When I initially began planning my trip to Switzerland I admittedly hadn’t scheduled time to really explore Zurich. However, a hitch in initial plans meant that all of that changed and I ended up basing myself in the heart of the old town at Hotel Wellenberg, 4*.
This was not only a lovely area set back from the road, but within easy reach of the train station and many local sights; the river mere steps away. The city in general seemed relatively compact and easy to navigate, with plenty of trams within easy reach; though most places are within an easy walk of each other and you certainly got a better feel for the place that way.
Having wearily navigated my way out of the train station I took a stroll down the infamous shopping street Bahnhofstrasse. Although, I didn’t make it the whole 1.4 miles, instead choosing to wander off one of the intriguing side-streets which brought me into the heart of the charming Lindenhof district. I then made the jaunt to Lindenhof Hill; a communal square offering expansive views across the staccato of rooftops across the river.
From Lindenhof I wound down through the quaint backstreets down into the open square of Fraumunster, from which you can gauge some wonderful views of both 11th century Fraumunster Church and the beautiful 12th century Grossmunster above the opposite bank of the river. The short walk across Munsterbruck Bridge, adjoining the two sites, also offers a lovely perspective in itself.
I decided to turn right and follow the river down to the mouth of Lake Zurich where you can catch a leisurely cruise along the azure waters, whilst locals bathe beneath the sun on its lengthened banks. My visit happened to coincide with the annual Spring festival Sechseläute and so there were also a multitude of delicious food stalls lining the streets around this area.
Aldstadt (Old Town)
Finally it was time to make off into the old town where I stumbled across a lively brass band performing in one of the quaint cobbled squares. The architecture offers an intriguing kaleidoscope of shapes and colours and also houses a collective array of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Zurich isn’t only a great city to explore, but also provides a great base from which to venture out on day trips into rural Switzerland. I seized this opportunity in order to escape to the Alps for a day. You can now read all about my excursion to Jungfraujoch – Journey to the Top of Europe as well.