Switzerland is a small country. Even its largest city, Zurich, with 400,000 inhabitants
, does not hold any records. Switzerland is, however, also a particularly stubborn country that has always known how to stand out from the rest of Europe. And Zurich is unquestionably involved from this viewpoint as well. It would be an error, therefore, to think of this city only and exclusively as a quiet financial city with a shopping boulevard full of high-priced stores
that only the Swiss can afford, considering their high standard of living. In Zurich important investments have been made in the future, with creativity, and the Swiss themselves still have something of an innovative spirit
, and are more audacious and less bourgeois than their nearby Alpine neighbors say they are.
The great offering for leisure time
is one of the many reference parameters at the base of the continuous studies on the living standards of the Swiss metropolis. Located near the Limmat river, and along the banks of Lake Zurich, the city has a lovely, inviting riverside walk, scattered with cafés and restaurants
, where you can enjoy the splendid alpine views
at their best. During the summer months, the many bathing structures offer the possibility of swimming in the lake. The quality of the water, which is quite good to begin with, has been constantly improved in recent years and there is no reason not to enjoy a good swim without a care in the world. In the winter, the citizens of Zurich are in an ideal position with a vast choice of ski slopes, all within 1 hour
. This wonderful mountain world also offers plenty of sports in the summer, including fantastic hikes
With the gradual withdrawal of the industrial zones from the city center, immense spaces have been created, for example in the western part of the city. Here in the last few years, through carefully planned development, a wide range of cultural, culinary and leisure time
activities are available. With the Streetparade, every year in August, Zurich can certainly claim to be the country of the largest “Technoparade” on the European continent
, obviously after the Love Parade of Berlin, although it is fundamentally nicer.
There are plenty of opportunities for coeliacs to find everything they need in Zurich
. Taboa, located near the lake in Zurich, is a shop specialized in every aspect of the coeliac’s life. In addition to shopping, you can have lunch at the bar there. Many herbal shops and groceries have gluten-free products
in their assortment. You may have to use some attention in buying the most famous Swiss food export: even the chocolate among the most important and traditional Swiss brands often contains wheat starch.