Lake Zurich (the Zurichsee) is an unmissable and enticing spot to begin your Zurich adventures. Take a short round-trip by boat from Zurich Bürkliplatz (1.5 hours) or traverse the entire 40km of lake in four hours (Zurich-Rapperswil return). You can also catch a boat up the Limmat river. In the summer months, lake and river temperatures hit 20-plus degrees Celsius, making it a fine time to head to one of the designated swimming spots (known as badis). You can also try stand-up paddleboarding or hire a pedalo. Most of the lakeshore takes the form of a public park that's ideal for a stroll or cycle (grab a free bike from Zuri rollt), with plenty of places to stop for a picnic or for the kids to play.
As Switzerland’s biggest city, Zurich is – unsurprisingly – a mighty hub of great things to do and see – and eat and drink, while we’re at it. Moving to Zurich (which, for reference, is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, though you'll find that some English is widely spoken among a lot of the population) is an exciting prospect, but as a new arrival you might have some questions about how and where to find all of that marvellous stuff, as well as wider questions about life in the city.
That’s where our top tips come in handy. We’ve picked out some of the most essential Zurich experiences that anyone moving to the city needs to tick-off their list, and mixed these in with useful info about finding your way around. Prepare to meet your new favourite city, and remember you can find more tips in our moving to Switzerland guide.