|48 Hours In Zurich
|Laura Radford, Travel Writer
Zurich is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Switzerland. Sometimes mistaken for the country’s capital (which is in fact Bern) it boasts a picturesque old town, stunning waterfront, and a blend of modern and traditional charm, making it the perfect destination for a memorable city break. And the best way to explore this beautiful city and beyond is with the Swiss Rail Pass, granting you seamless access to the country's efficient and scenic railway network.
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE OLD TOWN
Start your day by immersing yourself in Zurich's rich history and culture with a leisurely stroll through the charming Old Town. As you wander through narrow cobblestone streets, you'll discover the city’s historical landmarks, quaint boutiques, and cosy cafes. Don't miss the opportunity to visit Grossmünster, a stunning Romanesque cathedral complete with incredible panoramic views from its towers.
ENJOY A CRUISE ON LAKE ZURICH
For a relaxing afternoon, we recommend heading towards Lake Zurich to take to the water. Your Swiss Rail Pass will take you to the lakefront via a short train ride where you can then embark on a delightful lake cruise. Glide along its pristine waters, and soak in the views of the majestic Swiss Alps and the picturesque villages which hug the shore.
SOAK IN THE SUNSET AT LINDENHOF
As the day draws to a close, make your way to Lindenhof hill, this serene park offers breathtaking views of the city. Pack a picnic or grab local treats from nearby eateries to enjoy as you watch the sunset over the Zurich skyline – a perfect way to end your first day.
With your Swiss Rail Pass in hand, take advantage of Switzerland's efficient train system and venture to Lucerne, a captivating city just a short train ride away from Zurich. Stroll along the Chapel Bridge, visit the Lion Monument, and soak in the enchanting atmosphere of this lakeside gem.
SHOP TIL’ YOU DROP AT BAHNHOFSTRASSE
No trip to Zurich is complete without a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, one of the world's most exclusive shopping streets. With your Swiss Rail Pass, hop on a tram to this shopper's paradise, where you can indulge in luxury retail therapy or simply admire the stylish window displays.
THE SWISS RAIL PASS
With the Swiss Rail Pass, your exploration doesn't have to end after 48 hours in Zurich. Stay longer and extend your journey to other captivating Swiss destinations like Interlaken, Zermatt, or the Jungfrau region. Each location offers a unique allure, and the Swiss Rail Pass makes it convenient to hop from one breathtaking landscape to another.
Remember to check the timetable and plan your journeys in advance to make the most of your pass. Whether you're traveling solo, with friends, or family, the Swiss Rail Pass ensures a stress-free and memorable Swiss adventure.
Ready to plan an unforgettable journey to Zurich? Want to extend your stay and make full use of the Swiss Rail pass? Speak to our Rail Holiday experts today!