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24 hours in Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, and a popular and busy rail hub. Chances are you'll pass through here on any Interrail trip in or around Switzerland. There’s a lot to see and do in the city, so here's how to make the most of 24 hours in Zurich.

11AM // Explore Zurichs old town

Walk the oldest streets in the city

Spend some time exploring the historic heart of Zurich’s Old Town. You can embark on a guided walking tour of the city, or simply explore the main attractions in your own time. If you choose to go alone, make sure you incorporate the main churches of Grossmünster, Fraumünster and St. Peter, all of which are within easy walking distance.


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1 PM // Find a cheap lunch

Track down a lunch that won’t burn a hole in your pocket

Eating out in Zurich can be an expensive affair. But there's a few places that serve up good quality meals at reasonable prices. Check out the likes of Burgermeister, Restaurant Ach’i, or Za’atar for simple international fare. If you’re a vegetarian, you’d be remiss to overlook Haus Hiltl, one of the first veggie restaurants in the world.


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2 PM // Bahnhofstrasse

Window shopping and people watching

Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse is the main shopping street in the city. Stores for high-end brands line up this glitzy street, which is a fascinating place to explore on foot even if you’re not looking to buy. Pay a visit to Jelmoli, a massive shopping paradise, and the Paradeplatz, Switzerland's financial centre.


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4 PM // Uetliberg

Take in the view from Zurich’s mountain

For some of the best views of Zurich, head up Uetliberg. The mountain sits at 870 metres above sea level and offers stunning views over the lake and city. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Alps.


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6 PM // Zurich West and nightlife

Explore Zurich’s hippest neighbourhood

If you’re looking for a night on the town, Zurich has you covered. Start by exploring Zurich West, the hippest part of town. It’s a vibrant revamped industrial area with several good bars where you can top off your 24 hours in Zurich in style. If you want to try your luck at picking up a few bonus Euros, head to the world-famous Swiss Casinos Zürich.


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Spend the morning wandering Zurich’s popular markets

Spend the final morning bargain hunting at one of the city’s bustling markets. There are several popular markets in Zurich that sell everything from fruit and vegetables to clothes, crafts and hidden treasures. Bürkliplatz, Rosenhof craft market, and Kanzlei Flea Market are all worth seeking out. If you’re pressed for time, stick to the Bahnhofmarkt located at the main train station.


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