The excellent opportunities for shopping, sports and leisure are just as varied as its cultural offerings. With regard to the quality of life, Zurich has always achieved top positions in international surveys. The vibrant and dynamic metropolis has over 400,000 inhabitants, who feel right at home in their city with its first-class infrastructure. We have compiled some tips for you for your stay at a hotel, your recreation and for various activities in the evening, in the case that you should visit this charming city. If you are looking for exceptional designer pieces, the international design exhibition blickfang, which is the eye-catching event for fashion, jewellery and furniture and which we introduced you to yesterday, awaits you in November in Zurich,
The Dolder Grand
The Dolder Grand is just the right setting for people with a feel for pleasure, exclusivity and recreation. The Dolder Grand has 175 luxurious rooms and suites, fine dining as well as a spa area, all of them spread over 4,000 square metres, for its guests. Its elevated location between the pulsing city and invigorating nature allows you to have a fantastic view of the city of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. This luxury hotel has an impressive art collection with more than 100 pieces. A visit to the restaurant, Heiko Nieder’s surprising gourmet kitchen, will let you enjoy a refined culinary experience. The restaurant, which has been awarded 18 GaultMillau points and 2 Michelin stars, is one of the highest awarded restaurants in Zurich. The gourmet festival, “The Epicure – Days of Culinary Masterpieces“, was launched at Heiko Nieder’s initiative in the autumn of 2014 and it attracts highly decorated guest chefs from all over the world to Zurich.
The Widder Hotel is located in the heart of Zurich’s old city centre and is only a few steps away from the main railway station. It is a total union of history, art and design. Tours of discovery through the historical, cultural or commercial Zurich can easily be undertaken from here, on foot. Every one of its nine buildings, dating from the middle ages, is unique and combines timeless elements with the complex renovation that went into them. The hotel opened its doors in March 1995 as a five-star Boutique Hotel in the category of Swiss luxury hotels and has, ever since then, cast a spell over its visitors from all over the world. The Widder Hotel is a member of the Swiss Deluxe Hotels, Leading Hotels of the World™ and of White Line Hotels™.
B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa
Stay, where once beer was brewed. After the transformation of the Hürlimann beer brewery into a hotel and with a spa in the hundred year old arches of the brewery in the cellar and a heated infinity pool on the rooftop, the B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa offers you a total of 60 individual rooms to stay in and is a place of refuge in the centre of Zurich. The industrial history of Zurich meets urban design here. Every room is styled individually and gives you a vintage feel thanks to the selected decorative items of classic design displayed in them. Dixon lamps and pictures bring history alive in the hotel rooms. Another distinctive feature of the hotel is the extraordinary Wine Library. Here, guests can enjoy wine, cheese and tapas in the midst of 33,000 antiquarian books and under an extraordinary chandelier which is made from original Hürlimann beer bottles.
Loft Five Casual Dining & Bar
Enjoyment, lust for life and an extraordinary restaurant concept which is open to the world – this is what describes Loft Five in the Europaallee. Loft Five belongs to the culinary group, Segmüller Collection. The concept for the restaurant was designed in cooperation with the interior designer, Günther Thöny from Lichtenstein. Based on the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal and water, the interior architectural design underwent a wonderful conversion into five different areas which make Loft Five unique. Loft Five is made up of a harmoniously arranged bar, living room, dining room, gallery and bakery and a terrace. With the motto “Fast Food meets Slow Food“, Loft Five is ahead of the trend. Here, we believe in Upper-class Casual Dining in leisurely surroundings. A real eye-catcher is the time-honoured Kauri table with a 30,000 year old history and at which up to 20 guests can dine. Loft Five reflects a mix of industry, vintage, baroque and a bachelor–pad style.
In 1924, Hulda und Gottlieb Zumsteg took over the one-time «Hôtel de la Couronne» in the Rämistrasse 4 in Zürich Bellevue and opened the Kronenhalle as a restaurant. Very quickly, the restaurant became a meeting place for writers and artists. Aside from the bourgeoisie of Zurich, some of its best-known guests included Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, James Joyce, Richard Strauss, Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Here, you can find smaller pieces and also paintings from Chagall, Mirò, Braque, Matisse and other great artists. The restaurant offers you home-style traditional cuisine of the very highest quality. The generous portions, the traditional preparation of the dishes and the presentation of the daily-changing dish of the day on the voiture, characterise the Kronenhalle. It is not only the classic paintings and the stylish design of the bar that makes this place something special. The exquisite selection of the drinks there is put on display by a real world champion behind the bar.
This place with a stylish atmosphere, where you can enjoy European specialities and international delicacies is situated in the heart of Zurich. The AURA Grill-Restaurant is a part of a large gastronomic complex, which consists of an events hall, a bar and a smokers’ lounge. The stylish, urban restaurant will impress you with its innovative specialities, which are prepared on an open fire right in front of your eyes.
Old Crow Bar
The Old Crow Bar is located in the heart of Zurich. A total of 1,600 brands of spirits await the guests. The slogan, “rare spirits & cocktails” is also reflected in the large offering of spirits which is dominated by the great variety of whiskeys that are available here. In addition to that, the bar offers you a large selection of cocktails and long drinks, too. Of course, you will also find champagne, wine and beer on the drinks menu. In addition to the 45 seats available at the bar, a large terrace offers you a place for peace and harmony in the centre of the old part of Zurich. The Old Crow Bar was founded by Petra und Marcus Blattner and Jvan Paszti. All three have decades of experience in the gastronomical sector. While Markus Blattner worked for 13 years as Chef de Bar in the Widder Hotel Zurich, his wife Petra worked for years as a receptionist in the hotel business and also impressed guests with her hospitality as the head of a hotel, Jvan Paszti had already opened two successful restaurants in the inner city of Zurich and has several awards, in the field of bartending, to show for that. The three have allowed this concentration of know-how to flow into the Old Crow Bar and have created a place where their guests are happy and where high-quality products are served.
Kino Xenix & Xenix Bar
The Kino Xenix and the Xenix Bar, which is part of it, are an oasis in the hectic District Number 4 of Zurich. The cinema hall was created through the passionate and honorary dedication of film-loving youth belonging to a political youth movement of the 80s and it has grown to be a professionally run organisation, which has become an important cultural institution for non-commercial cinema in the City of Zurich. Here, premieres are presented of films, which are outside of the mainstream, and bridges are built between art and films. It is a home for films and film lovers, a space for cinematic discovery and carefully curated programmes, in the backdrop of a thematic series of films. It is a place for discussions with young talent and experienced filmmakers, for new movements and important background information – a place that is about the culture of films and also for a peaceful after-work beer. As one of the few remaining cinema halls with analog equipment, the Xenix makes an important contribution to the preservation of analog film culture.
Fizzen Flagship Store
The first Fizzen store was opened in a cellar of the Rathausgasse in Bern, in the summer of 1992. The founders wanted to sell bicycles from Holland there. This is what gave the store its name, as the translation of the word “bicycles” is “Fietsen”. They gave up the original business idea. They then decided to join the vintage movement when second-hand clothes became socially acceptable once again and the seventies could not be done away with. The store shifted to a central location near the railway station and, in the following years, other Fizzen Stores were opened in Zürich, Basel and Lucerne. The stores’ offerings were expanded to include new goods and accessories and, from 2009 onwards, all the stores got a facelift and a common look. They have become brighter, more open and more modern. Fizzen continues to celebrate vintage culture in Zurich, it combines that wonderfully with recently discovered labels. It clothes and inspires hipsters, retro-maniacs and the champions of the most varied sub-cultures, equally.
Museum für Gestaltung (Museum of Design)
The “Museum für Gestaltung” is the leading museum of design and visual communication in Switzerland. It belongs to the Art Museums of Switzerland, to which twelve world-class museums belong, and which represent the enjoyment of art at its highest level. The exhibitions are dedicated to the main sectors, where design is particularly effective. Every year, there are five to seven exhibitions that change continuously and also smaller stagings and interventions on the same subject subjects. These include: design, visual communication and architecture. In the exhibition rooms of the Toni-Areal, insightful and diversified stagings will be presented from March 2018, which will make objects talk. These will also take place at the Exhibition Street, where the building from 1933 is located, and which is presently closed as it is undergoing comprehensive renovation.
There is a very good reason for the existence of the Museum Rietberg. This is because the Swiss electorate voted for the conversion of the Villa Wesendonck into this museum. Today, it is the only art museum for the cultures outside of Europe in Switzerland, and it has an internationally well-known collection of items from Asia, Africa, America and Oceania. The cabinets, the colours of the rooms and the illumination are coordinated for their optimal effect on the pieces of art. A conscious decision has been taken to avoid wall texts, long labels, maps and flickering screens, as the master works should come into their own, completely undiminished. The most important step in the development of the museum was taken in 2007 with the opening of the annexe with its trademark, the Emerald. The mostly underground new construction, designed by the architects, Alfred Grazioli and Adolf Krischanitz, appeals to you through its generous dimensions, clarity and restrained elegance. The entry pavilion, which is made of glass, integrates itself harmoniously with the three villas from the 19th century, which are located in the heart of the spacious gardens of the Reiterpark.
These tips will soon be available in the Red Dot Design App for mobile retrieval, as well as the personal tips for visiting this unique city by the designer Wolfgang K. Meyer Hayoz.
Posted on 22.09.2017