I recently shared my experience flying SWISS’ Boeing 777 first class from Miami to Zurich. While the flight was great, I was also very much looking forward to the ground experience in Zurich.
SWISS has two lounges for its first class passengers at its Zurich hub — I hadn’t visited one lounge in over seven years, and I had never visited the other lounge, as it “only” opened in 2018.
While I’ll have detailed reviews of the two lounges soon, I wanted to share some brief thoughts on these lounges in this post, as I was really impressed. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was the Schengen lounge, which in some ways I preferred to the non-Schengen one (though it is missing a few features). These are among the best first class lounges out there.
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SWISS’ First Class Lounge Zurich Terminal E
The SWISS First Class Lounge Zurich Terminal E is the non-Schengen lounge (primarily for long haul passengers), and it’s 750 square meters (~8,100 square feet), with seating for 80 guests.
The lounge is broken up into two main areas, with one area primarily having seats for lounging around…
…and the other area being a restaurant and bar, with tables and booths.
There are a couple of features of this lounge that really stand out. The lounge features views of the apron, so the plane spotting from the lounge is amazing. Best of all, the lounge even has a terrace, with plenty of outdoor seating. This is of course a lot more enjoyable in summer than winter, as seasonally there’s even an ice cream service out here.
The other special feature of this lounge is that it has two bedrooms, which are the best bedrooms that you’ll find in any airport lounge. The mattress is the most comfortable one that I’ve ever slept on, as it’s so soft.
SWISS’ First Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A
The SWISS First Class Lounge Zurich Terminal A is the Schengen lounge (primarily for short haul passengers), and it’s 650 square meters (~7,000 square feet), with seating for 80 guests. In terms of design, I think I prefer this lounge to the other one, as it’s a bit newer and sleeker.
Just as in the other lounge, there’s one section dedicated to relaxing…
…and then there’s also a bar and restaurant area.
The downside to this lounge is that it doesn’t have a terrace, great views, or bedrooms. However, the lounge also has some advantages. For example, smokers will like this lounge, as it has a proper smoking lounge, and even has complimentary cigars (the other lounge is fully non-smoking).
For those who want a proper place to work, I also like how this lounge has workstations, unlike the other lounge.
SWISS’ First Class Lounges Zurich have amazing food
There’s one thing that’s identical in both SWISS First Class Lounges, and that’s top notch service, food, and drinks. No matter where you’re seated in either lounge, servers are constantly roaming around to see if you need anything.
The two lounges then have an extensive a la carte dining selection and wine list, with the options being identical in both lounges. After the Air France La Premiere Lounge Paris, this lounge might just have the best dining of any lounge, in my opinion. I’d be thrilled with the dishes served here at a great restaurant, in terms of both taste and presentation.
I had about 10 hours in these two lounges, so I sampled quite a few things. I had a delicious Scottish smoked salmon with honey mustard sauce, yuzu pearls, and rice chips.
Since I skipped the “Florida” fondue onboard my flight from Miami, I figured I had try some cheese fondue in the lounge. After all, I was just looking for a light, healthy snack, and dipping potatoes and french fries in cheese fit the bill. 😉
Later on in the day, I had the falafel with hummus, eggplant caviar, pomegranate, and pita bread. When I ordered that, I wasn’t expecting a whole lot, but how gorgeous is this?!
I also figured I had to try a dessert option, so I had the poppyseed cake with mascarpone and ginger orange sorbet.
SWISS’ First Class Lounges in Zurich are top notch. Both lounges are great, so even if you’re traveling within the Schengen zone, you’re really not missing out by skipping the non-Schengen lounge (unless you want the bedroom or terrace).
I’m happy I had the chance to check out these lounges, and stay tuned for detailed reviews soon. Keep in mind that you don’t need to fly SWISS first class to access these lounges — same day departing passengers connecting to or from Lufthansa first class also get access.
What’s your take on SWISS’ First Class Lounges in Zurich?