What to Do in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich may be Switzerland’s powerhouse city, but its infectious work-hard, play-hard energy is refreshingly offset by a love of nature and a healthy embrace of creative freedom.

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The entrance to Im Viadukt in Zurich
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Im Viadukt

One of Zurich's most exciting shopping, drinking and dining "streets" is, in fact, a repurposed railway viaduct, today full of indie design stores, studios and excellent eateries. We like Restaurant Markthalle for its seasonality and local flavours.


Viaduktstrasse, 8005 Zürich

A gallery room at Kunsthaus Zurich
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Kunsthaus Zürich

Emphasising Swiss art, this unmissable gallery is the country's largest art museum, housing a collection spanning from the medieval era to the present. An extension houses curated contemporary exhibitions.


Heimplatz 1, 8001

A lakeside bad in Zurich
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Swimming and saunas

Zurich's many river and lake badis (public baths) are a must-visit. Lakeside saunas usually have bars and terraces. If you prefer a gender-specific venue, Frauenbad am Stadthausquai is women-only, while Freibad am Schanzengraben is for men.


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The Lowdown

Discover more of Zurich's creative guide by visiting myswitzerland.com, or purchase Volume 37: Craft today and receive A Creative's Guide to Switzerland, an 80-page SUITCASE travel companion to Basel, Geneva, Lausanne and Montreux Riviera, and Zurich.