This is my own personal list of my 15 favorite cities in the world to visit. I have ranked them in 10 categories on a scale of 1-10: local cuisine, non-local food, public transportation, safety, scenery/beauty, history, price, cleanliness, tourist friendly, and walkability.
These are my own personal opinions, and I am sure that many people would disagree with the rankings. These are only cities that I have personally visited, so if your city is not on here, that may just mean I have not been yet. Today, I will start with #15, Zurich.
Local Cuisine (how good the cities local cuisine/food was): 5/10
I personally did not think the local food in Zurich was anything special, and it is very expensive for what you are getting. However, Movenpick Ice Cream is pretty good!
Non-Local Food (how good food from other places was): 6/10
While it may be a little better than the traditional Swiss food, I would not visit Zurich for the food.
Public Transportation (whether they had trains, subways, buses, etc. and how accessible they were): 8/10
I remember using the buses/trams in Zurich a lot, and they were pretty convenient!
Safety (how safe I feel the city is): 10/10
Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world, and you should definitely feel very safe if you ever visit Zurich.
Scenery/Beauty (how pretty/cool the sites and nature were to look at): 8/10
Zurich has a lot of very pretty sites and buildings. Also, Zurich has many lakes and waterfront restaurants that you can easily visit, which are all very nice.
History Monuments (how the city’s historical monuments are): 6/10
Compared to other European cities, Zurich does not have many significant historical sites.
Price (how expensive it was to visit the city, not including airfare (lower score means more expensive, higher score means good value)): 1/10
Zurich is no doubt one of the most expensive cities in the world, and almost everything (food, transportation, entertainment) is extremely expensive there. Definitely not a city to visit for those on a budget.
Cleanliness (how clean the city was in general): 10/10
I guess considering all the money that is spent in Zurich, they have plenty of money to keep the city clean!
Tourist Friendly (how accessible and accommodating the city is for tourists (mainly English speakers)): 10/10
The people in Zurich are very nice and accessible, and you can tell they are used to having tourists. Also, English speakers should not have a problem getting around.
Walkability (how easy it is to walk around the city): 9/10
Zurich is a very walkable city, as it is relatively small. At least when I visited as well, it was very easy to bike around the city if that is something you enjoy.
Conclusion: Zurich is a really great city, but I think it would be a better city to live in than visit. If you do visit, I would stay only 2-3 days; it is a relatively small city, and it is VERY expensive. Therefore, the less days you have to stay there, the less money you have to spend on hotels, food, etc. The optimal time, according to this US News article, to visit Zurich is between June and August (although this is also the most expensive time).
Total Score (Combined Score of all the categories): 73/100
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