Zurich, Switzerland--where to stay? what to do?

  • DanOmatic

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    May 10, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    I'll be traveling to Switzerland to do a bike tour, but will have a couple of days on either end of the trip in Zurich. Any tips?
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    May 10, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    Last time I was there, you could get some sort of inexpensive day pass that was good for unlimited public transport and admittance to a long list of museums and such. However, by the time I got free, they were all closed.

    I had a good time one afternoon just sitting at a sidewalk cafe near the intersection of Bahnofstrasse and Bürkliplatz, sipping a beer and watching every over-the-top ludicrously expensive sports car you've ever heard of go past. Mostly driven by middle-eastern-looking kids.

    Also did some out-and-back bicycle day trips to check out the countryside. It's easy to get in and out of town following the wanderwegs. Old town and all around the lake are great for photography.
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    May 11, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    If you don't mind paying the piper, stay at the Bauer au Lac. If its too much for you, go there for a drink.
  • wkout37

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    May 11, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    Take a plane to Barcelona , Switzerland is really boring....
  • DanOmatic

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    May 11, 2012 11:15 AM GMT
    ^^ Yeah, I know Switzerland isn't the most exciting place in the world, but it's where my cycling buddies and I decided to spend a week riding in the mountains. For that, it should be awesome.
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    May 11, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    Zurich isn't the most thrilling place to go, but if you're there you can have some fun. Cycling, sailing & water skiing are some things I've done. There is a fine arts museum - the Kuhnsthaus, and there are some cool little shops (if you want do to that) in Bahnhofstrasse. The hotel I like is right on Lake Zurich and is called the Eden au Lac. There are larger places, but this is non-touristy and I like it.
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    May 11, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    Contrary to some, I found Zurich to be a very fun and interesting place. It is what you make out of it. If you're looking to party, Barcelona and Berlin are probably the best, not Zurich. But that's what makes it so great if you are more interested in culture and scenery.

    I suggest the following:
    -Centre Le Corbusier
    -Grossmünster
    -Uhrenmuseum Beyer (Watch and Clock Museum)
    -Bahnhofstrasse
    -Paradeplatz
    -Zürich West
    -The Atzmännig
    -Thermal Baths & Spa Zürich