Street Parade, Zurich
© Verein Street Parade, ZURICH

The best things to do this summer in Zurich

From fun festivals to cool lakeside bars, discover the essential summer experiences in Zurich

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Time Out contributors
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Frau Gerolds Garten Restaurant
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Restaurants
  • Industriequartier
  • price 2 of 4
As soon as the sun appears, you will want to come here, order a drink and grab some food at the bar and then just lounge around.
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Dolder sports
  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Fluntern
During the summer season, the public pool and mini golf are a popular attraction for families. 
Kaufleuten Terrasse
  • Nightlife
  • City
Part of Zurich's famous Kaufleuten nightclub, Kaufleuten Terrasse is a bar and restaurant area that hosts regular events and club nights. 
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Horn Richterswil
  • Things to do
  • Festivals
  • Richterswil-Samstagern
The Horn hosts annual events including Chibli (funfairs), the Beach Party dance music festival and Cine au Lac outdoor cinema. The park also has an excellent children's playground.
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Hiltl Roof Terrace at PKZ Women
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian
  • City
  • price 2 of 4

 A charming location, incredible views of busy Bahnhofstrasse and across Zurich to the lake, plus the restaurant's signature delicious vegetarian buffet - sounds like the perfect shopping pitstop to us! 

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  • Things to do
  • Industriequartier

Whether you lounge around on the wooden panels of the right bank, play a game of beach volley, enjoy a glass of Spritz from the container bar, or join the sun-hungry at the concrete structure of Pier West on the left bank - do ensure your body is in shape and your tattoos are all polished up. 

Helvetiaplatz-Markt
  • Things to do
  • Aussersihl
Good things come to those who get up early, so rise at 6am on Tuesdays or Fridays and take a morning walk to Helvetiaplatz. 
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Seebad Enge
  • Things to do
  • Enge
On-site swim coaches, yoga classes, ving-tsun, SUP and relaxation techniques plus a beautician and a sauna which is open all year round.
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