Though the flight takes under an hour and a half, Zurich is certainly a far cry from the mostly-flat Dutch city, crisscrossed with canals: its hills and medieval ambiance provide contrast and make it an ideal getaway.
This Swiss city consistently ranks among the world’s most liveable, with a well-run transit system, historic architecture and cultural offerings that make it a delight for locals and tourists alike. With sights like 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 Amsterdam to Zurich today to see all that Switzerland’s largest city has to offer.
With so much to see and do, Zurich is a true year-round destination for a quick city escape. The riverside badis are ideal for cooling off on a warm summer evening, while a winter visit allows you to drink mulled wine in a medieval square in the old town. 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?
Zurich is rightfully proud of its world-class public transportation system, which is both efficient and wide-ranging: it includes bus, train, tram and funicular services, as well as ferries on Lake Zurich. There are various options available, from single tickets to day passes. If you want to get the most out of a short visit, consider picking up a Zurich Card at the airport: this all-access-pass allows you to travel on all forms of public transport throughout the entire city for 24 or 72 hours, including lake ferries and the city’s funicular railways.
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 will be booking an attractively priced ticket from SWISS! In Zurich, daily costs can average around GBP 150-200, including accommodation and food. Budget-conscious travellers should book ahead and look into accommodation that offers self-catering options, saving eating out for choice occasions.
How long does the flight take?
A direct flight from Amsterdam to Zurich in 1 hour and 25 minutes.
Attractions in Zurich
Zurich has a counterculture streak that lies just beneath the surface: the Kunsthalle, a contemporary art museum, showcases new talent, while 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. By the city’s riverside Spitzenplatz park, the Swiss National Museum showcases the country’s past from Roman times to the present.
The city has no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying culinary delights or indulging in a shopping spree. 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 a ticket from Amsterdam to Zurich today!
Most popular attractions
With its rich history and active cultural scene, Zurich is a delight to the senses. The following is just a smattering of what your Zurich holiday could include:
- Fraumünster cathedral
- FIFA Football Museum
- Zurich’s Opera House and the Schauspielhaus Zurich
- Zurichs 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: The FIFA headquarters have recently added 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 put on a wide array of spectacles throughout the year. 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 are some of the best places in town to enjoy a riverside beer or cocktail.
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What to eat and drink in Zurich
Thanks to the fine tastes of the city’s inhabitants, known as Zürchers, visitors will be spoilt for choice by the city’s culinary delights.
Start your day right with the breakfast of champions: muesli. Developed around 1900 by Dr. Max Bürcher-Benner in Zurich, the healthy breakfast dish quickly overcame the skepticism of its inventor’s peers and took the world by storm. A big bowl of Bürcher-muesli is the perfect basis for a day of walking around the city from one sightseeing hotspot to the next.
Hearty meals Zurich is famous for
Fans of traditional, hearty meals with lots of meat are also in luck: “Zürcher Geschnetzeltes” combines veal, mushrooms and lots of cream into a delicious meal that restores your energy level after an exhausting shopping spree. Alternatively, the famous cheese fondue is always a good idea, combining cheese, bread and wine into a fantastic meal that gets even better when you share it with others.
You want to go shopping 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 the Grieder Bar, a restaurant on a terrace overlooking the Paradeplatz.
Situated underneath a series of historic arches in the Züri-West neighbourhood, the Im Viadukt shopping centre is a great place to shop for the latest fashion or enjoy the gourmet offerings of its covered food market.
The Sihlcity mall, 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.
Amsterdam - ZurichFlight duration: 01:25 hrs total, Frequency: Sun,Mon,Fri,Sat
Departure AmsterdamTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 2 h prior to departure
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km