Zurich is one of the priciest city in the world but it does not deter millions of tourists to visit. It is the financial capital of the country and has many international companies, and is home to the country’s stock exchange.
Zurich is famous for luxurious lifestyles, historical charms, buzzing nightlife and fancy chocolates. However, despite its expense and extravagance, it is also ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world.
Using some of the simple tricks and tips listed below, an affordable and memorable trip can be made.
Discover the 1200 fountains in Zurich
Bring an empty water bottle and fill up for free at Zurich’s 1,200 drinking water fountains. Notice that many of these fountains are works of art. The three fountains in downtown Zurich that are a must-see for every visitor are Amazon Fountain at Rennweg, Alfred Escher Fountain at the Main Train Station and Lindenhof Fountain on the Lindenhof.
Take a stroll in Old town and near Limmat River
Not too far from Zurich train station you will see Limmat River. Cross the Muhlesteg Footbridge are padlocks left by tourists who came to visit Zurich. Although not free, sightseeing on the water on a Limmat River is also available that takes you through Zurich’s Old Town. Cost is around $30. Advance booking is recommended. For a cheaper deal, look for a chugboat ride that costs for about 10 bucks. Go to the bottom end of Bahnhofstrasse where you will see a pier to make your choice of boat tours. Also explore Old town and you will come across
the double towers of the Grossmünster (Great Minster) which are Zurich’s landmark. Further sights worth seeing include the Peterskirche (Peter’s Church), which has Europe’s largest clockface, and the Fraumünster (Minster of Our Lady), which is known for its stained glass windows by Giacometti and Chagall.
Visit Zoological Museum Zurich
You can spend many hours on a free journey into the Animal Kingdom! The museum is home to 1,500 animals. In addition, the museum has regular special exhibitions so you can imagine how much there is to explore. This museum is open everyday of the week and is free.
Bahnhoffstrasse is known for being the most expensive shopping strip in the world. High-end shopping brands such as Gucci, Armani, Prada and Chanel are located here. We found some chocolate shops and indulged in Champagne chocolates truffles!
Explore the City on Two wheels
City bikes, e-bikes, and children’s bikes are free to rent in Zurich. You will need to provided a valid ID and a deposit of CHF 20. You can rent the bikes that are available year-round from the Europaplatz train station or bike station at Postbrucke, and from numerous other locations between the month of May and October.
Save money by going to Coop and Migros
Coop are Zurich’s budget-friendly favourite and is very similar to Migros with the difference that they do sell alcohol and cigarettes. Coop is second largest grocery stores chains with ready-cooked meals and deserts at very reasonable prices.
Thanks for visiting Zurich with me!