If you’re an active, outdoors kind of person, then Zürich is your kind of FITCITY.
Swim. Sail. Cycle. Ski. Work out with the international expat crowd, or hike into pristine wilderness with just your thoughts for company. Whatever gets your bpm where you want it to be, you’ll find it here or close by. And with 40% of the population coming from outside Switzerland, as an expat you certainly won’t be alone.
Life’s good. Zürich regularly hits the top five global cities for quality of living. It’s a place that truly loves its sport, from team relays to a midnight marathon, Ironman and the crazy Christmas swim that sells out every time. Long summer days are spent at the badi (lake swimming area) for just a few francs. Take your tempo runs along the flat lakeside with incredible mountain views, or swap out your yoga mat for a paddleboard to see just how solid your balance really is. Luxe it up at a five-star spa, or keep it real at the free river swim spots.
Encircled by hills with a sapphire lake as its centrepiece, this is a human-scale city where the air is clean, the streets are safe and pure mountain spring water comes compliments of the city and its 1200 public drinking fountains. Party central it’s not, save for the annual August Street Parade, the world’s largest techno party where for one weekend only, anything goes. But you can eat and drink well, be it lakeside or rooftop in the sunshine, or cosied up around a fondue pot in the depths of a snowy winter. There’s real energy too, with a booming tech industry, an active green movement and a strong start-up culture alongside the banks and watchmakers.
Whatever brings you here, there’s plenty to make you want to stay. Get up to speed with our FITCITY guide, and connect with other FITFANS for the fastest way to feel at home.