Bürkliplatz is both a small area of Zurich centred on the square of the same name and a great little flea market which is held there. The name itself comes from Arnold Bürkli (1833-1894), the engineer responsible for the construction of the city's quais, such as the one that connects the square with Lake Zurich. So whether you’re heading down here for the architecture, the bargain hunting, or just to soak up the atmosphere you can be assured that you’ll be in a beautiful little spot in the city.
On a Saturday morning then this is one of the best places in the city to take a stroll, especially if the weather is nice. You can pick up every kind of cool thing from big cowbell, kitsch jewelry, clothes to antique designer furniture, rugs, pottery and maybe even a wurst. However, if you’re lucky and have an eye for these things its possible to ferret out some genuine bargains among the second hand jewellery and jumble of “antiques”.
To get here head for the tram stop of the same name (lines 2, 4, 8, 9, 11 and buses 161, 165). It is situated at the southern end of the Bahnhofstrasse, and west of the Bellevue square, with which it is connected by the Quaibrücke. And if you’re stuck for a good way to spend the afternoon, today Bürkliplatz is a boat harbor and a starting point for cruises on Lake Zürich, complete with refreshing lake breezes.