Summer is here

This year, summer temps arrived later than expected. But now that sunny days have returned, chilling during the long-awaited summer evenings, diving in cool waters or eating a delicious ice cream are activities which can be enjoyed again. Why not experience all these things in a new city? For me, city trips usually mean traveling abroad. But Switzerland also has many beautiful cities. Let's take a closer look at one of them: Zurich.

The closer you get to summer, the more you hear and read the motto «Outside at home». Nature literally invites us to spend more time outdoors. The trees shine in rich green, the temperatures make us want to linger and the restaurants and bars with outside terraces have definitely hit the jackpot and won a favourite place in our hearts.

This time, as a member of Hotelcard*, I chose to stay at the Four Points by Sheraton Sihlcity because it is beautiful and modern, close to a large park and still relatively centrally located. Additionally, the PubliBike station «Utoplatz» of the  «Züri Velo» network is within walking distance.

In addition to various shops, the nearby Sihlcity is home to restaurants, a fitness center and a cinema. An Italian gelato is a must while going on a shopping spree. We stop at Leonardo, a family business founded by Leonardo Perizzato.

With its large meadow, the park «Allmend»  offers the perfect place for a cosy aperitif on a picnic blanket. The first small hunger is satisfied and the late afternoon sun can be enjoyed to the fullest. Located directly on the Sihl, the Fork & Bottle has a cosy terrace and offers various craft beers as well as a large selection of burgers.

With full bellies and with sun-kissed skin, we bike back to the hotel and end the evening with a drink before we fall into the soft hotel beds.

Hotelcard – the half-fare card for hotels

With your Hotelcard, you can stay  as often as you like at half price in more than 650 top hotels in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Whether in a mountain hotel for hikers, in a winter hotspot for sports enthusiasts or in a wellness oasis for those seeking relaxation: Thanks to the hotel offers' variety, the next city trip is easily planned. One card is all you need to benefit from a preferential price on the booking of a double room.

The advantages of Hotelcard

  • Best price guarantee in hundreds of hotels in Siwtzerland and its neighbouring countries.
  • Variety of the hotels that are offered (all categories and touristic destinations can be found).
  • Only one Hotelcard is needed to book a double room.
  • Unlimited use
  • No requirement to purchase food or beverages
  • No minimum stay required

As a reader of the PubliBike blog, you benefit from exclusive discounts: 

Order your personal Hotelcard at the special price of:

  • 1 year - CHF 79.00 instead of CHF 99.00
  • 2 years - CHF 133.00 instead of CHF 198.00
  • 3 years - CHF 187.00 instead of CHF 297.00

Orders can also be placed by phone at 0800 083 083. Please mention the discount code «PubliBike» while doing it.

*This contribution was made in collaboration with Hotelcard.



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