Now that I’ve talked about the main hustle and bustle in Zurich (read it here ta da), I wanted to venture out of the city a little. There are some great hidden gems just a walk or ride away and worth a visit!
A short train ride out of the city is Lucerne, aka a pretty big tourist mecca. In the winter months that might not be so much the case but in the summer it’s a great point to visit Mount Pilatus, Rigi and do the golden round trip (give it a Google). The actual city has some nice highlights though including the Chapel Bridge. It’s a wooden footbridge that crosses the main river (ironically there’s now a giant car/road bridge right next to it). This wood bridge is a great piece of history as inside on the roof are little triangle plagues which tell the story of the city (although some are missing due to a fire).
Walking around Lucerne is very pleasant and easy on the eyes. Below you can see two churches, the top one is the Church of St. Leodegar. It sits just out of the main Lucerne area atop a small hill. I love the two towers and the white stone interior is very regal. The second is Jesuit Church by the bridge on the water. In contrast it is a baroque style and the onion top towers have a much more fairy-tale feel.
Back to Zurich and the outer parts away from the Old Town. Possibly my favourite area was this urban/eclectic mix of rustic and mechanical. Im Viadukt features thirty-odd shops nestled between the arches of railway arches. It’s a great use of space and all the shops are independent fashion, food or lifestyle. Around this area is lots of graffiti, art installations and general ‘trendy people’. Just round the corner is Freitag Tower made of shipping containers. It’s the flagship store for the bag company but architecturally is a really cool find and something you’ll stare up at in awe.
Something else to bring up is the Prime Tower. It’s just a few minutes away from that urban area but worth mentioning as it is the highest building in Zurich. On an initial look it doesn’t feel that tall (and it really isn’t) but in comparison to the rest of the buildings in Zurich it’s a giant. There are no other high-risers, and therefore being the only one it serves as a great viewpoint to look out for miles with nothing blocking your eyes path.
Other places to check out in/around Zurich that I missed would be Uetliberg, boat trips on the lake and the polybahn funicular for something a little kooky. Again if you missed my previous post on the main area of the city you can read it here, otherwise look out for my video coming in a few days!