Best Cultural Secret

Uhrenmuseum Beyer

One of the best museums in the world devoted exclusively to the art of clocks and watches, this spot is also affiliated with one of the city’s best watch shops, Chronometrie Beyer. www.beyer-ch.com.

Best Cocktail with a View
Just off Bahnhofstrasse in an old observatory building, Urania has great cocktails and small plates to savor along with magnificent city views. www.uraniatapasbar.ch
Top Architecture Find
FIFA Headquarters
The HQ of the International Football (Soccer) Association is a striking complex—all angles and glass—designed by the Swiss architect Tilla Theus. It’s surrounded by a beautiful park. FIFA-Strasse 20; www.fifa.com.
What to Buy
Sprüngli Chocolates
For nearly 200 years, Confiserie Sprüngli has been making some of the finest Swiss chocolates. Don’t miss the scrumptious, macaron-like Luxemburgerli. www.spruengli.ch.
Best One-Stop Shop
Maurice de Mauriac
Each of the watches at this shop has more than a dozen customization options, so you can design a fine Swiss watch that reflects your personality. www.mauricedemauriac.com.
Best Restaurant Classic
With its oak paneling, paintings of famous artists, superb continental cuisine and buzzy atmosphere, Restaurant Kronenhalle is a Zurich institution. www.kronenhalle.com
Best View
Grossmünster Towers
The Grossmünster church is one of Zurich’s most famous landmarks, but even most locals don’t know you can climb the 184 steps of the towers for an amazing view of the lake and river, the city and the Alps. Grossmünsterplatz.
Museum Must-See
This museum has a stunning collection of paintings from the golden age of Dutch painting, the Flemish and Italian Baroque, and the Venetian Settecento. www.kunsthaus.ch.


The Dolder Grand

Zurich, Switzerland

The Dolder Grand is a city resort that beautifully merges past and future. Perched above Zurich, the fairy tale-like castle building first served as a “Curhaus” (a health spa), during the late-19th century. Today, it honors this history with a state-of-the-art, 4,000-square-meter spa, which is housed in one of the new wings designed by Lord Norman Foster. The spa comprises eighteen treatment rooms, separate areas for ladies and gentlemen, an aqua zone with views of the natural surroundings and a medical wellness center. The spa program focuses on spiritual health as well as pampering treatments. Rooms are scattered throughout the property, and all are timelessly decorated with stylish furnishings. The acclaimed "The Restaurant", headed by innovative chef Heiko Nieder, has two Michelin stars. Most striking is the hotel’s art collection with more than 100 artworks including pieces by Andy Warhol, Henry Moore and Salvador Dalí.

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Baur au Lac

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich’s venerable hotel, Baur au Lac, boasts a history as breathtaking as its Alp and lakeside setting. Opened in 1844 by Johannes Baur, the property hosted the world-premiere of Wagner's Die Walküre, with Richard himself performing, and Alfred Nobel’s former secretary, Bertha von Suttner, conceived of the Nobel Peace Prize in one of the hotel’s salons. Today, a cast of royals, actors and musicians are drawn to the grande-dame hotel for its stunning views, private park on the lakeshore and location to Zurich's historic sites and the Bahnhofstrasse, a fabulous shopping street. Of the four dining rooms, the al fresco Terrasse restaurant is the city’s summer hot spot, where locals and guests flock to mingle over light meals, cocktails, and spectacular views from canopy-covered tables.

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Widder Hotel

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich’s Widder Hotel, built on the site of Roman and Celtic ruins, comprises nine medieval houses decorated with 15th-century frescoes. Given its historic depth, it is not surprising that architect Tilla Theus’s painstaking transformation took more than ten years. Every room is individually styled to mix the past, represented in the unusual circular rooms and passages, which refer to the Roman well uncovered during construction; and the modern, seen in furnishings created by such design greats as Charles and Ray Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Widder Bar offers over 300 single-malt whiskeys and is well-known in the jazz world, presenting stars like Diana Krall and Benny Green during the bi-annual concert series. The Widder Restaurant, overseen by Dietmar Sawyere, serves a creative international menu.

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