Zurich regularly tops the list of best places to live and rightly so. It has a great feel, the people are friendly, the transport is excellent, well integrated and inexpensive. But what makes this places so fabulous is the access to lake, forest and mountains. There’s even beach areas beside the lake. Within minutes you can be swimming in the lake or hiking through the forest. Winter obviously offers the chance to go skiing. I was really impressed with the city and how it offers a real balance between cosmopolitan cool and outdoor adventure.
I was lucky enough to visit and stay at the Dolder Grand – a grand historic hotel build high on the hills overlooking Zurich in 1899. Remodelled and reimagined with two new wings – the hotel now boasts a spa wing and golf wing both designed by architect, Norman Foster. The views are to die for, the spa is modern and well equipped (more to follow later) and in seconds you can be cycling through the forest.
and aside from the Old Town and main shopping streets, there’s now Zurich West. It’s the up and coming area to the West of the city. Cool shops, great cafes and a nice buzz, a few “hipsters” but just a great place to hang out, eat, drink and enjoy the atmosphere. Think Shoreditch crossed with parts of Berlin and a slight touch of Camden.
Zurich is my new favourite European city – I would definitely return again. Soon.
A boat trip on Lake Zurich
Exploring the narrow streets of the Old Town
Kerstin Florian Heavenly Hydrating treatment at Dolder Grand
Visiting the up and coming Zurich West
Exploring the Cindy Sherman exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zurich
Eating bratwurst by the lake