5 Places Locals love in Zurich, not the usual tourist attractions!
1. Lake Zurich
What would Zurich be without its lake? The lake is stunningly beautiful no matter the season. In summer you can rent a boat or a pedalo, go swimming or hop on one of the big ships. There are various places to relax and barbeque and if the weather is nice you will be even rewarded with a view of the beautiful Swiss alps in the background.
2. Old Town
It might sound touristy but the old town is really worth a trip in Zurich. Start at bellevue and take a stroll up to the Oberdorf, passing Zurich’s most famous building, the Grossmünster, then go over the Gemüsebrücke and enjoy the spectacular view at the lake, walk up Rennweg and arrive at the Lindenhof which is part of the old city wall with a great view over the river, the medieval houses and the big university buildings on top of the hill.
This flee market is a true institution in Zurich. Hosted every Saturday at the Burkliplatz during the summer months you can find everything your heart could desire – from ancient treasures, grandmothers clothes, hidden gems and all kind of Krimskrams – in short this is a great place to find little trinkets if you’re up for the hunt. The venders are usually real personalities as well who have been selling here for years and always know a great story to tell.
4. Cafe Schober
Cafe Schober might be the most beautiful Cafe in Zurich. You enter through a fantastic looking pastry store (yes, you can buy all the delicious treats as well) then you come into the first floor, which is held in a rather calm fashion. Go up the stair and arrive at the red room with Louis XV furniture and boudoir style, or else go to the third floor and enjoy the opulent decorations. Don´t forget to try the hot chocolate – it’s the stuff legends are made of.
5. Baltho Bar
If there is ever a place where you feel like you landed in the Mad Men universe it is the Bar Baltho! Great design apart, there are only a few places in the world that can compete with the cocktail making skills of the barkeepers in this place! This is old school people, no funny business. Whatever drink you want, from a good old Amaretto Sour or have them mix something new especially for you, you will definitely come back for more!