The Best Things in Zürich, Switzerland

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The Best Things in Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, the largest city in Switzerland, which is the central hub of banking giants, metropolitan railways, and home to one of the most important theaters in the German speaking community, happens to be our first stop in our larger-than-budget-life Europe travel. Filled with a complete course of airplane food, and a whole lot of time-zone induced catnap, we braced ourselves for some Zürich adventure. Here’s a wrap up of some of the best things  - the best must do, must go, must try, must experience things - you should experience in the Land of the Alps.


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Best Place in Zürich: Grossmünster

Grossmünster, which is known in English as Great Minster, is one three main churches of Zürich (the other's being Fraumünster and St. Peterskirche), and is by far the best church landmark you can find in Zürich. It has two jaw dropping masterpieces that are quite unique across the whole of Zurich. First are the twin towers that are Romanesque-style in Architectural standards. The details are quite intriguing and the whole stance looks very European classic. Second one is the 360 panoramic view point from the viewing platform on top one of these towers. It captures the whole essence of Zürich, a 3D postcard view of the entire city, with gradients of clouds and mountains as perfect backdrops. 

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Best Food in Zürich: Sandwiches at Kleiner Café

If rice is to Asia, bread is to Europe; sandwiches are an inescapable staple in Zurich. And after sampling one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever tried in my lifetime, I’m beginning to think that I must have been a bread enthusiast in my past life. The sandwiches here are as artistic and as tasteful as their city, even the simplest ones. Imagine having a fine dining meal with sandwiches. Even better, perhaps. Sandwiches at Kleiner Café is the place to be. Salmon mixed with young corn, unconventional yams mixed with fruits, fresh veggies mixed with croissants – I’d come back to Zürich even for this alone. 

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Best Bargain in Zürich: Swiss Made Watches

“Suisse", "produit suisse", "fabriqué en Suisse", "qualité suisse" or the translations, "Swiss", "Swiss Made", or "Swiss Movement", the brand clearly speaks volumes. Did you know that there are a lot of countries who tried to adopt this concept? Starting from as early as the 19th century, Switzerland has developed an unparalleled branding when it comes to their watches, and because of this, a visit to this country won’t be as memorable if you don’t leave without a Swiss watch of your own. The prices here are considerably inexpensive compared to buying it elsewhere, but that’s the best bargain you can get for such a world class product. It’s about time you get an original Swiss made watch from where else? Zurich.

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Best Interesting Experience in Zürich: Free Walking Tours

It’s difficult to get anything free nowadays so it’s quite interesting to get a free walking tour of this kind of quality. Funny thing though, it’s not the type you can avail from the airports or hotels. This one is a unique character of its own. We were randomly approached by a group of touring young bloods, who are eager to let us join their small cult of culture vultures. It’s a free tour around the city, with walks across every important corner, with talks about Einstein and Casanova, and with links with new friends along the way.

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Best Favorite in Zürich: Night Stroll in Bahnhofstrasse

I’m gullible when it comes to yellow lights and night strolls, anything with it - I’d say I like it the most. So yeah, what’s not to like about this one? Nothing. Night Stroll in Bahnhofstrasse gives a different kind of Swiss experience, a clear winner when it comes to the best of Zürich. You’ll see trail of trams, queues of people, and luxury brands in sight. It has the lights, sounds, and streets to relish, and it gives a clear character as to what kind of society these Swiss people have. Nothing compares.


[SWITZERLAND TRAVEL] Read the rest of Explore Switzerland Travel Blog Series:
Anti-Bread Allergy at Kleiner Café
Crossing the Quaibrücke
Face off with the Fraumünster
Go Back in Time with Kirche St Peter
Grossmünster: The Unsurpassed View of Zurich
How to Dump a Beautiful City
In the Middle of Swiss and Stars
Profanity Obsession in Limmatquai
Royal Döner: Why Try Turkish in Swiss
Stop and Stare at Starbucks Zürich
Switzerland Travel Video
The Best Things in Zürich, Switzerland
The Truth about the Gates of Hell
Year End Wrap Up: 12 Highlights of 2013













Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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