Zurich, Switzerland is consistently rated as a city with one of the highest qualities of living in the world. It’s no wonder, then, that it has become a popular destination for luxury breaks, with quaint architecture, abundant shopping and picturesque natural scenery. Here’s our guide for what do for 24 hours of luxury in Zurich.
Stay at the Kameha Grand Zurich
This opulent art-deco hotel offers incredible visual and holistic experiences to its guests, including themed suites and a rooftop yoga studio. The Autograph Collection Hotel is home to the Swiss Watchmaker’s Suite, the Diva Suite and even a Burlesque Suite complete with large circular bed. The Space Suite offers a unique anti-gravity facial experience, with guests enjoying the spa treatment while listening to a live NASA feed. The quirky and indulgent atmosphere continues throughout the hotel, with a glamorous Shisha Lounge and a cocktail bar plated with golden coins. The hotel is ideally located for exploring the city and is just a five minute drive from the airport, meaning your holiday can start as soon as you touch down.
Visit the Kunsthaus Zurich
This extensive art gallery is spread over several floors and houses priceless works by artists such as Van Gogh and Monet. There are also contemporary sculptures and a videography and photography collection. The gallery’s library is free to use and is home to over 200,000 volumes and has 37 subscriptions to art history publications. Traveling exhibitions are often displayed at the Kunsthaus, with some of the world’s finest pieces available to view.
Lunch at Mère Catherine
This atmospheric courtyard restaurant offers the best of Zurich’s French-Swiss cuisine. Everything from the fresh bread and olive tapenade to the melt-in-the-mouth gnocchi with silky cream sauce will have you going back for more. Mere Catherine’s bouillabaisse, coq au vin and Soupe à l’oignon are famous in the local area. The children’s menu is excellent, with not a nugget in sight and there is the choice of dining indoors or sitting in the picturesque courtyard in the heart of Zurich’s Old Town.
Shop til’ you drop
Bahnhoffestrasse is one of of the most expensive streets for retail property in the world, and for good reason. The likes of Chanel, Burberry and Dior all have stores along the famous street, as well as of course Swiss banks in the Paradeplatz square. The world-class chocolatier and cafe Confiserie Sprüngli is also here so you can pick up gifts as well as treats for friends at home. The Markthalle im Viadukt is another popular shopping district with a hipster vibe and lots of interior design stores and trendy cafes.
Take a cruise around Lake Zurich
The vivid blue lake at the heart of Zurich is the perfect place from which to see the views of the city. Choose a short river cruise or spend the day sailing to the other side of the lake and back. You can even pick a themed cruise and get enjoy an afternoon of dancing on the water.
Dinner at L’Unico
This pasta manufactory based just off the main lobby of the Grand Kameha Zurich features live pasta-making demonstrations so that guests can see their dinner being created in front of them. The giant upside-down pasta dish on the ceiling and the oversized pepper shakers bring a new element of novelty into homemade pasta preparation. Enjoy rucola salad with nutmeg pumpkin and ravioli with saffron and pink pepper in the stylish surroundings.