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Passenger observation decks

Fresh air prior to departure

The passenger observation decks offer travellers a chance to enjoy some fresh air before departure. Breath-taking views at the heart of flight operations will delight not only aviation fans.

Woman standing on observation deck B at Zurich airport
Woman standing on observation deck B at Zurich airport

Dock E passenger observation deck

Relax on passenger observation deck E before departure, a great place to enjoy some fresh air and watch the activity. The deck is situated in the middle of the three runways and offers a spectacular view of flight operations. Experience arriving and departing aircraft, mainly long-haul flights, live and up close.

The telescopes on the observation deck enable you to get an even closer view of activity on the apron. The A380 is a highlight and not only for aviation fans. Currently the world’s largest aircraft, it docks in immediate proximity to the observation deck several times a day. Play areas also make the time on the deck fun for children.

Dock E passenger observation deck opening times

Season Time
Summer time,  29.03.2020 - 24.10.2020
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
8 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.

8 - 11:30 a.m. and 5:45 - 9:45 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
8 - 10:30 a.m. and 5:45 - 9:45 p.m.
Winter time, 25.10.2020 - 28.03.2021 daily from 8 a.m. - 9:45 p.m.

In summer, observation deck E is open to the public for guided tours and special events on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and on public holidays.  The observation deck will remain closed to passengers during this time.

Please note:

  • Passenger observation deck E is only accessible via passport control and via the Dock E gate area. 
  • The weather conditions determine whether or not observation deck E can open.
  • If events are being held or if a bad weather warning is issued, observation deck E may be closed at short notice for safety reasons.
  • A strict smoking ban applies.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the observation deck, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind and assistance dogs.
  • For safety reasons, kickboards, skateboards and inline skates are not permitted on observation deck E.

Sports Bar terrace at the Airside Center

Enjoy delicious burgers or refreshing drinks in the open air before you fly at the Sports Bar terrace in the airport's Airside Center. The new-build, which was constructed in summer 2017, makes a visual impact with its top-quality wooden decking, and is surrounded by glass railings for an impressive panoramic view. In full sunshine, three fully automatic shade sails provide UV protection. The terrace features stand-up tables, long tables and lounge elements, ensuring a view of the apron wherever you are. These were made by the traditional Zurich-based company Manufakt, which has supplied restaurants, hotels and public areas with furniture for over 30 years. The Sports Bar’s friendly service team offer a wide range of beverages and a small but delicious menu. 
The Sports Bar terrace can be accessed via the Sports Bar in the left wing of the Airside Center. It’s open in good weather all year round from sunrise until sunset.

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