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Where to Find the Best Views in Zurich


Where to Find the Best Views in Zurich
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Zurich is an exceptionally beautiful place, and photogenic vistas are seemingly around every corner. That said, there are a few particularly worthy viewing points to seek out during your next trip to Switzerland’s largest city. From mountaintop cable cars to helicopter rides and lake cruises, here’s where to find Zurich’s best views.


Lake Zurich

Cruise for views.

Cruising on lovely Lake Zurich is a must when visiting Zurich. Kick back and relax while taking in picture-perfect views of the city’s waterfront, and spy landmarks such as the Grossmünster and the Zurich Opera House as you go.

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Felsenegg

Sweeping panoramas.

A lookout point on the edge of Zurich—and home to the canton’s only cable car—Felsenegg doesn’t just offer views of the city. From its summit, you can admire glittering Lake Zurich, the verdant Swiss countryside, and even the snowy Alps in the distance beyond.

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Great views are guaranteed from Felsenegg. Photo: Piotr Piwowarski / Viator

Helicopter tour

Of course, if it’s truly impressive views that you’re after, an aerial tour is the best way to admire Zurich—and beyond. Depending on the itinerary you select, helicopter tours won’t just soar above the city’s pretty hills and steeples—they’ll even go as far as Jungfraujoch, an Alpine pass that’s within flying distance of the city.

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Polybahn Funicular

City center views.

The Polybahn Funicular, painted a cheery shade of red, doesn’t just make it easy to navigate Zurich’s considerable hills. As it wends its way from Central up to the Polyterrasse, it also offers opportunities to take in panoramic perspectives of the city.

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Don't miss the opportunity to tackle Zurich's hills with the Polybahn. Photo: smereka / Shutterstock

Charles' Tower (Karlsturm)

Old town vistas.

If you’re planning an exploration of Zurich’s charming Old Town (Altstadt), combine your historical sightseeing with a bit of aerial splendor when you ascend to the top of the Karlsturm, the southern tower of Grossmünster church. The 187-step climb is worth the knockout views.

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Lindenhof

A local favorite.

A hill, a public square, and the former site of a Roman settlement, Lindenhof is one of Zurich’s top-draw attractions. Given its lofty position, the landmark is also blessed with killer views—find a comfortable bench and soak up the scenery. 

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Visitors enjoy the Zurich views from Lindenhof. Photo: Greg Kendall-Ball / Viator

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Hi, I'm Claire!

Claire Bullen is an award-winning food, drinks, and travel writer and editor who has lived and worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Paris, and London. She is the author of The Beer Lover's Table: Seasonal Recipes and Modern Beer Pairings, and the editor at GoodBeerHunting.com. Her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, The Daily Meal, Pellicle Magazine, and beyond.

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