Zurich is an enigmatic city, simultaneously a European financial capital and home to a thriving and often countercultural arts scene. An excellent public transport network and world-class art galleries and museums have helped it attain the status of one of the world’s most liveable cities.
The slopes of the Üetliberg mountain and the towers of the Grossmünster cathedral afford sweeping views of the cityscape, while a multitude of riverside bars are an ideal place to spend an evening. Switzerland’s largest city is just a short, affordable flight away from the Côte d’Azur, so don’t hesitate to book your flight from Nice to Zurich and escape to this urban oasis in the north of Switzerland.
There’s no wrong time to visit Zurich, with year-round activities including sledding down the snow-covered Üetliberg mountain in the winter and riverside drinks in the city’s badis on warm summer evenings. The city’s attractions include the historic centre, with its cobbled streets and historic cathedrals, such as the Grossmünster, a central location in the Reformation in Switzerland. Meanwhile, the Züri-West neighbourhood offers a more modern, postindustrial cityscape, including the Freitag Tower, a building made from shipping containers.
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How do I get around the city?
Zurich is easy to get around on foot and a free cycle hire programme, Züri Rollt, offers bikes at several points throughout the city. Meanwhile, one of Europe’s densest public transport networks is at your service for longer trips. The city is crisscrossed with tram and bus routes, and the integrated network also includes ferries on Lake Zurich and two funicular railways. For short stays in the city, a Zurich card provides 24- or 72-hour unlimited access to the city’s transit network, as well as discount or free access to a wide array of local attractions.
What should my budget be?
Holidays in Switzerland tend to require a higher budget than many other destinations, so planning ahead is key. Your first step, of course, should be booking a cheap flight to Zurich with SWISS! In Zurich, daily costs can average around GBP 150-200, including accommodation and food. To stay within budget, one good option is to look for accommodation with self-catering options, so that your expenses for eating out are limited to special occasions.
How long will my flight take?
Flights from Nice to Zurich take around one hour and fifteen minutes.
Attractions in Zurich
While Zurich’s reputation may be that of a banking centre, it is home to cultural marvels that are sure to delight visitors. These include the Kunsthaus, Zurich’s main art gallery, which is also the country’s largest. Its collections span the works of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti, and its painting collections range from Monet to Dalí and beyond. The Swiss National Museum is another jewel, with permanent exhibits that showcase the history of the land since ancient times. For a more modern flair, the contemporary installations of the Kunsthalle or the eclectic surroundings of Züri-West are sure to intrigue.
Depending on your timing, your visit may coincide with one of the city’s many street celebrations. In August, the Street Parade causes the city to come alive in a week-long bacchanal. The February Fasnacht, another lively occasion, features loud (and often off-key) bands playing local favourites through the streets of the old town. A Christmastime visit will offer you numerous chances to visit a variety of Christmas markets, including Europe’s largest indoor market in the Central Station, complete with a 13-metre tree bedecked in Swarovski crystals. Zurich’s sights await, book your ticket there with SWISS or one of our partner airlines today!
Zurichs most popular attractions
Zurich’s cultural scene and historical sites offer plenty of chances to feast your eyes on a holiday to the city. A small sampling of the city’s main attractions includes:
- Fraumünster and Grossmünster cathedrals
- FIFA Football Museum
- Zurich Opera House and the Schauspielhaus Zurich
- The city’s bathhouses
Fraumünster and Grossmünster cathedrals: The city’s two cathedrals face one another on opposite banks of the Limmat River. The spires of the Grossmünster offer sweeping views of the city, while the stained-glass windows of the Fraumünster are a sight to behold.
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 contain 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 offer breath-taking spectacles throughout the year. The Schauspielhaus even presents some of its work in English for the international crowd.
Along the banks of the Limmat and Sihl Rivers, the city’s bathhouses, or badi, use the cool, clear river water to fill their swimming pools. At night, they are some of the best spots in town to enjoy a beer or a cocktail.
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Zurichs culinary delights: eating and drinking
This cosmopolitan city has much to offer visitors, and its culinary scene is no different. From its riverside bars to meals in its historic guild halls, Zurich offers a treat for the palate in unique surroundings.
Start your day in any of the cozy little cafes in the city with the signature breakfast that Zurich gave to the world: muesli. Developed around 1900 by Dr. Max Bircher-Benner, the healthy and nutritious cereal dish is the perfect basis for an active day in the city.
Since Zurich is even more famous for its chocolate, a stop at Confiserie Sprüngli is a must. Their most famous creation is the Luxemburgerli, a small macron that comes in eight different flavours. Luxemburgerli go perfect with a nice cup of coffee or your five o’clock tea. But some of Zurichs most traditional sweets even predate chocolate: the “Hüppen”, a tasty waffle role, can even be traced back to the 14th century.
Shopping in Zurich
The Langstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse will be the main destinations of visitors seeking retail therapy. Haute couture, souvenirs and local delicacies all await the discerning shopper.
The upmarket Grieder department store on the Bahnhofstrasse offers some of the world’s finest luxury brands. It also has a beauty salon and a patio restaurant overlooking the Paradeplatz.
Underneath the arches of a viaduct in the Züri-West neighbourhood, you will find the unique Im Viadukt shopping area. You will be able 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, whose tagline is a “city within a city”, extends over three buildings including a repurposed paper mill. The leisure and shopping paradise also contains a multiplex cinema and play areas for children.
Nice - ZurichFlight duration: 01:10 hrs total, Frequency: 6 x daily
Departure NiceTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 2 h prior to departure
Bombardier CS300Height: 11.50 mLength: 38 mSeats: 145
Crew:Pilots: 2Cabin crew: 2
Arrival ZurichDistance to city centre: 12 km