The Schiffbau is symbolic of the renaissance of once-industrial western Zürich. Once a mighty factory churning out lake steamers and, until 1992, turbine-engine parts, this enormous shell has been turned (at considerable cost) into the seat of the Schauspielhaus, a huge theatre, with three stages. It’s worth visiting just to have a look inside. The venue is also home to a stylish restaurant, an upstairs bar and a jazz den (Moods).
An atmospheric Kreis 5 park in the shadow of a towering smokestack and railway viaduct, this family-friendly place has huge grassy expanses and a fountain for kids to splash in, along with drinks and snacks for sale at the adjacent Kiosk Josefswiese.
Spectacular views across the Limmat to the Grossmünster from a tree-shaded hilltop park, smack in the heart of the Old Town. Bring a picnic and watch the boules players while you eat.