We joined Billal, Claudia, Yvonne, Nico and Chris, our team at the Novotel Zurich-West, to get an insider look at Zurich. Fascinating architecture, its perfect location on the lake shore and a rich and diverse cultural calendar make this small city of some 400,000 inhabitants a not-to-be-missed destination for a city break or business trip. Our team sneaked us some insider tips.
A not-to-be-missed event?
Events like Fashion Night, the movie festival, and the Street Parade are must-see annual events. But the Züri Fäscht, Switzerland’s largest popular festival, held every three years, is hands-down the best. Everyone should go at least once! Sports fans will also enjoy Zurich: in the summer, Letzigrund stadium hosts the Weltklasse Zürich, a top-level athletics event. The FIFA World Football Museum, opened in 2016, offers soccer fans an enthralling overview of the sport’s history around the world.
What should visitors definitely take home?
The treats at the world-famous Sprüngli confectionery shop, or some Tirggel. Until 1840, only the city’s bakers were allowed to make this traditional cake. It’s a perfect souvenir to add to your suitcase; the small cakes are beautiful and keep for a long time, and their Zurich-themed decoration, make them a pleasure to look at as well as to eat.
Where can one find your favorite (sweet or savory) treat?
At the Café Schurter in the Niederdorf district, in the heart of the old town. Since 1869, this establishment has lovingly and carefully crafted Zurich specialties such as Offleten, Geduldszältli, Hüppen and Zürcher Leckerli. These pastries are all so delicious, it’s easier to try them all rather than choose. Visitors quickly understand why these treats are a part of Switzerland’s culinary heritage.
What other specialties is the city famous for?
As its name suggests, Züri Geschnetzeltes, made with minced veal, is no doubt the city’s most famous dish. But there are many other things to try as well: Zürcher Ratsherrentopf, a meat and vegetable ragout, is delicious, as is Mischtchratzerli, a chicken and vegetable stir fry, and, of course, cheese fondu, my favorite specialty. Visitors should definitely try it, especially when it’s cold.