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10 Fun Things to Do on a Summer Day in Zurich

Summer - Peter Heinrich  /
Summer is finally arriving. And it's high time! After some mediocre summer weather the sunny days are arriving. The whole next week is gonna be sunny and warm - up to 30 C! Many people are away on their summer vacations but for those sticking around Zurich like myself, here are some ideas to make use of this excellent weather:
  1. Go swimming in Lake Zurich or the Limmat river. There are plenty of public baths, public pools or places you can go swimming fro free in and around Zurich. 
  2. Take a stroll through the Niederdorf and buy some cold and sweet ice cream at Dieci Gelati.
  3. Visit the Zoo and observe the animals with an ice cold drink in hand.
  4. Go up Üetliberg. Enjoy the great view and the relaxing atmosphere on this hill overlooking Zurich. This is a great starting point for short hikes as well.
  5. Take a boat ride on Lake Zurich and get some wind to chill you.
  6. Rent a pedal boat and combine the boat ride with some serious swimming. 
  7. Visit the Wild Life Park Zurich. Located just outside of Zurich it features many animals and nicely shaded paths in the forest.
  8. Go shopping in the biggest indoor shopping mall of the area: the Glattzentrum.
  9. Go to one of the many bike rental stations of "Züri rollt" that provide bicycles free of charge (20 CHF deposit that you'll get back when you return the bike) and tour the city on two wheels!
  10. Go see a movie in one of the many open air movie theaters. Some, e.g. Film am See show older movies for free.

That's all I can think of now. Since I'll be working I won't have time to try all of these. However, swimming will definitely be part of my daily routine in the next few days... :) 

Do you have any suggestions for other fun summer activities in and around Zurich? Let me know!



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