Concierge recommendations

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Jan Saathoff

"Zürcher Wienachtsdorf" at Bellevue

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    One of the city’s biggest and most beautiful Christmas markets is held right in front of the Opera House on Sechseläutenplatz, where a whole Christmas village with a host of market stalls awaits visitors. There, a changing selection of local designers presents their exceptional jewellery and little treasures of all kinds, together with a wide range of culinary options. Whether international specialities or Swiss classics in the Fondue-Chalet Klosters fondue hut, the focus here is on spending some precious time together. My tip: get hold of a delicious mug of hot mulled wine, and watch as young and old pirouette their way around the ice rink right in front of the Opera House.

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Luca Funck

Fabric Frontline silk manufacturer

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    Fabric Frontline is based in Zurich’s Kreis 4 district, where it has been designing its own silk shawls and foulards by hand since 1980. On my first visit to the location, I soon sensed the passion and creativity that goes into producing the silk shawls, pocket squares and ties using the finest Italian silk. Visitors are welcome to take a look behind the scenes in this exclusive and informal atmosphere, see the designers at work and hear all about the process involved in designing and creating.

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Caroline Freund

The Singing Christmas Tree

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    Anyone who strolls along Bahnhofstrasse will sooner or later come across the Christmas market at Werdmühleplatz. For some time now, this cosy location right next to the hectic Bahnhofstrasse has held a place in the hearts of Zurich’s residents – and not least in mine. Werdmühleplatz is the location of the Singing Christmas Tree: a stage, built several stories high in the shape of a Christmas tree and lovingly decorated, offering various choirs from the region the chance to perform their Christmas repertoire. Festive atmosphere guaranteed.

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Caroline Freund

Doris Hangartner – experience jewellery and gemstones with all the senses

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    Have you ever experienced jewellery with all five senses? No? Neither had I – that is, until I paid a visit to Doris Hangartner. Doris Hangartner’s philosophy is centred around exceptional gemstones and finding ways to turn them into an experience for all five senses. In accordance with this philosophy, she indulges her customers with a vast range of sensual experiences. Precious gemstones with outstanding characteristics are not only used to create wonderful, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewellery, but are also transformed into perfumes and scented candles. To tickle the taste buds, Doris Hangartner also makes what she calls “gem chocolates” – she takes the essence of selected gemstones and uses them to create her own special chocolates, with each chocolate boasting its own unique and unusual flavour.

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Caroline Freund

Adventure with the Ziesel

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    Steep slopes are no problem for the Ziesel. Have some fun and test your skills with this electric caterpillar vehicle – the perfect combination of outdoor adventure and appreciation of nature. Not far from Zurich, you can enjoy an unforgettable Ziesel tour through the magical mountain landscape of Hoch-Ybrig.

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Caroline Freund

Torch-lit winter walk

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    Experience a romantic winter’s night by torchlight – take a stroll through the Zurich landscape after nightfall with a torch before enjoying a well-earned fondue and a glass of hot mulled wine.

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Luca Funck

Le Majordome – bespoke footwear

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    Not all shoes are created equal, a fact that I did not fully appreciate until I met Mr Lisser, who for many years has devoted himself to this ancient craft. If you are looking for a rather special, made-to-measure pair of shoes, Le Majordome is the place for you. At the ready-to-wear store and shoemaking workshop in Zurich’s Kreis 1 district, the staff will ensure that your shoes suit not only the shape of your feet, but also your personality. The collection includes timeless classics as well as a range of unique and seasonal designs. If your shoe rack is not yet quite full, you will find Le Majordome well worth a visit.

     

     

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Caroline Freund

Jelmoli - The House of Brands

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    One of my favourite shops in Zurich is Jelmoli, Switzerland’s biggest premium department store. This traditional store on the city’s Bahnhofstrasse offers a breathtaking array of around 2 million articles from 1,000 carefully curated brands from all over the world, spread over six floors, all topped off with a comprehensive range of services. A whole world of shopping pleasure awaits!

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Darius Karasiewiczs

Smith and de Luma – for meat treats galore

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    Smith and de Luma brings the renowned wine expertise of Smith & Smith together with Luma Beef AG’s passion for fine meats. The restaurant is in a characterful building that was once, variously, used as a car repair workshop and a screen-printing plant – as evidenced by its high ceilings, large windows and wooden beams. Diners are served up top-class meats from Luma Beef AG, cooked in the English/Irish style by head chef Alan Hamilton. My personal favourite is the 1.2-kilogram US roast rib of beef on the bone. Other greats include the classic entrecôte, the Black Angus tenderloin and the finest cuts from the pata negra pig. The restaurant also has a wide selection of vegetarian meals: the head chef regularly updates the menu with new dishes.

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Caroline Freund

Schweizer Heimatwerk

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    If you are searching for the perfect gift with a healthy dose of Swissness thrown in, then look no further than Schweizer Heimatwerk. One of the last traditional retailers in Zurich, Schweizer Heimatwerk offers a select range of unique gifts, not to mention inspiring examples of outstanding craftsmanship, including watches, jewellery and accessories. What’s more, I know they will always have just what I am looking for if I need a gift or souvenir. I especially love their wooden toys – so wonderful, they make you wish you were a child again.

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Jens Maier

Romantic boat trip on Lake Zurich

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    The warmer months see us spending more time outdoors again, and for me there’s nothing better than a boat tour around Lake Zurich. Preferably in an elegant, sporty model such as a Boesch 850 Runabout De Luxe. A particularly scenic trip takes passengers along Zurich’s Gold Coast via Herrliberg and Kilchberg, and back to Zurich along the other side of the lake. With a glass of Champagne on board, it’s a guaranteed unforgettable experience.

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Darius Karasiewicz

Tao's - an oasis in the middle of the city

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    Are you looking for a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city? Then Tao’s restaurant is perfect for you. Tao’s is located right in the middle of Zurich’s banking and business quarter. Surrounded by greenery and in the shade of the trees, come and enjoy Asian cuisine from sashimi tuna steak to seafood tagliolino. I highly recommend the hand-made dim sum filled with duck, beef and prawns – be sure to give them a try!

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Darius Karasiewicz

Knie’s children’s zoo, Rapperswil

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    Visitors to Rapperswil can get closer to the animals than in any other zoo. Kids love touching the animals, as well as stroking, feeding or even riding them. An adventure playground and a big climbing whale also give the kids space to enjoy some playtime, making the children’s zoo an ideal destination for families. And in case those little legs start to feel tired, the horse-drawn tram or the steam train will take you almost everywhere in the zoo. Visitors can arrive by train, bus or boat. Rapperswil train station is just five minutes away from the zoo.

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Darius Karasiewicz

Asian enjoyment at dizzy heights

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    Fancy treating yourself to a dinner above the rooftops of Zurich? The ooo rooftop restaurant is just the right choice. Enjoy the best view of the comings and goings on Bahnhofstrasse from the sixth floor of the Modissa fashion house as you savour the excellent Asian dumplings presented on specially created serving trolleys. On Sundays, the glorious view is accompanied by a delicious Champagne brunch.

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Caroline Freund

Anderswo – fashion for guys and girls

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    Anderswo presents international fashion in a small yet impressive setting and also provides a platform for young Swiss designers – the perfect recipe for enthusing its trendy clientele. In addition to fashion, the shop also offers furniture, accessories and art. A little insider tip: the hand-made pottery of owner Karin Müller alone makes a visit to the shop worthwhile.

     

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Amar Harfy

Max Chocolatier

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    Once upon a time there was a boy called Max. He had always been a fan of chocolate, and seven years ago, his father turned his dream into reality – his own chocolate factory, in the heart of Lucerne, where today a wonderful array of delicious chocolates and a new world of flavour await you. Only first-class, natural ingredients are used here. You absolutely have to try the SchoggiPlättli® (chocolate thins) – they literally melt in your mouth. They are available in different flavours – what is your favourite type?

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Luca Funck

Panorama trail above Zurich

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    I discovered my passion for hiking in Switzerland. My favourite tour begins on the Uetliberg with a fantastic view over the city of Zurich. The hiking trail, which stretches all the way to the Felsenegg, allows you to immerse yourself in a very different world, far removed from the city. Recharge your batteries at Restaurant Felsenegg before taking the cable car down to the valley station in Adliswil. You can reach the jetty by foot within 50 minutes in order to travel back to the city by boat via Lake Zurich.

     

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Jens Maier

H. Moser & Cie.

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    H. Moser & Cie. is probably one of Switzerland’s most interesting and unique watch manufacturers. All of the pieces are produced by hand at the fully family-owned company based in Neuhausen am Rheinfall. This also includes the movements, which are manufactured on-site and not – as is the case with many other manufacturers – externally. The company has an extremely interesting past and offers watches of the highest quality (its slogan is “very rare”). My personal tip: you can combine a visit to this watch manufacturer perfectly with an outing to Europe’s largest waterfall, the Rhine Falls.

     

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Darius Karasiewicz

Nook – trendy classics

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    Nook offers carefully selected clothes for children and teenagers aged between 2 and 16. In the shop situated in Zurich’s city centre, you can find cool outfits for everyday use and special occasions. Besides the style factor, sustainability and functionality play an important role in the selection of the labels. What particularly impresses me is the commitment of the two owners to art and charity projects for children. One example here is their very own charity T-shirt collection.

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Caroline Freund

Kornsilo – the ideal start to the day

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    A former grain silo in Tiefenbrunnen invites guests to have a bite to eat and linger for a while. The motto here is “good from simple ingredients”. For breakfast, you can look forward to extraordinary sourdough bread, home-made quiches, good coffee and a large range of newspapers. For me, there really is no better place to start your day.

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Markus Dorner

4Leoni – a little bit of Florence in Zurich

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    Enjoy a break from everyday life at 4Leoni. Every time I visit, it is like I am on holiday in “bella Italia” as soon as I walk through the little restaurant’s doors. All of your senses, including your taste buds, give you the feeling that you are in Tuscany itself. The staff speak Italian and the “bistecca alla fiorentina” literally melts in your mouth. For your dessert, you absolutely have to try the home-made ice cream – nothing compares to it. Buon appetito!

     

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Piter Alvear

Metropol – Japanese delicacies

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    良い一日 … Dimmed lighting and a cosmopolitan interior will greet you when you enter the Metropol. You will likewise be impressed by the variety of flavours offered by the restaurant’s sushi, as well as its great service. The Metropol serves up creative and uncomplicated Japanese cuisine that ensures you enjoy a wonderful evening. My personal favourite is the edamame: you absolutely have to try them.

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Maik Ringwelski

Tales Bar

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    The Tales Bar impresses not only with its exquisite cocktails, but also with its classic wood interior. The drinks menu, which is written like a storybook, makes for extraordinary reading. Wolfgang and Michel mix the cocktails at the bar in an expert fashion and add a personal touch with their unique and fantastic spice.

    My true insider tip would be the pulled-pork sandwich. It provides the ideal base for the many fine cocktails on offer and in the past has helped me to stave off some severe hangovers.

     

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Caroline Freund

Türler – exclusive watches and jewellery

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    The name Türler has been synonymous with a culture of exclusive watches and jewellery for over 130 years. It is one of the few remaining privately owned businesses in the watch and jewellery trade. The customer is at the centre of everything Türler does. For many years, they have been creating satisfied customers through thoroughly trained staff, an outstanding range of superb watches and exquisite jewellery and – not least – through impeccable service around the globe. Türler will remain committed to serving their customers and upholding the spirit of true craftsmanship in future, too. In this respect, nothing will change in the third millennium.

     

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Jens Maier

Designer am See – the trendiest multi-label concept store

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    Designer am See is a concept store for discerning and fashion-conscious women. The shop is only a five-minute drive from Zurich city centre. Its beautiful location on the shores of Lake Zurich and the individual customer advice guarantee a unique and fulfilling shopping experience.

    Designer am See is the exclusive retailer in Zurich for top brands such as Victoria Beckham (all lines), Hervé Léger, Nina Ricci, Barbara Bui, Michael Kors Collection, Agnona and Aurélie Bidermann. These are complemented by up-and-coming new labels from New York and London. A select range of high-quality home accessories, fragrances and small gifts rounds off the selection of products.

    Private shopping: we will be happy to arrange a personal appointment for you, so that you can enjoy your shopping experience in peace and quiet.

     

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Markus Dorner

Spitzenhaus – premium care and fine fragrances

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    A new and unusual destination for connoisseurs of fragrances and cosmetics opened in Zurich at the beginning of November 2015 – the Spitzenhaus perfumery is located at Börsenstrasse 14, not far from the famous Bahnhofstrasse. This boutique houses a collection of specialist, high-quality cosmetic brands and a selection of exclusive perfumes. Careful research goes into seeking out new and specialist products from across the world which wonderfully complement the range of established brands, allowing visitors to discover new cosmetic ranges such as Purearth and perfume producers like Fueguia alongside renowned brands such as La Mer.

    This blend is what the Spitzenhaus is all about – offering a range of cosmetics and perfumes while also conveying their cultural significance.

     

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Darius Karasiewicz

Stein am Rhein – a charming little town

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    The little town of Stein am Rhein lies right at the point where Lake Constance once again becomes the Rhine, and is famous for its well-preserved medieval town centre with painted house facades and half-timbered houses, for which it was awarded the inaugural Wakker Prize in 1972. Stein am Rhein is a lively small town with plenty of charm. St. George’s Abbey, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval abbeys, the Lindwurm Museum of middle-class life and agriculture in the nineteenth century and the recreational area that includes the island group of Werd are just a few of the attractions that are certainly worth seeing.

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Eliane Walter Schuller

Sattel-Hochstuckli

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    Take in the majestic 360-degree panoramic views on a journey with the world’s first rotating gondola, from Sattel to Mostelberg, while it slowly rotates around its own axis. Once you arrive at the top, you will be greeted by a year-round excursion destination. A particular highlight is the Raiffeisen Skywalk suspension footbridge. The 374-metre suspension bridge is located close to the Mostelberg mountain station and spans the Lauitobel valley. After crossing the bridge, you will find five hiking trails around Sattel-Hochstuckli – the perfect way to explore the area. Those looking for a little more action can seek out the twists and turns of the summer toboggan run, the thrilling tubing run or the giant bouncy castle.

     

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Luca Funck

Schipfe

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    Zurich’s historic old town is located in the district that is today known as Kreis 1. The old town was historically divided into the small town west of the Limmat and the large town east of the Limmat. The Fraumünster church, famous for the windows designed by Marc Chagall, and the Münsterhof square are located on the west of the Limmat, directly next to Zurich’s oldest quarter, the Schipfe. This is the former craft guild district of the city, and today is still home to a number of small, independent studios and arts and crafts boutiques that are waiting to be discovered.

     

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Eliane Walter Schuller

Kronenhalle – art and indulgence

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    An establishment and restaurant with an excellent reputation – one might think there could be nothing easier than turning it into a success. This is likely just what Gottlieb and Hulda Zumsteg were thinking when they bought the Kronenhalle in Rämistrasse, Zurich, in 1925. A dream became reality. The Kronenhalle was world-famous, and went on to become a legend following the death of the Zumstegs. The special establishment is destined to live on exactly as it was created: with its patrons, its artworks, the food and the unique atmosphere we all know well.

     

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Darius Karasiewicz

Blaue Ente – fine dining with tradition

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    Lovers of attention to detail and fine dining will not be disappointed here. Blaue Ente indulges its guests with cuisine of excellent quality, with ingredients straight from the market. Originally the Tiefenbrunnen brewery, the restaurant’s location was a also a mill where grains were ground to make flour for 70 years. The building’s history thus spans over 100 years of providing food and drink for the people of Zurich – a tradition that Blaue Ente now continues, providing a range of delicious meals and beverages for its guests.

     

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Luca Funck

Jack&Jo – slow fast food

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    Jack&Jo serves fresh and healthy – and yet fast – food. From super food chia pudding in the morning and juicy burger creations with home-made lemonades for lunch to a relaxing drink after a long day, Jack&Jo offers the perfect drinks and dishes to quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger at any time of day. The restaurant also has a wide selection of vegetarian meals, while the burgers are also available served on a low-carb salad bed. Treat yourself to feel-good food, available daily from Jack&Jo, in Europaallee next to Zurich main station.

     

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