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Summer Activities in Zurich

By Viator, May 2013

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Set on the glittering Lake Zurich against a dramatic mountain backdrop, few places are picturesque as Zurich and as the weather heats up, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Switzerland’s largest city . Here are some ideas for things to do in Zurich in summer.

1. Go Swimming
Make the most of the waterfront city by taking a dip at one of the city’s abundant outdoor swimming areas, which open between May and September along the Limmat River and Lake Zurich. Look out for the wooden piers dotted along the waterside, many accompanied by snack bars and massage booths, or head to the popular swimming spots of Bad Utoquai and Letten.

2. Explore Lake Zurich
Swimming isn’t the only way to enjoy the water and a popular summer pastime is renting out a pedal boat or rowing boat and exploring the lake. If you’d prefer someone else did the hard work, there are a number of boat cruises to choose from or else, hire a bike and take a cycling tour along the waterfront.

3. Enjoy some Al fresco entertainment

As the days get longer and the sun beats down on the city streets, the action shifts outdoors, with Zurich’s bars and restaurants opening up their terraces, and a number of summer nightclubs opening their doors. Look out for the OrangeCinema too – an outdoor movie theater on the lakeside that shows a range of classic movies, indie films and latest premieres throughout the summer months.

4. Party at the city’s festivals
Summertime is a great excuse for a party and Zurich hosts a range of vibrant festivals and events that will add a unique flavor to your trip. Time your visit for the flamboyant Street Parade in August, the popular Latin-American music festival Caliente in July, the tri-annual Zuerifaescht held in July 2013 or the Ironman Triathlon, one of the country’s biggest sporting events. Zurich also makes the perfect base for those celebrating Swiss National Day on August 1st, with the country’s most spectacular fireworks display taking place at the nearby Rhine Falls.

5. Picnic in the park
Once you’ve been shopping on Bahnhofstrasse and stopped for ice cream at one of the many Niederdorf cafés, spend the afternoon relaxing in some of Zurich’s most tranquil spots. Summer is the perfect time to visit Zurich zoo, wander around the nearby Zürich Wilderness Park, or get a view from Uetliberg, towering 2,850 feet over the city.

Contributed by Zoe Smith

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