Jan 29, 2018 - 3:30 AM
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>> that this 'train / boat / train' day for 6hrs is probably more enjoyable than walking around Zurich for 6 hours.
Zürich is a lovely city to walk around for a few hours. The old city on both sides of the Limmat River is largely pedestrianised and charming. You could also take a boat trip on the Zürichsee.
Another option is to take the Seilbahn Rigiblick (funicular) up to the top station, where there is a small park adjacent to the Seilbahn station. There is a nice view over Zürich, the Zürichsee (Lake Zürich) and the mountains beyond. I like to go up there shortly before sunset to watch the city lights come on in the dusk.
To get there from Zürich Hauptbahnhof (main station), take the #10 tram (direction Zürich Flughafen) to the tram stop called "Seilbahn Rigiblick" (6 stops, 9 minutes). The bottom station of the Seilbahn Rigiblick is at the far end of a small plaza near the tram stop. Standard Zürich public transport fares/tickets apply, and it is in the central fare zone (zone 110).
The reason first-time visitors are encouraged to head straight out of Zürich on arrival is that other areas of Switzerland have so much more to offer in terms of scenic beauty, and they are closer to the alps. But for spending some time on your last day in Switzerland before flying home, Zürich has plenty to offer.
There is a good walking route for seeing the best of Zürich old town and some lakeside areas here:
I have attached some photos of Zürich Altstadt, lakeside, and views from viewpoints.