24 Hours In Zürich, Switzerland

After an unbelievable train ride through the Switzerland alps we arrived in Zürich, Switzerland. It was pouring when we arrived and although I was extremely bummed {at first} that the only day we had here it would be raining, I would soon find out that Zürich is just as magical, if not more, when it is gloomy.

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Although we had only 24 hours in the city, we made the very most of our time. Check out my favorite places to dip bread in bubbling cheese, tastiest beer to order and where to order it, and the best places to pick up adorable souvenirs. If you only have 24 hours in this city, I suggest waking up early, shop, go on a walking tour of the city, then eat and drink your heart out.

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Eat

Sausage // Sternen Grill // believe me when I say that there are few things better in life than a sizzling sausage and a beer. Also, make sure to try their spicy mustard. Hits your nose like lightning, but nothing that a gulp of cold beer can’t wash down.

Fondue // Fribourger // this cozy, locals favorite is perfect place to indulge in a pot of fondue.

Local & fresh // Marche // this healthy restaurant can be found in the city center and Zürich’s airport. It was by far one of my favorite meals. Cooked right in front of you, the food is local and free of preservatives.. a win win!

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Chocolate // Confiserie Sprüngli // Switzerland’s heart of chocolate production boasts Lint, Trenscher and Sprüngli factories on its outskirts and when the winds blows off Lake Zürich in the winter the people who live nearby can smell the chocolate in the air. Step inside Confiserie Sprüngli and indulge in some of the best chocolates in Switzerland has to offer.

Tip: If you only have 24 hours in the city, and can’t fit it all into one day, you can find Marche and Confiserie Sprüngli in Zürich’s airport.


Drink

Cocktails // Kronenhalle // a legendary bar with a legendary barkeeper. Peter Roth was a world champion barkeeper and still known as one of the best. So sit down, ogle at the art, and have one of the best drinks you’ve ever had.

Beer // Zeughauskeller // this 1487 arsenal for medieval weaponry-turned-enormous beer hall is a great stop for an hearty meal. Try the sausages and schnitzel with a stein of feldschlössen.

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Sleep

Old & New // Marktgasse Hotel // Built in the 15th century, the Marktgasse Hotel has been renovated gorgeously and is surrounded by winding lanes, cobblestone streets and shops that you could only possibly find in Switzerland. Read more about my stay here.


Shop

Trendy // Viadukt // a stretch of shops, cafe’s and bars built into the arches of an old railway viaduct. It has become one of the most happening places to be at in town.

High-End // Pretty Rad // besides walking through and visiting the shops like Chanel, Miu Miu and Prada, you can visit this gem of a store that is indeed pretty rad. An assortment of high-end street fashion, this trendy & cool shop owner designs and sources clothes, jewelry and accessories from designers hidden all over the world.

Fashionable & Feminine // Jo Brauer // this boutique stocks a trendy range of unique and stylish clothes, shoes and jewellery made by labels from around the world, as well as a small selection of home accessories. It’s a great place to hunt for an original gift – or perhaps just a treat for yourself.

Souvenir // Teddy’s // this souvenir shop right across the Münsterbrücke bridge is a perfect place to pick something up for your loved ones and yourself. Only having one day here I didn’t want to waste time going in and out of shops looking for a good gift. Teddy’s has it all from Lindt chocolates, Switzerland apparel, cuckoo clocks, plates and so much more.


Do

View // Lindenhoff // a little bit of a hike up the hill, but the reward when you reach the top is amazing. The view from the top of Lindenhoff is picturesque.

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Relax // Hammam Basar // Escape to Patumbah Park and feel as though you have been transported to Morocco. Enjoy a traditional cleansing, relax, and shop the Basar’s high-quality cosmetics.

Tour // Zürich Walking Tour // if you are short on time and want to see all the main attractions Zürich has to offer, opt for a free walking tour of the city. They run 1.5 hour tours everyday at 11am. It’s the perfect way to see the city and learn a little bit of the history at the same time. Also, no need to call or book ahead.. all you need to do is show up!

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Disclosure: Regardless if you visit this charming city for 1 day or 10, you will leave saying “I can’t wait to come back!”. I speak from experience!

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Thank you Marktgasse Hotel for hosting us during our 24 hours!