City destination Zurich: Looking for recommendations of eco-friendly hotels, tours, activities and restaurants in Switzerland’s largest city? Welcome to our destination page with info and reviews of green accommodation, tours and recommended restaurants in Zurich, Switzerland.
Zurich and sustainability
Voted by Dutch engineering firm Arcadis as world’s most sustainable city in 2016, Zurich ticks many boxes on the urban sustainability wish list. The first position on the Sustainable Cities Index is thanks to Zurich’s investments in sustainable energy sources and energy efficiency. Quality of life of its residents is another factor adding to the success story of Switzerland’s largest city (Bern is the country’s capital).
Eco-friendly hotels in Zurich
The following properties have been recommended to us by the city’s tourism office as a good fit for environmentally conscious, discerning travellers:
25hours Hotel Zurich West
As its name suggests, the 25hours Hotel Zurich West is in the west of the city. It has a lively mixture of vibrant colours, authentic local flair and a homely atmosphere. The hotel is very much in touch with its surroundings and combines work by the Zurich-based designer Alfredo Häberli with creative art. Embodying the hotel company’s tongue-in-cheek humour, the 25hours Hotel Zurich West never takes itself too seriously and shows what the city has to offer other than banking, chocolate and watches. [Source: hotel website]
25hours Hotel Langstrasse
25hours Hotel Zurich Langstrasse is located right next to Zurich’s main station. Cultures and lifestyles all converge on legendary Langstrasse. The designer, Werner Aisslinger, regards the hotel as a small, independent universe, inspired by the contrasts between banks and red lights, art and finance. Regularly changing artists work in and around the hotel, always ensuring new, creative input. [Source: hotel website]
Mövenpick Hotel Zürich Airport
As a Green Globe certified hotel, Mövenpick Hotel Zurich-Airport is internationally recognised as a property that constantly introduces initiatives with the aim to reduce and optimise its consumption of resources. This includes, but is not limited to, employing energy efficient lighting, reducing water consumption and effectively managing waste and use of chemicals.
This first-class hotel is completely renovated, has 333 spacious bedrooms and is well known for its large variety of restaurants. The hotel is also an ideal venue to hold your meetings and conferences for up to 400 delegates, with state-of-the-art facilities. Learn more in our hotel brochure. [Source: hotel website]
Zurich Youth Hostel
The European Ecolabel-certified Zurich Youth Hostel is a good alternative to the more pricey boutique hotels, ideal for budget-minded travellers seeking green accommodation in the Swiss capital.
Eco-friendly Zurich tours & urban adventures
myclimate Audio Adventure Zurich
This interactive listening experience provides information about climate change and climate protection in a fascinating and entertaining way. Find out the measures that the City of Zurich has already undertaken to protect the climate, but which are otherwise unknown to visitors – and also to many locals. [Source: myclimate website]
Healthy eateries and vegetarian restaurants in Zurich
Exploring a city on an empty stomach isn’t much fun and Zurich has a great variety of healthy restaurants for hungry travellers. The following come recommended for those looking for a healthy, vegetarian or vegan cuisine:
Neni at 25hours Hotel
Zurich weather & other travel info
For the latest weather forecast for Zurich, check wetter.com.
For all sorts of useful information about Zurich as travel destination, check out wikitravel.org.
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