Arriving in Zurich on Monday afternoon and departing on Wednesday morning meant that I’d have 1.5 days to explore gorgeous Zurich. I was mainly interested in exploring and walking around the city and therefore I didn’t really have time to explore outside of Zurich.
Ever since I was young, I knew I always wanted to visit. The city has so much gorgeous sights, culture, architecture, etc. that it is just beyond captivating. I love cities that are integrated with water (such as Stockholm, Venice, etc.), so I knew I would be amazed. I generally want to visit Switzerland for a longer amount of time in the future and really explore more of the country, but in this case I had just over a day to visit one of the most important cities.
After landing and later checking into my hotel, I had the whole afternoon to explore. When I explore a new city, I love to just walk around and take in the sights, smell the food, hear the language, etc. I’m not really interested in museums. I like to walk around on my own and see the things I want to see and not really have a programme for what I’m going to do… instead, I just plan as the day goes. Of course I read a few articles before – to see what is worth visiting, but I never “plan out” anything specific.
The city is beyond gorgeous. I spent most of my time just walking around and admiring the buildings and trying local food. I did go to the Swiss National Museum, and I was amazed by the Swiss history and culture. I don’t like museums in general, but this museum was something different. I didn’t feel like I had to just “go through” it and instead, I actually enjoyed what I was presented with.. so even if you don’t like museums, I really recommend visiting the Swiss National Museum as there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Yes, the city is expensive.. I did manage to find some places with food that was regular-priced, so I wouldn’t worry about the cost of food too much. The train between the city centre and airport also isn’t too expensive, however, the hotels are. I didn’t want to spend 300 CHF on my hotel and therefore I redeemed points.. which I would say is a good value.
All in all, I highly recommend visiting Zurich, mainly to just take in the sights as it is beyond gorgeous. I also suggest visiting the National Museum, as you’ll find the history and culture of the country very fascinating. With that, here are a few photos: