Flying from the Irish capital Dublin to Switzerland’s largest city Zurich has never been so convenient. In the space of a couple hours, you will find yourself transported to a vibrant city whose riverside bars, outdoor activities and art scene make it a perfect urban getaway.
Zurich’s two historic riverside cathedrals, world-class art galleries and museums, and thriving nightlife and culture scene make it a destination that offers something for everyone. It’s not for nothing that Zurich is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with public transit and free bike hires to take you through its breath-taking sights.
Zurich is a truly all-season destination. In winter, start your Swiss holiday sipping mulled wine at one of the city’s several Christmas markets. In the summer, head to one of the badis for a daytime swim or an evening refreshment. The city holds a variety of annual festivals for holidaymakers and locals alike: the largest is the August Street Parade, a boisterous affair that sees the city come alive with music. More recently, the city has decided to showcase its culinary side at the Food Zurich festival, held in May.
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What language is spoken in Zurich?
That’s a good question! If your holiday takes you to different parts of the country, you may hear French, German, Italian or even Romansh during your visit. However, the main language in Zurich is German, with English quite common among those in the tourism and hospitality industries. Most holidaymakers will be able to get by perfectly well in English. However, a well-placed grüezi (hello) or danke schön (thank you) will certainly be appreciated!
What currency should I bring?
You’ll need to change your euros to Swiss francs, ideally either before leaving or once you arrive at the airport. However, Zurich is a banking centre, after all, and you should be able to withdraw local currency from ATMs using your bank or credit card – but make sure to check this before you leave!
Zurichs most popular attractions
With its long history and vibrant cultural scene, Zurich has no shortage of things to do. The following is just a sampling of what your Zurich holiday could feature:
- Guild halls
- Grossmünster cathedral
- Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof
- Lake Zurich and the Limmat River
- FIFA Football Museum
Guild halls: starting in the 14th century, these historic structures held the guilds that helped put Zurich on the commercial map. They lend themselves to a walking tour or a gourmet lunch ensconced in history.
Grossmünster cathedral: nine centuries on, its twin spires dominate the skyline of the historic centre. The crypts and stained-glass windows are worth a look, and energetic travellers can climb the 187 steps of the South Tower for sweeping city views.
Hauptbahnhof: a train lover’s delight! The Central Station has nearly 3,000 departures each day, making it one of Europe’s busiest. Watch the trains or head down to the Bahnhofstrasse for some shopping.
Head down to the water: the cool, crystal-clear waters of Lake Zurich and the Limmat River are ideal for a dip on a summer’s day or a boat ride to take in the sights of the city.
FIFA Football Museum: for the little ones or the football fanatics, the headquarters of the international football organisation holds a museum with World Cup mementos and enjoyable activities for young and old.
Popular buildings of Zurich
The Altstadt, Zurich’s historic centre, is home to the Fraumünster cathedral and the wide Bahnhofstrasse shopping boulevard, as well as the city’s riverside Lindenhof park. The historic Niederdorf and avant-garde Züri-West neighbourhoods are other must-sees. Luckily, Zurich is eminently walkable and its incredibly well-designed public transport network makes getting around a breeze! For the active visitor, the Züri Rollt programme offers free bike hires throughout the city.
Art in Zurich
While Zurich is known as a city of commerce, its cultural scene is not to be missed. Home to the birth of the Dada movement a century ago, its countercultural leanings are still on display in the contemporary Kunsthalle or the Freitag Tower, a building made entirely from shipping containers. For a glance further back into time, the Kunsthaus offers a sweeping view of centuries of European art. The Swiss National Museum sprawls over 100 rooms with exhibits that showcase the country’s past from Roman times to the present.
Get more information about Zurich in our Zurich guide.
Find the culinary highlights in Zurich
Zürchers, as the local inhabitants are known, are no strangers to the finer things in life. The city has a variety of culinary delights that will keep you coming back for more.
Among the more well-known specialties are the cheese fondue and the raclette. The hearty cheese dishes are great to enjoy on your own but even better if you can share them with others. Meatlovers have every reason to celebrate as well: the “Zürcher Zouftschriibertopf”, which loosely translates as “guild writer’s stew, combines beef, veal, pork, bacon, liver and kidney with fresh vegetables – perfect to regain some energy after a long day of exploring the city on foot.
Zurichs famous sweets
It’s no secret - Zurich is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth. To experience the true, original swiss chocolate, stop by Confiserie Sprüngli. One of their signature sweets is the “Luxemburgerli” a small macron that comes in many different flavours. Aside from chocolate, Zurich also offers sweets that date back several centuries: the “Hüppen”, for example, is a waffle role filled with cream, that dates back to the 14th century.
Shopping in Zurich
Zurich has no shortage of shopping options, with the areas around the Langstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse offering the best pickings. Haute couture, souvenirs and local delicacies are all on offer for the discerning shopper.
The upmarket Grieder department store, located on the Bahnhofstrasse, offers its customers a choice of the world’s finest luxury brands. Its patio restaurant, Grieder Bar, overlooks the Paradeplatz.
The Im Viadukt shopping centre is situated beneath a series of historic viaduct arches in the Züri-West neighbourhood. It’s a great place to shop for the latest fashion or enjoy the gourmet offerings of its covered food market.
A “city within a city”, the Sihlcity mall extends over three buildings including a repurposed paper mill. This leisure and shopping paradise also contains a multiplex cinema and play areas for children.
Dublin - ZurichFlight duration: 02:10 hrs total, Frequency: 5 x daily
Departure DublinTerminal: Main terminalCounter opening time: 2 h prior to departure
Airbus A321-111Height: 11.80 mLength: 44.50 mSeats: 176-200
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 5
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km