Special Summer Experiences

Tips for all those who want to enjoy very special summer moments in Zurich.
Summer in Zurich

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

One of the secrets of contented Zurich residents in summer is an early morning swim: the city is slowly waking up, the water is refreshing, and the waterfront promenades and recreational areas are still quiet. And believe it or not, even the Oberer Letten is still quite sleepy in the morning.

During the official opening hours, lifeguards are on site. Before or after these times, bathing is at your own risk.

The Oasis Amidst the Wasteland

Stadionbrache Hardturm

The stadium wasteland area in Zürich-West is a green oasis in the heart of the city. Thanks to the tireless efforts of a local association, a green space has been created here with garden allotments, gardening workshops, seating areas, a small skate park and climbing tower, and a pizza oven to share. Anyone who treats the place with respect and abides by the rules is welcome.

More about the Stadium

Escape the Heat

If you want to escape the summer heat in the city, you will find several ravines around Zurich, with babbling streams, shady trees, and plenty of peace and quiet. One of the most popular ravine paths is the Elefantenbachweg, which starts at the Burgwies tram stop.

Where is This Ravine?

Elefantenbach, Zurich

Bad Weather?

  • The Masoala Hall has tropical temperatures all year round, no matter what the weather is like outside. The Mora-Mora Bar is an absolute insider tip, because it is a bit hard to find and is only open on Sunday afternoons!
  • If you do not directly need tropical temperatures, Zurich’s museums are a good place to go. From art to history, technology, culture, design, and toys: in Zurich, the knowledge-thirsty will find all kinds of fascinating exhibitions.
Museum Rietberg in Zurich


For after the exhibition, the café at the Museum Rietberg often serves culinary delicacies inspired by the current exhibitions. And during the summer, there are deliciously filled picnic baskets for visitors to take into the park under the trees.

Mediterranean Evenings

Zürich-West, Pétanque

Pétanque, Boules, or Boccia

Gravel, balls, and concentration: the recipe for hours of fun with friends is as simple as that. You can watch all the action on some of Zurich’s squares – or have a go at this precision sport yourself.

Stadtsommer, Zurich

Stadtsommer Concerts

Admittedly, you are not alone here and it is not quiet either. But: the wonderful and free Stadtsommer concerts always take place at unique locations and are therefore an absolute must for everyone who visits Zurich in summer.

To the Line-Up in 2022

Always on Tuesdays

As soon as the last bathers have left the Unterer Letten riverside lido, it is transformed – only on Tuesdays and when the weather is fine – into the chic flussssbar. Here you can enjoy a sundowner or two, a cool beer, and lively conversations above the rippling river.

Unterer Letten Flusssbar

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