Zurich like a local: our team's favorite places

Discover the favorite places of our staff as well as the management. Whether it's cooling off in one of the city's outdoor pools in the summer or dining in local restaurants. Our insider tips will make your stay in Zurich something very special.

Bad Allenmoos - Zurich's first outdoor pool since 1939

Katharina was born and raised in Zurich and knows Zurich like the back of her hand.

"One of my favorite places in Zurich is the Bad Allenmoos or "Möösli". When I was a kid, we used to go to Bad Allenmoos by bike almost every day during the summer vacations when the weather was nice."

The "Möösli", Zurich's first outdoor pool, was opened in 1939. Although bathers raved about the bath, it remained an insider tip for many years after the hype in the first decades.

In 1997/98, however, it was extensively renovated at a cost of 14.5 million and reopened in 1999. Nevertheless, the bath still exudes an air of the enchanted - like an old castle whose walls would have so many stories to tell...

Today, the Allenmoos offers a variety of attractions; the 50-meter swimming pool has a diving tower, while a 72-meter slide ends in the non-swimmer's pool. The little ones also have fun in a separate children's paddling pool. Volleyball courts, a restaurant, barbecue areas and checkrooms complete the facilities of the large outdoor pool.and the complex is prettier than ever. Nevertheless, you can find a peaceful spot at any time in the city's largest bath (45,000m2). 

You can reach the bath Allenmoos from the Hotel Alexander with the streetcar 15 or from the train station with the streetcar 11 in a good 15 minutes.

Where does our management swim? Unterer Letten river pool

The "Underi Lätte" is the oldest river bath in the city of Zurich and a popular meeting place for residents all around.

After jumping into the water, the bathers let themselves drift downstream in the swimming channel. A few fight the current, but most climb ashore and run back - where the fun starts all over again. There is also a non-swimmer's pool, a children's paddling pool and a 3-meter diving tower. A kiosk offers grilled specialties, fresh salads, pasta and antipasti. Cultural events are regularly held here in the evenings, as well as an open-air cinema in the summer.


Built in 1909 by the architects Fissler and Friedrich, the baths at Untere Letten are the oldest river baths in the city of Zurich. At that time, the wooden open-air bath went beyond the scope of all conventional box baths. To this day, it has been preserved almost entirely in its original condition. In 1956, a non-swimmer's pool and a paddling pool were added to it according to plans by Elsa and Ernst Burkhardt. In 1986 it was also classified as worthy of preservation.

One can linger under the shady arbors of the Kastenbad, on the shore-side sun terrace or the so-called "Luftbad" with sunbathing lawn and trees. In the beginning, the Untere Letten was a men-only bath, the women's bath with swimming pool (in the upper part of the complex) was added later. Today all the baths are mixed.

Kiosk Josefwiese

Josefwiese is the nearby neighborhood meeting place for recreation and socializing. Space & place for all & much: offer as well as possibility.

The team of the Kiosk- and Bistro-operation feeds the thirsty and hungry with a simple & carefully designed offer through the day and the seasons.
The grilled sausage, the salad, the beer.
The wähe, the Gasparini glacé, the cappucino.
Free from advertising, consumerism and reservations, the Bistro of the Josefwiese Kiosk Association has been serving young and old since 1996.

Sani our Shopping Queen - Zurich's Bahnhofstrasse

In Bahnhofstrasse you can find everything your heart desires: fashion, art and Zurich specialties attract locals as well as guests.The world-famous shopping mile was created after the construction of Zurich's main station. On the spot where the city fortification moat was 150 years ago, it now connects Lake Zurich with the main station over a distance of 1.4 kilometers. Here you can find numerous boutiques, department stores and watch stores, but also the Paradeplatz - the center of Swiss banks. The Bahnhofstrasse is as popular with locals as it is with guests and is always worth a visit. In summer, it is a pleasant place to stroll to the lake, and in winter, mulled wine and hot chocolate can be found on every corner. From Bahnhofstrasse, Rennweg and Augustinergasse lead into the picturesque old town.

Laura's 1. Tipp - Jules Verne Panorama Bar

Laura's 1. Tipp - Jules Verne Panorama Bar

In the heart of downtown, you'll find arguably one of the most spectacular views over the rooftops of Zurich, Lake Zurich and all the way to the Alps.


Hardly any restaurant has a more beautiful view of and over Zurich than the popular Jules Verne Panoramabar in the heart of the city. The restaurant is located in the same tower as the Urania observatory (but has nothing to do with it).

You get to the panoramic bar above the roofs of Zurich via an elevator in the Brasserie Lipp. Once there, you'll be treated to delicious cocktails and wines in addition to the magnificent panoramic view. From Monday to Friday, you can enjoy French-inspired lunches and snacks later in the day.

The whole of Zurich is at your feet and the alpine panorama above Lake Zurich rounds off the incredible view. Just the right thing for romantics!

Jules Verne Panorama Bar
Laura's 2. Tipp - Die Barfussbar

Laura's 2. Tipp - Die Barfussbar

One of my favorite "Badi-Bars" is the Barfussbar with a view of the two churches Grossmünster and Fraumünster as well as a view of the Limmat.


Just the original art nouveau bathhouse in the middle of Zurich is worth a visit. During the day for women only.

But as the day draws to a close, everyone is welcome at the bar. Barefoot bar - that is to be taken literally.

Shoes are waiting at the entrance. And on Sunday there is dancing - barefoot and open-air.