4 Unmissable Things To Do In Zurich This Summer

Four essential experiences worth your time in Zurich this summer.

by Diccon Bewes

Summertime city

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Zurich might be Switzerland’s biggest city but it’s not a huge metropolis so is easily manageable, especially in summer when most of the action is on or around the water. Our three must-do things are ones that make a summer in this city complete.

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River Limmat

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You may be tempted to take a lovely lake cruise but why not see Zurich from a different angle and take a river boat? The low wide boats with glass roofs are designed to duck under the many bridges as you glide along the Limmat between the station and the lake. It’s a city tour like no other!

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Bürkliplatz market

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One of the best things about being abroad is the food, and not just in the restaurants. Visiting a farmers’ market is a delight, especially when it’s not only fruit and veg but also local specialities on offer. The best in Zurich is at Bürkliplatz beside the lake, every Tuesday and Friday morning.

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Street Parade

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It’s big and it’s loud. Street Parade is Europe’s largest house and techno festival, with over one million participants. The official 2.4km route runs along the lake shore but it effectively takes over the whole city. This year it’s on 12 August so either plan to join, or leave town to escape it!

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For more ideas on how to Do, Dine and Spend in Zurich and beyond, visit our Destinations page.