Crowning the picture-perfect Weinegg Quarter, this university garden is enlivened by a vivid tapestry of botanical wonders. It is an integral part of the Institute of Systematic Botany. Constructed across its verdant meadows are bubble-style greenhouses, bountiful harbors of plants which lovingly call to mind the clear weather and vibrant landscapes of the Mediterranean and the Tropics. Come spring, the garden comes alive with a burst of mesmerizing blooms while droves of frogs croon into its glimmering pond. From alpine roses and water plants to native European and primitive species, the garden strives to be an embodiment of both research and recreation, creating a gardenscape which is a spectacular feast for the senses.
Flanked by verdant hills, the majestic Lake Zurich spans the cantons of Zürich, St. Gallen and Schwyz. The lake is bridged by the Seedamm at the point where it narrows, diving Lake Zurich into two distinct parts. Carved out by the ambling Linth River, this enormous lake is fringed by vineyards, orchards and splendid alpine hillocks. Myriad cruise ships ply its shimmering, blue-green waters, making it an ideal tourist destination replete with opportunities for adventure. Along its banks lie a wide variety of lake-view restaurants where patrons can relish 'Fischknusperli', a dish made using fish straight from the lake's depths. In addition, Lake Zurich is a popular windsurfing destination, and several idyllic hiking and biking trails wind around its perimeter. Particularly on public holidays, the lake is swarmed by boats and its banks with strolling people.
Amid the city's bustle lies a serene sanctum complete with tree-lined walkways and the ornate Hedwig Fountain. This moraine hill-top space is a picturesque canvas and a nationally significant Swiss heritage site. Evidence of early activity dates back to the 2nd Century, and it is believed that the former castle remained standing through the 6th Century. Lindenhof also became a center of political activity and significant historic events. Home to the antiquated Lindenhof quarter, Lindenhof hill is where a synergy of history, culture, and natural beauty takes center stage. What today stands as an open verdant space is an erstwhile Celtic settlement harboring a Roman fortress, the ruins of which are still visible today. This scenic, emerald-hued expanse affords sweeping views of Old Town's charming roofed houses, the meandering waters of the Limmat River, and even the distant, mighty Swiss Alps.
Nestled in the sprawling Swiss Plateau, the majestic Üetliberg mountain affords an awe-inspiring panorama. An integral piece of the Albis chain, this mighty mount towers over Zurich's charming roofed houses, playing an ideal vantage point to look across Lake Zurich, the Alps, and Zurich's cityscape in all its glory. Its forested fabric is crisscrossed by hiking trails, mountain bike paths as well as the extensive Planet Trail. 'Zurich's very own mountain' is further dotted with jubilant water fountains, campsites, and hotels and is an outdoor wonder par excellence. This mountain also offers views of the majestic, rolling expanse of the Limmat Valley. Bursting at the seams with diverse flora like the wild garlic come spring, this mountain is a naturalist's dream and an adventurer's wonderland. During winter, the snow-capped range is ideal for skiing and sledding, making Üetliberg a top destination for both summer and winter sports enthusiasts.
The Zürich Zoological Garden is hailed as a cultural institution of the city and is one of the best and the most diverse zoos in all of Europe. It boasts over 2200 animals and 260 species, coming from all over the world. The rare species found here include frogs, birds, and other wildlife from New Caledonia and South Africa, which are normally only found in their native habitats. They also offer a wide range of classes and interactive events aimed at educating the public about the needs of many endangered animals. Be sure to stop by and experience a whole new tropical side of the city.
Toni's Zoo in Rothenburg is a great place to spend some quality with friends and family interacting with some of our furry friends from the animal kingdom. The zoo features almost 500 animals of over 95 different species that are bred and accommodated in environments similar to their natural habitats. The zoo organizes an array of activities such as penguin feedings which are a favorite with the little ones who are given a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
The Schanzengraben reclaims the perimeter of Zurich's original defensive bulwarks, turning the area into a lovely tree-shaded walkway that subverts the once-imposing fortifications of Altstadt. What was once a prohibitive moat is now a tranquil canal, boats and swimmers bobbing easily in the still water that reflects the brickwork of antique fortress walls. A haven from the bustle of urban Zurich, Schanzengraben is the perfect destination for a peaceful walk through green pathways and nearby office workers enjoying a leisurely lunch.
Arboretum is a park overlooking the Lake Zurich. It is a summation of a botanical garden, public park, and arboretum. The park is a photographer's paradise with its colorful flowers, mountain plants and cedar trees throughout the area. It acts a perfect venue for a day picnic where people can read, play or lie down on the grass. In the park is the Arnold Bürkli memorial, a prominent figure in the construction of the city.
Take a walk or jog along the Quaianlagen, a pier overlooking Lake Zurich. It is mostly outlined by trees which are an impressive sight during the summer. Mostly people are seen jogging, relaxing or taking strolls by the bay.
One of Zurich's many attraction, the beautiful landscaped garden of Rieterpark is perhaps among the most popular. Once a part of the Rietberg mansion, this 6.8 hectares (17 acres) large park exudes the charm and elegance of the glamorous 19th century with stone fountains, ponds, lovely flowerbeds and 150 year old beech trees. Peaceful, clean and charming, the park is a perfect place to spend a day reading under the sun with views of the stunning Glarus Alps visible on a clear day. It also hosts many classical concerts and theater performances from time to time.