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Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

We have a seven hour layover in Zurich - landing about 3:30 pm and taking off around 10:30 pm. We are a couple with two kids (pre-teen and early teen). We'd love to take public transport into town, stroll around, and have some dinner and dessert before heading back to the airport. We'd prefer a neighborhood with some charm or character and cuisine that is Swiss or a close relative. We have not been to Zurich before. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

There's a tram that takes you from the train station to the centre of Zurich. It's slower than taking the train (train is 10 minutes, tram is 35 minutes), but more straightforward in terms of where it starts and ends, and less confusing (the trains go from different ends of the main station and the schedule can be complicated). It's a number 10 tram. You have to get a ticket from the train station office at the airport, or from a ticket machine. (combined pass return/24 hours for the airport zone plus the city zone - cost will be about 15USD for the adults and maybe 10USD for the kids. You can also go by tram one direction and by train the other, on the same ticket.

Taxis are exorbitantly expensive. Maybe twice the cost even with a family of 4.

From the tram, it's easy to get off at one of the stops near the main train station and see the sights. The cost of food will also be exorbitantly expensive, but you'll find plenty of options along either side of the river - walk upstream towards the lake, or down the Bahnhofstrasse to see the shops...

Have fun!
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

I disagree with Swisspea about the train being confusing and complicated.

Pretty straight forward, go to the cashier and ask for a day pass for Zurich city and I believe an extension to get from the airport to the city and back, then simply look which platform goes to Zurich HB and you're there 10 minutes later.

Once there pick up a Tourist Map from the visitors' information point in the HB, if you can't find it ask one of the conductors. Then simply do as you wish.

I would recommend walking through the old town, and maybe stop and eat something along the way, then get to Bellevue and carry on walking by the lake towards the chineese gardens.

On the way back you can walk by the Limmat river for a shortish distance and then make your way towards Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse and back to the HB for your journey back to the airport.
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

Thanks Swisspea!
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

I would suggest that once you are in Zurich and almost certainly in the Bahnhofstrasse, that you take the tram to TIEFENBRUNNEN and then walk back to Zurich along the lake. It's lovely to walk back and at the end you can move over to the town side and walk back to the station for the airport through the old town. There are plentyof opportunities for refreshment of all kinds and the beauty of it is that you can't get lost!
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

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I disagree with Swisspea about the train being confusing and complicated.

Pretty straight forward, go to the cashier and ask for a day pass for Zurich city and I believe an extension to get from the airport to the city and back, then simply look which platform goes to Zurich HB and you're there 10 minutes later.

Once there pick up a Tourist Map from the visitors' information point in the HB, if you can't find it ask one of the conductors. Then simply do as you wish.

I would recommend walking through the old town, and maybe stop and eat something along the way, then get to Bellevue and carry on walking by the lake towards the chineese gardens.

On the way back you can walk by the Limmat river for a shortish distance and then make your way towards Paradeplatz and Bahnhofstrasse and back to the HB for your journey back to the airport.
Agrre here, swisspea is making out the train is difficult its actually the easiest option by far. Train couldnt be easier straight to main station and leaves from same location going back. Nothing complicated about that.

The tram however does take you through a pretty part of town as long as you get off when you see the lake and not end up in a spot you get lost
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

In my opinion, as a first time visitor, take the train. The main hall of the Zurich main station is an impressive space and always a nice way to start a first visit.

The only thing you should know is that Zurich has several train stops which are named Zurich but denote other parts of the city... eg Zurich Wollishofen. What you are always looking for is Zurich HB. That is the main station (HB = Hauptbahnhof which means main station). Once you understand that, you shouldnt get lost.

From there, walk through the main hall and out the other side, cross the river and then turn right into the old part of Zurich called the Niederdorf. If you are stuck, ask absolutely anyone and they will know how to guide you there. It starts just over the river and 2 minutes walk from the HB.

In the niederdorf you will find a lot of old buildings, some several hundred years old (some have a keystone in their door arches saying when they were built). You can find many nice places for dinner here. Overall it is about 2.5km long. At the end you will find the zurich lake (called the Zurichsee). You can then walk back along the river to the HB (this is parallel to the Niederdorf).

That would be my suggestion.
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

I wouldn't bother, Zurich's a shithole
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

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I wouldn't bother, Zurich's a shithole
While that may be funny, it doesn't help the original poster who wouldnt know if you are being serious or not (answer, I'm guessing you aren't).

Answer is, Zurich is actually very pretty and I am sure you would enjoy my suggested itinerary.
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

Lets see here, not this is only a recommendation, but it should account for all of your needs and still provide you with some entertainment.

If you have an arrival at 3:30, it is possible to be out of the terminal and down to the trains in 30 minutes. This assumes you are going to take your carry-on(s) into town and that your checked bags are staying inside of the terminal.

You should be able to purchase tickets and make the S16 train that usually runs around 16:02. This train will take you to the lower level of the Main station in Zurich in under twelve minutes. (but there are many other trains that will take you there in that time...just don't take the tram...this will be SLOW. Now that its 16:15, it will take you about five minutes to make it to the surface/main hall. Follow the signs that direct you to "Banhofstrasse".

There are a hand full of really great places to see in Zurich. One of them is the view from Lindenhoff Park. It took me several visits to Zurich to figure out how to get there. To save you the trouble, here is a map for a rather decent walking tour. I agree with krlock and others that that you should see Neiderdorfstrasse and much of the Old Town. Follow this link: http://goo.gl/maps/qOv17

There will be a lot of things to see and places to eat for sure. IF you want to see the lake as well...use this link. http://goo.gl/maps/iVOfY

To make your 10:30 flight, I would be back on the train to the airport no later than 9:10. This will give you a solid five hours in Zurich with just enough time to check back in (although id likely lean towards 8:30 to be safe).

Hope that helps, enjoy your trip!!!
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Once there pick up a Tourist Map from the visitors' information point in the HB, if you can't find it ask one of the conductors. Then simply do as you wish.

Yes, do get a free (free - really!) map from the Zurich office. Follow the route marked in the map; without children, it takes about 2 - 2.5 hours, and you see pretty much all the major sights of Zurich. Make sure to go to the Chinese garden near the lake (you can even go there by one of the flat boats, which are included in your public transport day pass), there is a huge playground, directly next to it, plus a Chinese takeaway with very decent food in front of it. I would think that your kids need to run and play between flights. Dunno if the playground is free, though. ??? And, just in case, if they get all messed up, there are public showers in the Main Station.
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...If you have an arrival at 3:30, it is possible to be out of the terminal and down to the trains in 30 minutes. This assumes you are going to take your carry-on(s) into town and that your checked bags are staying inside of the terminal...
OP can also put carry-on bags in a locker somewhere at the airport, right? I have never done it, so don't know where or how much it costs. That info might be helpful to OP as well.
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OP can also put carry-on bags in a locker somewhere at the airport, right? I have never done it, so don't know where or how much it costs. That info might be helpful to OP as well.
There is a "left luggage" area in the airport, I believe it's 3-5 CHF per bag depending on the size. We've used it before with no hassles, just make sure you don't lose the ticket stub.
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

+1 for taking the train.

It's not that trains are difficult, there are just a lot of them, but most of them go to Zürich HB. Usually gleis (platform) 3&4.

I would also recommend a walk through the old town to Bellevue, or down to the China gardens. ALL are easily accessable from the TRAM 4 (direction tiefenbrunnen (colour intentional - it's the colour of tram 4)) which also passes by Zurich HB.

While walking through the old town, it's worth popping into the Grossmunster church (can't spell that sorry). It's about 4chf or something to walk up to the steeple and have a proper look over Zurich, the Limmat, and the Lake.
A good photo opportunity.

On your way back, just keep in mind where the tram tracks are, and a tram 4 will be along every 6-8 minutes or so.....yes, it will be there, and it will take exactly as long as it indicates at the stop.
(one of the beauties of Switzerland).


Once you are back at Zürich HB, either ask someone, or just look at the signs for a train to the FLUGHAFEN (airport) which should be between every 15minutes to half an hour (tops).


There are a lot of things to do (a walk down Bahnhofstrasse etc. (also near Zürich HB)), but it's best to keep things simple.
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I wouldn't bother, Zurich's a shithole
If Zurich is the shithole...does'nt that make Romandie the actual pile of shit?
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

A bit out of topic but could be useful nonetheless, they have a good kids room in Terminal A at the airport with games, a microwave

It is not as fun as getting into town but if your layover gets shortened, it may be a good option.

Kudos to Zurich Airport being one of the most efficient I know about security controls which gives you the opportunity to get into town. If this was ORD or IAD (or most major USA airports) it probably would not be worth it just because of the pain of coming back through screening again...

Enjoy your visit
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

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A bit out of topic but could be useful nonetheless, they have a good kids room in Terminal A at the airport with games, a microwave

It is not as fun as getting into town but if your layover gets shortened, it may be a good option.

Kudos to Zurich Airport being one of the most efficient I know about security controls which gives you the opportunity to get into town. If this was ORD or IAD (or most major USA airports) it probably would not be worth it just because of the pain of coming back through screening again...

Enjoy your visit
I think the OP's kids are too old for the family room in terminal A, but I agree with you - with young kids it's worth going early to the airport!

http://www.zurich-airport.com/deskto...spx/tabid-151/
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Re: Several hours layover in Zurich - where to stroll and eat with kids?

A beautiful place to get a bird`s eye view of Zürich is at the Prime Tower, Zürich`s tallest building up the elevator to the bistro/restaurant/bar at Clouds...

You can catch a train from Zürich HB to the train station Hardbrucke.
It is just outside the station and across the road is the Freitag bag shop.
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