Want to make the most of your time in Zurich? Fancy seeing something more than the tourist approved sights? Check out our list of the best hidden gems and secret locations in Zurich and discover a city that is more than just high street shopping.
The area around Langstrasse in Zurich’s west was once an industrial district. Now it’s the hippest neighbourhood in the city. Factories and warehouses have converted into art galleries, clubs, restaurants and funky hotels. You’ll find unique homewares, boutique fashion and bespoke items nestled by hip cafes.
Chief among the Zurich West trend is the Rote Farbik, a converted factory that hosts musical and cultural events. Everything from theatre and food festivals to slam poetry and dance raves, it’s all happening at this versatile, hip and less than polished night spot.
Located in the Kreis 5 industrial area, this Bohemian oasis packs in an urban garden, restaurant, bars in shipping containers, live music, and a few boutique stores. Tents and wood share tables provide a pop up, almost festival like ambience in what has to be one of Zurich’s most laid back, fun and easy going venues.
The myth of Zurich as a straight laced snooze fest is put to rest upon entering the city’s museum of art. An expertly curated collection of surrealist paintings and Dada movement artworks are on display. Unsurprising as the movement itself was founded in Zurich in the early 20 th Century. You’ll also find pop and punk works and edgy artworks that reveal the artistic underbelly of Swiss style.
Travellers looking to live the Dadaist experience should head to Cabaret Voltaire. Back during the First World War the cabaret was formed as a hub for artistic and cultural events against the backdrop of global conflict. Dada itself was formed through events at the cabaret. Now maintained by a group of neo-Dadists, you’ll find provocative entertainment and artistic revelations, not to mention great cocktails.
The minimalist aesthetic of Raygrodski is not to be missed. Populated by the best dressed locals and international travellers, you’ll sip cocktails on stylish sofas or make conversation by the long bar at this supercool watering hole.
If you’re travelling with little ones there are a few places in Zurich that are perfect for keeping young minds active.
The Zoological Museum focuses on interactive exhibits including dinosaurs and live insects, while the Zurich Zoo puts most other animal reserves to shame. The rainforest biome, in particular, is popular with children, replete with interesting amphibians, sneaky lemurs and the occasional chameleon.
On the second Saturday of August, every year around a million people take to the shores of Lake Zurich for a celebration of love, freedom and dancing. Lovemobiles guide the parade, filled with DJs and dancers as Zurich comes alive in one of the largest dance parties in the world.
Both the strange and enchanting can be found at Pegasus, where toys from days past are on display in all their unusual glory. Dating back as far as 1890, with over 4,000 original items, perhaps the most intriguing is the 700 Steiff teddy bears and the intricate model train set. Decidedly Swiss in its appeal, the store also has many unique and hard to find items.
One of Zurich’s most surprising bar experiences, just finding the bar itself is a bit of an adventure. Upon entering Brasserie Lipp you’ll need to find a small lift and take it up to the bar. Here, you’ll be granted a complete 360-degree panorama of the city as you sip splendid cocktails on friendly surrounds.
Want to experience a secret garden party that keeps the bubbly flowing with live bands and performances all night long? The perfect ambience for summertime repartee, you’ll need to make a reservation to receive instructions on the location of the party, which will also be themed. When it comes to Zurich’s best kept secrets, this is definitely near the top.
Created from the ruins of an old machine factory, vines snake up metal bars in this unique and otherworldly Zurich park. Great for unwinding and grabbing a few snaps of the truly unique design experience.
When the weather heats up Zurich locals drop the suits for swimmers and head down to the lakeshore for picnics and paddling. Frisbee is also popular, and there are a number of public swimming pools, including women-only Frauenbadi and the Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen for kids. When the sun sets the warm weather festivities continue, with many lidos (swimming pools) hosting live music and drinks.
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