City Manager Zürich

City Manager Zürich

Florine Ermatinger

florine.ermatinger@mycityhighlight.ch

Good To Know

1. Zurich, small but superb: you'll really get that holiday feeling at the latest when you stand in front of the beautiful lake. For the more adventurous, a jump into the cool water from one of the many bridges on the River Limmat is recommended. The fact that you can also see the mountains from some vantage points will make even the hardest to impress tourists fall in love with this city.

2. That idea that all Swiss people eat chocolate might not fit so well with athletic and figure-conscious Zurich, but any local will definitely appreciate a compliment for the best chocolate in any case. Those aiming to get to know the Zurich locals should pay attention to their choice of clothes. Despite the many shops on Bahnhofstrasse and in the old town, in general the people of Zurich prefer the old and familiar rather than the unusual.

3. It's not for nothing that many Swiss people choose Zurich to go out for a weekend break. With its countless bars, clubs, and cinemas, everyone will find an evening programme to suit them in Zurich. With a little preparation, for example on usgang.ch, you'll find a venue playing the right music and you can dance the night away. Unlike in many other cities, it is in fact not common to go home at 2.00 am already in Zurich. Here, people party until the sun comes up and then, for the really crazy, it's onto the after parties.


Fastest option: by taxi. The journey takes around 20 minutes and costs approximately CHF 70.-.

Cheapest option: By train. The best thing to do is to get a day pass. These cost 5.20 and allow you to travel around the city of Zurich for 24 hours. The trip from the airport to the main train station takes about 10 minutes.


Police: 117
Ambulance: 144
Taxi: +41 44 444 44 44


Zurich is not too big and all the important places in the city are easy to reach on foot or even better with a rented bike. Nevertheless, it can save you some energy to switch to tram or bus now and then. Since the ticket prices are not exactly cheap, it's best to ask about the various ticket options at a counter at the beginning of your stay. Such counters can be found for example at the main station or airport.


- Food specialties of the city: Züri Gschnätzlets (veal in a cream sauce, usually served with rösti), Mischtchratzerli (braised chicken with vegetables, often served in a little basket or a cooking pot), for cheese lovers there are various versions of cheese fondue and raclette, Bircher muesli, Züri Hüppen (a tubular pastry usually filled with a chocolate mass), Tirggel (a dry honey biscuit with pretty pictures on top), and of course, all kinds of chocolate
- Drink specialties of the city: hot Huusschoggi (drinking chocolate made with real chocolate), Hugo (the hip drink made from Prosecco, lemon balm or elderflower syrup, fresh mint, and mineral water), tap water (especially good when it comes cold from a fountain), Staatsschreiber wine
- Typical mealtimes: lunch 11.30-14.00, dinner: from 18:00
- Tipping: not necessary, but always welcome. For a cup of coffee that costs 4.20, for example, you can round up to 4.50. At a meal, the tip may also be more generous, but there is no fixed percentage to pay. If you didn't like the food or were not satisfied with the service, then you don't have to give a tip.
- Is the tap water safe to drink? It's the best!


- A cup of coffee at a restaurant: up to CHF 5
- A lunch menu at a restaurant: from CHF 18
- A ride in a taxi: basic charge CHF 6 then 3.80 per km


Where to go out:
- Langstrasse has lots of small bars, clubs, and often live concerts too (this district is home to the Olé Olé Bar, among others, which is also listed as a highlight).
- Niederdorf has all sorts of bars (this district is where you'll find the Club Mascotte, among others, which is listed as a highlight).
- Zurich West is the new trendy district for Zurich nightlife (this district is home to the Club Escher-Wyss, among others, which is listed as a highlight).

Opening times:
in most places in Zurich people usually go out from 23.00 until 04:00. For those who still aren't tired, there are still plenty of after parties, where you can party until midday.


Shopping areas:
- Bahnhofstrasse (known as one of the most expensive streets in the world, but along with Chanel and similar, you can also find well-known shops such as H & M, Zara, and others here).
- Niederdorf (if you like exploring smaller shops in hidden alleyways, this is the place for you. This is also the perfect place to buy gifts).
- Langstrasse (a wide selection of lively shops with goods from around the world. It feels a bit like an oriental market here).

Opening times:
From Monday to Saturday usually from 09.00-20.00, most shops are closed on Sundays. But if you need something urgently on a Sunday, you'll find a selection of shops open in ShopVille, a shopping mall at the train station.


- Coop
- Migros
- Denner


- Although in some places the Zurich locals have a bad reputation and are considered rude, in truth, most are often just stressed because we work a lot on average. If you ask someone for help, most are actually very friendly and helpful.
- There are lots of rubbish bins in Zurich and you should use them.
- Instead of expensive drinks bottles you have to buy, Zurich locals prefer drinking from one of the countless fountains in the city.
- Swiss German has no official grammar. Most books and TV and radio stations are available in High German here.
- You can get by well with English in Zurich.
- If you're traveling by car, it is worth looking for a parking space just outside the city and then continuing by public transport. Otherwise it can be quite expensive.


Hello: Hallo
Good day: Guete Tag
Thank you: Danke
You're welcome: Bitte
Goodbye: Uf Wiederluege


My souvenir recommendations

Luxemburgerli from Sprüngli

Luxemburgerli from Sprüngli

The delicate macaroons with finest stuffing is landmark for whole Zurich. Available at Sprüngli, Bahnhofstrasse 21, or at mainstation.

Bahnhofstrasse 21, Zürich 8022

„Freitag“

„Freitag“

The "Freitag lab AG" is a manufacturer of bags and accessories made from used materials, mainly truck tarpaulins. Available are bags, wallets, cell phone or Ipad cases. Available in the flagship store of Friday, Geroldstrasse 17, Zurich or Friday Store, Green Lane 21, Zurich.

Geroldstrasse 17, Zürich 8005

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Nelson Pub

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Arena Sihlcity

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Salsarica

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One of the best places in Zurich to dance Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.

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Foxtrail

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Zoo

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Zoologischer Garten with 3'973 animals of 375 species on 27 hectares.

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Great Minster

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Swiss national museum

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Collection about the cultural history and the craft of Switzerland.

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Zoo

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Zoologischer Garten with 3'973 animals of 375 species on 27 hectares.

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Uetliberg

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Foxtrail

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A trail through the city of Zurich for young and old, friends and colleagues or familys.

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