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Explore Zurich

This ritzy Alpine city set on a bright blue lake is the largest in Switzerland and a major destination for contemporary art, shopping, and nightlife. Wealthy, tidy, and efficient, Zurich is easy to navigate thanks to excellent public transit and a free bike rental system. Use it to visit Kunsthaus Zurich, with its impressive modern art collection, and the 13th-century Fraumunster Church with Chagall’s stained glass windows. Then explore the cobblestone streets of Old Town (Alstadt), shop along Niederdorf and Bahnhofstrasse, and even take a dip in Lake Zurich. At night, choose from over 500 clubs and bars—from smart and sophisticated to waterside Badi-Bars (aka bathing pool bars). Can’t decide? Check out our recs below.
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How to do Zurich in 3 days

Luxury shopping streets, sidewalk coffee stops, and a train ride to a mountaintop
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An LGBTQ tour of Zurich

My super functional and ever punctual hometown of Zurich—run by a lesbian mayor for the last decade—remains one of Europe’s most gay-friendly cities, with diversity and inclusivity that’s on par with New York and London. Here, my picks for how to take it all in.
Adam G, Zurich, Switzerland
  • ViCAFE Kweer
    Opening in 2022, this stylish space is the epitome of a modern LGBTQ venue. A bustling bar draws gay men, while the lounge in the back with a stage and velvet sofas attracts a wider mix of people who come for Kweereoke and Drag Bingo. Popular with locals is its espresso bar/cafe, with chairs spilling onto the cobbled, pedestrian-only Spitalgasse in Zurich’s Old Town.
  • Cranberry Bar
    Cosy, chatty Cranberry is the city’s go-to gay bar. It first opened in 1997 and remains a stronghold of queerness in Zurich’s charming Old Town just across from the Limmat River. The two-level bar primarily attracts gay men, but is welcoming to everyone. Follow locals upstairs every Friday night for RuPaul’s Drag Race screenings. Other events like Latino nights and G-rated fetish parties keep things interesting.
  • Seebad Utoquai
    Zurich is bursting with badi, swimming areas on the city’s rivers, canals, and lake. This lido-style bathhouse, a white wooden structure dating to 1890, occupies an enviable perch on the lakefront promenade. It’s divided into four sections: men-only (popular with gay men), women-only, a mixed-gender area, and a nudist area. It also has stand-up paddle board rentals, hot showers, and a café and bar ideal for summer sunsets.
  • Kunsthaus Zürich
    In autumn 2021, Kunsthaus Zürich, arguably Switzerland’s most important museum, unveiled a $220 million annexe designed by David Chipperfield that epitomizes Zürich’s austere aesthetic. The museum occupies a constellation of buildings and brims with art, including permanent pieces by queer artists like Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Francis Bacon, not to mention iconic works by Zurich Dada artists like Man Ray. Wednesdays are free.
  • Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zurich
    In 2021, Zurich's grand Savoy Hotel closed for a two-year refurb, and was reborn in 2023 as the LGBTQ-friendly Mandarin Oriental. Located on Paradeplatz, home to several iconic chocolate shops, the 80-room hotel features the work of French interior designer Tristan Auer, who added a rooftop bar with views of Lake Zurich and Grossmunster’s gothic spires and a contemporary brasserie stuffed with modernist art.
  • Restaurant Volkshaus
    This buzzy brasserie dates back to 1910, but its dining room has been modernized with neo-industrial lights and pinstriped room dividers. Attentive aproned waiters deliver crispy oozing Cordon Bleu, gooey onion soup, and chestnut mousse. It’s a favourite of Zurich’s queer creatives who start at the convivial bar with aperol spritzes or linger over dessert with kirsch aperitifs. Grab one of the sunny terrace tables overlooking Helvetiaplatz. The kitchen has several veg-friendly options, too.