What to see in Zurich in one day

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Bathed by the Limmat River, Zurich is the classic postcard city, trapped between green woods, hills and its buildings rich in history. Full of museums and art, Zurich is an excellent destination in all seasons of the year, even if in winter it has a very special charm.
If you are looking for an original destination for a trip for the next few months here's what to see absolutely in 24 hours.


  1. One day itinerary in Zurich: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Zurich: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Zurich: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Zurich: Morning

1 - Lindenhof

Start your visit to Zurich with a full stomach. If you travel by train, the area adjacent to the Central Station is full of bars where you can have breakfast. We recommend the Café Gourmet et sa boutique du caviar, the café of the Hotel Schweizerhof. It is a typical Swiss restaurant, which will allow you to have a small taste of what awaits you during the day for an average figure of 10 CHF (€ 8,70 approximately).

From here, proceeding south you will arrive at the Lindenhof. This is the oldest district in Zurich, where you can visit the remains dating back to the Roman and Celtic times as well as enjoying a splendid view of the river. To get here, starting from the Gourmet Cafè, you can take the tram line n. 7, 11 or 13 and continue on foot.

2- St. Peter Kirche, Fraumunster, Stadthaus and Paradeplatz

After the ancient remains of the city, enter the historic streets of the center always proceeding southwards, strictly on foot. Arrived on Sclusselgasse you will find yourself in front of the church of San Pietro (St. Peter Kirche), the largest and oldest church in the city. Take a moment to admire the gigantic clock on the church tower, one of the largest in Europe.

A short distance from here, precisely on Storchengasse you will find a few minutes the Church of Our Lady (Fraumunster), in Munsterhof 2. This complex, made of sandstone, in addition to the church it also included a monastery of Benedictine nuns, all from wealthy families in southern Germany.

Not insignificant, in the Church of Our Lady, are the three large windows decorated by Marc Chagall. From here take Kappelergasse and in a couple of minutes on foot you will find yourself at Paradeplatz. This square today it is the economic heart of Zurich, although in the seventeenth century it was the place where the livestock market took place.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 19 min
  • Places visited: Lindenhof (free), St. Peter's Church (free), Church of Our Lady (5 CHF - approximately € 4,40), Paradeplatz (free)
  • 2-hour bus tour Walking tour of the city
  • Where to have breakfast: Café Gourmet et sa boutique du cavia, Bahnhofplatz 7

One day itinerary in Zurich: Afternoon

1 - Wasserkirche

For lunch, walking back up Waaggasse will lead you to Heugumper. The location of the restaurant is optimal, as well as being only 1 minute from Paradeplatz, with about 50 CHF (about € 44,00) you can have lunch with excellent food.

From here, along Poststrasse you will arrive in front of the Munsterbrucke bridge, which connects the two parts of the city. On the other side of the Limmat River, the Wasserkirche awaits you, the "water church" of Zurich, dating back to the second half of the 1400s. Here you can also see the monument to Ulrich Zwingli, a Swiss theologian famous for his proposed reform of the Catholic church during the Protestant Reformation.

2- Grossmunster and Kunsthaus

After the Wasserkirche it's time to see the city's cathedral, the Grossmunster. It is about an imposing building, known for its two characteristic towers, each surmounted by a dome. Here you can choose whether to visit only the church or also to climb to the top of the towers: in the first case the entrance is free, in the second you have to pay 4 CHF (€ 3,50 approximately). According to legend, the cathedral of Zurich was built on the tombs of the two patrons of the city: Felix and Regula, a pilgrimage destination from all over Switzerland.

After visiting it, move on Kirchgasse, in about 6 minutes on foot you will arrive at the Kunsthaus, the art museum of Zurich, one of the major attractions of the city from the point of view of exhibitions: inside you can admire works by Picasso, Monet, Chagall and many others.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1 km / 14 min
  • Places visited: Wasserkirche (free), Grossmunster (4CHF - approximately € 3,50), Museum of Art (CHF 23 - approximately € 20,00)
  • 1 day city tour Bike tour on the lake 1.5 hours jogging tour of Zurich Cathedral
  • Where to have lunch: Heugumper, Waaggasse 4

One day itinerary in Zurich: Evening

1 - Niederdof and dinner

In the evening, dedicate it to a nice walk in the heart of Zurich, in the Niederdorf area. It is a very famous area belonging to the "old city" for clubs, art galleries and attractions of all kinds.

Here you can dine for an average of 89 CHF (approx. € 78,00) per person at the Lindenhofkeller, enjoying the real atmosphere of Zurich and also taking an evening stroll along the river. From the Art Museum you can get here comfortably by tram n. 3 in just a few minutes.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8 km / 1 h 40 min
  • Places visited: Niederdorf (free)
  • Chocolarium Tour Zurich guided panoramic walk
  • Where to dine: Lindenhofkeller, Pfalzagasse 4.

Before leaving: useful tips

Before leaving for Zurich, keep in mind a few tips that may be useful for you on transport and mobility, especially if your trip is only for one day.

  • Zurich can be reached by car or train from Italy (about 3 hours and 20 from Milan), but has its own airport. Flights starting from € 69,00 -
  • means of transport: although it is possible to move on public transport with the Zurich Card, we do not recommend purchasing it if you intend to stay only one day. For more info take a look at how to get around Zurich;
  • Attractions: Zurich is full of churches, some not open to visitors. Make sure you know in advance which ones you can see from the inside in order to save time;
  • Possibility of stay: if you decide to extend your holiday, take a look at the offers for accommodation in Zurich.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

Unfortunately we had to leave some attractions aside due to the limited time available. Here we report some of them.

  1. Zoo Zurich: the zoo is far too far to make it fit into our itinerary.
  2. FIFA World Football Museum: it is a museum recommended only if you are passionate about football. If you haven't, move on.
  3. China GardenAlthough it is a characteristic botanical garden in Zurich, it is not worth seeing for a day and getting so far from the rest of the attractions.

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