Wanderlust: Zurich, Switzerland

There’s no doubt about it: Zurich is perhaps one of the most beautiful and scenic European cities. Located at the tip of the dazzling Lake Zurich, this city is a destination that belongs near the top of your bucket list. Zurich is a business capital and cultural haven, and there are many sights to see while you’re there. If you’re traveling to Zurich for a business trip, you’ll want to make sure you’re in the know about places to eat, hotels to stay in, and local sites to put on your must-see list. Consider these local attractions for your next trip to Zurich.

Visiting the Dörfli (Old Town)

Zurich’s old town is split into two separate sections with two different names: Niederdorf and Oberdorf. Known as the Dörfli by residents of Zurich, this part of town is an essential sight to see while you’re in the area. If you’re enamored with historic buildings and charmingly narrow streets populated with cozy restaurants and souvenir shops, you’ll fall in love this part of town.

Can’t-Miss Restaurants

Zurich is internationally known for its fine dining. Try Kindli, a delicious gem with a delectable selection of fresh Swiss and European food. Another favorite of international visitors is Lindenhofkeller, a Swiss restaurant with delicious menu offerings and a cozy atmosphere. Lindenhofkeller, previously described as a hidden jewel and an outstanding dining experience, is located in the old town and is known for its exceptional level of service and great food. You might also want to check out Didi's Frieden, often described as one of Zurich’s best restaurants, for its excellent Italian food. Entrée’s at Didi’s include lobster ravioli and pigeon breasts, and the wine list is known to be spectacular. Any of these places are excellent choices for business dinners.

Museums to Visit

If you’re an art lover or simply want to learn about it, Zurich has a few museums that are sure to enchant. Kunsthaus is a Swiss museum with multiple collections, including impressionist pieces, classic Swiss art, and Japanese woodcuts, which are certainly worth seeing. Museum Rietberg is another great museum to check out for influential pieces of art. Go with your co-workers or even by yourself to soak up some culture!

Where to Stay

Accommodations in Zurich can be quite charming. Try the Widder Hotel in the center of Zurich, and enjoy the historic appeal of its nine townhouses that have been joined together. Hotel Europe is also located in the center of Zurich, and it features exceptional ambience and service. Hotel Altstadt is located in old town, and it is known for great service and nice rooms that might be priced more economically. There are options for every budget, and you can also check Airbnb for temporary options in every price range.

Shopping on the Bahnhofstrasse

In between business meetings, you might want to take a walk on Bahnhofstrasse (Zurich’s ideal spot for luxury shopping and posh cafes). You can stock up on clothes from prestigious international brands, and you can have a lovely lunch outside at Café Sprüngli. The Swiss banking hub is also located on the Bahnhofstrasse, so you’ll be very near your office if you’re in finance.

Final Thoughts

Zurich has a little something for every visitor. Let business lead you to this enchanting city, and stay for the unique culture. For every business traveler, there are many options for attractions, dining, and accommodations at your fingertips. Discover everything Zurich has to offer on your next international business trip, and enjoy every minute of it. Stay tuned to Lionbridge onDemand’s blog for more of the Wanderlust series of articles.



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