Starting from the tram hub at Bellevueplatz, take a leisurely walk along the shimmering lake (which, unlike most urban waterways, is clean enough to swim in). Take a stroll through Zurichhorn Park, which is lively with young people and creative types and filled with sculptures by Jean Tinguely and Henry Moore, among others.
Top of Fortunagasse
Go to this beautiful little square at sunset and be seduced by the quaint charm. Climb the steps and stand where the initial Roman fortress, Terricum, once stood. Play chess on one of two giant boards, or practice tai chi in the mornings with students who head there.
Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
Tel. +41 (44) 344.6363
While it seems there couldn’t be a more stereotypical touristy thing to do in Switzerland, looking at timepieces can be very interesting and educational. This place will surprise and impress, because not only are there cuckoo clocks and watches, but all kinds of timepieces dating back thousands of years – sundials, pictorial clocks, grandfather clocks and more. This is a memorable experience.
This hip, up-and-coming neighborhood used to be home to the red-light district and was a downtrodden part of town. If coming to Zurich by train, head north from the Hauptbahnhof to Langstrasse, the main street of this gentrifying area. Great people watching, hip boutiques and bars, and great multi-ethnic cuisine can be had here.
Tel. +41 (44) 251.6765
This solid art museum features the second largest collection of Munch paintings, and the best works by Alberto Giacometti.
Flussbad Oberer Letten
This riverfront oasis in the middle of the city is where bankers, athletes, Bohemians and young mothers all hang in the warm months. There are wooden terraces and squares of grass to have a picnic or a nap. Cafes and small beer gardens are everywhere.