The perfect itinerary to discover Zurich in one day

Even when on a 24-hour layover, there are plenty of things to do and see in Zurich – such as the shopping paradise Bahnhofstrasse or the historic Old Town.

You have 24 hours for your trip to Zurich and you want to get the maximum out of your stay? Check out the ultimate list of things to do and see below, and your day in Zurich will feel like a week-long holiday. 

With this itinerary, you will discover the real and authentic Zurich in just one day: Start your day with coffee and sweets at Confiserie Sprüngli, go on a shopping trip on Switzerland's most luxurious street, the Bahnhofstrasse, visit famous sights and take a stroll through the Old Town - and finally, finish the day with a great cocktail or a nice glass of wine at one of Zurich's most iconic bars.

Zurich on a Budget

Zürich Card

Clever visitors get the Zurich Card to explore the city and get a discount on numerous offers. For great tips and information, visit the Tourist Information at the Hauptbahnhof.
Take a Stroll Around Town

Old Town

A shopping trip at the Bahnhofstrasse can be spiced up with a quick detour up the historic Rennweg to the Lindenhof overlook.
Café & Restaurant Confiserie Sprüngli, Paradeplatz
Coffee and Sweets

Confiserie Sprüngli

Swiss people love their muesli and croissants, called Gipfeli. Both are especially delightful at the world-famous Confiserie Sprüngli, located at the Paradeplatz.


Hop on a ZSG-boat at Bürkliplatz and enjoy the spectacular view of the Alps and the city. Or go treasure hunting on Saturday at the Bürkliplatz flea market.
Light Lunch

Haus Hiltl

With all these mouth-watering, vegetarian delicacies, even die-hard carnivorous will eat their veggies, promised.
Art and Culture


Take the 187 steps to the top of the Grossmünster Karlsturm - a spectacular view will be your reward, or visit Van Gogh, Picasso and Warhol at the Kunsthaus.
Traditional Food

Zunfthaus zur Waag

At the Zunfthaus zur Waag everything is good, but the absolute crowd pleaser will always be the traditional dish from Zurich: Zürich Geschnetzeltes, typically served with Rösti.
Night Cap

Widder Bar

After having seen all the attractions during your one-day round trip through Zurich, treat yourself to a drink at one of Zurich's most iconic bars, the Widder Bar.

Multifaceted Zurich

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