Situated on Lake Zurich and overlooked by the Üetliberg mountain, Zurich is an enchanting city that mixes culture and comfort with Swiss ingenuity. Long considered one of the world’s most liveable cities, its well-run transport system, historic architecture and cultural offerings makes it a delight for locals and tourists alike.
With sights like the historic Grossmünster cathedral and the expansive exhibits of the Swiss National Museum and Kunsthaus art gallery, you are sure to find what you are looking for. Book your flight from Manchester to Zurich today to see all that Switzerland’s largest city has to offer.
Zurich is a true year-round destination for a quick city escape or the beginning of a longer Swiss holiday. There is always something to do, whether it’s cooling off in a riverside badi on a warm summer evening or drinking mulled wine in the old town’s Christmas market. Traversing the Limmat River, which bisects the old town, takes you from the Fraumünster cathedral to the towering spires of the Grossmünster. There are many opportunities for picturesque vistas, whether on a ferry in Lake Zurich, atop the riverside hill in the Lindenhof or at the summit of the Üetliberg mountain, just outside the city centre.
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How do I get around the city?
In Zurich you’ve got options! For excursions to the old town, much of the city is walkable, with several pedestrianised streets to discover the historic centre. For longer trips, one of Europe’s densest public transport networks is at your service, with trains and trams to carry you through the city. The integrated system also gives you access to Lake Zurich ferries and the city’s two funicular railways. A Zurich Card provides unlimited travel for a 24- or 48-hour period. Meanwhile, the Züri Rollt programme offers free bike hires throughout the city.
What should my budget be?
Experienced Swiss travellers will know that it pays to plan ahead when making reservations in the country. Of course, your first step should be booking a cheap ticket with SWISS! In Zurich, daily costs can average around GBP 150-200, including accommodation and food. Budget-conscious travellers should look into accommodation that offers self-catering options and save eating out for special times. Meanwhile, those looking for luxury options will have no shortage of opportunities to indulge themselves.
How do I get to the city of Zurich from the airport?
The Zurich airport is located some 10 km outside of the city centre in the town of Kloten. The easiest way to travel into the city is by train or streetcar, though taxi and shuttle bus services are also available.
What Zurich has to offer
The city that gave the world Dadaism continues to enthral: its Züri-West neighbourhood offers sights like the Freitag Tower, a building made entirely out of shipping containers. For a glance back into history, the Kunsthaus offers a sweeping journey into centuries of European art and the Swiss National Museum showcases the country’s past, from Roman times to the present.
For a more leisurely holiday or a shopping jaunt, the city has no shortage of options. Many of its historic guild halls have been turned into first-rate restaurants offering up traditional Swiss fare, such as the regional specialty of geschnetzeles, a veal dish served with rösti potatoes. Your Zurich holiday awaits – book your flight from Manchester to Zurich today!
Popular attractions in Zurich
With its rich history and vibrant cultural scene, Zurich has enough to keep any traveller entertained. The following is just a sampling of what your Zurich holiday could include:
- Fraumünster cathedral
- Zurich’s Kunsthaus
- FIFA Football Museum in Zurich
- The Zurich Opera House and the theatre Schauspielhaus
- The city’s baths
Fraumünster cathedral: Across the river from the Grossmünster cathedral, this church used to be a women’s convent, whose abbesses played an important role in the city’s history. Its 20th century stained-glass windows are a highlight of any tour.
Kunsthaus: The largest art gallery in the country, it contains the largest collection of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti. Its collections include works from a storied array of European artists, spanning a wide variety of styles and times, from Rembrandt to Dalí to Warhol.
FIFA Football Museum: Zurich is home to the FIFA headquarters, which has a museum that showcases mementos from World Cup history, as well as entertaining exhibits for young and old.
For opera and theatre lovers, the Zurich Opera House and the Schauspielhaus Zurich theatre have regular programming. The Schauspielhaus even presents some of its work in English for the international crowd.
The city’s baths, or badi, use the cool, clear river water to fill their swimming pools. At night, they become unique riverside bars.
Get more information with our Zurich guide.
Swiss delights: food and drinks in Zurich
Thanks to the fine tastes of the city’s inhabitants, visitors will be spoilt for choice as they explore the city’s culinary delights and retail offerings.
Zurich made quite a notable contribution to the culinary world that many people tend to overlook: muesli. The healthy breakfast originated in Zurich around 1900. Swiss physician Dr. Max Bircher-Benner was initially mocked by his peers for his creation. But that quickly changed when his healthy and tasty invention took the world by storm.
For a more hearty culinary experience, try one of the two signature dishes of Zurich: “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes”, a veal based dish with lots of cream and mushrooms. The “Zürcher Zouftschriibertopf” loosely translates to “guild writer’s stew” and consists of beef, pork and veal filets, bacon, liver and kidney combined with carrots, peas and potatoes. These dishes are perfect for restoring your energy after an exhausting shopping trip through the city.
The ultimate shopping experience in Zurich
Visitors looking for a shopping holiday will delight in the offerings of the Langstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse. Haute couture, souvenirs and local delicacies all await the discerning shopper.
The upmarket Grieder department store, located on the Bahnhofstrasse, offers its customers a choice of the world’s finest luxury brands. It also has a beauty salon and a patio restaurant overlooking the Paradeplatz.
The Im Viadukt shopping centre is situated underneath the arches of a viaduct in the Züri-West neighbourhood. It is a great place to shop for the latest fashion or enjoy the gourmet offerings of its covered food market, including fine wines, local cheese and seafood.
The Sihlcity mall, billed as a “city within a city”, extends over three buildings, including a repurposed paper mill. This leisure and shopping paradise also contains a multiplex cinema and play areas for children.
Manchester - ZurichFlight duration: 02:00 hrs total, Frequency: 2 x daily
Departure ManchesterTerminal: 2Counter opening time: 1 h prior to departure
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km