Hello Zurich Experts!
I'll be traveling with my husband and our 6 month old daughter to Zurich (from Los Angeles, CA) for a month between mid-November to mid-December 2013. This will be our first time in Zurich and our first time traveling with our daughter. I could use your help in a few areas, and welcome any other feedback you feel may be helpful.
1) Any recommendations on extended-stay, child friendly accommodations? Budget around $150/day. Would like to be near ETH Zurich for my husbands work and also in a nice area for my daughter and I to walk around/visit shops during the day. Would like to have a little living space for my daughter to play, and maybe a kitchenette to prepare some of our own meals - perhaps rent a flat instead of a hotel room? (Access to an indoor pool would be a bonus)
2) Getting around Zurich with a baby? Do I need a car seat/stroller system or can we get by wearing her in a baby carrier and using foot and train travel?
3) What to do during the days and weekends? I don't want to be cooped up all day with the baby while my husband is at work, but I wont want to travel far on our own. Also, we'd like to see the area on the weekends when my husband is off work - any must see places within an hour or so of Zurich? We could consider a little further if we did an overnight stay. We typically enjoy seeing where the locals go rather than crowded "tourist" destinations. Would like to visit quaint little villages, mom and pop type restaurants and shops, very scenic places, and also we are adventurists at heart (but the baby does restrict us some).
4) Any tips for staying budget-minded in Zurich?
THANK YOU so much in advance for your input! We just found out that we would be going to Zurich and it is just over a month away, so I have a lot to plan in a short amount of time. Any of your knowledge will be a great help!