass to see ants and tiny insects multiply many times their size.
My Climate Audio Adventure Zurich
The narration is quite fun too! Hearing a polar bear recounting his journey all the way to Switzerland from the North Pole is one of the most fun free things to do in Zurich. What’s more, you can participate in the inbuilt quiz and win prizes. This can be downloaded from izi.-travel application.