This stellar city of Switzerland is also one of the world's major centers of finance. In other words, if you're a business traveler you're likely to end up in Zurich at some point. Once you get here, you might be attracted by the thought of staying. This little outcrop on the northwest end of Lake Zurich has in recent years been named the world's number-one city for quality of life, and it is also the wealthiest city in Europe. You'll find no better example of Zurich's wealth than on Bahnhofstrasse, a long central street that stretches from the train station to the lakefront. It is reputedly the second-most expensive street on Earth.

That being said, if you're not in Zurich on an expense account you'll probably want to keep your eyes open for ways to sightsee on the cheap. One of the best things you can do, of course, is go running. Our routes will help you do just that by guiding you on a great jaunts along Lake Zurich and up the Limmat River. Be sure to check out our "Other Great Runs to Try" section as well, which will help you find some unforgettable trail runs in the forests and mountains outside of the city.

Watch Out For: 
  • Flat Terrain: You may be in Switzerland, but there are no mountains in the heart of this city. You won't have to watch out for hills as you run the lakeside, but do keep your eyes open for intermittent cobblestones.
  • Artful Entries: This is a particularly pertinent warning for Run #2. The run along the Limmat River is a favorite among Zurich residents, but your first mile or so of it will be on a narrow graffitied path. Just keep moving north, however, and the trail becomes more scenic the further you get out of town. 
  • Prices: Does that hot dog really cost seven Swiss francs, or approximately eight American dollars? And that tiny cup of coffee - is it really going to cost me five USD? Yes! The prices in Zurich will pinch your travel budget, so plan accordingly.

In the mood to rent a bike? See "Cutting Corners" in our More Information section to find out about free bike rentals.

Did you know? Swiss German is the official language of Zurich. This dialect of German, however, is purely a spoken one. It does not exist in written form.