Lives in Bern, Switzerland
Since Oct 2008
25-34 year old female
Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City until the age of 17, I've lived, worked and studied in Canada, Germany, France and Switzerland while also travelled to 26 countries and counting across the globe. Currently doing my Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management on the beautiful Vancouver Island, my work and study continue to take me to places and I fall even deeper in love with our beautiful Earth.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Churches & Cathedrals
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites
Bodies of Water
For such a tiny landlocked country, Switzerland's history and culture are as rich as its economy. Follow the birth and growth of the nation and gain insight to Swiss identities through the museum's vast permanent and temporary exhibitions. Moreover, as the building itself was designed to unite collections, exhibitions and architecture, fans of bricks and mortar will also be amazed by this outstanding 19th-century construction.
Whether you are on a scavenger hunt for the latest haute-couture collections or a casual window-shopper, this high-end street deserves a stroll. Sometimes referred to as the Swiss equivalent of Champs-Élysées, Bahnhofstrasse's own charm and exclusiveness will make your walk just as relaxing and inspiring.
If you wish to watch and listen to the beating heart of Zürich, head straight for the Old Town. The medieval buildings, winding narrow lanes, guilds, and town halls date back to the Renaissance era, and jointly serve as the enchanting backdrop for the world-class lifestyle of its modern day inhabitants. Exclusive nightclubs, sophisticated restaurants, endless chains of shops, unassuming cafés, and many other hidden local gems are waiting to be discovered by the city's admirers.
Endearingly referred to as "Dörfli" by the locals, this quarter of Zürich Old Town on the east side of the Limmat River offers everything that almost every traveler seeks: historical buildings, cobblestone lanes, eateries with terraces, lively pubs, lovely boutiques, and quaint antique shops. There's surely a bit of everything for everyone here.
Frequented by the locals, Café Schober is the perfect address to sit down at, and choose from a wide range of tea and coffee to accompany an even wider assortment of sublime pastries. Some of their slightly larger portions could even be fit for a quick lunch. The café itself is just as historical and beautiful as its location!
Housed within the Kunsthaus Zürich is the city's largest collection of modern art, which includes works by Picasso, Twombly, Baselitz, Monet, Van Gogh and Kokoschka, to name just a few. In addition to numerous contemporary paintings, well-crafted medieval sculptures are also on display here. Whether or not you're a keen art connoisseur, the Kunsthaus Zürich will definitely add some value to your stay in Switzerland.
You may well recognize this iconic Swiss site from popular Zurich postcards, and Grossmünster is just as majestic in reality. This 12th-century Romanesque-style cathedral bears both architectural and historical significance, having witnessed the Protestant Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli in the early 16th century. Karlsturm (Karls Tower) — one of the twin towers — also offers some incredible views over the city and the lake.
As one of the four main churches in Zürich, Fraumünster has carried its architectural magnificence of an Evangelical-reformed church from the 13th century to the present day. With the addition of the world-renowned five-part cycle in the Romanesque chancel and the rosette in the southern transept, done respectively in 1970 and 1978 by Marc Chagall, this is a significant highlight of your visit in Zürich.
St. Peter Church was the first Protestant religious construction built after the Reformation that took place in the early 1500s. Not only does its tower help to define the scenic skyline of the Old Town of Zürich, the clock that was first installed at the end of the 13th century is also well-known for being the largest tower clock face in Europe.
There is not much I need to say about this wonderful and important attraction besides the following advice: Ensure that you allow yourself some good quality time for a cruise around the lake, be it long or short, and enjoy the diverse palette of the mostly green and blue shades that the lake and its surroundings have to offer.
With its generous share of cultural values and urban characteristics, Zürich is almost perfect. Its highlight is therefore probably the entire city itself, and the best place to view its remarkable skyline is from Uetliberg Mountain. You are also sure to be distracted from city life as soon as you arrive at Uetliberg, for you will immediately find yourself immersed in one of the greatest wonders Switzerland has to offer: nature.
Warm service, pleasant ambiance, an intensive menu of exquisite dishes, and a wine bible that will satisfy any sophisticated diner, is what you can expect at this beautiful, Michelin-Guide-recommended restaurant. Allow yourself time to indulge in an elegant dining experience here that will make your trip to Zürich even more memorable.