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. If you plan to visit Zurich, we recommend you stay within walking distance to the Old Town (it’s the most attractive part of the city). You can find hotel reviews and deals for Zurich by visiting sites like Trivago.com.
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 mighty 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 active 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?
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