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Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood

June 30, 2021
It makes sense that Zurich, the capital city of Switzerland, is one of the most important cities in the world. The country is one of the wealthiest after all. So its capital city is expectedly a major business and financial hub, not just in Europe, but all over the world too. But when it comes to visiting or even relocating here, it's important to differentiate the various neighborhoods. For the former, you can easily plan your trip here to ensure you get to see and experience most of the beautiful city. And each one is more fascinating and more beautiful than the next!

Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood


Rapperswil-Jona

With its fascinating moniker as the 'town of roses,' Rapperswil-Jona is among the most beautiful parts of Zürich. It's also a central neighborhood since it's located in the main Zürich Metropolitan Area. Here, Medieval castles, fairytale-like homes, and luscious greenery make you forget that you're actually in a bustling metropolis. However, despite its 'nice little town' vibe, it's as busy as ever here too! It remains a bustling district with enough commercial areas to offer all sorts of modern-day conveniences.
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Aarau

Located along the banks of the Zürich River, Aarau is another nostalgia-inducing neighborhood in the Zürich Metropolitan Area. But while Rapperswil-Jona is among the busier parts of ZMA, Aarau is the complete opposite. Here, the energy is more laid-back, idyllic, and relaxed. So much so that you'll probably forget you're in the 21st-century the more time you spend here! You will, however, remember it once you get your phone out and start snapping your best photos for social media here!
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Zürich West

Now, on the opposite side of the spectrum (and of the city!), Zürich West stands as one of, if not the most modern part of the city. Its heavily industrialized infrastructure is far from the picturesque towns and villages that have made the Swiss capital such a popular tourist destination. Nevertheless, if you're going to work in Zurich, this place is where it's at! You’d be wise to settle down here so you can live in a place that’s near your job.
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Affoltern

You can say that Affoltern lies in-between the two different parts of Zürich. On one hand, it's another idyllic neighborhood in the city that has a major rural vibe, perfect for a more relaxed lifestyle. But since public transport here is convenient, you can easily get to the busier parts of Zürich easily. You won't even need to use a transportation app here! Just hop on any mode of public transportation you find (which will be a lot!) and you're good to go!
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Enge

Located on the western side of Zürich Lake, Enge is a largely contemporary residential district. It's busy enough to consider it as an urban area but then it's not exactly a popular hotspot for tourists. This then makes it a great place for locals and expats to live life comfortably, especially with all the restaurants, stores, and the like! Needless to say, Enge is one of the most comfortable neighborhoods to choose from for those who want to live a standard city lifestyle in Zürich.
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Niederdorf

Out of all the neighborhoods in Zürich, Niederdorf is undoubtedly the most popular among tourists. Since it's one-half of the city's 'Old Town,' its nostalgic charm has inspired travelers to go here, but they stay because of the many exciting establishments, ranging from nightlife hotspots to luxury shops. Its most famous attraction, the Grossmünster Church, remains one of the most popular sites in the Swiss capital. It can almost rival Notre Dame in Paris or the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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Zug

As the second half of Zürich's 'Old Town,' Zug is another tourist-heavy neighborhood in the city. However, it's still a fair distance away from the city center, making it less busy than Niederdorf. And it's here where you really get to see the 'old' Zürich, almost similar to the many charming neighborhoods of the Zürich Metropolitan Area. But instead of castles and churches, you'll see humble homes, cottages, and more that speak of the city's beautiful heritage.
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Seefeld

Thanks to its lakeside location, the easygoing neighborhood of Seefeld has attracted both locals and tourists alike. Yet another place that's heavily visited, it's become a haven for the most active in the city. Since it's a waterfront area, there are countless places here that offer swimming lessons, water sports, and the like. However, the place still has plenty of great homes for you to settle down in too!
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Fluntern

It's no secret that Switzerland is a wealthy country, which means that its capital city, Zürich, will be one with high living costs. But out of all the neighborhoods in the city, it's really only Fluntern where you need to check your budget before choosing to settle down here. From its luxurious homes to the many upscale shops and restaurants, managing your taxes wisely alone won't make this place any cheaper! Despite that, its most popular hotspot is actually the famous Zürich Zoo, one that both tourists and locals flock to during sunny days!
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Langstrasse

Though a little infamous since it used to be the red-light district of Zürich, Langstrasse is far from what it used to be now! It went away with the skeevy establishments and has become one of the trendiest parts of the Swiss capital. It remains a nightlife hub, with the many bars and clubs that have opened over the years. But overall, it's a great place to stay for sexy singles, young students, and even the young-at-heart who live life freely!
Ultimate Zürich Guide by Neighborhood
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To say that Zürich is a one-of-a-kind city is an understatement! The many neighborhoods that make up the Swiss capital are so diverse yet equally beautiful and fascinating at the same time. You'd do well in knowing more about them before you go here!

No matter which of these great Zürich neighborhoods you choose for your stay, you'll find they have ample luxury rentals for you to call home!




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