From Our Lens – Exploring Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is one Cool City

As we continue to explore Europe, we are introduced to new cities that can easily be included in our list of European cities we think you should visit. Similar to rating fashion and music, the criteria used to determine a city’s coolness factor is purely subjective and will ultimately be impacted by one’s experience – who you travel with, what you do, when you do it and what type of weather you have during your visit.

It only took a few minutes for us to connect with Zurich. It has a lot of similarities to our hometown Vancouver, with its waterfront parks and close proximity to snow-capped peaks and endless outdoor adventure.

However, unlike Vancouver, Zurich is loaded with historical buildings and remarkable classical architecture. We found ourselves constantly reaching for our camera, snapping photos of virtually every building in Zurich’s Old Town. Though the rumors are true – Zurich is crazy expensive – it is an attractive, energetic city that should be included on any itinerary to Switzerland.

Below are a few photos from our time in Zurich.

The Grossmünster cathedral dominates the cityscape of Old Town Zurich

Baby B’s curiousity has been at an all time high during this trip to Europe

Waterfront buildings on the Limmat River

The warm evening sun splashes on the backside of the Grossmünster

The peculiar Ganymede Statue on the waterfront near Bürkliplatz

 We thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor restaurant culture in Zurich. We didn’t have to walk very far before stumbling on an inviting patio that served cold beer

Strolling down the shaded paths on the city’s lakeshore

When the sun comes out, the locals flock to the lake to swim, socialize and get noticed. It was a hazy day, but if you look at the horizon you can see the Swiss Alps

Hanging out with 1,000 of our closest friends! This beach park (I believe its called Arboretum?) reminded of us Kitsilano in Vancouver. It was insanely busy that sunny Sunday afternoon.

Party-goers chill out on boats and floating docks as music vibrates and echoes off the bustling lake – it’s the place to be on a hot summer day!

Taking in the city sights with Baby B

 The quiet streets of downtown Zurich as the morning sun wakes up the city

A river boat floats down the Limmat River

 River boat tour – an easy and inexpensive way to see the city and lake

Of course, no city can officially claim cool status without a little protesting!

Colourful shopping strip in downtown Zurich

Kayakers playing in the Limmat River

Streetcar arriving at the bustling Paradeplatz


Have you visited Zurich? What did you think of it?

Share your experience in the comments section below, we’d love to read about it!

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Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 70 countries on 6 continents in the past 10 years. Learn more about their story here. Follow them on Instagram and subscribe to their monthly newsletter.