Getting to know and leisure activities in Zurich

Planning your next visit to Zurich? Here are a few tips to make your trip worth it!


Take one of the tours recommended by Zurich Tourism to learn more about the city and its past. There are guided city walks and bus tours, or, if you’re looking for an active and unconventional way of getting to know the city, try the city tours by bike or Segway, or sign up for a jogging or hiking tour.

Places to visit in and around Zurich

On the city tour you will already get a glimpse of the most attractive places in town, such as the old town, the shopping mile, and the places by the lake and river (Limmat).

Nice views

In addition to that, you can get a wonderful view over the old town from Lindenhof square. It can be reached from Bahnhofstrasse via Rennweg. Another way of seeing the city from above is taking the lift to the 35th floor of the newly built Prime Tower, Zurich’s first skyscraper situated in Zurich West, right next to the Hardbrücke train station.

Out of town

Make sure to go on a boat trip on Lake Zurich. Boats depart from Bürkliplatz and stop at different villages around the lake. To be recommended is a trip by boat to Rapperswil, known as the city of roses, where you will find a lively lake promenade with heaps of cafés and restaurants and a romantic castle on top of the hill. Many people get married there…

Mountain biking

The city’s landmark mountain Üetliberg offers an extensive mountain bike network with thrilling downhill trails. Check out the bike trails on the city of Zurich website.


Üetliberg is also ideal for short hikes, as are Zürichberg and Adlisberg. If you go a little bit out of town (taking S18 Forchbahn), you will also find nice hiking trails on Pfannenstiel.

The best way to look for and plan a hike is to have a look at Wandersite, where you can select the area and choose from one-day hikes to longer ones.

Water sports

For swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), check out  the city of Zurich website:

Indoor pools:
Outdoor pools:

Information about other water sports like sailing and canoeing can be found on the Zurich tourism website: