Awesome Things To Do In Switzerland
Autumn in Zurich can be very changeable – one minute you are basking in 20+ degrees and the next it’s raining cats and dogs and before you know it you can be surrounded by a couple of feet of snow.
So what things should you have on your list to do and see in Zurich in the Autumn? NewInZurich have compiled a short list of 10+ “must dos” – but you can add your own – or why not share them with us?
1. Go for a hike to take in the Autumn colours.
You don’t have to go far out of Zurich – in fact one of the best hikes is a very easily accessible one which invoices taking the train up to Uetliberg (Zurich’s very own mountain) – and if you’re feeling very fit or very adventurous you could cut out the train altogether and hike up the mountain. At the top is the “Planetenweg” and from there you can actually walk along the ridge towards Felsenegg, then take the gondola down and then take the train back to Hauptbahnhof. Not only is this an excellent way to get magnificent views across the lake, but you also get superb vies of the trees and the golden Autumnal colours. Take your camera and either take a picnic or stop at one of the restaurants near the top.
A little farther afield there is the beautiful Lake of Palpuognasee in Graubünden Switzerland.
Or a trip to Blausee in Autumn is always very special in Autumn.
2. Enjoy a Spa Trip
There are plenty of spas in and around Zurich. Want to splash out? Why not spoil yourself with a day spa at the Dolder Grand and really have a treat. Or maybe an excursion to the Tamina Spa at Bad Ragaz? Take a look here for some great Spas in and around Zurich.
3. Watch A Cow Parade
Now the cow parades (or Alpabzug, Alpabfahrt) take place mostly in September and early October so if you are too late for these make a note for next year – when hopefully Covid won’t be ruining so many plans. However, to get an idea you can see some photos of the Elm Cow Parade and Cheese Market here.
4. Visit Kyburg Castle Before The Season End
The award winning Kyburg Castle makes for a great short excursion not far from Zurich. However, do catch it before the season finishes at the end of October. Find out more here.
5. Bruno Weber Sculpture Park Before The Season End
Similarly the Bruno Weber Sculpture Park in Zurich closes for the season at the end of October. It’s the largest sculpture park in Switzerland dedicated to just one artist. It is only open at the weekend (and usually on Wednesdays too). Find out more here.
6. Pumpkins Galore
Why not take a short trip out of town – or you could even take a bike (or use Züril Rollt free bikes) and go for lunch at the Jucker Farm. They have a number of locations, and if you go before early November youcan even catch their amazing annual pumpkin exhibition. -However, any time is good and the farm is a great place to wander round and afterwards take in the views over the lake – it’s particularly beautiful in the early evening. Check out the latest Pumpkin Exhibition at Jucker Farm here.
7. Enjoy a Warming Hot Chocolate
Go for a warming hot chocolate in a cosy cafe or restaurant – how about Cafe Honold, Cafe Felix, Cafe Schober, Babus, Sprunglis or another of your choosing. If it’s a cold, rainy day why not go the whole hog and have the whipped ream on top!
8. Catch The Chocolate Tram (Not taking place in 2021 due to Covid)
The Chocolate Tram by Confiserie Honold (or Schoggi Tram as it is better known) is a fabulous event. It usually takes place every Autumn – although due to Covid it is not taking in 2021. Hopefully it will be back for Autumn 2022. Read all about it here.
9. Take a Boat Trip
During the Summer you can sometimes get a little too warm on the glass topped boats – but in early Autumn the temperature is usually perfect. Just right for a trip through the centre of town on the water. What’s more your trip is covered by your normal tram/train ticket (as long as it’s in the appropriate zone). These boats stop running in early Autumn, but you can of course always take one of boat cruises on the lake from Bürkliplatz once they stop. Take a look at the website here.
10. Climb to the Top to the Grossmunster
Take in the views over the Limmat and far beyond from this great vantage point. The city is constantly changing so if you haven’t been for a while it will be interesting to compare to your last visit. The view is always different, depending on the weather – and by the time you’ve walked the 187 steps to the top of the tower you definitely deserve a hot chocolate!
11. Enjoy some “Heisse Marroni”
Now is the time to enjoy those lovely toasty hot chestnuts from one of the many street vendors all over Zurich. Find out all about Swiss Autumn and Winter tradition of Heisse Marroni here.
12. Go for Drinks in the Tallest Building in Zurich
Why not have coffee and cakes or indulge in a prosecco high above the rest of Zurich at Clouds restaurant in Prime Tower. Standing 126m tall you can get a unique take of Zurich.
13. Have a Fondue
Get into the Winter spirit and have your first fondue of the season. There are plenty of fondue restaurants in town – but you could always choose to make your own in the comfort of your own home. Make sure you have a “caquelon” or a heavy pan and follow our recipe here. Alternatively take a look at our List of Fondue Restaurants here ( please note it will be updated for the new 2021 popups soon).
14. Try Some Vermicelles – A Traditional Autumn Speciality
Vermicelli is a traditional Autumn speciality in Switzerland – why not try it out at a cafe or restaurant like Confisserie Honold or Confiserie Sprungli. Or read all about Vermicelles here.
15. Change To Winter Tyres
On a more practical note, one thing you shouldn’t forget to do this Autumn is change from Summer to Winter tyres on your car.
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