The city lies on the Limmat River at the North end of Lake Zurich (known as the Lower Lake). Zurich offers a range of attractions, many of which are concentrated in the Old Town area, making them easily accessible. The entertainment and nightlife possibilities offered by the city are almost limitless.
At the home of the most famous Swiss chocolate manufacturers you can visit the shop and stock up on all the chocolates you could desire. Unique products are available to those who visit shortly before Christmas or Easter.
The local museum at Küsnacht offers a range of exhibits. There are 3D images and audio as well as recreations of a traditional corner shop and old fashioned kitchen. As well as the permanent exhibits there are a variety of special exhibitions covering a variety of topics. You could combine a trip visit to the museum with a trip to the Küsnachter ravines.
You might wish to walk (approx 1½ hour) through the Küsnachter ravines from the Forch Railway station down to Lake Zürich. Along the way you will pass many interesting sites, including medieval castle ruins, the famous Dragon Caves and a forest nature trail.
If you choose to visit the vineyards of the Stafa area you can learn about grapes and perhaps work in a vineyard, whilst taking in the spectacular views of the lake. This is the largest wine making community in the canton of Zürich and lies on the sunny Gold Coast of the lake. Here the relatively high temperatures and the Foehn winds create the perfect conditions for growing grapes.
This small island has belonged to the Einsiedeln monastery for many centuries. Beneath the foundations of the medieval church of St. Peter and Paul are traces of a Gallo-Roman temple. The island covers 112,645 square meters, and its idyllic natural state makes it an ideal site to visit. During the summer you can reach the island by boat every day.
You might like to visit Alpamare, which for 30 years has been the largest indoor water park in Europe. It is open 365 days a year so there is always something happening. Its most impressive features are its ten water slides, which have a combined length of 1½ Kilometres!
The wooden bridge between Rapperswil and Hurden was opened in 1360. For 500 years it was the only way to cross the lake by foot. When the Seedamm causeway was built in 1878 the bridge ceased to be used. However in April 2001 a new 841 meter long bridge was built, and has become the main attraction on the Seedamm. This is currently the longest wooden bridge in Switzerland.
The rose features prominently in Rapperswil-Jona – from the town’s coat of arms to the 15000 bushes and 600 varieties of roses which bloom each year. The impressive 13th century castle, the 17th century Capuchin monastery and the remains of the old city walls are legacies of an eventful past. The Old Town is protected as a site of historical significance by the Swiss Confederation, making it the perfect location for a stroll.
At the head of Lake Zurich (to the south) is the stunningly beautiful village of Lachen. Its outstanding features include the village centre, the harbour and lakeside area, the public promenade, and the late Baroque parish church, whose distinctive twin domes are visible from far away.
At the South East end of the lake is the picturesque town of Schmerikon. This is the starting point for a 2½ hour hike taking you along the lakeside to Rapperswil. On the way there are many locations where you can stop, relax, reflect or picnic.