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Zurich, Switzerland: 5 Mistakes Tourists Make

Zurich, Switzerland: 5 Mistakes Tourists Make

Hi and welcome to Zurich, Switzerland! My name is Greg and today I will introduce to you my five mistakes, I think the
tourists often make when they visit this wonderful, although not capital city of
Switzerland. So, the first mistake is obviously not
coming to Zurich. Often tourists skip Zurich because it doesn’t have the
mountains, it doesn’t have to snow, it doesn’t have the cheese, although it has
chocolate! You land here you take the train, you rent a car and youy bypass
Zurich and you will never come back. But Zurich has got a lot to offer. We’ve got
a very rich history here! Zurich is a big part of the reason
Switzerland is as it is today. So, as you can see here is the distance from the
airport to the city centre where we are here right now.
It’s not that far, it’s a 10-minute ride by train. Now, also there is the general
misconception that people in Zurich are very rich, people in Zurich only care
about looks, money, aesthetics and luxury, but I can assure you this is not the case.
Of course a certain part that does, but most of us – we don’t. So don’t worry about it. This means you do not need to dress up, you do not need to rent your luxury car
because we can tell by the license plate anyways. And just come here, be yourself and
have a good time! But when you visit Zurich, many people make this mistake. They only stay
around District 1 as you can see here with the many stars, that’s District 1. District 1 is sort of the old town and you can tell by the way the buildings
are. The buildings are very small the buildings are… The roads, the alleys are very narrow, sometimes not even two people fit. So this is the old town. But Zurich is very rich in history, so this is what you will
find around this area here. If you shouldn’t visit only District 1, what
should you visit? You may not know but Zurich, back in the day, maybe like 30 years ago, had a huge drug problem. And this problem affected this area here
mainly. And this is area of Districts 3, 4 and 5. So, these districts were a bit
rundown back in the day but obviously with time more people being interested
in Zurich, these districts have been remodeled and renovated and are now very
nice places to see. So, a few arts and culture spots here, but mainly
residential with great food, great nightlife. If you are into nightlife then Zurich
should be on your list, definitely. This is happening around here. As I see a
lot of tourists only staying in this area and being here, coming on Sundays
walking up and down Bahnhofstrasse, seeing nobody, shops are closed, very
disappointed… I think it’s important to say that a lot of other districts are on
the rise now as well and worth a visit for, so… Do everything! Or, yeah… Go a bit outside as well. We see a lot of tourists that come to Zurich and eat at restaurants that only the
travel guide or he tour guide suggests. Okay? These restaurants are in a District 1. One very famous one is next to
Paradeplatz, there are two or three fondue restaurants in Niederdorf as well
which are very famous, but you can eat the same food at other restaurants as
well and still have an authentic feeling. So, you head to District 3, 4 and 5, there are wonderful restaurants as well or maybe check out on TripAdvisor
and sort of filter out these restaurants that you see in the travel guides,
because other restaurants are just as good as well, okay. And one other example
is as you can see we are here at the Sechseläutenplatz. Sechseläutenplatz is
next to the lake, it’s near Bellevue and around here there are some places where
you can get takeout food as well. So, if you would like you see there’s some
chairs here, there people around. Have some takeout, eat here like a true
Zurich person. Also if you like, you can have a bottle of wine here and it’s
absolutely no problem. If you would like as well, you can just go straight over to
the lake and enjoy your dinner, lunch breakfast, whatever it may be there. So, take out around Bellevue for example: the famous sausage at Sternen Grill.
Although it’s veal and pork, so if it’s a religious problem for you, maybe not…
Around there’s pasta place called Tschingg, which you could visit. Or, there’s some pizza places as
well, which you can take out your pizza. So, the fourth mistake is visiting Zurich
by car. There are several reasons for this: reason number one is parking.
Parking is very scarce in Zurich. It can get very expensive sort of… like the day
parking rate in a Parkhaus, we call it, it’s off street in a building, you pay about
50 Swiss Francs per day. On street the maximum probably you can do in the city centre
is two hours, and you will not do anything in two hours and come back. So
that’s number one. Number two: there is so much traffic it’s not even funny anymore.
This is also point. You basically don’t want to spend inside of
the car all the time, unless you have rented out a really luxurious rental car.
So what you do with the car? I suggest you come maybe one or two days before you
leave again and you drop your rental car, if you took one, at the airport and then
take a ten minute train ride back downtown. That’s it! And you save 100 –
200 Swiss Francs in rental car costs, just like this. So, although it’s not the
best day to have this example but many people would say (that live here)
that you shouldn’t come visit in winter, because normally in winter it gets very
foggy it gets very overcast, for sometimes weeks at the time. Today is
bit an exception we have wonderful sunshine and it’s actually getting a bit
warm, I have to say. So yeah, in January, February maybe not the point for you to
come to Zurich but definitely if you plan to come, plan a couple of days in
summer. The lake, beautiful around the lake… People basically live for the lake
here, and the river. You can have a fantastic time here in summer, maybe the
best time in all of Switzerland. To show you what the lake looks like, follow me
around. So, it’s January now, I had to get rid of my jacket because it’s quite warm and this is your pro tip of Zurich. If you come, come when the
weather’s great because Zurich people their mood is according to the weather,
their life is according to the weather. So, if the sun’s out, they’re out. Good
time, wonderful, even in winter as you can see here. Enjoy the lake for a bit in
winter with me and take care, see you soon and bye bye! Also we’ve got more videos about Zurich
coming up hopefully soon, so you should check them out as well. Bye bye!

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6 thoughts on “Zurich, Switzerland: 5 Mistakes Tourists Make

  1. Please suggest places to visit by car in April…….wanted to drive through any good mountain pass but heard they are closed in april.

  2. 0:11 mistake number 1 do not mention capital city! because Switzerland actually does not have a capital… Bern is only de facto not de jure capital of Switzerland. Legally (in the federal constitution ) neither "federal city" nor "capital" are laid down.

  3. 6:55 the Utoquai Lake Walk area is very popular and very crowded on Sundays. also on Friday night and Saturday night it can be dangerous in that area! for a couple of years there has been a lot of violent crime there. fights stabbings attempted murder arson even police are being attacked there! in the past couple of years it was crazy

  4. 1:22 rental vehicle license plates: dont assume its a rental in zurich unless it has a small rental company sticker or barcode sticker… Zurich has a lot of visitors from AI and VD… But yes if its AI or VD plates with wife/trophywife making video from passenger seat while man driving through restricted areas like paradeplatz or fraumunsterplatz its probably a rental LOL

  5. Zurich City Police: its probably the only place in Switzerland other than Swiss Border police where its very likely to have some kind of interraction with the police in a targeted stop or random control. But its a mistake to think negative of it. Zurich police (city and kanton) are proffesional, very well trained and deal with all matters involving international (europol, interpol) activities…

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