How Zurich Can Be Affordable to All Types of Tourists

Many people consider Zurich, and Switzerland in general, to be very expensive and out of reach. But what if you were told that it could be inexpensive if you know some key tricks? Depending on what kind of tourist you are, there’s a way you can stick to your interest in Zurich, without breaking the bank.

  • The Deal Searcher

You like to get the best price for accommodation, flights and transportation wherever you are. Luckily, Zurich welcomes a lot of low-cost airlines with which you can fly in, and has a city pass for getting around in a cheaper way. As for inexpensive accommodation, be sure to check out autumn and spring bargains for a snug B&B in the outskirts of the city.

  • The Shopper

No matter where you travel to, you must bring home something to showcase in your home in memory of the trip. In order to save money but still take something back with you, skip the touristy souvenir shops and choose a second-hand or a vintage shop to get a more authentic keepsake for a better price.

image via Flickr by Zurich Tourismus

image via Flickr by Zurich Tourismus

  • The Clubber

Experiencing the local party zone is a must when you travel. Since you don’t want to splurge, then you should choose a more reasonably priced, but equally fun area, such as the west side of the city, the former industrial quarter, which is a new clubbing district that is more affordable than the one in central Zurich.

  • The Literature Lover

Did you know that the famous Irish novelist James Joyce lived, and even wrote a part of his famous Ulysses in Zurich? If you’re into avant-garde literature, join one of two weekly readings at the James Joyce Foundation for free.

image via Flickr by Timo Neumann

image via Flickr by Timo Neumann

  • The Museum Master

You can’t leave a new city before visiting a museum — preferably on local culture — right? In this case, there’s great news for you: the Landesmuseum, also known as the Swiss National Museum, is open to the public with an entrance fee of only $10. The toy museum, a small but interesting exhibition, is also cheap, charging $5 for a visit.

  • The Nature Freak

You love everything about nature and want to see as much of the local flora and fauna as you can. The Botanical Gardens, maintained by the university, is free of charge and has an astonishing 9,000 species on display. For $25, you can easily spend a whole day at Zurich Zoo, a tropical oasis that includes the Masoala Rainforest as well.

Zurich Botanical Gardens - image via Flickr by kafka4prez

Zurich Botanical Gardens – image via Flickr by kafka4prez

  • The Church Chaser

Many of Zurich’s most imposing churches are free to visit. Be sure to check out the 12th-century Romanesque Grossmunster and Saint Peter’s Church, which has the largest clock face on the continent.

  • The Authentic Experience Seeker

To see the city through the eye of a local, take part in a free guided tour and see the main sights. For a more in-depth walkabout, hire a local to take you on a more unique tour, off the beaten path.

Article part of the #HipmunkCityLove campaign.

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