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Zurich has 1,200 wells with drinking water

Everywhere in the city, the best drinking water flows from large and small wells: Free for all.

Fresh and first-class drinking water is always available in Zurich - thanks to more than 1,200 wells that can be found every few meters in the city. This makes Zurich one of the cities with the most fountains in the world. There are exciting stories to tell about each fountain. Here are just three fountains in the city center that every visitor must have seen:

Amazonen-Brunnen on Rennweg: put into operation around 1430. With a figure adorning the fountain, it is one of the first Zurich fountains that was also considered a public work of art.

Alfred Escher fountain at the main station: in operation since 1889. Alfred Escher's figure stands in a triangle that brings together his most important achievements: as a railroad pioneer, he ensured that Zurich, with its main station, became one of Switzerland's most important transport hubs at an early stage. He was also involved in the founding of today's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (today Credit Suisse) on Paradeplatz.

Lindenhof fountain on the Lindenhof: in operation since 1667. Today's fountain was created in 1912 in memory of the brave women of Zurich who, in battle dress, are said to have deterred an Austrian army from a city siege in 1292.

Tip 1:
If you get thirsty while walking through Zurich, you don't need a supermarket. A drinking bottle - for example, the high-quality, reusable and lightweight Sigg drinking bottle that can be purchased at the Tourist Information - is all you need. Screw it on, fill it up and enjoy cool as well as fresh water.

Tip 2:
If you want to learn more about Zurich's endless fountains, book the city tour Wasserstadt Zürich.

Tip 3:
This map shows where the fountains are located in the city.


Flea market Bürkliplatz - every Saturday

Wonderful flea market world since 1971

This flea market is much more than its name suggests: It is a paradise for treasure hunters in search of unique pieces and rarities.

In a picturesque location by Lake Zurich, this flea market – which was founded over 50 years ago – is the largest and most popular of its kind.

With over 230 seasonal pitches, the flea market on Bürkliplatz attracts art enthusiasts and collectors who love browsing through an extensive range of antiques, vintage items, and second-hand treasures. From retro clothing to unique works of art, here you can find objects that tell stories and are oozing with character.

From May to October, the market not only offers the opportunity to make amazing finds, but also to become part of a lively community. For those interested in running a market stall, there is a weekly draw, which gives everyone the chance to offer their treasures to the general public. This ensures that there is always a changing selection of items on offer.


In the realm of the senses

H. Schwarzenbach - Delicacies since 1864

The traditional specialty store H. Schwarzenbach in Zurich's Oberdorf was founded by Heinrich Schwarzenbach I in 1864. The delicatessen on Münstergasse is still run by the Schwarzenbach family, today already in the fifth generation.

The diverse range of products extends from home-roasted premium coffee to selected tea specialties and exquisite spices to exotic dried fruits and exquisite vinegar specialties and the finest oils. This wide range is complemented by fine chocolates, pasta from the leading pasta creators and a variety of honeys, jams or legumes.

In addition to exotic rarities, H. Schwarzenbach also offers countless local delicacies, from Thurgau dried pears to Ticino's Farina Bona, the roasted corn flour from the Onsernone Valley.


Design & Culture Line 4

This tram line is Zurich’s unofficial cultural line: tram no. 4 links some of Zurich’s most important design, art, and culture institutions.

“Many highlights from Zurich’s cultural life are lined up along the number 4 tram route like pearls on a string,” says Christian Brändle. And the Director of the Museum für Gestaltung knows what he’s talking about – after all, he regularly uses this tram line to get to his three museum buildings. They all lie along the route: the Toni-Areal In Zürich-West, the history-steeped main building near Zurich Main Station, and the Pavillon Le Corbusier on the shores of Lake Zurich.


Freitag Tower - inspires high

Freitag Tower - stacked shipping containers are a treat for urban explorers

It is not just recycling fans who will love the colorful tower near the central Hardbrücke Station, which boasts 17 stacked shipping containers rising 26 meters (85 feet) into the air.

The rusty containers were sourced especially from Hamburg and transported to Zurich by train. Not just nice to look at, the tower is accessible as well. Over four floors, it contains the world’s largest selection of “individual recycled freeway bags” from the renowned Zurich label Freitag – 1,600 bags.

Climb further and you’ll reach the roof of the recycled skyscraper that offers a commanding view of the former industrial quarter. Look out for old factories pulsing with new life, Frau Gerolds Garten – a popular urban garden with dining options – and the arches of the viaduct that now house gorgeous boutiques, restaurants and event spaces.

«Welcome to the heart of Zurich! I’m thrilled to have you here and eager to help make your stay truly special. Here are a few spots you would love to see:»
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