03.03.2020 – Stories & Specials | Favourite spots

Holidays start at home

Traditional pubs in Niederdorf, the Grossmünster, and a red train that delivers you to a luxury hotel – these can be found in every Zurich city guide, but the locals love them too.

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Dolderbahn

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The Dolderbahn railway is hardly state-of-the-art, but it can still travel 1328 metres in six minutes. Railway manager Werner Beyeler and driver Zeljko Mlinarevic both agree: the railway is the ‘lifeline of Hottingen’. It's a reliable mode of transport for local residents and tourists.

Römerhof, 8032 Zurich

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Oepfelchammer

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The Oepfelchammer is where Gottfried Keller once lost track of time. Today, the restaurant is run by three young restaurateurs: Chris Gretener, Thomas Trautweiler and Bendicht Stuber. It is a favourite haunt of tourists, locals – and school students. To everyone, this traditional restaurant sets strict rules.

Rindermarkt 12, 8001 Zurich

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Älpli-Bar

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The traditional folk music bar that has played host to acts such as Green Day and Mumford & Sons has been a Zurich institution for Swiss folk music for decades – thanks in part to the host, Katie Halter. She let us in on the secret of the recipe of the bar’s hearty speciality, Älpli milk.

Ankengasse 5, 8001 Zurich

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Odeon

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The famous café bar on Bellevue was the first Zurich establishment to serve champagne by the glass. In addition to its illustrious regular guests from the world of art and culture, the distinguishing feature of this Vienna-style coffee house is its beautiful Art Nouveau décor, which has been preserved in its original form since the café first opened more than 100 years ago. This is where Kurt Wodiczka honours traditional bar culture and quintessential hosting.

Limmatquai 2, 8001 Zurich

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Grossmünster

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Steeped in legend, Zurich’s most illustrious church is popular among residents and tourists alike. Even so, it still has to be tended to and cleaned, and this is where Francesco Gargiulo steps in: he has dedicated himself wholeheartedly to his duties for a quarter of a century. He knows every nook and cranny of Zurich’s main landmark.

Grossmünsterplatz, 8001 Zurich