How to discover more of Zürich West

Discovering More Zurich West

By now, you will surely have heard the rumors that there is a new hot spot in Zürich!

Zürich West is what everyone is talking about, because this formerly industrial area is where the latest bars, hotels, nightclubs and shops are located.

Part of Zürich's District 5 and loosely bordered by Hardbrücke station and the shops at Im Viadukt, Zürich West is an urban adventure waiting to happen!
Discovering More Zurich West

Start your tour at Hardbrücke Station

Upon exiting the station, you will notice a tall building to your left. This is the Prime Tower, and believe it or not, but it is the tallest building in Switzerland! At 126 m in height, it features the Clouds bar on the top floor. Expect a line though as the views on Zürich are quite spectacular!



For free vistas which are just as spectacular (in a different kind of way), walk along Geroldstrasse to the flagship store of FREITAG bags. The famed tower made of shipping containers provides unobstructed views of Zürich's main terminal and Mt. Uetliberg. The views are free, but be ready to climb some stairs to get there!
Discovering More Zurich West
Discovering More Zurich West

Now that you have worked up a hunger, swing by the latest urban farming/restaurant project next door: Frau Gerolds Garten! Located on a previously vacant lot, this hipster spot offers food, fun and fashion in a cool setting!
Frau Gerolds Garten in Zurich
Frau Gerolds Garten in Zurich

Back on Geroldstrasse, pass the FREITAG store towards the shops which are nestled underneath the viaduct arches. On your way there, why not turn around and snap a picture of the two towers:
Discovering More Zurich West

Visiting the Tram Museum in Zürich

Stores at Im Viadukt

One end of Im Viadukt features an urban farming project using a shipping container (duh!), while the other end houses a bustling indoor market hall.
Discovering More Zurich West
Discovering More Zurich West

Diving under in the Schiffbau

Once you have dug through the delicious offerings at the market hall, walk up Josefstrasse. Once you have crossed Hardbrücke, you will undoubtedly notice Schiffbau. Formerly a ship yard, this gigantic building now hosts three stages for performing arts, including the very cool Jazz club Moods.
Discovering More Zurich West

Chilling at Spheres

After the sun has set, head over to Spheres, a combined bookshop/coffee shop/performance stage which is also within walking distance.


Spending the 25th hour at 25hours Hotel

For colorful and comfy sleeps right in Zürich West, we can recommend the 25hours design hotel. It's up to you how to interpret their name, but the 25th hours could include anything from complimentary Mini Coopers to a rooftop sauna or a DJ in the lobby...
25hours hotel Zurich
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4 replies
  1. rosmarie lefebvre
    rosmarie lefebvre says:

    boy zurich sure chanced a lot since i moved to the U.S.A.
    would not reconice it anymore.when i come home and visit familie ,we always go to the mountains,then zurich itself has chanced not for the best,to more freandly faces nothing but hurry hurry
    it makes me feel very sad to see such big chances in zurich.and way to expensive with our dollars to visit.
    best regards rosmarie lefebvre


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