What to do in Oerlikon
Oerlikon has its own train station and the center of Oerlikon is worth a short visit (see dotted line on map below), especially when the market is there (Wednesday and Saturday until noon, see nb. 2 on map). From the station you can also easily reach the city center (same ticket) as well as any other major city within and outside the canton. The name Oerlikon goes back to the alemannic settlement founder Orilo and dates back to 946. In the 19th century, industry settled down in the northern part of the station (Maschinenfabrik Oerlikon, ABB) and this industrial heritage is still visible in the recently transformed area.
There are many restaurants in the area and you don't have to go to the old city to have great restaurants or a quick snack.
Die Giesserei (gourmet, our best recommendation)
Address: Birchstrasse 106 (15min walk)
Rolli's steakhouse (the best steak in town, reservation recommended)
Address: Schaffhausenstrasse 352 (6min walk, close to Oerlikon train station)
Tibits (vegetarian buffet)
Address: Tramstrasse 2 (6min walk, close to Oerlikon train station)
Our house is very close to Hallenstadion and Theater 11 (nb. 3 on map), where major concerts, musicals and events take place all year long. Fairs also take place there.
There is a very nice 15-min walk to Oerlikon from ou home, follow the dots shown on the map up to the train station of Oerlikon.
There is another 30-min walk that brings you to the restaurant Die Waid, where the forest of Chäferberg begins. From there, you can enjoy a great view over Zurich and its lake. If you are lucky with the weather, you can even see there the mountains behind the lake. Ask us how to get there.
Last but not least, the largest open-air swimming pool area in Zurich, Bad Allenmoos (nb.1 on the map) is just around the corner and is open from May to September.