Trip to Rhine Falls
If you are an avid fan of natural vistas and waterfalls, you can't miss out on this magnificent fall located just 2 minutes away from the Neuhausen-Rheinfall station. As you will get to this place, you will be taken aback by the irresistible beauty of the Rhine falls, which reaches its peak during the sunset hours.
If you want to add a pinch of adventure into your Rhine fall trip, either hop on a boat or canoe your way towards the Laufen Castle. You can also pay a visit to the Schloss Laufen complex, which is complete with a children playground, exhibition centre, and a new visitor's centre.
Location: Rheinfallquai, Switzerland
Cable Car Ride
Zurich cable car ride is not only a scenic treat to your eyes, but it is also a short escape from the bustling city life. The ride ends at Felsenegg viewpoint from where you can once again relish the breathtaking vistas of dense forests before heading back to Zurich.
Location: Felsenegg Viewpoint, Switzerland
Price: CHF 60 for adults and CHF 30 for kids
Bird Watching at Zurich Lake
Zurich Lake is home to Zurich aviary and bird sanctuary where you can get to admire different exotic species. While some of these birds will grab your attention with their colourful feathers, others will intrigue you with their rare presence. The Zurich aviary also encompasses a shelter for the injured birds. If you are looking for some of the most peaceful things to do in Zurich in winter, bird watching at Zurich Lake totally deserves mention.
Location: Zurich Lake, Zurich, Switzerland
Street Art along Limmat River
While the pristine river of Limmat will bowl you over with its charm, the 26 art pieces on the streets will make you see the world from a different perspective. The entire street is flooded with sculptures made out of a variety of materials, wall reliefs, and photographs. Each piece of art on the street creates a unique picture of the city that perfectly matches the present-day Zurich
Location: Limmat River, Zurich, Switzerland
Shop at Zurich Winter Markets
Zurich winter markets offer a wide range of items including sweet delicacies, wood carvings, scarves, and melted cheese. One of the most unmissable things about these winter markets is the hot mulled red wine which keeps you warm even at the coldest hours. Bahnhofstrasse is the main shopping street of the city which is teeming with numerous trendy shops selling the best quality designer clothes.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Get a Hot Swiss Chocolate at Schober
Each room inside the cafe is adorned in a unique style with beautiful light fittings and vintage decoration. From delicious chocolates to beverages, cakes, and cookies, the cafe has enough to keep you coming for more. Being one of the oldest cafes in the city, Schober has been a popular name among the foodie travellers since aeons.
Location: Napf Gasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Timings: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Art Collections at Kunsthaus
From contemporary art to middle age collections, this museum is known to preserve the beautiful works of different ages. Around two-thirds of the art collections in Kunsthaus are contributed by private donors and lenders. If you want to catch the glimpses of some famous Italian, Dutch, and French artworks, making a visit to Kunsthaus is one of the most apt things to do in Zurich in winter.
Location: Heimplatz, Zurich, Switzerland
Price: CHF 16 for adults and free entry for kids
Timings: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Explore the Swiss National Museum
The national museum collection features around 860,000 objects, which are subdivided into 14 groups. Situated just behind the central station, this place also hosts several exhibitions to highlight the socially relevant issues. The museum has a permanent exhibition named, "Simply Zurich" which depicts the diversity of the canton and city of Zurich in the most playful way possible.
Location: Landesmuseum, Zurich
Entry Fee: CHF 10 for adults and free entry for kids
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Winter Walk on the Uetliberg
It sees a massive influx of travellers during the winter months as the hiking trails to its summit turns into sledging runs. If you are looking for adventurous things to do in Zurich in winter season, a long winter walk on the Uetliberg deserves a place in your bucket list.
Location: Uetliberg, Zurich, Switzerland
In the present time, Renweg is an exclusive shopping lane which remains thronged by tourists and natives alike. If you are looking for an open space to stroll, this is a perfect place to be.
Location: Rennweg, Zurich
Take a Walk at Lindenhof
From Fraumunste and St Peter church to Augustinergasse lane, the Linderhof quarter has everything that reflects its old-world charm. You can also take a halt at one of its nearby restaurants or coffee shop and relish your favourite delicacy while taking in the mesmerizing views of Lindenhof hill.
Location: Lindenhof, Zurich, Switzerland
Take a Boat Ride at Burkliplatz
Zurich Lake and offer excellent views of the nearby villages. While the city is nestled around Lake Zurich, you can also relish the views of the Limmat river which passes through its centre. For all the nature buffs who wish to get away from the bustling streets of Zurich, a boat ride across the city comes as a much-needed escape.
Location: Burkliplatz, Zurich, Switzerland
Exploring the City on Foot
Even if you are on your own, you can easily cover most of the renowned sites, including Lake Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, Fraumunster, and Grossmunster churches. All of these touristy places in Zurich are situated within 1 to 2 Km radius and can be easily explored on foot. On your way, you will also find many restaurants and shops, where you can either treat your taste buds with local cuisines or purchase something for your way back home.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Catch a Show at the Opera House
Being the finest theatre in the world, the opera house stands as an epitome of 19th-century neoclassical architecture complete with Mozart, Weber, and Wagner. The institution conducts around 300 performances in a year and provides equal opportunities to the budding talents.
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Timings: 11:00 AM-6:00 PM
Shop at the Christmas Markets
The market features around 140 stalls which remain flooded with visitors throughout the day. As you will usher into the market, you will be welcomed with the scintillating aroma of cinnamon and mulled wine. The 32 feet tall Christmas tree adorned with Swarovski crystals, forms the major highlight of this market.
Location: Christkindlimarkt, Zurich, Switzerland
Excellent Time at Kosmos
It features an event forum, six cinema halls, one large bistro, book shop, café, and a bar. Whether you opt to spend some hours in solitude at the bookstore or you want to savour the local wines at the bar, it is all up to you. The space also includes a green courtyard which witnesses crowds during the hotter days. If you are looking for an all in one experience in Zurich, a day visit to Kosmos is one of the most thrilling things to do in Zurich in winter.
Location: Lagerstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Timings: Mon-Thurs: 8:00 AM-12:00 AM
Get Lost at Neumarkt 17
The store comprises several rooms which often make the visitors lose their direction. You can also pay a visit to its sister shop nearby called Neumarkt 17 Loft which is owned by the same people, but it has the unique collection of Danish style furniture. If you are looking for an offbeat spot in Zurich, a visit to Neumarkt 17 is totally worth a shot.
Location: Neumarkt 17, Zurich, Switzerland
Timings: Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
Zoological Museum at the University of Zurich
Once you enter into this zoological museum, you will be welcomed by a varied species of animals and birds marking their presence with growling and chirping sounds. From wild boar to deer, whales, and spiders, there are a total of 1500 species of animals that you can record here in your camera. If you are a wildlife buff willing to spend some time with your furry friends, Zoological museum is an ideal getaway destination for you.
Location: Zoologisches Museum, Karl-Schmid-Strasse
Price Free Entry
Timings: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM (closed on Monday)
Penguin Parade Event at Zoo
While watching these beautiful creatures walking in a row will make you fall in love with them, you can also join them in their parade during the lunch hours. The company of these little penguins will not only sweep away your stress, but it will take you to altogether a different world. Whatever minimal entrance fee you pay will be used for the betterment of the zoo.
Location: Zürichbergstrasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Price: Adults (more than 21 years): CHF26
Timings: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Warm Up at the Sukkulenten Sammlung
The interior of this place is complete with seven greenhouses, plus cacti, an outdoor rockery, aloes, and pennyworts. The mechanism by which these plants use their stems, leaves, and roots to store water is one of its kind. The botanical garden also conducts periodical displays in which visitors are provided with an insight into the survival mechanism of succulents.
Location: Mythenquai, Zurich, Switzerland
Timings: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM